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Ari
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Norway
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Speaks: Swedish*, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese
Studies: Czech, Latin, German

 
 Message 3425 of 3735
22 October 2014 at 8:01am | IP Logged 
YKYALN when you spend the weekend in Berlin on a company outing and feel intensely
uncomfortable being in a country whose language you don't speak.
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Josquin
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Germany
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Studies: Japanese, Irish, Portuguese, Persian

 
 Message 3426 of 3735
22 October 2014 at 12:56pm | IP Logged 
... when you are unable to concentrate because of sickness and you earnestly consider to ask the doctor: "When
will I be able to study Irish again?"
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Cavesa
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Czech Republic
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Speaks: Czech*, FrenchC2, EnglishC1
Studies: Spanish, German, Italian

 
 Message 3427 of 3735
22 October 2014 at 4:51pm | IP Logged 
When you are upset you cannot find good online pathophysiology resources in French or Spanish. It is so hard to learn a subject you don't enjoy in your native language or English :-(
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tarvos
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China
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Speaks: Dutch*, English, Swedish, French, Russian, German, Italian, Norwegian, Mandarin, Romanian, Afrikaans
Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 3428 of 3735
22 October 2014 at 6:16pm | IP Logged 
Solfrid Cristin wrote:
-when you are stranded at Amsterdam airport on your way to
Madrid, and you opt for a really uncomfortable
chair instead of a comfy armchair in order to eavesdrop on two Russians, just because
you love the sound so
much.

I fear I will end up in a river some day after having eavesdropped on the wrong people
...

If I ever go for a career change I think I'll try to get a job in an airport lounge.
It s like Babel's tower here.


Changing trains for planes, are we? :D

When you look at the names on the door plaques during your job as a postman, just to
figure out if someone speaks Russian or Romanian...
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tristano
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Studies: Dutch

 
 Message 3429 of 3735
23 October 2014 at 12:15am | IP Logged 
When your first reaction to "this person that I met can speak X language" (no matter if as a first o second language)
is "I have to learn X".

When the news "I'm studying a new language doesn't surprise anyone.

When you end up chatting in Dutch about Spanish.
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Ari
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 Message 3430 of 3735
23 October 2014 at 11:06am | IP Logged 
tristano wrote:
When your first reaction to "this person that I met can speak X
language" (no matter if as a first o second language) is "I have to learn X".


When your first reaction to hearing Mark Zuckerberg speak Mandarin is "His pronunciation
is abysmal."
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Zireael
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Speaks: Polish*, EnglishB2, Spanish
Studies: German, Sign Language, Tok Pisin, Arabic (Yemeni), Old English

 
 Message 3431 of 3735
23 October 2014 at 2:40pm | IP Logged 
Mooby wrote:
...check out: Effects of Anesthesia on Linguistic Skills.


"..(one's) main language is mostly stored in implicit memory systems of the subcortical regions, whereas acquired languages are learned by explicit rules and stored more diffusely in the cerebral cortex.".

It seems that the effects of anesthesia on linguistic centres in the brain involve complex mechanisms that are not yet understood, and can lead to language switching.


This reminds me...

My cousin used to suffer from epilepsy (thankfully it went away after a surgery 3 years back, only leaving him with memory problems). Once he had an attack (nothing major, just zoned out) and after that, he started talking in English, thoroughly mystifying teachers and classmates for the rest of the day.

TL;DR epilepsy episodes can also trigger language switching.
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patrickwilken
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 Message 3432 of 3735
23 October 2014 at 2:55pm | IP Logged 
Zireael wrote:

TL;DR epilepsy episodes can also trigger language switching.


I was once told by a neurolinguist student from Barcelona that when patients have epilepsy surgery they are sometimes asked whether they want to keep Spanish or Catalonian, as the surgery sometimes needs to cut near one of the two language areas.

I always thought that would be a really hard difficult question to answer: whether it was better to keep the language of your birth or the language of your country?




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