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Rina
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Speaks: English*
Studies: German, Mandarin, Korean

 
 Message 97 of 3740
12 October 2009 at 4:13am | IP Logged 
When people who don't know you very well were/are under the impression that you're German. Or Russian. Or Japanese, even though I'm obviously not Asian... >.<
This happens to me a lot.

When you avoid having to accept movie invitations, or anything else that costs money, because your broke, nerdy, 15 year old self needs every bit of chore/birthday/Christmas money for language material...
...I need a job.


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meramarina
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Speaks: English*, Spanish
Studies: German, Italian, French
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 Message 98 of 3740
12 October 2009 at 5:23am | IP Logged 
I have a growing collection of language books, as I try to make progress in learning, and I've been putting them all together on one shelf. I like to keep them nearby, as I use the books frequently and I add to the shelf regularly. And now, I've finally had a real language breakthrough. The shelf collapsed.
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niemia
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United States
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Speaks: English*, French, Russian, Spanish
Studies: German, Polish, Welsh, Arabic (Written), Japanese, Finnish

 
 Message 99 of 3740
12 October 2009 at 7:22am | IP Logged 
When you constantly have to justify the awesomeness of Welsh to your friends and explain why studying it at the
same time as French, Spanish, German, Russian and Arabic is actually a good idea.
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jimbo
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469 posts - 642 votes 
Speaks: English*, Mandarin, Korean, French
Studies: Japanese, Latin

 
 Message 100 of 3740
12 October 2009 at 2:21pm | IP Logged 
LatinoBoy84 wrote:
When you go a "French restaurant" order food in your best spoken French...only to be
crushed when the waitress tells you she doesn't speak French...


When you then switch to whatever obscure language she DOES speak!
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ExtraLean
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Speaks: English*, French, Spanish
Studies: German

 
 Message 101 of 3740
12 October 2009 at 5:32pm | IP Logged 
When you are incredibly happy to notice that the pile of books, that some fool has put by the bin next to the photocopier in another department to be thrown out, are technical translation dictionaries which have been replaced with more recent versions. Even more so when you realise that several of them are in five different languages, four of which you're studying.

And when you then have to figure out how to smuggle them out of the building without arousing too much suspicion.
:D

Edited by ExtraLean on 12 October 2009 at 5:34pm

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PastaVodka
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 Message 102 of 3740
13 October 2009 at 12:58am | IP Logged 
- When you mispronounce something in your native tongue because it has a similar spelling to a word in your target language.

- When you study every language your ancestors supposedly spoke and then some.

Edited by PastaVodka on 13 October 2009 at 1:09am

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Warp3
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 Message 103 of 3740
13 October 2009 at 1:56am | IP Logged 
ExtraLean wrote:
J-Learner wrote:
You listen to foreign pop music even though you absolutely hate it in English. {snip}


We'll have to find a support group or something. {snip}


{raises hand} Pop is not my normal music preference, but pretty much all the Korean music I've acquired thus far is K-pop. I need to work on fixing that.

jeff_lindqvist wrote:
...when your mp3-player is loaded with foreign language podcasts instead of music.


I didn't even own an MP3 player until very recently. Now that I do, it's got nothing but Pimsleur lessons loaded on it.

janalisa wrote:
-When you've changed the default language of your computer, cell phone, etc. to a foreign language


I actually just verified over the weekend that my cell phone doesn't have Korean (which is my primary focus right now) as an option. It does have Spanish, though...hmmm.

I've considering changing the language on my primary home computer, but haven't actually gone through with that yet.

psy88 wrote:
When you would never watch a "soap opera" but love telenovelas because you can practice your Spanish..but secretly love the story lines.


I completely quit watching TV a year or so ago (including canceling my Dish Network service) because I didn't have time for it and I had really lost interest in watching TV anyway. Then about a week ago, I ordered a K-drama series on DVD. I've also briefly considered getting Dish Network again only because I found out they have 5 Korean channels available.


Here is one of my own:
- When, back in high school, you got bored enough in English class one day that you translated Hamlet's "To Be or Not To Be" speech into Spanish...for fun.
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psy88
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 Message 104 of 3740
15 October 2009 at 3:27am | IP Logged 
When, in response to the thread "your favorite language program" you want to post "all of them",(because it is true!!) but you don't for fear of sounding too much like a former vice-presidential candidate.


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