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Keilan
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Canada
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Studies: German

 
 Message 1649 of 3740
17 May 2011 at 1:24am | IP Logged 
The translation also ruins the clever switch from "hast" being the main verb to it being an auxilliary. As in "Du hast" = "You have" and "Du hast mich gefragt" = "You asked me". If you translate it as hate, you get something like "You hate me ask".
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psy88
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 Message 1650 of 3740
17 May 2011 at 2:56am | IP Logged 
LazyLinguist wrote:
You have for sure, the only reason people say hate is because the English Version of the
song is adapted to you hate

YKYALN when it annoys you that song translations sometimes change the meaning.



You know you are when...you immediately know what the letters YKYALN mean
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Jinx
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 Message 1651 of 3740
17 May 2011 at 8:35pm | IP Logged 
YKYALNW... you identify with the following situation.

Having finished all my schoolwork and exams for the semester, I still excused myself to a friend, saying "I have to go study."

Her: "Study for what? I thought you were done."

Me: "Not study FOR something, just STUDY something. Spanish."

Her: "Why?"

I was flabbergasted into complete, idiotic silence by the incomprehensibility of this question.
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Jinx
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 Message 1652 of 3740
17 May 2011 at 8:36pm | IP Logged 
Keilan wrote:
The translation also ruins the clever switch from "hast" being the main verb to it being an auxilliary. As in "Du hast" = "You have" and "Du hast mich gefragt" = "You asked me". If you translate it as hate, you get something like "You hate me ask".


...when this whole discussion reminds you of a parody video you saw once on YouTube, of which even the memory makes you burst out laughing:

DU!!!
DU HAST!!!
DU HAST DAS LICHT ANGELASSEN!!!
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LebensForm
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Austria
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 Message 1653 of 3740
18 May 2011 at 4:45am | IP Logged 
Keilan wrote:
The translation also ruins the clever switch from "hast" being the main verb to it being an auxilliary. As in "Du hast" = "You have" and "Du hast mich gefragt" = "You asked me". If you translate it as hate, you get something like "You hate me ask".


Exactly!

YKYALN when you turn on and off your ölevia brand TV in your bedroom like 3 times just to see the ö on the screen, and then at this point, you're not even in the mood to watch tv anymore...
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garyb
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 Message 1654 of 3740
18 May 2011 at 11:43am | IP Logged 
Yeah I've heard the Du Hast discussion to death, being a metal fan and being in a country where a lot of people learn German at school. As I've probably said before on the forum, I think Rammstein have contributed a lot to the "cool" reputation of the German language, and I know quite a few people who're not language enthusiasts but have learnt a few German words from reading their lyrics.

Anyway:

... when you come back to the office after lunch to find your coworkers having a conversation about languages, and you feel disappointed that you missed most of it.

... when you're having a party, it's getting late and you're drunk, and you start putting on music in your target languages and singing along. "Wait, are you singing in Russian? What?"
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Cumquat
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Australia
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Studies: Arabic (Written)

 
 Message 1655 of 3740
19 May 2011 at 11:59pm | IP Logged 
...when you boycott shops in Germany where they pick up on your English accent and speak to you in English.

...you prefer full time immersion language schools to travel and work and other gap-year-ish activities.

...this does not impress your mother, who thinks it is not normal to spend so much time doing intellectual stuff in what is supposed to be a year off from study.

...when your current fave daydreaming topic involves explaining in German the peculiarities of your Australian English accent to people whose native language is Arabic.

...when you find learning to pronounce Arabic to be a hugely entertaining and hilarious activity.

...when you are buying a British Airways plane ticket and do not realise until partway through that the booking page is, because of your browser's settings, in German.

...when a bomb scare makes you consider learning Irish.

...when the Eurovision Song Contest makes you seriously consider learning Greek and Serbian.

...when your religion makes you seriously consider learning Greek, Ancient Greek, Italian, Latin, Arabic, Hungarian and Irish.

...when the subject you want to study makes you consider learning (at various times) Greek, Ancient Greek, Italian, Latin, Arabic, French, Tahitian, Bengali, Assyrian, Russian, Persian, Turkish and Kazakh.

...when you get told that maybe you should study languages, not what you´re actually thinking of studying.

...when you see they definitely have a point.

Edited by Cumquat on 20 May 2011 at 12:05am

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Phantom Kat
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 Message 1656 of 3740
22 May 2011 at 7:09am | IP Logged 
- when, though you're tired and wanting to take a shower, you get distracted by the 'Materials' tag on your dress, that is in some eight languages. Like heck you're cutting it off.

- when you download 'Audacity' and can't choose which language to pick as default, though you're only fluent in two.

- Kat


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