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ellasevia
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 Message 929 of 3740
28 July 2010 at 7:47pm | IP Logged 
johntm93 wrote:
My mom's cousin and his family were visiting my house last week, and they are missionaries in Belarus. So they leave me some Belarussian candy, and I won't eat them until I know what they say. One says "Grand Toffy" but the rest are in Russian/Belarussian. I can read Cyrillic, but not any language that uses Cyrillic...so I don't know when I'm going to eat the damn things!


Now that's discipline! Depriving yourself of chocolate until you can speak a language well enough to read the packaging it comes in. :)
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Levi
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 Message 930 of 3740
28 July 2010 at 8:12pm | IP Logged 
...when, as soon as somebody asks "How is that spelled?", everybody looks at you before you even say anything.
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johntm93
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 Message 931 of 3740
28 July 2010 at 8:20pm | IP Logged 
ellasevia wrote:
johntm93 wrote:
My mom's cousin and his family were visiting my house last week, and they are missionaries in Belarus. So they leave me some Belarussian candy, and I won't eat them until I know what they say. One says "Grand Toffy" but the rest are in Russian/Belarussian. I can read Cyrillic, but not any language that uses Cyrillic...so I don't know when I'm going to eat the damn things!


Now that's discipline! Depriving yourself of chocolate until you can speak a language well enough to read the packaging it comes in. :)

Well, I'm kind of wary of what's in it. I'm picky, if it has cherry or coconut in it I don't want it. That and the fact that I actually want to figure out what it says...
I need to hurry out and figure out what they say, before they melt or something.



Levi wrote:
...when, as soon as somebody asks "How is that spelled?", everybody looks at you before you even say anything.

I get this quite a bit, but only because I'm a very good English speller.
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Levi
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 Message 932 of 3740
28 July 2010 at 8:46pm | IP Logged 
...when listening to your target language sounds so much like music to your ears that you actually dance to it.
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irishpolyglot
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 Message 933 of 3740
29 July 2010 at 11:49pm | IP Logged 
gogglehead wrote:
Benny, you are a great polyglot (as is Mr McCormick), ..... but likening yourself to Arguelles, however lightly, may actually discourage others from taking your blog seriously.


Gogglehead, get your facts straight before you spread rumours about me in future please. I never said anything of the sort. I interviewed Prof. Arguelles and he has a very high level of full-time devotion, whereas language learning is a means to an end for me (I just want to expand my social circle when in the country and actively promote lack of perfection with focus on communication and little interest in literature). Obviously I don't claim to be in the same league as him, especially after having the pleasure of talking with him and seeing his passion first hand.

What I precisely said was "all of the passionate language learners interviewed learned their languages as adults thanks to a positive attitude and efficient learning technique that we explain in detail. If they all only spoke English when they finished high school, then think of what your potential is!" I don't even compare myself to him there, but grouping us together I only say that we are both polyglots and both learned languages as adults and both encourage positive mentality. This is where I mention him on my site. Perhaps somewhere else I said I interviewed "other polyglots". Any equivalence of me being in his league from this description is purely in your head.

Edited by irishpolyglot on 30 July 2010 at 9:41am

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ruskivyetr
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 Message 934 of 3740
30 July 2010 at 3:11am | IP Logged 
irishpolyglot wrote:
gogglehead wrote:
Benny, you are a great polyglot (as is Mr McCormick), ..... but
likening yourself to Arguelles, however lightly, may actually discourage others from taking your blog
seriously.


Gogglehead, get your facts straight before you spread rumours about me in future please. I never said anything
of the sort. I interviewed Prof. Arguelles and he has a very high level of full-time devotion, whereas language
learning is a means to an end for me (I just want to expand my social circle when in the country and actively
promote lack of perfection with focus on communication and little interest in literature). Obviously I don't claim
to be in the same league as him, especially after having the pleasure of talking with him and seeing his passion
first hand.

What I precisely said was "all of the passionate language learners interviewed learned their languages as adults
thanks to a positive attitude and efficient learning technique that we explain in detail. If they all only
spoke English when they finished high school, then think of what your potential is!" I don't even compare myself
to him there, but grouping us together I only say that we are both polyglots and both learned languages as adults
and both encourage positive mentality. This is where I mention him on my site. Perhaps somewhere else I said I
interviewed "other polyglots". Any equivalence of me being in his league from this description is purely in your
head.

I'd appreciate it if you didn't make up things about me in future! "He said something along the lines of" is pure
BS.

He wasn't meaning to start a rumor nor did he make anything up about you. He probably just misread your post,
or was blurry on the details of what specifically was said when he wrote his post. "get your facts straight" sounds
a bit confrontational, and there is really no need to get defensive. He wasn't meaning to discredit you. In fact,
from what it looks like, he really enjoys your blog.
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ibraheem
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 Message 935 of 3740
30 July 2010 at 3:50am | IP Logged 
When you get annoyed when people find you are LEARNING a language and just assume you are fluent in it. Or when people think someone can just pickup a language from a friend like it's nothing.

Or when you are awed at how complex languages actually are which makes them that much greater and more of a long term endeavor.
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johntm93
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 Message 936 of 3740
30 July 2010 at 4:52am | IP Logged 
ibraheem wrote:
When you get annoyed when people find you are LEARNING a language and just assume you are fluent in it. Or when people think someone can just pickup a language from a friend like it's nothing.
Ugh, this is why I typically don't tell people I learn languages. That, and I don't want to seem show-offish. Telling someone I am studying Spanish and German would end up in other people thinking I speak Spanish and German, and maybe even another language, when I never made that claim.


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