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Michaela
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 Message 257 of 3735
14 January 2010 at 2:17am | IP Logged 
OneEye wrote:
...when you major in one language, minor in another, and plan on studying a third in your spare time.


I'll see that and raise you: When your Minor language becomes a second Major language and you are granted the giddy delight of choosing a new Minor language... And then you listen to podcasts of your fourth "Fun" language on the way home.
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meramarina
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 Message 258 of 3735
14 January 2010 at 5:46am | IP Logged 
This is the thread that just keeps on giving! No end in sight of Nerddom, or should it be Nerdery? Nerditude? But we like it that way.

Here are two more that just happened:

--when you are at the checkout counter in the grocery store, and there is a display of movie DVDs. One of the movies is "Die Hard" but this is not what you see. You see a German feminine definite article and can't figure out why you don't remember the meaning of "Hard." What noun is this? Why don't you remember? Oh.

--browsing through the bargain section of the bookstore, you see a few assorted language books. Oh, happy, happy day! There's a Langenscheidt book with the familiar yellow cover--but something is wrong, terribly wrong. Which language is it for? How can you know if the name of the language isn't there? You get unreasonably annoyed with a language publisher that can't be bothered to put the name of the language on the cover. Well, open the book, idiot. It's English.

Is it possible that studying foreign languages makes a person dumber?

Sometimes I wonder . . .

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Mieke
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 Message 259 of 3735
14 January 2010 at 2:08pm | IP Logged 
When you read the articles on the euronews site in all the languages you know/study and are compelled to also try the other languages, yes, even Arabic although you can't read the alphabet.
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elvisrules
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 Message 260 of 3735
14 January 2010 at 3:29pm | IP Logged 
meramarina wrote:

--when you are at the checkout counter in the grocery store, and there is a display of movie DVDs. One of the movies is "Die Hard" but this is not what you see. You see a German feminine definite article and can't figure out why you don't remember the meaning of "Hard." What noun is this? Why don't you remember? Oh..

Haha, the same has happened to me. It took me months to realize the band called "Die Mannequin" was actually English... I had been pronouncing it "dee" the whole time until someone corrected me.
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meramarina
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 Message 261 of 3735
14 January 2010 at 6:59pm | IP Logged 
Well, I'll share a little more of my own stupidity. This one is a misunderstanding of my own native language, probably from overindulgence in European foreign language media. But I do find some comfort in stating it with the general "you" rather than saying that it happened to me!

--You are wandering the aisles of your local megastore and spend some time looking at various kitchen tools. But there is a curious implement you have never seen before: a "Euro Peeler." You just can't imagine why such a thing would exist, because why would anyone need to peel their Euros? Huh? Just bizarre.

Then you realize, you are thinking of currency. But in this case, the word "Euro" is used as an adjective. Not sure why, but advertisers in America often call something "European" when they want to say that it is of high quality.

Edited by meramarina on 14 January 2010 at 7:00pm

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Levi
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 Message 262 of 3735
14 January 2010 at 9:55pm | IP Logged 
...when you see a vowel with an umlaut to make an English word look chic, and you want to pronounce it in the German manner.


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Levi
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 Message 263 of 3735
15 January 2010 at 12:55am | IP Logged 
...when you start converting other people to language nerdery.

I'm working on my second convert. My brother has expressed an interest in my Japanese studies and now I'm helping him get started too. :)

Edited by Levi on 15 January 2010 at 12:57am

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canada38
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 Message 264 of 3735
15 January 2010 at 1:15am | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
...when you see a vowel with an umlaut to make an English word look chic,
and you want to pronounce it in the German manner.

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LOL this happens every morning when I see a bottle of that brand

Edited by canada38 on 15 January 2010 at 1:16am



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