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whisk
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Australia
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Speaks: Cantonese, English*
Studies: Spanish, Mandarin

 
 Message 489 of 3735
30 March 2010 at 10:45pm | IP Logged 
Warp3 wrote:


whisk wrote:
Choosing which songs to listen to on your mp3 player becomes an internal debate. On the one hand you enjoy the songs in your native language, but on the other hand, every song you don't listen to in your target language may be a missed opportunity to absorb more of the language.


All my recent music interest has been focused on target language music anyway (mostly Korean, but some Spanish as well), so the songs I enjoy listening to the most currently *are* the songs in my target language. Because of this, I don't even have native language music on my MP3 player (sure I have plenty of English CDs and MP3s, but none of them are on my MP3 player).

Getting in the habit of "I should listen to this since it is in my target language" is a quick way to lose motivation. If the target language music you currently have doesn't interest you enough that you want to play it simply for the sake of entertainment, then it sounds to me like you haven't found the right music in your target language yet. You'll know it when you find it, because you won't want to stop playing it regardless of whether you understand the words or not. :)


Haha..believe me, I enjoy all the Spanish music I listen to and I do prefer listening to it. On top of that I have a Spanish tutor so my I have some external help when it comes to motivation.

But yes, I do understand where you're coming from.It was just something that happened in the early stages of language learning.
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kyssäkaali
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 Message 490 of 3735
31 March 2010 at 3:29am | IP Logged 
whisk wrote:
Choosing which songs to listen to on your mp3 player becomes an internal debate. On the one hand you enjoy the songs in your native language, but on the other hand, every song you don't listen to in your target language may be a missed opportunity to absorb more of the language.


Oh my god, this times a thousand! I mean, I usually detest English music, but there are some good bands (eg. R.E.M.) But I haven't had non-Finnish music on my computer for about three years. Same goes with movies, etc. If I want to see a movie but cannot find Finnish subtitles for it online, I don't watch it. :(
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Rina
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Studies: German, Mandarin, Korean

 
 Message 491 of 3735
31 March 2010 at 4:18am | IP Logged 
When one of the reasons your boyfriend broke up with you was because you spend so much time on languages. *ahem*;;

...And then when your new boyfriend is a native speaker of one of the languages you're learning :D
Life is grand, yeah?









Edited by Rina on 31 March 2010 at 4:20am

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ruskivyetr
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 Message 492 of 3735
31 March 2010 at 5:36am | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you start rapidly explaining your excitement for learning the Georgian
alphabet to your friend whilst jumping up and down. You know you are a super language nerd/freak when they have
to say "Ok, ok, in English now" and then you embarrassingly realize you've been screaming in German for the past
few seconds.
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Levi
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 Message 493 of 3735
31 March 2010 at 5:37am | IP Logged 
Rina wrote:
When one of the reasons your boyfriend broke up with you was because you spend so much time on languages. *ahem*;;

...And then when your new boyfriend is a native speaker of one of the languages you're learning :D
Life is grand, yeah?


...if you wish there were some place you could go to to hook up with single language nerds. It would be nice to have a girlfriend without having to worry about her taking too much of your time away from your languages.

Edited by Levi on 31 March 2010 at 5:38am

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Johntm
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 Message 494 of 3735
31 March 2010 at 7:52am | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
Rina wrote:
When one of the reasons your boyfriend broke up with you was because you spend so much time on languages. *ahem*;;

...And then when your new boyfriend is a native speaker of one of the languages you're learning :D
Life is grand, yeah?


...if you wish there were some place you could go to to hook up with single language nerds. It would be nice to have a girlfriend without having to worry about her taking too much of your time away from your languages.

Me-"Hey babe, guess what we're doing tonight!"
Her-"What?"
Me-"Studying Russian!"
Her-"Awesome!"
That'd be an awesome conversation to have with a girlfriend.
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brian91
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 Message 495 of 3735
31 March 2010 at 1:04pm | IP Logged 
I'm not a language nerd, as, in the words of Milhouse: ''I'm not a nerd, Bart, nerds are smart"
Haha, I've got a long way to go with German and Mandarin!



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Rina
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 Message 496 of 3735
31 March 2010 at 2:35pm | IP Logged 
Johntm wrote:
Levi wrote:
Rina wrote:
When one of the reasons your boyfriend broke up with you was because you spend so much time on languages. *ahem*;;

...And then when your new boyfriend is a native speaker of one of the languages you're learning :D
Life is grand, yeah?


...if you wish there were some place you could go to to hook up with single language nerds. It would be nice to have a girlfriend without having to worry about her taking too much of your time away from your languages.

Me-"Hey babe, guess what we're doing tonight!"
Her-"What?"
Me-"Studying Russian!"
Her-"Awesome!"
That'd be an awesome conversation to have with a girlfriend.


This reminds me of how my ex-boyfriend used to change the language settings on his video games to try to get me interested in them.
Him: "I wanna show you this awesome game I just got where you blah blah and blah with blah"
Me: "...."
Him: I can change the settings to German or Korean for you"
....It would only work for a little bit.

Edited by Rina on 31 March 2010 at 2:40pm



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