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Ari
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 Message 1097 of 3740
19 September 2010 at 1:15pm | IP Logged 
When you're assaulted by five men, beaten on the head with a machete, have (a small) part of your finger cut off and your wallet stolen, and as your holding a tissue to your bleeding head, looking like a serial killer from a horror movie (except the blood is your own), you can't help thinking "Thank god they didn't take my mobile; I've got no backup on that SRS deck!".

Do I win the thread yet?
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Jon1991
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 Message 1099 of 3740
19 September 2010 at 4:59pm | IP Logged 
When you hear about your mate's courses at University like Economics, Law, Biology etc and you think it is boring because there isn't learning a language involved.
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Ari
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 Message 1100 of 3740
20 September 2010 at 1:46am | IP Logged 
paranday wrote:
Ari wrote:
"Thank god they didn't take my mobile; I've got no backup on that SRS deck!".


When you backup your SRS decks religiously, without fail, not even once have you ever forgotten to.

Touché.
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meramarina
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 Message 1101 of 3740
20 September 2010 at 2:28am | IP Logged 
Quote:
When you backup your SRS decks religiously, without fail, not even once have you ever forgotten to


I forgot, and I have suffered the consequences. I'm still mourning the loss of a favorite Anki deck . . . I don't know what happened (sob)

But in other Nerdy News, I know, yet again, that I am a language nerd because I have become just a little bit of a language vigilante.

For me, the last two weeks have not been very good for language learning. First, I just had too much other work to take care of and then I was sick all this week, but today I went to the bookstore. Yes, I hear you - if you have read my posts before, you're likely wondering if I do anything BUT go to the bookstore - well, no, not really.

So there I was lurking around the language aisle, making my birthday wish list, because I plan to get myself a few gifts soon to celebrate this rapidly accelerating aging nonsense that makes me feel peevish and so I had a look at various books and a few were really very silly. Not my style at all, you know . . .

Have you seen the series "Hide This French/Italian/Spanish Book! (there are several versions) The objective here is to learn some very, very naughty foreign words. Hhmmmm . . . well, now! I'm not against learning some nasty new words, myself, but I just can't agree with this as the sole purpose of language learning, so I did just what the book said and I HID IT. I put it behind some other books, that's right, now it's gone, ha, and it was a good deed, yes it was.

Um, eh, OK . . . so I did learn a few things.
But I've already forgotten them - my memory is not what it was, and I am glad for that.


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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1102 of 3740
21 September 2010 at 1:08am | IP Logged 
When you feel guilty for reading anything at all in your native language(s).

When you feel guilty for talking to your flatmates in English (some of whom are from Belgium, Germany and Italy) even though you have guests over who wouldn't understand a word of what you were saying unless it is in English.

When you're sitting down watching TV with said flatmates and comment on the terrible English grammar being used by some people on the program. And when a monolingual friend asks you to explain what's wrong with their English (because they speak in exactly the same way) you proceed to use phrases like "incorrect past participle" and "incorrect verb conjugations" or "subjunctive" to explain the answer, taking it entirely for granted that the monolingual friend would understand such simple terminology, but alas, they do not, and therefore you have to simplify your answer to something not even worth saying in your mind.
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seldnar
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 Message 1103 of 3740
21 September 2010 at 2:16pm | IP Logged 
When your relatives from Newfoundland (whom you haven't seen in a while) casually ask "we
must sound pretty different than what you're used to, no?" I practically jumped out of my
chair and said "Yes! Glottal stops!" And then proceed to explain the difference between
the way they pronounce the word "bottle" (bo'el--don't know how to write it correctly to
show the sound) and how most people I know say it (with the "t" sound). They just all
stared and me and I sheepishly sank back into my chair. I really was so excited to think
someone wanted to talk about glottal stops.
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Ari
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 Message 1104 of 3740
21 September 2010 at 3:52pm | IP Logged 
LanguageSponge wrote:
[…] use phrases like "incorrect past participle" and "incorrect verb conjugations" or "subjunctive" to explain the answer, taking it entirely for granted that the monolingual friend would understand such simple terminology, but alas, they do not, and therefore you have to simplify your answer to something not even worth saying in your mind.

This raises the question, is there a difference between being a language nerd and being a linguistics nerd?


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