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psy88
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 Message 153 of 3740
11 November 2009 at 4:40am | IP Logged 
You know you are a language/pet nerd when you automatically begin speaking to your friends' pets in the pet's imagined native language: French for the poodles, Spanish for the chihuahuas, Russian for the wolfhounds, Norwegian for the elk hounds, etc,
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pookiebear79
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 Message 154 of 3740
11 November 2009 at 5:45am | IP Logged 
psy88 wrote:
You know you are a language/pet nerd when you automatically begin speaking to your friends' pets in the pet's imagined native language: French for the poodles, Spanish for the chihuahuas, Russian for the wolfhounds, Norwegian for the elk hounds, etc,


Good one! :) Maybe that's why my Abyssinian is the most defiant cat, maybe I should learn the Amharic words for "bad kitty!", LOL.

But which language(s) would you speak to your friends' fish? In some cases I guess you could go with wherever the species is found in the wild, but things get complicated if they have a big mixed tropical aquarium full of different species. Or worse, a marine aquarium...since those fish came from the ocean, they didn't really come from a specific country, so which language has 'claim' to them? ;)

You know you (ok, I mean myself) are a combined pet/language nerd (or maybe just a hopeless nerd, period) when you actually (albeit just jokingly) ponder the theoretical linguistic etiquette of addressing a mixed tank of fish. And then actually post it online as proof of what a dork you are. :P
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Halie
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 Message 155 of 3740
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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 Message 156 of 3740
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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 Message 157 of 3740
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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 Message 158 of 3740
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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 Message 159 of 3740
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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 Message 160 of 3740
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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