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maydayayday
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 Message 1041 of 3735
26 August 2010 at 10:27pm | IP Logged 
Your local public library are disposing of old language materials and they ring you first to see if you want to take them away. [This did happen] Tapes, cassettes, cds and a load of books in scripts I havent yet worked out ...... they appear Dravidian but its not something I know anything about.

** but then you ask them to pass the message on to the next regions:


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LittleBoy
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 Message 1042 of 3735
28 August 2010 at 11:52am | IP Logged 
When you watch a video on Youtube and think how bad your Spanish has gotten without practise, but still being pleased that you can understand it. Then you realise the video is in Italian, a language you've never learnt.

When you're really happy to discover your local public library has books in French and spend half the walk home composing a post about it for this thread...
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 Message 1043 of 3735
28 August 2010 at 2:40pm | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
...when you look up unknown German words in a German-French dictionary (and then consult a monolingual French dictionary if necessary), rather than just using a German-English dictionary.


That's what I do as well, so I am also a language nerd...

I look up unknown French words of my recipes in my new Prisma bilingual French-Dutch dictionary.

Fasulye
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Rodrigo Chaves
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 Message 1044 of 3735
28 August 2010 at 11:33pm | IP Logged 
...when you hate watching movies with friends/family because they want it with subtitles or dubbed, and you don't want it, because you can't practice your knowledge of the language that way.
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zekecoma
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 Message 1045 of 3735
28 August 2010 at 11:43pm | IP Logged 
When you download stuff in your target language and got a warning for using too much
bandwidth from doing it xD
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ReneeMona
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 Message 1046 of 3735
29 August 2010 at 12:16am | IP Logged 
When you download a film with Swedish subtitles and even though you find out the film sucks about ten minutes in you still watch the whole thing because you're fascinated with how you can sort of understand the subtitles and how much Swedish resembles Dutch and English at times.

Edited by ReneeMona on 29 August 2010 at 12:17am

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psy88
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 Message 1047 of 3735
29 August 2010 at 12:52am | IP Logged 

when a high point of the vacation you were reluctant to take turns out to be that there are TV shows your second target language (French), while back home there are only shows in your first target language(Spanish).

when another high point is actually listening in on conversations in your second target language spoken by a family and being blown away when you hear little children speaking the language(it reminds you of the very old-ancient really- joke that the French must be very intelligent because even the little children can speak French, while you,an adult struggle with it).

when the true highest point is that one day ,because it is raining and you cannot do much of anything else, you visit a bookstore annex to a library and find that they are selling books at very, very low prices. You buy several school textbooks used to teach your second language, including two books that were used in school more than 70 yrs ago.The prices? Only 50 cents or a dollar each. You walk away with with two big shopping bags of text books for only $7! Then, to top it off, the older woman with a slight accent who works there asks if you are a French teacher because you are buying so many French texts. You explain that you are a student of the language.You discuss your love of languages. You mention that you are leaving the next day and she says that is too bad because she would give you lessons. You ask, in French,of course, if she is French. She answers in French that she is, and you have a very brief exchange in your target language. Then you make a slight faux pas without realizing it,(one that belongs in another thread on "humorous blunders") and so you leave feeling on top of the world and anxious to get home to add the books to your list of study materials.




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mirab3lla
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 Message 1048 of 3735
30 August 2010 at 6:15pm | IP Logged 
... when you cannot fall asleep until you've listened to some Linguaphone/Pimsleur/MT on your iPod or better,until you've seen that Veinto en Popa (Spanish course) video from the Open University which you downloaded two hours ago using iTunes U

... when you read Crime and Punishment in your native language thinking how it would've sounded in Russian, but then remember that your level of Ru is not so high enough to read novels yet, and decide to take a break from reading the novel to go and read your Russian textbook


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