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aspie.sharaf
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Denmark
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Studies: Persian, German, Russian, Arabic (Written), Turkish, Thai, Polish, Bulgarian, Pashto, Urdu, French

 
 Message 2929 of 3735
02 May 2013 at 5:24pm | IP Logged 
When you spend all your money on assimil and teach yourself books on Amazon and don´t have enough left for clothes.
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Chung
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 Message 2930 of 3735
02 May 2013 at 5:48pm | IP Logged 
Phantom Kat wrote:
- 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


This reminds me of a time when I dropped by a friend's place in Poland and over homemade mushroom soup (zupa grzybowa) we ended up talking about how Proto-Slavonic *g- is now pronounced h in some of the daughter languages but not in Polish and the others, reeling off modern cognates, and how one could reclassify Slavonic languages based on this evolution. (E.g. Polish zupa grzybowa vs. Czech hřibová (houbová) polévka)
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mick33
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Studies: Thai, Polish, Afrikaans, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Swedish

 
 Message 2931 of 3735
03 May 2013 at 9:44am | IP Logged 
When I read a discussion thread on Yahoo! Answers where someone asked a question about how long it usually takes English speakers to learn to speak Arabic well and whether the fact that Arabic isn't an Indo-European language would make it more difficult to learn. I was shocked when I saw that the response with the second-highest number of votes said "First of all, Arabic is an Indo-European language." What!?!?... My shock turned to outrage and then sadness when I noticed that this thread was no longer accepting votes or responses so I couldn't explain that Arabic is in fact an Afro-Asiatic language.

Edited by mick33 on 03 May 2013 at 7:07pm

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Amerykanka
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 Message 2932 of 3735
04 May 2013 at 12:13am | IP Logged 
When deducing etymologies is second nature to you. For example, while looking up Spanish vocabulary you
happen to see the Spanish word for "centipede" (ciempiés) and decide to add it to your flashcards. As
you do so, you think to yourself, "Hmm, it's just like in English - the word consists of two other words." And
then you realize that for most English speakers, the word "centipede" does not mean "100 legs", like
ciempiés does in Spanish.

When, in the middle of the library, you speak to your mother in Polish, she tries to guess what you mean, and
the librarian thinks you're a foreign exchange student unable to speak English. (Awkward situation!)

When your priest starts speaking in Latin while you're at Mass and you don't even notice until several
moments later, because you understand exactly what he is saying.

Edited by Amerykanka on 04 May 2013 at 12:17am

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Serpent
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 Message 2933 of 3735
04 May 2013 at 1:33am | IP Logged 
Amerykanka wrote:
When your priest starts speaking in Latin while you're at Mass and you don't even notice until several moments later, because you understand exactly what he is saying.
Congrats! must've been a great feeling!
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WentworthsGal
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 Message 2934 of 3735
04 May 2013 at 10:27am | IP Logged 
...When you want to be immortal. Yes, there are loads of cool reasons but being able to have the time to learn sooo many languages to such a high degree would be awesome! Plus you'd be able to track their changes through time which would be great too! :o)
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meramarina
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 Message 2935 of 3735
05 May 2013 at 9:53am | IP Logged 
When you think you might have to add some international contacts to your Faceebook friend list, because most of mine are monolingual, in nearby time zones, and they are usually sleeping at night. Now that's no fun and would never happen on this forum!


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montmorency
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 Message 2936 of 3735
05 May 2013 at 3:14pm | IP Logged 
WentworthsGal wrote:
...When you want to be immortal. Yes, there are loads of cool
reasons but being able to have the time to learn sooo many languages to such a high
degree would be awesome! Plus you'd be able to track their changes through time which
would be great too! :o)


When you'd like a time machine, to find out, for example, whether Anglo-Saxon really was
as inscrutable as it seems, for a modern day English person, the degree to which the
Anglo-Saxons really could understand the speech of the nordic invaders, and to try to
find out what really did happen to the Celts in England; did they mostly flee, or did
many stay, and integrate, and if the latter, how quickly did they begin to lose their
language, and when did it finally go? (The evidence of Cumbric suggests that it hung on
for much longer in some places than in others).


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