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Pau20
Triglot
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9 posts - 11 votes
Speaks: Spanish*, English, Italian
Studies: French, German

 
 Message 1345 of 3740
22 December 2010 at 12:32am | IP Logged 
LanguageSponge wrote:
You're welcome! The vast majority of my friends are language nerds, fortunately, so though that might not sound all that fun to most people, it does to us. The others would probably like the drinking games further down the list, but if *everyone* who turns up is multilingual, which is likely, even the conversation around those will be in some language other than English :]


Ooh lucky you! I want your language nerd friends! I only have 2 :(
Btw... we didn't play any game, unless breaking a piñata counts as a game.
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ellasevia
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Japan
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2152 posts - 3231 votes 
Speaks: English*, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Croatian, Greek, Japanese, Turkish, Italian
Studies: Mandarin, Persian, Arabic (Written)

 
 Message 1346 of 3740
22 December 2010 at 2:07am | IP Logged 
...when these are your Christmas cookies. (sorry about the huge size)


Going from left to right and from top to bottom, they are...
Spanish, Portuguese, French, Catalan, Italian, Romanian
Dutch, German, Swedish, Icelandic, Esperanto, Chinese
Russian, Polish, Czech, Slovenian, Hungarian
Greek, Korean, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic, Navajo
Irish, Welsh, Persian, Hindi, Georgian

And my brother ate the ones in Finnish and Swahili before I took the picture.
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psy88
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United States
Joined 3634 days ago

467 posts - 882 votes 
Studies: Spanish*, Japanese, Latin, French

 
 Message 1347 of 3740
22 December 2010 at 2:54am | IP Logged 
translator2 wrote:
People ask you how to say something in a different language because you are supposed to have learned the whole dictionary by heart...

You loathe gerunds and false friends.

You frequently have nightmares in which you're chased by Saussure, Chomsky, Halliday or Pinker.

You find certain words, expressions or translations utterly amusing... Yes, you laugh at words.

You have fun translating proverbs or idioms literally, such as "putting was the goose".

You find yourself looking up a word in the dictionary and you know you've already looked it up a thousand times before in your life.

You have run out of insults because this peculiar word seems to be nowhere in the world, but in the text you are trying to read.

You find out how much money you've spent on books, videos and magazines and you realize you could be a millionaire if you had saved up all that money.

You can remember making weird noises to yourself, just because you were practicing your Lenis Voiced Dental Fricative.

You know that the same meaning is hidden in these two sentences: "It's rude to point" and "Deixis is rude".

You know that the Spanish words "interface" and "interfaz" are not synonyms.

You can hold a coherent conversation with a colleague about derivational morphology or passive and middle voice.

You can list all the differences between unergative and unaccusative verbs, and you know the difference between a creole and a pidgin.

You know the difference between PRO and traces/copies, and ECM and subject/object control verbs.

You know the different countless types of Spanish polysemic "se".

Drawing trees is the worst thing that can ever happen to you, because it no longer means pencils, branches and leaves, but subject, tense phrase and wh- movement.

You know how useless the RAE dictionary is, but you learn to cope with it.

It doesn't matter how hard you try to learn a language, there's always going to be someone who will disagree and will suggest that you are completely hopeless.

You must restrain yourself from slapping people on their faces when you hear them producing horrible ungrammatical sentences.

A friend asks for the meaning of a word and you clear your throat and start giving a lecture on etymology.

It takes you at least 10 minutes to look up just one word in the dictionary, because you find at least 10 other interesting words before the one you need.

You're starting a band called "Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously", and your hit song is "I'm a lonely NP".







when you don't even know what a lot of this means..but you sure wish you did!! And hope one day to be as knowledgeable.

Edited by psy88 on 22 December 2010 at 2:57am

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dotdotdot
Diglot
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United States
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24 posts - 37 votes
Speaks: Korean, English*
Studies: Italian, Russian

 
 Message 1348 of 3740
22 December 2010 at 5:01am | IP Logged 
translator2 wrote:

You're starting a band called "Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously", and your hit song is "I'm a lonely NP".



Darn it, I thought about making a band called that! I guess I have to settle with "Total Annihilation Challenge" ;)
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zerothinking
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Australia
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528 posts - 772 votes 
Speaks: English*

 
 Message 1349 of 3740
22 December 2010 at 8:19am | IP Logged 
When you spend five minutes reading the books in the displays at Ikea because they're in
Swedish. You don't speak Swedish. You are highly tempted to steal one or two of them.

When you find this table in Ikea and think it was designed for you.



Edited by zerothinking on 22 December 2010 at 8:43am

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ReneeMona
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Senior Member
Netherlands
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864 posts - 1274 votes 
Speaks: Dutch*, EnglishC2
Studies: French

 
 Message 1350 of 3740
22 December 2010 at 1:54pm | IP Logged 
...while studying for your linguistics final, just about everything in the entire book sounds familiar to you, not because of the lectures but because you've read about them on this forum.

Edited by ReneeMona on 22 December 2010 at 2:48pm

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Qbe
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United States
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289 posts - 335 votes 
Speaks: English*, Latin, Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew
Studies: Japanese, German, Mandarin, Aramaic

 
 Message 1351 of 3740
22 December 2010 at 3:32pm | IP Logged 
... when you can identify the languages on most of ellasevia's Christmas cookies (without looking at the answers).

--- when you enjoy doing so.

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Levi
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United States
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2268 posts - 3328 votes 
Speaks: English*, French, Esperanto, German, Spanish
Studies: Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese, Italian

 
 Message 1352 of 3740
22 December 2010 at 7:05pm | IP Logged 
...when, because of Internet radio, you always know more about the weather where your target language is spoken than you do about the weather where you live.


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