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ellasevia
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 Message 897 of 3740
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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 Message 898 of 3740
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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 Message 899 of 3740
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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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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 Message 901 of 3740
27 July 2010 at 5:16am | 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.

Well, with four languages you can get at least one of the official languages of every African country except Ethiopia: English, French, Portuguese and Arabic.
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ruskivyetr
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 Message 902 of 3740
27 July 2010 at 7:10am | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
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.

Well, with four languages you can get at least one of the official languages of every African country except
Ethiopia: English, French, Portuguese and Arabic.


Well I know words in all those languages, I meant countries that have like Hausa, Swahili, Zulu, etc. as one of the
official languages (and yes the game dictates that you must say something in each official language).
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 Message 903 of 3740
27 July 2010 at 7:25am | IP Logged 
ruskivyetr wrote:
Levi wrote:
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.

Well, with four languages you can get at least one of the official languages of every African country except
Ethiopia: English, French, Portuguese and Arabic.


Well I know words in all those languages, I meant countries that have like Hausa, Swahili, Zulu, etc. as one of the
official languages (and yes the game dictates that you must say something in each official language).
Wow that actually sounds fun.
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ruskivyetr
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 Message 904 of 3740
27 July 2010 at 7:51am | IP Logged 
johntm93 wrote:
ruskivyetr wrote:
Levi wrote:
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.

Well, with four languages you can get at least one of the official languages of every African country except
Ethiopia: English, French, Portuguese and Arabic.


Well I know words in all those languages, I meant countries that have like Hausa, Swahili, Zulu, etc. as one of the
official languages (and yes the game dictates that you must say something in each official language).

Wow that actually sounds fun.


You know you're a language nerd when the fact that someone else says this about a language game melts your
heart.

Edit: And when you play such games on a daily basis :P.

Edited by ruskivyetr on 27 July 2010 at 7:52am



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