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Levi
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Speaks: English*, French, Esperanto, German, Spanish
Studies: Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese, Italian

 
 Message 1297 of 3735
07 December 2010 at 5:33pm | IP Logged 
muflax wrote:
...when you are thinking about finally getting a Facebook account, but can't decide which language to set your account up in. English, my thinking language? Would alienate some friends. Japanese? Don't know anyone who could even read it. German? Would alienate others. Pali? Not good enough yet. (I should have taken the Sumerian classes when I had the chance...)

Nah, probably better to not spend time on this social stuff and just learn more. Who needs people when you can have books?

The language you choose on Facebook is just the language things are displayed to you in. The only things people will see in a foreign language are things you type. And you can change your display language at any time. I change mine every few days.
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Qbe
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Speaks: English*, Latin, Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew
Studies: Japanese, German, Mandarin, Aramaic

 
 Message 1298 of 3735
07 December 2010 at 6:10pm | IP Logged 
...when your desk at work contains more language-related books than work-related books. (A quick look at my own desk shows 6 computer books and 12 language books.)
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muflax
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 Message 1299 of 3735
07 December 2010 at 6:22pm | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
muflax wrote:
...when you are thinking about finally getting a Facebook account, but can't decide which language to set your account up in. English, my thinking language? Would alienate some friends. Japanese? Don't know anyone who could even read it. German? Would alienate others. Pali? Not good enough yet. (I should have taken the Sumerian classes when I had the chance...)

Nah, probably better to not spend time on this social stuff and just learn more. Who needs people when you can have books?

The language you choose on Facebook is just the language things are displayed to you in. The only things people will see in a foreign language are things you type. And you can change your display language at any time. I change mine every few days.


I was aware of the display settings (which would be Japanese anyway because 漢字 are just so neat and compact), but what I meant was, in which language I should write myself? I can only really count on being universally understood if I write in English, but I don't always feel like it and it seems weird to me to provide personal information in a different language than the one I use in conversation. Some public messages in English, some in German, I don't like that.

Luckily, I'm enough of an introvert that I don't have many friends to actually weird out (and managed to get one to learn a bit of Japanese!) and my reluctance is really just an aversion to inconsistency. I associate different languages with different... attitudes (personas?) and the ones I'd be most comfortable writing with aren't the ones that my friends typically see. But then it's a bit silly because I don't expect to actively use Facebook much, going by experience and having spent more time on setting up text editors than on being social this month...

You know you're a language nerd when you ramble on too long about language choices the way others do about clothing. ;)
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Omenapuu00
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 Message 1300 of 3735
07 December 2010 at 6:42pm | IP Logged 
...When you're taking Mandarin, Junior-level Spanish, Russian, and second semester Arabic classes during your first year at University and then drop out because you realize if all you want to study is foreign languages, you can learn more in an hour on your free time than a whole semester of schooling. Plus, you won't be surrounded by people with poor accents and no passion for the language ;)
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horshod
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Speaks: Hindi, Marathi*, Bengali, Gujarati, English
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 Message 1301 of 3735
07 December 2010 at 8:38pm | IP Logged 
Omenapuu00 wrote:
...you can learn more in an hour on your free time than a whole semester of schooling. Plus, you won't be surrounded by people with poor accents and no passion for the language ;)


So true!
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psy88
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 Message 1302 of 3735
08 December 2010 at 3:34am | IP Logged 
Omenapuu00 wrote:
...When you're taking Mandarin, Junior-level Spanish, Russian, and second semester Arabic classes during your first year at University and then drop out because you realize if all you want to study is foreign languages, you can learn more in an hour on your free time than a whole semester of schooling. Plus, you won't be surrounded by people with poor accents and no passion for the language ;)


And save yourself a heck of a lot of money!
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Levi
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 Message 1303 of 3735
08 December 2010 at 7:48am | IP Logged 
...when you're crazy enough to study 漢字 in extremely dim lighting conditions.
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Levi
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 Message 1304 of 3735
08 December 2010 at 8:17am | IP Logged 
...when you're listening to an explanation of a horrible tragedy in your target language, and you can't stop smiling because you find yourself understanding every word.


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