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LanguageSponge
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 Message 1793 of 3740
29 June 2011 at 11:33am | IP Logged 
... when you begin to think of reading in your native language as a waste of valuable
time.

... when you start keeping a list of the new words you learn in your native language and
consider putting them into an Anki deck.

... when you are horrified, looking at your list of words, at the amount of words you're
learning in your native language. Then you realise that actually, it's natural to learn
new words in any language, whether it's a foreign one or not. But it still takes you a
while to even remember that.
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ellasevia
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 Message 1794 of 3740
01 July 2011 at 7:52pm | IP Logged 
...when you take personal offense to hearing an announcement at the airport in Spanish pronounced so
badly that you thought it was English at first. And then when you proceed to rant about it aloud for several
minutes in the middle of a hallway full of people.
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AndyMeg
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 Message 1795 of 3740
05 July 2011 at 4:29am | IP Logged 
When you discovered this fantastic website by reading a blog about learning languages,
and then you registered here so you could post a reply in this thread. XD!



Edited by AndyMeg on 05 July 2011 at 4:44am

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Teango
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 Message 1796 of 3740
05 July 2011 at 3:37pm | IP Logged 
When you receive yet another boring utilities pamphlet through your door telling you they're going to raise their rates again, entitled "Important legal changes to the ownership of your sewers", and are about to throw it in the bin when you happen to notice the back pages...



And on closer inspection, an exotic script you've never seen before jumps out from the page and grabs your attention, one that even manages to transcend the dull topic of plumbing ownership and soothe a tenant's misgivings with it's beautiful swirls and intricate lettering:



No bin for you, Mr pamphlet, you're going straight into my bookshelf (next to the chocolate bar wrapper in Georgian)! :)

Edited by Teango on 05 July 2011 at 6:04pm

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Juаn
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 Message 1797 of 3740
05 July 2011 at 5:24pm | IP Logged 
Teango wrote:
When you receive yet another boring utilities pamphlet through your door telling you they're going to raise their rates again, entitled "Important legal changes to the ownership of your sewers", and are about to throw it in the bin when you happen to notice the back pages...



When upon seeing those thumbnails you first get excited by the prospect of reading about someone's sewer contract half a world away, and then become upset, bordering on angry, when you click on the links and the full-sized images turn out to be so damn small that you can't make out the individual texts.

Edited by Juаn on 05 July 2011 at 5:30pm

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patuco
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 Message 1798 of 3740
05 July 2011 at 5:48pm | IP Logged 
Juan wrote:
when you click on the links and the full-sized images turn out to be so damn small that you can't make out the individual texts.

They're fine on my screen, although I can't actually read most of them since I don't know what they're saying.



Teango wrote:
When you receive yet another boring utilities pamphlet through your door telling you they're going to raise their rates again, entitled "Important legal changes to the ownership of your sewers", and are about to throw it in the bin when you happen to notice the back pages...

The English explanation states that, if English is not your first language and you require more information, you can call the given number and they'll "call you back immediately with a translator."

Two things struck me when reading this:

1. Presumably the operators don't speak those languages (hence the need for a translator) so they're obviously expecting you to know enough English to ask for your own language. Otherwise, how would they know which language you'd be talking in when you phoned?

2. Who is the translator (or, more likely, group of translators) who is willing to drop everything and immediately attend to Thames Water's translation requests?



I never realised that sewer ownership could be so interesting!

Edited by patuco on 05 July 2011 at 5:55pm

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meramarina
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 Message 1799 of 3740
05 July 2011 at 6:05pm | IP Logged 
This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "Get your mind out of the gutter!"

You are a Language Nerd when you want to call that number just for fun! And any self-respecting language nerd would, of course, carefully place that beautiful pamphlet in a sturdy frame, under bulletproof glass, and display it on the wall to be contemplated at all times as a little shrine to Polyglot Plumbing!

Edited by meramarina on 05 July 2011 at 6:06pm

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Teango
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 Message 1800 of 3740
05 July 2011 at 6:09pm | IP Logged 
@Juan
I feel your pain over an otherwise wasted opportunity, and have therefore swapped the links with extra large originals. Enjoy!


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