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garyb
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 Message 1649 of 3735
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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 Message 1650 of 3735
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 1651 of 3735
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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topaztrex
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 Message 1652 of 3735
22 May 2011 at 4:33pm | IP Logged 
..when you have nobody to talk to and decide to talk to yourself in a variety of
languages.
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hjordis
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 Message 1654 of 3735
22 May 2011 at 5:30pm | IP Logged 
Kuikentje wrote:
LebensForm wrote:
Yes finally someone agrees with me on this!!!! Gramatically it's you have. du hast- hast comes from HABEN to have, on the other hand, haßt comes from HAßEN to hate. And yes I agree it does sound similar to you hate, the English version says "you hate me" BUT that does not translate word for word from German to English.

lol I like your last comment :)

You know you're a language nerd when just typing that made your blood pressure rise at least 10 points...


Yes, but you know you're a language nerd when you have read "haßt" and "haßen" and have thought, oh no!! Those are the old-fashioned spelling!! after the German Spelling Reform you must spell those "hasst" and "hassen".
You know you're a language nerd when your immediate, very strong response to reading that is "No! I love my ß!"

Edited by hjordis on 22 May 2011 at 5:31pm

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