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Iversen
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 Message 161 of 3740
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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 Message 162 of 3740
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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psy88
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 Message 163 of 3740
18 November 2009 at 4:06am | IP Logged 
You know you are a language nerd when you are able to distinguish real Chinese (or Japanese) characters of your friends' tattoos from meaningless designs and you point out the fake "words" to your friends, and, you are an even bigger language nerd when you wish the characters were real so you could learn whatever language it was.
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Levi
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 Message 164 of 3740
18 November 2009 at 7:09am | IP Logged 
psy88 wrote:
You know you are a language nerd when you are able to distinguish real Chinese (or Japanese) characters of your friends' tattoos from meaningless designs and you point out the fake "words" to your friends, and, you are an even bigger language nerd when you wish the characters were real so you could learn whatever language it was.

...when you notice somebody with a giant tattoo of the Chinese character for "and" (和), then you look it up when you get home and realize it can also mean "peaceful" or "harmonious" in classical and literary Chinese.

EDIT: Whoa, post #666. Good thing I'm not superstitious. :)

Edited by Levi on 18 November 2009 at 8:47am

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Captain Haddock
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 Message 165 of 3740
18 November 2009 at 7:21am | IP Logged 
You're a huge language nerd when you watch a historical movie and are hugely disappointed that the languages
aren't accurate — or even worse, that ancient peoples all spoke British-accented English.

A special honourable mention goes to Michael Crichton's novel, "Timeline", in which Medieval languages play
a significant role and form a language barrier for time travel. A dishonourable mention goes to the movie of the
same name, which completely chucks out that aspect of the story and makes a terrible film as a result.

PS: Does anyone know if the Norse language spoken in The Thirteenth Warrior is authentic? (Or the Ancient
Greek, for that matter.)
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ennime
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 Message 166 of 3740
18 November 2009 at 8:31am | IP Logged 
Captain Haddock wrote:


PS: Does anyone know if the Norse language spoken in The Thirteenth Warrior is
authentic? (Or the Ancient
Greek, for that matter.)


Latin not ancient greek, and it's I guess good (enough). Can't comment on Norse though...
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John Smith
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 Message 167 of 3740
18 November 2009 at 8:42am | IP Logged 
When the only reason you are learning a language is because you like it's grammatical structure. Me and Greek. lol.
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egill
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 Message 168 of 3740
18 November 2009 at 9:47am | IP Logged 
According to the wikipedia article, it was (modern) Norwegian. Though according to a review, some of it wasn't very good.

Articles are respectively:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_13th_Warrior
http://news.planetorigo.com/article.php?poarticle_id=542&s=X TEI1eYb3yCjObzm&


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