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Phantom Kat
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 Message 1393 of 3735
14 January 2011 at 3:03am | IP Logged 
- When, as you walk up and down the Foreign Language aisle of Barnes and Nobles for the tenth time looking for ANY Finnish material, you can't help but overhear this customer telling this woman on the other side of the bookshelf that he had just gotten back from Europe. You then almost lose it when he mentions he just came back from Helsinki, Finland.

- When you're looking at scholarships and excitedly tell your friend, "Look, they accept the essay in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese!" depite the fact that you and her can only write in two of those languages.

- When you pray to any deity willing to hear that you marry a native in your target language(s), just like your big sister.

- When your heart aches at the mere thought of being raised monolingually.

- When you can't help but gape when the flute scale exercises your teacher just handed you has the title in both English and Finnish. You immediately pop open your pocket dictionary to translate then go on and tell the teacher, just 'cause.

- When you jump and smile giddily when your friend asks you to lend her your English-French/French-English pocket dictionary. You then immediately go on to remind her that you know websites and resources for her to learn French with (though you hold back on mentioning the TAC so you don't scare her off.)

- Kat
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meramarina
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 Message 1394 of 3735
14 January 2011 at 4:38am | IP Logged 
Quote:
you start dreaming you're a contestant on Polyglot Blind Date, with the unenviable task of picking one out of three lovely languages hidden behind the screen


You were playing the wrong game. If you'd played Promiscuous Polyglot, you could have had them all! But you, like me, are so old now you need your precious sleep. My own new reality TV show is called "Napping With the Cats."

I sympathize, though. I know I am a language nerd because when I nod off when reading in another language, sometimes my mind keeps going and I can hear and speak and understand so much . . . it's very nice. I wish I could record these dreams just to see just how accurate my use of target languages is when I'm not awake. I get this great feeling of fluency, but I suspect it's not really so.

I don't want to know the truth if it just something like . . . glib beep beep fizzlewishy blarglefargle kerplunk . . .

Edited by meramarina on 14 January 2011 at 4:40am

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garyb
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 Message 1395 of 3735
19 January 2011 at 12:11pm | IP Logged 
You walk past a snack bar called "Bites" and the first thing that comes to your mind is how funny French people must find it.
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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1397 of 3735
25 January 2011 at 12:44pm | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you're in Vienna for a week and are therefore supposed to go and see the sights - you've been wandering around taking pictures of awesome stuff for a couple of hours and then run into a bookshop, and you just have to go inside. Then you find the language section upstairs, and spend more time in that one section of the bookshop than you spent browsing the city for the rest of the day. And you also know you're a language nerd when you're about to leave your hotel room to buy all the books that you found and liked yesterday. :P

Jack
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 Message 1398 of 3735
25 January 2011 at 6:19pm | IP Logged 
LanguageSponge wrote:
You know you're a language nerd when you're in Vienna for a week and are therefore supposed to go and see the sights - you've been wandering around taking pictures of awesome stuff for a couple of hours and then run into a bookshop, and you just have to go inside. Then you find the language section upstairs, and spend more time in that one section of the bookshop than you spent browsing the city for the rest of the day. And you also know you're a language nerd when you're about to leave your hotel room to buy all the books that you found and liked yesterday. :P

Jack


You know you're a language nerd when you didn't really like Vienna that much, but upon reading this post you suddenly have a strong urge to go back, just to visit that bookstore! Where is it, by the way? :)
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Levi
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 Message 1399 of 3735
27 January 2011 at 8:04am | IP Logged 
...when nothing irks you like English speakers who say "coup de gras" instead of "coup de grâce".

grâce (grahss) = grace
gras (grah) = fat (as in Mardi Gras)

Edited by Levi on 27 January 2011 at 8:05am

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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1400 of 3735
27 January 2011 at 8:48am | IP Logged 
Jinx wrote:
LanguageSponge wrote:
You know you're a language nerd when you're in Vienna for a week and are therefore supposed to go and see the sights - you've been wandering around taking pictures of awesome stuff for a couple of hours and then run into a bookshop, and you just have to go inside. Then you find the language section upstairs, and spend more time in that one section of the bookshop than you spent browsing the city for the rest of the day. And you also know you're a language nerd when you're about to leave your hotel room to buy all the books that you found and liked yesterday. :P

Jack


You know you're a language nerd when you didn't really like Vienna that much, but upon reading this post you suddenly have a strong urge to go back, just to visit that bookstore! Where is it, by the way? :)


There are loads of them around Vienna, it's a chain called "Wilhelm Frick Buchhandlung" - the branch we went to is Kärntner Straße 30, which is closest to Stephansplatz U-Bahn station. I am sure there are better branches around the city, as this was just the first one we happened to stumble upon. I remember when I used to go to Munich far more often than I do now, there were much better bookshops than even that one, but I haven't been there for a few years now so would have to look up the addresses and stuff.

Jack


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