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Cavesa
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 Message 3025 of 3735
19 July 2013 at 9:40pm | IP Logged 
When your desperate as your student budget doesn't allow you to buy all the study material and foreign media you need for your languages. Not unless you develop some chlorophyll and learn to photosynthesize.
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Einarr
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 Message 3026 of 3735
20 July 2013 at 12:20pm | IP Logged 
When the pain of suffering through a bloody flu fades away before the fact that you,are quite unexpectedly, given Finnish manuals and grammars especially after you realize that you've just saved €150.
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Chung
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 Message 3027 of 3735
21 July 2013 at 9:09am | IP Logged 
... when you see a storefront with the title "OCHO" and interpreting it naturally as something in Cyrillic run through your mind what it could mean in the Slavonic languages that you know (and then after about a minute realize that it's merely the Spanish word for "eight").
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montmorency
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 Message 3028 of 3735
22 July 2013 at 9:43am | IP Logged 
vixsta wrote:
... when you're glad you're from Yorkshire (England) because the
Yorkshire dialect uses
glottal stops, which will stand you in good stead for your future study of Georgian.

EDIT: ... when you get annoyed at English Southerners not getting the concept of
glottal
stops and thinking we say "t'" instead of "the". We in fact "say" "'"
instead of "the" :)


I was born and brought up in the south but had two northern parents (and a large
extended family "oop north"), so understand perfectly what you have written, although
I'd never seen it expressed like that in writing. :-)

Of course, southerners (especially Londoners) also use glottal stops, but in different
places! :-)

I'm still trying to come to terms with the Danish glottal stop(s), which are different
again.


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vixsta
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 Message 3029 of 3735
22 July 2013 at 1:28pm | IP Logged 
montmorency wrote:

I was born and brought up in the south... <snip>


I was trying to figure out how to put it into words haha

I did not know that about some Londoners, a bit of a generalisation on my part I guess.

Danish has glottal stops too? Cool :)

I'm doing okay with Georgian glottal stops; it's the q' (a weird squeaky sound) I'm having
a bit of bother with but not too much.
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montmorency
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 Message 3030 of 3735
22 July 2013 at 5:34pm | IP Logged 
vixsta wrote:
montmorency wrote:

I was born and brought up in the south... <snip>


I was trying to figure out how to put it into words haha

I did not know that about some Londoners, a bit of a generalisation on my part I guess.




Probably a bit before your time, but listen to how Tommy Steele pronounces "little" and
"pretty" and a few other words in this:

Little White Bull

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garyb
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 Message 3031 of 3735
23 July 2013 at 10:51am | IP Logged 
You appreciate a joke in a language textbook that requires knowledge of another language to understand. If only the poor fellow from one of the example sentences in my advanced French grammar book had known some Italian, he would've known not to visit the restaurant called "Schifo" where he ate the worst pasta of his life.
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Hekje
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 Message 3032 of 3735
24 July 2013 at 2:14am | IP Logged 
When you are using Google Maps to guide you through an unfamiliar neighborhood at night
and notice that you're two blocks over from Huidekoper Street - "Skin Buyer Street".

This totally freaks you out, and you wonder if the area used to be used for slave
trafficking until you meet up with your friend. She suggests that "skin buyer" might just
be a reference to leatherworking. You are deeply relieved.


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