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maydayayday
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Studies: Arabic (Egyptian), Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Polish, Persian, Vietnamese
Studies: Urdu

 
 Message 1225 of 3740
04 November 2010 at 6:34pm | IP Logged 
When you are sat in a back street restaurant in Venice and you realise that the swarthy guy on the next table is actually Arab rather than Italian and his girlfriend is Italian from Piedmont though she looks German: and you can tell the difference because of their accent! His Italian is good but his accent is rubbish.

Then the conversation goes on in Italian & Arabic.

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Sierra
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 Message 1226 of 3740
04 November 2010 at 8:13pm | IP Logged 
Building on my contribution from last week...

When you realize that your idea of a rockin' Friday night is puzzling over Turkish word
order so you can manage to send a message to your new language exchange partner. I have
a social life, really guys, I promise.

But I just can't pause in the middle of working out a particularly knotty sentence, you
know? If I hadn't stayed in to finish untangling it, I'd probably be in town right now,
drowning the guilt of linguistic laziness with a succession of pint glasses. They would
have to carry me home, drunkenly bellowing out verb conjugations. I would be a Public
Menace.




So what I guess I'm saying here is that you know you're a language nerd when you
concoct elaborate and unlikely scenarios in your head to justify spending your weekend
hunched over a grammar book?
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jimbo
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 Message 1227 of 3740
05 November 2010 at 6:06am | IP Logged 
Sierra wrote:
So what I guess I'm saying here is that you know you're a language nerd when you concoct elaborate and unlikely scenarios in your head to justify spending your weekend hunched over a grammar book?


You know you're a language nerd when you get your buzz from the grammar books, not the contents of the pint glasses. (... You know that you've taken things too far when the idea of going out doesn't even occur to you.)
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mick33
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Studies: Thai, Polish, Afrikaans, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Swedish

 
 Message 1228 of 3740
05 November 2010 at 7:33am | IP Logged 
The last time I babysat my two-year-old nephew I sang a Finnish song to him and he tried to sing along.
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ellasevia
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 Message 1229 of 3740
05 November 2010 at 10:22pm | IP Logged 
When, in the school library you hear the people (whom you don't know) at the table behind you talking about how one of them is taking a Russian class at the local university and the conversation quickly progresses to why Russian and learning languages in general, you desperately want to skip over to them and join in the conversation--like meramarina said earlier in the thread, "You're my people!" (or something like that). But perhaps that would be too weird, so sadly you decide against it.
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Vos
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 Message 1230 of 3740
06 November 2010 at 8:14am | IP Logged 
...You're standing amongst all the people at the local Polish deli for far longer than if you were just buying
something, simply because you enjoy listening to the customers and shop owners talk life and food in their
wonderful Polish tongue. And also because you like to look at all the beautifully intriguing Polish words for all the
sausages, cured meats, jams and cakes that they make.
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Johnnysd
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 Message 1231 of 3740
06 November 2010 at 12:41pm | IP Logged 
WHen, while having a photography presentation, you show a picture where you have stacked
some Korean course books and an Arabic dictionary, and they ask you "Do you speak Korean
and Arabic", to which you reply "I speak some Korean, but not Arabic" and then give a
quick korean language lesson!
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Levi
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 Message 1232 of 3740
06 November 2010 at 3:16pm | IP Logged 
...when the most widely spoken European languages you lack a dictionary for are Belarusian and Albanian.


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