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Levi
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 Message 137 of 3735
08 November 2009 at 1:11am | IP Logged 
...when you are singing along to one of your favorite songs, and you realize you have no clue what any of the lyrics mean.

Edited by Levi on 08 November 2009 at 1:12am

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Envinyatar
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Speaks: Spanish*, English
Studies: Modern Hebrew

 
 Message 138 of 3735
08 November 2009 at 2:19am | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
...when you are singing along to one of your favorite songs, and you realize you have no clue what any of the lyrics mean.

Be careful, this could happen to you...
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psy88
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 Message 139 of 3735
08 November 2009 at 3:12am | IP Logged 
Levi: When I studied Jujitsu in New York ( with an American teacher, who had a Japanese wife) he would play Japanese songs during class. It was the same one cassette every class, so I had six hours a week of listening to the same songs. After years of listening,I could sing along in my head. One night I was able to ask his wife what the songs were about. She was embarrassed and reluctant to tell me. Finally, she admitted they were songs from World War II. They were about the "brave people defending themselves from the hairy barbarians" (i.e. the Westerners) who were threatening their homeland.
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dbh2ppa
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 Message 140 of 3735
08 November 2009 at 6:17am | IP Logged 
when you feel the need to correct people who uses incorrectly loanwords from one of your languages, even though the word is always used like that in their language.

... it's juujutsu or 柔術, not jujitsu!!! :P
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Georgiana
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 Message 141 of 3735
08 November 2009 at 6:30pm | IP Logged 
When you teach your dogs commands (sit, lay down, etc.) in different languages.


(My first post... hello!)

Edited by Georgiana on 08 November 2009 at 6:31pm

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psy88
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 Message 142 of 3735
09 November 2009 at 1:30am | IP Logged 
Or, you give your pet(dog or other) a name that is from your target language. As an aside, when I was a child, my grandfather spoke to our dog in Italian. He would tell the dog to "sit" and "give me your hand". The dog was able to follow the Italian commands. He could follow the same commands when told to do so in English. While in high school, I found our dog would sit and give his paw when told to do so in Latin and later in French.I began to think our simple mutt was a multilingual genius. Then, one day I found if I recited an algebraic formula, he would still sit and extend his paw. He had learned a series of behaviors that were linked to any series of spoken commands.
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pookiebear79
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 Message 143 of 3735
09 November 2009 at 2:13am | IP Logged 
I talk to (usually, scold) my cats in other languages sometimes, too. Not in any attempt to "train" them, of course...as a true cat person will tell you, cats train their humans, not the other way round. ;)
My cats won't even listen to me in English, and any attempt on my part to confuse them into doing so in another language (primarily Dutch since that's the one I am most focused on) is met with the same "catitude" as if I had used English.
I think it's probably different with dogs, because they actually listen to humans. :)

Also on the subject of pets and being a language nerd:
When your pets have names (or nicknames...because in my family, our cats start out with one "real" name and then end with about 10 additional nicknames as time passes) up in languages other than your primary spoken language(s).

(Sorry if that one's already been mentioned...I did read the whole thread but it was a while ago.) :)


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mick33
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 Message 144 of 3735
09 November 2009 at 8:55am | IP Logged 
Last Thursday in the library at school I overheard two people speaking a language I didn't understand or even recognize, in spite of this I tried to eavesdrop anyway. When they stopped talking and walked away 10 minutes later, I thought to myself; "Dang! I should have asked them what language they were speaking."

EDIT: I forgot part of the story: I failed to realize my behavior was at all strange or rude until the next day when I sat next to the same people again.

Edited by mick33 on 09 November 2009 at 6:32pm



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