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psy88
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Studies: Spanish*, Japanese, Latin, French

 
 Message 2121 of 3735
30 January 2012 at 12:30am | IP Logged 
when you saw something really funny on TV and want to post it and then spend more than one half hour searching this site, impatiently waiting for the pages to change, and still can't find the "right" place and so being a language nerd, decide to post it here.    
   Anyway, I was watching the classic British comedy series Fawlty Towers. It was the episode A Touch of Class. Mr Fawlty is a long suffering and cantankerous inn keeper; Manuel is a bus boy at the inn. Manuel is from Barcelona and is very limited in his grasp of English. Fawlty claims to speak the "classic Spanish" and not the "strange gibberish" Manuel uses. Fawlty is admonishing Manuel to use less butter on the breakfast trays. Fawlty use the word "burro" (donkey) when he means "butter". Of course Manuel laughs and does a "hew haw" before supplying the correct word "mantequilla".
   But the funniest part for me was when Fawlty insists Manuel only put two butters "on those trays" and Manuel replies "No, Mr. Fawlty, it's 'uno, dos, tres', not 'on those trays'".
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FuroraCeltica
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 Message 2122 of 3735
01 February 2012 at 11:07pm | IP Logged 
when you deliberately hold your learning books so people on public transport can see you
using them
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vikavictoria
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Speaks: Persian, English*, German, Spanish, Tajik
Studies: Russian

 
 Message 2123 of 3735
02 February 2012 at 3:24am | IP Logged 
FuroraCeltica wrote:
when you deliberately hold your learning books so people on public transport can see you
using them


I politely disagree. For example, to make my point (which I usually do through examples/exaggerated examples), at Russian Lunch (the Russian dept for our university holds this 2x or 3x a month), others ask me which level I'm in and I say SLAV 270 rather than "Oh, I'm in "Russian for Natives". This is for me a respectable quality in a polyglot, or any other type of learner/aspirer (<< NOT A WORD, SORRY).

Just my 0.02.
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tennisace
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Studies: Spanish, Croatian, French

 
 Message 2124 of 3735
02 February 2012 at 6:17am | IP Logged 
when you can say thank you in 5 languages from eating girl scout cookies

Edited by tennisace on 02 February 2012 at 6:18am

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Jinx
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Studies: Catalan, Dutch, Esperanto, Croatian, Serbian, Norwegian, Mandarin, Italian, Spanish, Yiddish

 
 Message 2125 of 3735
02 February 2012 at 12:01pm | IP Logged 
...when you so persistantly inch closer to an old couple speaking Russian at the tram station that they get freaked out and decide to walk instead of waiting for the tram.
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ReneeMona
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Speaks: Dutch*, EnglishC2
Studies: French

 
 Message 2126 of 3735
02 February 2012 at 5:27pm | IP Logged 
...when you spill water all over your desk and the first thing you save is your overview
of Esperanto grammar.
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WentworthsGal
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Studies: Swedish, Spanish

 
 Message 2127 of 3735
02 February 2012 at 10:37pm | IP Logged 
FuroraCeltica wrote:
when you deliberately hold your learning books so people on public transport can see you
using them


This is a perfect way to find native speakers or others studying that language! They're bound to ask you about the book you're studying! :o) I've often thought about wearing a t-shirt asking "talar du svenska?" (do you speak Swedish) or something just to try and find someone who does, lol :o)
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Jinx
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 Message 2128 of 3735
06 February 2012 at 5:57pm | IP Logged 
When just reading a Finnish name makes you seriously consider learning the language. I must be the most language-susceptible person on Earth...


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