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Marc94
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 Message 833 of 3735
15 July 2010 at 6:15pm | IP Logged 
When every so often in the shower, you try to form as many sounds as you can in order to practice for any future languages that might contain those sounds!
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johntm93
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 Message 834 of 3735
15 July 2010 at 7:36pm | IP Logged 
When you listen to language programs to go to sleep...seriously who does that?
I couldn't fall asleep last night, so I listened to FSI Spanish, then decided to try Pimsleur German and Michel Thomas German before deciding I'd rather be fully awake for those, so I go back to FSI to realize that I need to listen to German to get my ears used to the language. So I listened to Assimil German tapes.

I woke up today and realized I could have counted sheep in Spanish :(
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Andrew~
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 Message 835 of 3735
16 July 2010 at 4:05pm | IP Logged 
Going to use or pick up an object around the house you try to think of the word for it in a language you're learning. It's on the tip of your tongue but you just can't think of it for some reason. You should know this, you've learned it before.

You will stand there, staring at the thing in question (refrigerator, car keys, milk, chair, whatever), refusing to allow yourself to pick it up or do whatever it is you were going to do with it until you can think of the correct word for it in the language that you're trying to think in. You will stand there for however long this takes, perhaps finally giving in and going to look it up in the dictionary before coming back and proceeding as you were until it happens again :D

I have stood in the shower staring at the soap, refusing to pick it up, getting angry at myself, while trying to think of the word for "soap" in Spanish for about 5 minutes before I finally gave up (I looked it up immediately after getting out of the shower, still wet, dripping water all over my bedroom floor as I went to fetch my Spanish dictionary).

Splish-splash, splish-splash...

Cursing...

Papers rustling, flipping of pages...

"Jabón!!! I knew it! Damnit, why couldn't I remember that?!"

Splish-splash, splish-splash back to the bathroom...

Edited by Andrew~ on 18 July 2010 at 11:32pm

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Fasulye
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 Message 836 of 3735
16 July 2010 at 4:39pm | IP Logged 
... when you have good quality ENG - GER, GER - ENG and FRA - GER, GER - FRA bilingual dictionaries in your bookshelves BUT you desperately want to buy similar dictionaries based on Dutch = L2 for your L3 - L2 learning method.... and can't wait until you get the chance to use them!

Fasulye

Edited by Fasulye on 16 July 2010 at 4:48pm

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Fasulye
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 Message 837 of 3735
16 July 2010 at 4:47pm | IP Logged 
muflax wrote:
...when you are disappointed that the learning material for your (German) driver's license is not available in Japanese. (But French and Spanish, so you decide to go with that.)


That's a good one! When I attended driving school I was a teenager, but at that very young age I wasn't a language freak, so at that time I wouldn't have got the idea to ask for driving mock exams in a foreign language.

Fasulye
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Thaorius
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 Message 838 of 3735
16 July 2010 at 9:22pm | IP Logged 
...when, on the way to a Japanese only bookstore, you find a used books bookshop, you
enter curiously, and ask for material in Japanese, or otherwise a foreign language that
isn't English. The store clerk shows you a few things, nothing very convincing... and
then, just as you are leaving the store, you see a kanji across the room. You take the
book off the shelf, and oh boy... jackpot. A 1965, perfectly preserved, color illustrated
book in German about Japanese history. Annnnddd it comes with a lot of kanji! I mean,
what more could you possibly ask for, right?

(I am not, nor will I be studying German for the next 2 years or so. I am, however,
learning Japanese.)
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Levi
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 Message 839 of 3735
17 July 2010 at 1:58am | IP Logged 
...when, for the first time in your life, you find yourself having trouble switching back to your native language.
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psy88
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 Message 840 of 3735
17 July 2010 at 2:41am | IP Logged 
Fasulye wrote:
... when you have good quality ENG - GER, GER - ENG and FRA - GER, GER - FRA bilingual dictionaries in your bookshelves BUT you desperately want to buy similar dictionaries based on Dutch = L2 for your L3 - L2 learning method.... and can't wait until you get the chance to use them!

Fasulye


When you do have many good quality Spanish-English and French-English dictionaries (your target languages) but continue to buy more "just in case",as if the ones with 80,000 or 120,000 words will not be sufficient.And you can't sleep wondering how you would be able to buy some French-Spanish and Spanish-French dictionaries.


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