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Qbe
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 Message 1417 of 3735
02 February 2011 at 8:55pm | IP Logged 
sjheiss wrote:
I don't see how that comes into play with nerdiness


I don't suppose it does; I was curious about the titles. Thanks for sharing!



Edited by Qbe on 02 February 2011 at 8:55pm

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Iversen
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 Message 1418 of 3735
02 February 2011 at 9:20pm | IP Logged 
My literature list when I visited Afrika:

Kauderwelsch: Irisch (in German)
Lonely Planet's language guide to Bahasa Indonesia
A small Russian-Danish dictionary
Lonely Planet's big fat guide to Western Africa (in English)

bilingual printouts:
something in Russian, mostly about the history of Georgia
something in Bahasa Indonesia (and partly Malaysia) about dinosaurs, geological epochs and violins
something in Icelandic about the elephant man, Walt Disney characters and the periodical system
something in Modern Greek about mathematicians, including Hypatia and Hilbert
something in Esperanto about Australopithecines, Zanzibar and William + Caroline Herschel

But I forgot to bring a French dictionary although I visited two French speaking countries

Edited by Iversen on 02 February 2011 at 9:35pm

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FuroraCeltica
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 Message 1419 of 3735
02 February 2011 at 10:01pm | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you add language learning materials on amazon to your wish list because you plan to "eventually" study that language
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hjordis
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 Message 1420 of 3735
03 February 2011 at 2:33am | IP Logged 
FuroraCeltica wrote:
You know you're a language nerd when you add language learning materials on amazon to your wish list because you plan to "eventually" study that language
Or, when you add so many language learning materials to your wish list that you have to split them up into different wish lists for all the different languages. And then some of them are still too crowded so you have to split them further.
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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1421 of 3735
03 February 2011 at 11:32am | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you're talking to your friends about yours and their families, talking primarily about which countries the relevant people hail from and which languages they speak or spoke. Then you come across a language in common between all of you, besides the ones you already have in common, and decide there and then to start learning it together. The language in question, in my case, is Dutch.

You know you're a language nerd when you're sitting in the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, waiting to go and watch a demonstration by the Lipizzaner horses, and you hear Russian, to your delight. Two women are standing at the booking desk, repeating the words "horses, ride" in English while deliberating amongst themselves in Russian how to say things in English. They don't attempt to speak German so you assume they can't. The German attendant is trying to explain to them in English (which the women clearly do not understand) that you can't ride the horses, you can only watch demonstrations by the school's riders. So feeling pretty nervous about the whole thing, you stand up and explain to the women in Russian that you can't ride the horses yourself and that you can only watch demonstrations during "Morgenarbeit" - morning exercise - between 10 and 12 and have a tour of the school in the afternoon. The women are very grateful for your help and you then help them book their tickets to watch the demonstrations the next day. You also know you're a language nerd when even after watching the horses during Morgenarbeit, watching them do all sorts of tricks you didn't think horses were even capable of, the short exchange with the women in Russian a few hours before made your day much more!

Jack
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ReneeMona
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 Message 1422 of 3735
03 February 2011 at 12:01pm | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you're discussing basic linguistics in your sociolinguistics class and you mention a term that no one else in the room has heard of, including your professor.
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RogerK
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 Message 1423 of 3735
04 February 2011 at 9:31am | IP Logged 
You know you are a language nerd when you are only up to the 35th lesson of 'French With Ease' and you order 'Using French' and 'Dutch With Ease' because you'll need something for later in the year. All the while you're still reading 'Italienisch in der Praxis'
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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1424 of 3735
04 February 2011 at 11:18pm | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when your girlfriend's mother rings the house and asks "do you want me to bring anything up with me when I visit tomorrow?". She is referring to cutlery and daily essentials as one of our flatmates is moving out. I then pipe up with "oh, don't worry about cutlery and whatever, I'll sort that, it's not important, just don't forget to bring up the Astérix books!". And now we're lying on the sofa reading Astérix et Obélix.


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