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psy88
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 Message 1537 of 3740
04 April 2011 at 2:34am | IP Logged 
BartoG wrote:
When you can watch the evening news without batting an eye, but an April Fool's joke about Assimil going bankrupt causes a wave of anguish to come over you.



When you compare this year's April Fool's joke to last year's, wondering which was better (you got fooled last year but not this year) and begin to wonder what next year's will be..and if you can think of one worthy of posting.
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 Message 1538 of 3740
04 April 2011 at 2:58am | IP Logged 
psy88 wrote:
BartoG wrote:
When you can watch the evening news without batting an eye, but an April Fool's joke about Assimil going bankrupt causes a wave of anguish to come over you.



When you compare this year's April Fool's joke to last year's, wondering which was better (you got fooled last year but not this year) and begin to wonder what next year's will be..and if you can think of one worthy of posting.

What was last year's?
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 Message 1539 of 3740
04 April 2011 at 11:08am | IP Logged 
When you are talking to your girlfriend, who already has knowledge of English, French, Dutch, Italian, German and Russian, about Latin, and you're giving her a vague overview of the cases - because she's scared of cases for some reason which is completely nonsensical to you. So you name them... Nominative, Accusative, Dative, Genitive, Vocative, an excuse for half a Locative and Instrumental. Then you get strangely flustered for a second and explain that you've been temporarily mixed up with Russian, and that the last case is called the Ablative, not the Instrumental. And you spend half the day afterward wondering how you could have made such a silly mistake.
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psy88
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 Message 1540 of 3740
05 April 2011 at 4:07am | IP Logged 
ellasevia wrote:
psy88 wrote:
BartoG wrote:
When you can watch the evening news without batting an eye, but an April Fool's joke about Assimil going bankrupt causes a wave of anguish to come over you.



When you compare this year's April Fool's joke to last year's, wondering which was better (you got fooled last year but not this year) and begin to wonder what next year's will be..and if you can think of one worthy of posting.

What was last year's?



The thread headline was " how to learn Chinese in 10 hours" and then when you clicked on it read "you can't! April's Fool"
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 Message 1541 of 3740
05 April 2011 at 4:09pm | IP Logged 
When you took special interest in a recent email from Symantec informing you of an available upgrade for software your company uses. This interest had nothing to do with the software itself but rather the fact that the email started like this:

View this email in:
English | Deutsch | Español | Français | Italiano | Português | 繁體中文 | 简体中文 | 한국어

...which covers both of your current target languages. But, of course, you grabbed copies of a few other versions "just in case".

Edited by Warp3 on 05 April 2011 at 4:14pm

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06 April 2011 at 3:39pm | IP Logged 
When you don't yet have an Internet connection in your new flat, and haven't for over a month, and you're looking forward to getting one installed purely for access to Skype, SharedTalk, and video streaming in your target language. In fact, language learning resources are the only reason you have any real desire to have Internet access at home.

-former computer geek, now language geek.
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 Message 1543 of 3740
08 April 2011 at 1:26am | IP Logged 
When you learn a new word (hubris) in your native language, English, and the first thing you think is: Is this a masculine or feminine noun? After feeling very confused for a few moments as you try to answer this question, you finally remember that English doesn't have genders.
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psy88
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 Message 1544 of 3740
08 April 2011 at 3:34am | IP Logged 
Amerykanka wrote:
When you learn a new word (hubris) in your native language, English, and the first thing you think is: Is this a masculine or feminine noun? After feeling very confused for a few moments as you try to answer this question, you finally remember that English doesn't have genders.



When you already know the word "hubris" ( also spelled "hybris", by the way), but reading this makes you think, "it is a Greek word; does Greek use masculine and feminine nouns? Greek is not one of my target languages but now I am curious about it" And,you know you are a language nerd when you expect-or hope!- someone on this forum will enlighten you so you can sleep tonight and not be wondering if Greek, a non-Romance language has genders for the nouns.


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