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Marc94
Diglot
Newbie
United States
Joined 3432 days ago

32 posts - 50 votes
Speaks: English*, German
Studies: Russian

 
 Message 3457 of 3735
13 November 2014 at 3:50pm | IP Logged 
chokofingrz wrote:
When you spend half a morning translating an Italian film before
realising that these hours aren't going to count towards your Russian progress log. Then
shrug because it was too much fun to pass up, and besides, real life is overrated.


When you are reminded that a professor asked you to help translate a few letters from
Russian to English and that they would be sent via e-mail by today. You then proceed to
excitedly open up your e-mail.
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FuroraCeltica
Triglot
Senior Member
United Kingdom
Joined 5051 days ago

1181 posts - 1427 votes 
Speaks: English*, Spanish, French

 
 Message 3458 of 3735
14 November 2014 at 4:50pm | IP Logged 
When you see a scene in a movie where a character says something in your target language
and you feel the need to tell everyone watching it with you what was said
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Iversen
Super Polyglot
Moderator
Denmark
berejst.dk
Joined 4889 days ago

9078 posts - 16470 votes 
Speaks: Danish*, French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Esperanto, Romanian, Catalan
Studies: Afrikaans, Greek, Norwegian, Russian, Serbian, Icelandic, Latin, Irish, Lowland Scots, Indonesian, Polish, Croatian
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 Message 3459 of 3735
15 November 2014 at 11:48pm | IP Logged 
When you watch German TV, and there is a program where some people in the Aran valley cook food. A lady in a kitchen says that in her family they mostly speak Aranese at home (mixed with Spanish and Catalan), but they only speak boring old Spanish in the program, and even that is covered by the usual nerve racking Germanese dubbing. I actually thought about writing an indignant protest in Catalan in my log (my Aranese is lousy), but then I wrote this instead. Now I have to find something else to write about.
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tristano
Tetraglot
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Netherlands
Joined 2233 days ago

905 posts - 1262 votes 
Speaks: Italian*, Spanish, French, English
Studies: Dutch

 
 Message 3460 of 3735
16 November 2014 at 12:49am | IP Logged 
When you dream that you find the most amazing language centre of the universe where they have courses of a lot of
different languages and you subscribe to a Turkish course saying "but the next time I will subscribe for Icelandic" <3
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tristano
Tetraglot
Senior Member
Netherlands
Joined 2233 days ago

905 posts - 1262 votes 
Speaks: Italian*, Spanish, French, English
Studies: Dutch

 
 Message 3461 of 3735
18 November 2014 at 2:44pm | IP Logged 
when you have in the same office a native speaker of Xhosa and you would like to have a
better Dutch and to know Xhosa to eavesdrop her phone calls where she speaks a lethal mix
of Xhosa, Dutch and English :D

Edited by tristano on 18 November 2014 at 2:44pm

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Ogrim
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Senior Member
France
Joined 2825 days ago

991 posts - 1893 votes 
Speaks: Norwegian*, English, Spanish, French, Romansh, German, Italian
Studies: Russian, Catalan, Latin, Greek, Romanian

 
 Message 3462 of 3735
18 November 2014 at 3:12pm | IP Logged 
When you spend two hours between flights at Schiphol airport and walk around eavesdropping on other people's conversations to see how many languages you can identify. I ended up with the following list:
Dutch (obviously)
English
French
German
Mandarin Chinese?? (Not 100% sure about that one)
Japanese
Spanish
Croatian (most likely, could be another Balkan Slavic language)
Italian
Portuguese
An African language, probably Swahili
Swedish

And two languages I could not at all place - it kept me awake for the whole duration of my flight back home!


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Amerykanka
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United States
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657 posts - 890 votes 
Speaks: English*, Spanish, Polish, Latin, Ancient Greek, Russian

 
 Message 3463 of 3735
19 November 2014 at 3:32am | IP Logged 
psy88 wrote:
Amerykanka wrote:
When you get into your friend's car and are unfazed and unsurprised when he addresses you in Latin rather than in English.

When you get to the grocery store and continue speaking Latin inside. Since neither of you are very good at spoken Latin, your conversations include lots of pauses, theatrical expressions, and wild hand motions. Occasionally one of you switches in frustration to Spanish.

When you strongly suspect that most of the other customers doubted your sanity . . . and are proud of it. :)

Edit: Oh, yes, and when you are excited about this being your 600th post.



You know you are for two reasons: First, when you try for two days not to ask the question that has been nagging at you ever since you read this post but you are such a language nerd that you can no longer resist. I have just started to study Latin again after many, many decades. I studied it in high school very long ago. I studied/learned the Ecclesiastical Latin pronunciation. The courses and books I have now begun to use teach the revised classical pronunciation. I personally like the sound of the Ecclesiastical better. So, I need to ask:which pronunciation were you using?
And, second:when you look forward to when you have your own 600th post.    
But, seriously:Congratulations on your big 600!



We were using classical pronunciation. I understand your fondness for ecclesiastical though - I learned it first when I was little and I hear it frequently at mass. But since I mostly translate classical authors, classical has become my default pronunciation, and I have grown to like it better. I do bring out ecclesiastical occasionally if I'm translating St. Augustine or something of that sort though!

And thank you! I am proud of my 600 posts.
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vixsta
Newbie
United Kingdom
Joined 3001 days ago

11 posts - 16 votes
Speaks: English*
Studies: Czech, Georgian

 
 Message 3464 of 3735
19 November 2014 at 7:48am | IP Logged 
When you're eternally grateful that you are able to work in a place that:

a) Has native speakers of Spanish, Italian, Turkish, Greek (she can also speak Spanish
and German), Polish (with whom you spent a good 15 mins comparing and contrasting Czech
to Polish), German, Portuguese and that their English is top notch!
b) Adjusted a part of your work because of your language learning choice (Czech)

<3

When you you felt very Czech a couple of days ago and then put on the Czech news to find
out it was the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution (17 listopad) and decided to
watch the coverage of that despite not knowing what was being said....

Edited by vixsta on 19 November 2014 at 8:23am



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