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mirab3lla
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 Message 1553 of 3735
10 April 2011 at 6:59pm | IP Logged 
Amerykanka wrote:
When it takes you about five minutes to look any word up in the dictionary because you stop to read the definition of every other unknown word you see. Then you usually forget what word you were looking up in the first place and spend more time trying to remember it; meanwhile you read a few more random definitions. When you finally remember the original word, you forget it again because all the other words in the dictionary are so fascinating.


That's why I don't like online/electronic dictionaries. They just give me the definiton of the word I asked for, without letting me browse those big pages, searching for unknown words just like a gold seeker would look for a treasure!


... when you watch cheesy teen movies like Eurotrip just because it offers you the possibility to listen to American and British English, German, French, Italian, dutchy-accented English and Slovak in just one movie! However, the plot is horribly foolish.
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ruskivyetr
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 Message 1554 of 3735
10 April 2011 at 7:31pm | IP Logged 
When you start singing random things you've learned in Icelandic (introductions, greetings, etc.) while walking
around your house. You're even more of a nerd when you get so into it you jump up onto the counter and belt
out your 'lyrics', the scene of which your sister and her friends are somewhat scared by as they arrive home.
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Ari
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 Message 1555 of 3735
10 April 2011 at 8:03pm | IP Logged 
mirab3lla wrote:
That's why I don't like online/electronic dictionaries. They just give me the definiton of the word
I asked for, without letting me browse those big pages, searching for unknown words just like a gold seeker would
look for a treasure!

That's because you're using the wrong electronic dictionaries. I see you're studying French. Try out Le Robert for
the iPhone if you have the opportunity. It has a "discovery mode" that's absolutely wonderful, with unusual and
interesting words floating around which you can grab and look at. Unfortunately it's only for the iPhone and it's a
monolingual dictionary. The UltraLingua dictionary is also for the iPhone, but it's French-English. It takes you to the
page where the word you searched for is located and you see the words preceding and following.

I have yet to find anything that a paper dictionary can do that a good electronic dictionary can't do as well, except
maybe fuel a fire. And considering the massive amount of things electronic dicts can do, well, I stopped using
paperdicts a long time ago.
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clumsy
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 Message 1556 of 3735
10 April 2011 at 9:06pm | IP Logged 
When it comes to driver.

I have it packed with language learning stuff.
Not so many movies, I don't download it (I can watch it online).
Most of it consists of comic and language learning books over 1 giga of books!
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hjordis
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 Message 1557 of 3735
10 April 2011 at 10:58pm | IP Logged 
My online dictionaries are useful, but I love my paper dictionaries too. I have way too many though. About 10 once you take out the native language dictionaries, in various languages that I am and am not studying.
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ReneeMona
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 Message 1558 of 3735
11 April 2011 at 11:35am | IP Logged 
You know you’re a language nerd when you’re listening to a song about a certain she who means everything to the singer and it reminds you of your target language.
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Phantom Kat
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 Message 1559 of 3735
12 April 2011 at 1:10am | IP Logged 
You know you're a language geek when you dream you have a passive knowledge of Romanian despite the fact that the language don't really interest you. You can understand most of it due to being native in Spanish, sort of like Portuguese, and you think excitedly, "Since I can already understand most of it I'll be talking and writing it with some months of studying!"

When you wake up, two things hit you:

1) You couldn't possible have understood Romanian because though it's a Romance language, its vocabulary has many Slavic influences.

2) You DO NOT have a passive knowledge of Romanian, and you STILL only know two languages. ;_;

- Kat

Edited by Phantom Kat on 12 April 2011 at 1:13am

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mandalore
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 Message 1560 of 3735
12 April 2011 at 4:45am | IP Logged 
You know you're a language geek when you print out a text in Maltese to see if any of the local Arabic speakers had any idea what it said.


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