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ellasevia
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 Message 1369 of 3735
29 December 2010 at 2:33am | IP Logged 
...when you're reviewing vocabulary while ice skating.
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psy88
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 Message 1370 of 3735
29 December 2010 at 4:04am | IP Logged 
when you go to Barnes and Nobles after Christmas to buy "word a day" calenders in three different languages (your two current target languages and a third because, hey they were all half price so, why not? and if you had more money with you, it would have 4 different languages!). And the sales person asks if you are buying them as gifts for friends. When you smile, somewhat sheepishly, to explain they are all for you, she gives you a strange look but does not say anything further.
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 Message 1371 of 3735
29 December 2010 at 3:45pm | IP Logged 
You set your car's GPS to speak German, French, etc.
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 Message 1372 of 3735
29 December 2010 at 9:42pm | IP Logged 
translator2 wrote:
You set your car's GPS to speak German, French, etc.


When your GPS is set to Korean for the voice, and Russian for everything else.

And you spent about half an hour listening to the different types of voices the GPS has in its languages.
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LittleBoy
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 Message 1373 of 3735
30 December 2010 at 11:48am | IP Logged 
Maybe this should go under "you know the romance languages are very similar to each other when...", but I was pleased nonetheless.
Yesterday, whilst reading the foreign on a box of chocolates, I read one bit, and was quite pleased to find a language that I knew and could understand perfectly. Then I realised that it was one that I had never studied, Portuguese...
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 Message 1374 of 3735
04 January 2011 at 11:44am | IP Logged 
When you actually dream you're in the language section of a big bookshop filling up your bag excitedly with January sales. :)
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 Message 1375 of 3735
04 January 2011 at 2:16pm | IP Logged 

When you wake up with a big pain in the neck (I didn't know it hurt so much!) and the
first thing that pops out your head is "stiff neck", although you don't remember ever
having heard or read or learned that expression (English is not your mother tongue). So
you think your still-in-deep-dream-state mind just made that up. You jump off the bed
and go over the internet (despite the enormous pain it causes to move so abruptly)
because you HAVE TO verify if those words are correct and proper English. And yes they
are! It's not your mind playing tricks on you.

Then you get worried 'cause you don't know how to say that in Spanish, and you won't be
able to tell your mommy-that-knows-all what's wrong with your neck. You go to google
translate and there it displays "tortícolis" (never heard that). Then you yell "maaaa,
tengo tortícolis!". She comes and says, "ah.. here in Paraguay they call it "te sopló
viento" (a wind blew you) (sounds nasty, doesn't it?).

Now you NEED to find out how to say that in Chinese (落枕 làozhěn), Japanese (肩凝り),
German (Genickstarre) and Portuguese (torcicolo). You realize you already knew that in
Portuguese.

And now you're here posting this occurrence in your favorite forum!

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kottoler.ello
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 Message 1376 of 3735
05 January 2011 at 2:01am | IP Logged 
karaipyhare wrote:

When you wake up with a big pain in the neck (I didn't know it hurt so much!) and the
first thing that pops out your head is "stiff neck", although you don't remember ever
having heard or read or learned that expression (English is not your mother tongue). So
you think your still-in-deep-dream-state mind just made that up. You jump off the bed
and go over the internet (despite the enormous pain it causes to move so abruptly)
because you HAVE TO verify if those words are correct and proper English. And yes they
are! It's not your mind playing tricks on you.


Although saying you have a "stiff neck" is neither wrong nor unintelligible, it's more common and idiomatic to describe it as having a "crick" in one's neck, just fyi :)


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