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Quabazaa
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 Message 273 of 3735
15 January 2010 at 10:27pm | IP Logged 
You step out your door and you're actually surprised or even shocked to hear the language around you, because you immersed yourself so completely in another language that you thought you lived in a different country.
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canada38
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 Message 274 of 3735
16 January 2010 at 12:36am | IP Logged 
ymapazagain wrote:
When it's 30 minutes after midnight on New Year's Day and you're
getting ready to do a unit of Pimsleur


I was at a lame party on New Years and I was wishing so desperately to go home and do
some language study.

I admit though on New Years Eve I only had a couple drinks so that I would still be
functional enough on New Years Day for some language study!!
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Rina
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 Message 275 of 3735
16 January 2010 at 1:17am | IP Logged 
When you can't understand something in your native language because your brain wants to think in you target language.
My grandmother was over for dinner the other night and was complaining about a headache. She asked "What do you have for a headache?", meaning what kind of medicine did we have. However, my brain wanted to be German and I thought she meant "What kind of headache do you have?". So I stare and say "Uhmmm...I don't...Ohh!" -_-

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Lindsay19
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 Message 276 of 3735
16 January 2010 at 6:05am | IP Logged 
Rina wrote:
When you can't understand something in your native language because your brain wants to think in you target language.
My grandmother was over for dinner the other night and was complaining about a headache. She asked "What do you have for a headache?", meaning what kind of medicine did we have. However, my brain wanted to be German and I thought she meant "What kind of headache do you have?". So I stare and say "Uhmmm...I don't...Ohh!" -_-


I could definatly see that happening to me too :-P
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 Message 277 of 3735
16 January 2010 at 10:08am | IP Logged 
When after a few weeks of immersion in the Russian language, you leave your cosy learning environment and start talking to your German neighbour, who just happened to catch you on the stairs, in snippets of German and English. You slowly realise that she's squinting in confusion every now and again, but can't fathom why, and put it down to your occasional English phrases. Then you go down to the local fried chicken shop on the corner and experience the same quizzical searching glances from the vendor too, despite only using German this time. Only on your return does your friend laugh and inform you that you've inadvertly been speaking русский German, with liberal sprinklings of курица, детский сад and да instead of ja thrown in for good measure. Listening to this bizarre Englishman wrestling with German and English must have been a real struggle for these poor souls at the best of times, but trying to understand English-Russian-German must have really confused them. Oh du lieber Бог!
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genini1
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 Message 278 of 3735
17 January 2010 at 9:34pm | IP Logged 
When you watch a television show in your L2 specifically because it features them learning your L4. (There's a Japanese show about a cook who goes to Tokyo to be a chef in an Italian restaurant and he learns Italian there.)
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seldnar
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 Message 279 of 3735
18 January 2010 at 8:04am | IP Logged 
I spend my lunch hour reading Paris Match one day. As I was putting the magazine back on
the library shelf I noticed the ad on the back page. I stared and stared at it, not
being able to figure out what it was talking about. I actually took the magazine over to
a friend to point out the ad and ask if she understood it. She did. It was entirely in
English.


genini1 wrote:
When you watch a television show in your L2 specifically because it
features them learning your L4. (There's a Japanese show about a cook who goes to Tokyo
to be a chef in an Italian restaurant and he learns Italian there.)


Genini, what is the name of this show. I'd love to watch it.
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 Message 280 of 3735
18 January 2010 at 2:03pm | IP Logged 
When you buy a fluffy new bathmat for your WC in Germany, happy and warm in the knowledge that this is "specifically" for the bathroom because it has the word "bath" crafted into its lovely design in German. Only later, whilst gracing the loo and proudly admiring your latest household purchase from a slightly different angle, do you realise you actually bought a mat with "BAD" emblazened on it in big bold letters. And just to think, only the other day I was smiling at another forum member's confusion with "Die Hard". Oh well...at least it'll be a talking point for English friends when they come round to visit and spend a penny.

Edited by Teango on 18 January 2010 at 2:04pm



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