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johntm93
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 Message 889 of 3735
26 July 2010 at 7:56pm | IP Logged 
ruskivyetr wrote:
johntm93 wrote:

psy88 wrote:
When you feel really upset that July is almost over because that leaves only one more month before
everything goes back to "normal" for you in September and you will have less time to devote to you language
studies.
DON'T REMIND ME! I DO NOT WANT SCHOOL TO START.
Not just because I lose all of the free time I have for languages, but I'll have work for stupid subjects like English
(why do I have to take a class about my native language?) and I won't be able to study foreign languages!

You know you are a language nerd when you do foreign language stuff IN your English class and get in trouble for
it on many different occasions.

You know you are a language nerd when you are type "I'll be there" in facebook chat, and it comes out as "Iäll be
there".
When I try and put quotes or apostrophes around things I'll sometimes get ë, á, etc. because of the dead keys. Then when I get on a computer without deadkeys I get stuff like " e, ' a because I get so used to hitting space after hitting those keys.
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ellasevia
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 Message 890 of 3735
26 July 2010 at 8:05pm | IP Logged 
ruskivyetr wrote:
johntm93 wrote:

psy88 wrote:
When you feel really upset that July is almost over because that leaves only one more month before
everything goes back to "normal" for you in September and you will have less time to devote to you language
studies.
DON'T REMIND ME! I DO NOT WANT SCHOOL TO START.
Not just because I lose all of the free time I have for languages, but I'll have work for stupid subjects like English
(why do I have to take a class about my native language?) and I won't be able to study foreign languages!

You know you are a language nerd when you do foreign language stuff IN your English class and get in trouble for it on many different occasions.

I did that so many times last year... Luckily my teacher didn't care. :)

Even better though: sitting front and center in your French class and quite obviously reading and taking notes from an Italian or German book which is lying open on your desk, while also half-listening to the strange (likely off-topic) lecture in French your teacher is giving. And later you hear from another student in a different class that she actually has noticed you doing that--which is good, because she would have to be blind to miss it--and talks about how you do that to other classes, but how she doesn't care because you "already speak French well".
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kottoler.ello
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 Message 891 of 3735
26 July 2010 at 10:49pm | IP Logged 
When the Wikipedia Language Portal is your homepage.

When the only time of day you feel truly enthusiastic and energetic and can't take yourself away from something on vacation in St. Petersburg is at 11:30 at the bookstore in the giant foreign language section, despite the vast majority of the books there being in Russian, which you don't know at all. Bonus points because that actually increases your desire to buy them.

When nothing makes you as giddy as getting a compliment on your language skills.
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Kary
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 Message 892 of 3735
26 July 2010 at 11:17pm | IP Logged 
You worry about the luggage allowance for your next long trip - but not because of your clothing and toiletries, which can be scrunched into an overnight bag.
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ellasevia
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 Message 893 of 3735
26 July 2010 at 11:26pm | IP Logged 
Kary wrote:
You worry about the luggage allowance for your next long trip - but not because of your clothing and toiletries, which can be scrunched into an overnight bag.


Last year when I was going to Greece for six weeks, my mom told me at first that I would only be allowed to bring four language books. Only four! So I did the only thing that a reasonable language nerd would do--start to discreetly smuggle them into different little pouches and sections of my backpack, leaving only the biggest and heaviest four in the luggage. Then it turned out that I had enough room anyways, so I took nearly all of my (at that time--my collection has probably doubled or tripled in size since then) books.
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ruskivyetr
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 Message 894 of 3735
27 July 2010 at 1:02am | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you play games like flipping through a travel book and radomly choosing a
page and then saying something in the language of the country where that place is. You know you're an even bigger
language nerd when you just can't find a page for which you can't say anything.

I play this game with my friends and a globe, and they get frustrated. Even if I know only a few words they start to
get a little annoyed. Then they turn to africa and I'm lost O_O.
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mick33
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 Message 895 of 3735
27 July 2010 at 1:32am | IP Logged 
ellasevia wrote:
That 'language duel' looks fun. Their accents are pretty bad though, especially for the Swedish and Greek. I couldn't even tell that they were speaking those at first until I heard the language/country mentioned ("pratar Svenska"; "στην Ελλάδα"). The German and Italian weren't great either, but at least they were understandable on first hearing. Why no Asian languages in there? ;)
I wondered about the accents, which proves just how serious my obsession with languages has become ... I really need more of a social life. The only languages I can really comment on are Swedish and French, and the French is slightly better than the Swedish, though still only ok. I also wondered why there were no Asian languages, but having Hungarian was cool.
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johntm93
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 Message 896 of 3735
27 July 2010 at 3:33am | IP Logged 
ruskivyetr wrote:
You know you're a language nerd when you play games like flipping through a travel book and radomly choosing a
page and then saying something in the language of the country where that place is. You know you're an even bigger
language nerd when you just can't find a page for which you can't say anything.

I play this game with my friends and a globe, and they get frustrated. Even if I know only a few words they start to
get a little annoyed. Then they turn to africa and I'm lost O_O.

Be lost no more, learn some words from this


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