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Halie
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Speaks: English*, French

 
 Message 153 of 3735
11 November 2009 at 7:59am | IP Logged 
I talk to my dog in French. "Qui est charment ? C'est toi ! Qui est mingon ? C'est toi ! Qui est mon petit chien favorit ? C'est toi !"

Animals understand anything as long as your tone of voice is there. It's like that classic SNL skit with Will Ferrell, "Dissing Your Dog" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2s8x5XhCGA
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MeshGearFox
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Speaks: English*
Studies: German, Russian

 
 Message 154 of 3735
11 November 2009 at 9:17am | IP Logged 
"French for the poodles"

Aren't poodles German?
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psy88
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Studies: Spanish*, Japanese, Latin, French

 
 Message 155 of 3735
12 November 2009 at 3:21am | IP Logged 
dbh2ppa wrote:
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


When you feel the need to point out that while the spelling "jujitsu" is more commonly used and understood today (thanks in part to the Gracie family's "Brazilian jujitsu",which, in reality, is neither) the original spellings for this Japanese martial art often were rendered in English as "jiu" or "jyu" jitsu.
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meramarina
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Studies: German, Italian, French
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 Message 156 of 3735
12 November 2009 at 3:39am | IP Logged 
If you enjoy a website like this one below, your status as a language nerd is confirmed beyond all doubt:

International Lyrics Playground

Here is a fun talking-to-animals song.
(in English, but there are plenty of lyrics at this site in several languages!)

IF I COULD TALK TO THE ANIMALS
Dr. Doolittle : The Musical
(Music / Lyrics : Leslie Bricusse)

If we could talk to the animals, just imagine it
Chatting to a chimp in chimpanzee
Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah
What a neat achievement that would be.

If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages
Maybe take an animal degree.
We'd study elephant and eagle, buffalo and beagle,
Alligator, guinea pig, and flea.

We would converse in polar bear and python,
And we could curse in fluent kangaroo.
If people asked us, can you speak in rhinoceros,
We'd say, "Of courserous, can't you?"

If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages
Think of all the things we could discuss
If we could walk with the animals, talk with the animals,
Grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals,
And they could squeak and squawk and speak and talk to us.

Edited by meramarina on 12 November 2009 at 3:50am

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Olympia
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Speaks: English*, Spanish, Portuguese
Studies: Old English, French

 
 Message 157 of 3735
12 November 2009 at 4:20am | IP Logged 
J-Learner wrote:
You listen to foreign pop music even though you absolutely hate it in English.

(yes...I love Turkish pop music :D Ok? I said it!)


So, so true... I love pop music in Spanish and Portuguese, but I'm not a fan in English. Same with love songs.
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Rikyu-san
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Speaks: Danish*, English
Studies: German, French

 
 Message 158 of 3735
15 November 2009 at 6:24pm | IP Logged 
... when, having already mastered 30-something languages, one night you watch the Eurovision Song Contest, and decide to learn the language used in this song because you just have to know what he is singing about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX_rNEPIgc8

(Some things we just can't live without!).



Edited by Rikyu-san on 16 November 2009 at 12:03pm

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Iversen
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berejst.dk
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Speaks: Danish*, French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Esperanto, Romanian, Catalan
Studies: Afrikaans, Greek, Norwegian, Russian, Serbian, Icelandic, Latin, Irish, Lowland Scots, Indonesian, Polish, Croatian
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 Message 159 of 3735
16 November 2009 at 1:34am | IP Logged 
Now that we have entered the blessed realm of music, let me just mention that I started to learn Italian as a child because I was curious about the true meaning of the Italian words in classical scores (e.g. allegro, adagio, con morbidezza, senza emozione). And by the same token I started to learn Latin because I wanted to be able to translate the Latin scientific names of past and present animals and plants (e.g. Tyrannosaurus rex, Passer montanus, Giraffa camelopardis capensis). It had nothing to to with literature (and for all practical purposes still hasn't)

Edited by Iversen on 16 November 2009 at 1:36am

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jessikt
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ichestudiolangues.co
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Speaks: English*, GermanB1, French
Studies: SpanishA2, Swedish

 
 Message 160 of 3735
17 November 2009 at 10:16pm | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you take a break from studying German to post on this forum.


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