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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1402 of 3740
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 1403 of 3740
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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 Message 1404 of 3740
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 1405 of 3740
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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 Message 1406 of 3740
27 January 2011 at 2:10pm | IP Logged 
LanguageSponge wrote:
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


I've been to that bookshop! And now have an urge to return...
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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1407 of 3740
29 January 2011 at 12:22am | IP Logged 
...when you visit a military museum in Vienna (which was awesome) and realise that you're reading and listening to every single bit of information possible, because it's all in German (or in some cases, in Russian or French. Then you realise you'd never ever do this if it were in your native language.

...when you're in the same museum and you pick up the same leaflet 6 times in 6 different languages - and one of the languages is one that you're not even able to read yet - German, Russian, French, Italian, Czech and Japanese. And you will read the same leaflet at least 5 times. And will eventually read it again in Japanese one day :]
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Thantophobia
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 Message 1408 of 3740
29 January 2011 at 5:37am | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you start putting upside down exclamation points and
question marks at the beginning of English sentences.


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