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PonyGirl
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 Message 1553 of 3740
09 April 2011 at 7:07pm | IP Logged 
When you are at work and are getting irrationally irate at those pesky customers that keep getting in the way of your reading this forum!

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ellasevia
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 Message 1554 of 3740
09 April 2011 at 7:53pm | IP Logged 
When you get into the car and see a button marked "L R" for adjusting the side-view mirrors and the first thing that comes to mind is to wonder why the car has a setting for listening-reading (L-R)!
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Ari
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 Message 1555 of 3740
09 April 2011 at 9:25pm | IP Logged 
LanguageSponge wrote:
You know you're a language nerd when your parents are discussing what to pack for
their trip to America starting Monday, and they mention that they don't have enough cases. The word "case" here
sounds really weird to you (and your girlfriend) who both spend lots of time studying languages, and therefore the
only sense of the word "case" that makes much sense to you anymore is its use in the grammatical sense.

If they're native English speakers they're absolutely correct: they don't have enough cases.
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psy88
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 Message 1556 of 3740
09 April 2011 at 11:07pm | IP Logged 
when you get an external hard drive that comes with a instruction sheet that has 22-yes 22!- different languages on it and in the past (before joining this forum and becoming a language nerd) you would have thrown it away but now you know that it is worth it's weight in gold and you may be the envy of some of those who post here.
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Amerykanka
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10 April 2011 at 3:03am | IP Logged 
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.
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mirab3lla
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 Message 1558 of 3740
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 1559 of 3740
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 1560 of 3740
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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