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Iversen
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Studies: Afrikaans, Greek, Norwegian, Russian, Serbian, Icelandic, Latin, Irish, Lowland Scots, Indonesian, Polish, Croatian
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 Message 2913 of 3735
22 April 2013 at 12:12pm | IP Logged 
When you buy Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Ancient Greek because you read about the tricks the translator had to use to catapult a story from our time two thousand years back in time to a period where people didn't have watches and didn't have the sense to find a word for the colour of the sky.

After all Homer said it was the colour of bronze (and the sea was the colour of wine), and then even the Old Greeks came to the conclusion that he must have been blind, but apparently even this didn't convice them that a finetuned colour scale might be practical. The ugly secret is the old Greeks weren't really practical in the way the brutal and simplistic Romans were.

Btw. I haven't started reading my new acquisition (nor volume 4 in Russian, which I got in the same package) - like another bookworm I'm am eating my way slowly through volumne one in Irish and volume two in Latin.

Edited by Iversen on 22 April 2013 at 12:30pm

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Zireael
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Speaks: Polish*, EnglishB2, Spanish
Studies: German, Sign Language, Tok Pisin, Arabic (Yemeni), Old English

 
 Message 2914 of 3735
22 April 2013 at 2:24pm | IP Logged 
When you wonder why it's sometimes you need to analyse the meaning of every word slowly before understanding the sentence.

Uh, I kind of know why it might happen in my Arabic lessons sometimes, especially with background noise, but I don't know how it's possible in one's native language.
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zerrubabbel
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 Message 2915 of 3735
23 April 2013 at 3:09pm | IP Logged 
When you order a classic movie, and when it arrives you find it unexpectedly dubbed in Thai... and decide to keep it
XDD
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Amerykanka
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 Message 2916 of 3735
23 April 2013 at 8:13pm | IP Logged 
When you do flashcards and other language-related activities on your iPad to the extent that you damage
both your wrists and might have to have physical therapy.

(Now this mark of a language nerd I could live without! There were, of course, other factors, since I'm not on
the iPad THAT much, but the language study didn't help the situation.)

Edited by Amerykanka on 23 April 2013 at 8:18pm

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agantik
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 Message 2917 of 3735
25 April 2013 at 2:05pm | IP Logged 
When you give a lecture to your friend in the language section of the biggest bookshop in Paris (Gibert
Joseph ^_^), comparing various learning methods so that a woman behind you thinks you're part of the shop
assistants and starts asking you for advice...This happened to me while I was a student, I still give lectures in
bookshops but not so loud now ;)
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Phantom Kat
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 Message 2918 of 3735
25 April 2013 at 7:57pm | IP Logged 
- when you and a friend eat dinner over a conversation of Japanese and German grammar
structures, along with certain difficulties of English-learners depending on their native
language

- when you look at your Fall schedule and see the one/two-hour breaks between classes as
opportune times for Finnish studying (much better than that one hour you have this
semester!)

- Kat
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sillygoose1
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 Message 2919 of 3735
26 April 2013 at 4:27am | IP Logged 
When you take up most of your free time finding movies in your TL with TL subs to watch another day which never seems to come because you're always on the lookout for material

When you wouldn't normally want to watch something like Jersey Shore, but you wouldn't mind watching one of its spin offs in another language


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darkwhispersdal
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 Message 2920 of 3735
28 April 2013 at 10:47pm | IP Logged 
when you've understood a philosophical question in English using the ablative and dative cases of Latin and Sanskrit


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