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Alois M.
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 Message 1465 of 3740
02 March 2011 at 2:27pm | IP Logged 
- When you have translations of the same book into various languages, and read them simultaneously (in my case, presently with Tony Judt's Post-war, a History of Europe since 1945 - Geschichte Europas von 1945 bis zur Gegenwart - Pós-Guerra: uma História da Europa desde 1945).

- When you keep a notebook perpetually open in front of your PC to write down the new words you come across surfing the Internet, one couple of pages for each of a dozen of languages.

- When you study Sanskrit through German, and Japanese through French, Basque through Italian..... at the same time.
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Alois M.
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 Message 1466 of 3740
02 March 2011 at 2:30pm | IP Logged 
....when you try to speak Chinese with yourself, within your head, and replace the words you don't know with French or German ones.
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jdmoncada
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 Message 1467 of 3740
02 March 2011 at 4:50pm | IP Logged 
Alois M. wrote:
- When you study Sanskrit through German, and Japanese through French, Basque through Italian..... at the same time.


I do this all the time! I have different languages than this example, but I always feel like I'm studying "through" something.
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Jinx
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 Message 1468 of 3740
03 March 2011 at 1:45am | IP Logged 
Alois M. wrote:
.... when language learning-related material occupies 25 GB of your PC's hard-disk.


Oh yeah? How about... SIXTY gigabytes?

I'm not exaggerating! My materials cover 60 languages and eight dialects. I've even had to buy an external hard-drive to keep all my movies on, because my language-learning materials crowded them off my computer. ;)
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ellasevia
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 Message 1469 of 3740
03 March 2011 at 1:52am | IP Logged 
Jinx wrote:
I've even had to buy an external hard-drive to keep all my movies on, because my language-learning materials crowded them off my computer. ;)

Because naturally the language-learning materials took priority. :)
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Jinx
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 Message 1470 of 3740
03 March 2011 at 1:57am | IP Logged 
ellasevia wrote:
Jinx wrote:
I've even had to buy an external hard-drive to keep all my movies on, because my language-learning materials crowded them off my computer. ;)

Because naturally the language-learning materials took priority. :)


Of course! I have this paranoid Luddite conviction that things stored on external HDs are more susceptible to random bouts of vanishing than things stored on a computer HD (although I know there's absolutely no logic to that), and even though it's taken me years to assemble my giant film collection, I'd still much rather lose all of them than my precious language stuff!
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ruskivyetr
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 Message 1471 of 3740
03 March 2011 at 3:30am | IP Logged 
When you talk to your French friend in Spanish, despite not having spoken it for years, your Georgian friend in
Reorgian (a mixture of Russian and Georgian, mostly Russian), your OTHER French friend in German, your new
Ossetian acquaintance in a mixture of Russian and German, your Polish friend in extremely colloquial Polish, and
your Czech-American friend in Czech...all within an hour...NO BIG DEAL OR ANYTHING.
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mick33
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 Message 1472 of 3740
03 March 2011 at 9:42am | IP Logged 
ruskivyetr wrote:
When you talk to your French friend in Spanish, despite not having spoken it for years, your Georgian friend in
Reorgian (a mixture of Russian and Georgian, mostly Russian), your OTHER French friend in German, your new
Ossetian acquaintance in a mixture of Russian and German, your Polish friend in extremely colloquial Polish, and
your Czech-American friend in Czech...all within an hour...NO BIG DEAL OR ANYTHING.
I think I need more multilingual friends, given that reading ruskivyetr's post made me a little envious.

When a few weeks ago at church, some friends of mine were describing a new member of the congegation by saying "He speaks 4 languages and is learning two more in college right now." I was impressed but not in the same way everyone else was. Most of my friends think speaking 4 languages is a nearly impossible feat, but of course I know differently and was simply curious to know what languages he speaks. I also regret that I still haven't had a chance to have a conversation with him.

When I went to a nightclub and almost embarrassed myself because I wanted to ask the DJ why he had no Swedish or Spanish language pop music.








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