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Icaria909
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 Message 129 of 3735
24 October 2009 at 2:36pm | IP Logged 
You know your a language nerd when you don't want to hang out with your friends so you can be there when the mailman delivers that "teach yourself catalan" book you ordered a week ago.
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Warp3
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 Message 130 of 3735
24 October 2009 at 5:26pm | IP Logged 
LanguageSponge wrote:
You know you're a language nerd when you realise that all the music you ever listen to anymore is in at least one foreign language, and in some cases, the music uses more than one foreign language in the same song, in my case :]


I've been listening to almost exclusively Korean music lately. As for the multi-language comment: While listening to one of the Korean songs I came across recently, it didn't surprise me to hear English thrown in (that's pretty common in Korean music), but hearing Spanish phrases (mostly just the phrase "Te quiero" which means "I want you") in the same song definitely caught my attention.

Levi wrote:
Hmm...I am listening to a Korean song as I read your post here. I just don't see the point of listening to music in English. It's not an aesthetically pleasing language (to me), and it's overdone. Everybody sings in English nowadays, because it's the hip thing to do. I find the artists who resist this trend tend to be in general more original and creative, and more interesting as they often incorporate instruments and musical genres from their native culture.

theallstar wrote:
I listen to music in foreign languages all the time too (right now in Korean coincidently enough!). Not only that, but I listen to pop music - something I'd never do if it was in English ;)


Same here. I've been listening to a lot of K-pop lately even though I don't really listen to American pop music (I usually tend more toward Rock / Alt / Grunge). I do agree that the trend of Koreans singing in English is kind of getting annoying. Fortunately most songs only have English phrases here and there, but some seem like they have more English than Korean in them lately.

That said, I do find their fascination with doing covers of American songs interesting, though (usually for one off performances, not on albums or anything). I thought FT Island's cover of Blur's Song 2 (on one of the SBS Chocolate episodes) was quite good.
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Levi
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 Message 131 of 3735
24 October 2009 at 6:06pm | IP Logged 
I also find I like different genres for different languages. I think Korean is good for pop, but not German. I don't listen to German pop. For me, German is a language to rock out to.

Edited by Levi on 24 October 2009 at 6:09pm

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LatinoBoy84
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 Message 132 of 3735
26 October 2009 at 3:04am | IP Logged 
You Edit the Dialogues out of Pimsleur and your other favourite audio courses so that you can shadow them and save space on your iPod...
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meramarina
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 Message 133 of 3735
26 October 2009 at 5:01am | IP Logged 
When you have looked at a thread about language nerds so many times, Google thinks that you must be looking for a Nerd Costume for Halloween! If I could, I'd have some choice words for those Google advertisers regarding this misdirected marketing. Because I really DON'T need one! That would just defeat the whole purpose of disguising oneself, to look like what you are.

Edited by meramarina on 26 October 2009 at 9:35pm

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Levi
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 Message 134 of 3735
28 October 2009 at 3:10am | IP Logged 
Hmmm...maybe I should go as a language nerd for Halloween. I wouldn't have to spend any money besides the money I already spent on my Assimil Japanese course which should be coming in the mail any day now.

You know you're a language nerd when you order language materials online and you compulsively track your package to see how close it is to your house. (Yay, it left Cincinnati!)
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meramarina
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 Message 135 of 3735
28 October 2009 at 3:25am | IP Logged 
Ha! A language nerd costume . . . I wonder what that would look like. You should do it!
You could get something like a mime costume, all black and mysterious, and decorate yourself with foreign words and symbols. I actually saw something like that, but it was a shower curtain; there was a different curtain for each language with vocabulary words written all over it--and I was a language nerd for sure, not buying a German vocabulary shower curtain because I knew all the words! You could make a suit with it!

Or you could be a member of the Language Police, and arrest people for violations of syntax . . . or maybe just a really big alphabetic character walking around, or maybe an Egyptian symbol, so you can say to people: "Of course you don't know what I am! I'm a HIEROGLYPH!

You know you're a language nerd when you actually think about things like this!

Edited by meramarina on 28 October 2009 at 4:46am

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