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Raчraч Ŋuɲa
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 Message 1905 of 3735
26 August 2011 at 8:58am | IP Logged 
You resign from your Finance/Strategy job to study computer programming for 9 months just
so you can create language learning & translation apps. Just graduated and now spending a
lot of time playing around with such!
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Hampie
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 Message 1906 of 3735
26 August 2011 at 11:25am | IP Logged 
Raчraч Ŋuɲa wrote:
You resign from your Finance/Strategy job to study computer programming for 9 months
just
so you can create language learning & translation apps. Just graduated and now spending a
lot of time playing around with such!

Are there other reasons to learn how to program?
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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1907 of 3735
26 August 2011 at 8:51pm | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you do the following to pass your time, and
consider it "fun":

When I first began to learn German, after I had begun to understand that adding
prefixes onto the beginning of a base verb would perhaps give it a new meaning, I used
to spend my lunch breaks, or study breaks after school, going through dictionaries
(because I hadn't heard of the wonderful wordreference) and adding prefixes onto random
verbs, expanding my vocabulary that way -

stehen, aufstehen, verstehen, bestehen, beistehen, entstehen, erstehen, durchstehen,
gestehen, abstehen, vorstehen,ausstehen, überstehen, widerstehen...

I used to be embarrassed to mention that way of doing things to anyone. But not here -
I wonder why :]
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Fasulye
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 Message 1908 of 3735
27 August 2011 at 11:01am | IP Logged 
LanguageSponge wrote:


stehen, aufstehen, verstehen, bestehen, beistehen, entstehen, erstehen, durchstehen,
gestehen, abstehen, vorstehen,ausstehen, überstehen, widerstehen...


That's an excellent method to expand your vocabulary of a foreign language!

Fasulye
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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1909 of 3735
27 August 2011 at 12:12pm | IP Logged 
Fasulye wrote:
LanguageSponge wrote:


stehen, aufstehen, verstehen, bestehen, beistehen, entstehen, erstehen, durchstehen,
gestehen, abstehen, vorstehen,ausstehen, überstehen, widerstehen...


That's an excellent method to expand your vocabulary of a foreign language!

Fasulye


Thanks! It's a shame that doesn't work quite as well with some other languages, though.
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LebensForm
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 Message 1910 of 3735
29 August 2011 at 5:40am | IP Logged 
Oh wow, I do that too for German!! It's fun to play with the verbs like that.

YKYALN when you not just count steps everytime you use the stairs but you do this in German, that you're able to say German numbers really fast, so maybe you will just quit school and become a German auctioneer.
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psy88
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 Message 1911 of 3735
31 August 2011 at 2:55am | IP Logged 
meramarina wrote:
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Save the books!And yourself! Good luck with the approaching Irene.


Thanks, I'll try. I really need to be more careful with the subject of my jokes!

There's a good chance I actually will need to leave--forecasts change, but it looks pretty ominous tonight. So today there was no study, just the purchasing of emergency supplies and the packing of bags.

Indeed, Language Nerdery fails me a little just now - not entirely, though, because I've placed my language stuff upon high shelves in case of horrendous flooding. Which won't help if the windows blow out or trees falls on the house, though. And realistically, I know that books, even language books, (little sob here, sniff) can be replaced.

But maybe, just maybe, I could get myself a handy pirate getaway boat? Then I could float around in it and steal language stuff from those who did head for higher ground!

If it happens that it's safe enough to stay in place and wait out the storm, you can be sure I'll be reviewing foreign phrases, grammar drills and time-consuming conjugations--why notmake the best of it and pass the time with practice! Must keep the mind busy until the tempest is spent. So tonight, I'm loading up the Ipod, adding words to my Anki decks, and yes,of course, learning natural disaster vocabulay. It's kind of fun doing this tonight, perhaps not so much 24-48 hours from now.

Can't you just see the Weather Channel's "Storm Stories: Special Language Nerd Edition" right now? "Yeah, my German sentence builder workbook didn't make it, and I hated to lose my brand new French Verb book,you know, it came with a CD supplement I hadn't even used yet .. . (speaker trails off,thinks a minute) . . . but, see, the water stains on my Italian reader don't really look that THAT bad, and it might even be easier to read the book without a roof on the house . . . .

In all seriousness, it seems rather grim right now, and although the forecast could change for the better tomorrow, if we get all wind-walloped and waterlogged, my language material won't be my first concern.

The second, perhaps! And that, good night Irene, is when you really KNOW you're a language nerd!

Secure life, limb, and library!







Just a post-Irene follow up. Are you okay? I hope you survived Irene without too much damage to your books , home, or to you.
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LazyLinguist
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 Message 1912 of 3735
01 September 2011 at 7:45pm | IP Logged 
...When you know what YKYALNW means.


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