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LanguageSponge
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 Message 945 of 3740
31 July 2010 at 2:27pm | IP Logged 
When, while on holiday in Tenerife, you can communicate with everyone you've met in the last 10 days in their native languages. And when your non language-nerdy friends and family comment on how impressed they are, you simply repeat what Asiafeverr said above - that speaking languages is possible for anyone if they put in the required amount of effort.
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Levi
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 Message 946 of 3740
31 July 2010 at 10:04pm | IP Logged 
...when you make puns in foreign languages.

Pourquoi la grenouille a-t-elle la nostalgie ?
Parce que l'étang change!

Edited by Levi on 31 July 2010 at 10:08pm

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psy88
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 Message 947 of 3740
01 August 2010 at 12:03am | IP Logged 
when you are out with friends, bored, and you recall the postings on "you know you are a language nerd when" and you suddenly begin to laugh, much to the surprise/wonderment of your friends. Actually, they already think you are weird so perhaps they are not as surprised as you would expect.

Edited by psy88 on 01 August 2010 at 12:03am

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Flip_flop
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 Message 948 of 3740
01 August 2010 at 11:28am | IP Logged 
You are curious to know which languages a person speaks or even studies.


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egill
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 Message 949 of 3740
02 August 2010 at 12:36am | IP Logged 
When, walking a trail at a national park, listening and repeating to Dutch tapes, you
walk obliviously into a large group of tourists. Sensing that something is awry, you take
off the headphones only to find to your horror, that the aforementioned group of
tourists, fifteen or so in all, who happen to be conversing excitedly, are in fact native
Dutch speakers.

Now, perhaps it's just your imagination, but one or two of them seem to be looking at you
funny.
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Flip_flop
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 Message 950 of 3740
02 August 2010 at 10:25am | IP Logged 
You can spend hours in libraries looking at methods until you feel like buying them all.


You hate being asked why you pay so much attention to languages whereas you could easily get by with those you already know.
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Polyglotted
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 Message 951 of 3740
02 August 2010 at 8:34pm | IP Logged 
When you question your friendship with someone because they ended a sentence in English with a preposition

"I had to complain to the catalogue it was bought through" instead of "the catalogue through which it was bought"


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Rhian
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 Message 952 of 3740
03 August 2010 at 1:57am | IP Logged 
Polyglotted wrote:
When you question your friendship with someone because they ended a sentence in English
with a preposition:

"I had to complain to the catalogue it was bought through" instead of "the catalogue through which it was bought."




It is perfectly fine to end a sentence with a preposition. I have even read that it is one of the biggest myths
regarding English grammar!

Edited by Rhian on 03 August 2010 at 1:58am



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