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Old Chemist
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 Message 1193 of 3735
27 October 2010 at 10:10am | IP Logged 
Sierra wrote:
-When you don't think it's weird or particularly impressive at all to pick up a book in a
language you've never seriously studied and be able to more or less read it using your
knowledge of related languages, and when you're surprised that other people find this out
of the ordinary.

-When you make iTunes playlists organizing your music by language.

Yes! I can't get my head round the fact that everyone else doesn't share my interest in languages and a bored expression appears on the face of anyone I try to explain some interesting - to me - fact about language. I also have a course on Basque along with many other language courses, which people consider seriously weird.
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 Message 1194 of 3735
27 October 2010 at 2:16pm | IP Logged 
When you critizice the translation of a movie, or any documents.
in a scene of "into the wild",the main character just have been hunting but he found no preys, so he write on his diary "no game" . but they have translated it into french by "pas de jeu", but it had no sense here , it means something like "there were no amusements". when i heard this i was ... wtf?! and i said to my friends who were watching the movie with me that it should have been translated by "pas de gibier" and they agreed ^^
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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1195 of 3735
27 October 2010 at 2:18pm | IP Logged 
When, to your delight, you are the only one who turns up to your Russian literature lecture one week and ask the lecturer (who is from Germany) whether you could conduct the seminar in German. She agrees, and you talk about Dostoyevsky's life and works completely in German for an hour. Then at the end, she compliments your German (which you find fantastic, of course) and from then on never speaks a word of English to you again.
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 Message 1196 of 3735
27 October 2010 at 2:36pm | IP Logged 
LanguageSponge wrote:
When, to your delight, you are the only one who turns up to your Russian literature lecture one week and ask the lecturer (who is from Germany) whether you could conduct the seminar in German. She agrees, and you talk about Dostoyevsky's life and works completely in German for an hour. Then at the end, she compliments your German (which you find fantastic, of course) and from then on never speaks a word of English to you again.


This is really succesful and beneficial for both languages, German and Russian.

Fasulye
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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1198 of 3735
27 October 2010 at 6:55pm | IP Logged 
Fasulye wrote:
LanguageSponge wrote:
When, to your delight, you are the only one who turns up to your Russian literature lecture one week and ask the lecturer (who is from Germany) whether you could conduct the seminar in German. She agrees, and you talk about Dostoyevsky's life and works completely in German for an hour. Then at the end, she compliments your German (which you find fantastic, of course) and from then on never speaks a word of English to you again.


This is really succesful and beneficial for both languages, German and Russian.

Fasulye


As I am more confident in my German than in my Russian, I felt the need to prove to myself that I could actually carry out a whole lecture in German first - If I am ever fortunate enough for the same to happen again, I will try in Russian. Also it was driving me mad that I knew the lecturer was German and yet I had to speak English with her in lectures.

You know you're a language nerd when you consider not buying one of your favourite TV series just because they only have English subtitles.

Also, you know you're a language nerd when you know of someone who's using Scrubs to learn Italian from, and you consider getting into Scrubs just because it has subtitles in other languages on its DVDs.
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 Message 1199 of 3735
28 October 2010 at 12:48pm | IP Logged 
A sign of true language nerdery in my embarrassing bookmarks: The Galactic Phrase Book and Travel Guide.

Did you know, for example, that "the language spoken by the character Greedo in conversation with Han Solo (in the cantina) is actually a simplified version of Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andean region of South America". Or that "in Return of the Jedi, Lando Calrissian's copilot, Nien Nunb, speaks the real Human language Haya, a dialect spoken in Tanzania". [source: Language - Wookieepedia]

Oh but surely the evidence speaks for itself now - my journey to the nerdy side of language appreciation is almost complete...help me Obi-Wan, you're my only hope! [edit]

Edited by Teango on 28 October 2010 at 1:18pm

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 Message 1200 of 3735
28 October 2010 at 12:55pm | IP Logged 
I honestly think we need to get out more.....

Then again perhaps not.


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