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SamD
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Speaks: English*, Spanish, French
Studies: Portuguese, Norwegian

 
 Message 1817 of 3735
20 July 2011 at 12:07am | IP Logged 
...when you nearly get bodily ejected from a store for taking photos of bilingual cereal boxes.
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psy88
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 Message 1818 of 3735
20 July 2011 at 12:46am | IP Logged 

...when you seriously consider giving up your vacation plans because they conflict with the 6 Week Challenge in August.
...when you were not officially enrolled in the last one but really enjoyed it and benefited-so much so that although you still will not be an officially involved, you are feverishly thinking how to work it into your vacation plans
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Phantom Kat
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 Message 1819 of 3735
20 July 2011 at 10:50am | IP Logged 
SamD wrote:
...when you nearly get bodily ejected from a store for taking photos of bilingual cereal boxes.


- ... when this doesn't stop your plan mentioned in a previous post about photographing products in foreign languages.

- Kat
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meramarina
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 Message 1820 of 3735
21 July 2011 at 11:14pm | IP Logged 
. . . when you get all upset with an ATM machine, not just because it won't give you enough money, but because it asks you deeply unsettling, difficult questions . . .

I thought it was a great thing when I noticed that automatic banking machines now operate in more and more languages, and many times I've been tempted to play around with a bank machine in all the languages offered, but I don't have enough money to do that, and it would probably set off security alarms. But the worst thing happened a few days ago. Usually the machine just tells you to choose the language you want, but this machine asked me to choose my favorite language!

Well, there were about ten languages listed and I didn't know them all, so how would I know my favorite? Isn't that question really unfair to the languages, too? How could anyone select only one language as a favorite? And the people in line behind me weren't going to wait there while I learned a few more languages just so I could make a better-informed choice . . .

. . . It was wrong, just wrong.
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LebensForm
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 Message 1821 of 3735
22 July 2011 at 7:16am | IP Logged 
Lol! So what did you end up choosing? English? Was German an option? I would have done that one, the ones around here only give Spanish as an option, this saddens me.

You know you're a language nerd when you hear people at work throwing around the word "über" in their everyday, English vocabulary, and you get annoyed because they fail to pronounce the ü correctly!! I bet they don't even know it's a German word :(

When you buy another bottle of "Fünf" wine, but this time, you try the white wine version and not the sweet red you tried the day before... and you keep the bottles of course :)

Edited by LebensForm on 22 July 2011 at 7:17am

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meramarina
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 Message 1822 of 3735
22 July 2011 at 7:08pm | IP Logged 
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Lol! So what did you end up choosing? English? Was German an option? I would have done that one, the ones around here only give Spanish as an option, this saddens me


Well, I had to go with my native language, but I didn't feel good about it! Yes German was there, and Spanish and Russian and I think even Vietnamese! Some of these machines speak, too! I don't know if this one does, but I'm sure you all understand how very, very, verrrryyy hard it was to resist playing with it, but the resulting police report would be embarrassing: Claims she wasn't trying to steal any money, just wanted to make it talk . . .
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mashmusic11235
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 Message 1823 of 3735
24 July 2011 at 12:09am | IP Logged 
meramarina wrote:
Quote:
Lol! So what did you end up choosing? English? Was German an option? I would have done that one, the ones around here only give Spanish as an option, this saddens me


Well, I had to go with my native language, but I didn't feel good about it! Yes German was there, and Spanish and Russian and I think even Vietnamese! Some of these machines speak, too! I don't know if this one does, but I'm sure you all understand how very, very, verrrryyy hard it was to resist playing with it, but the resulting police report would be embarrassing: Claims she wasn't trying to steal any money, just wanted to make it talk . . .


This reminded me of one of mine...

YKYALNW you're visiting your mom's friend in the hospital, and you notice one of those pain charts. You notice that the text under each of the faces is small, and on closer inspection, you notice that it's written in about 10 different languages, including Russian, Vietnamese, and Chinese! I never got a better look at it, but I suppose it'd be a good way to pick up some medical jargon in your TL...

Edited by mashmusic11235 on 24 July 2011 at 12:10am

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hjordis
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 Message 1824 of 3735
24 July 2011 at 2:38am | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
hjordis wrote:
When one of the very first things you do when you get your new ipod is figure out how to set up foreign keyboards on it.

And change the language, of course.
Oh wow, was this really the last time I came here? I HAVE been busy. Actually I don't usually do that. Partly because I'm lazy and partly because if it breaks and I can't get it to change back I don't want to fix it in a foreign language

When you get a new helmet and you wonder why the instructions are like an inch thick when folded and when you're flipping through you get excited because you see Japanese. (It turns out they're in 21 languages besides the illustrations. I still think it's unnecessarily large. It's not THAT complicated of a helmet.)

EDIT: oooh my harness wins at 24 languages, and smaller too.
Daisy chain 6
Belay device 6
Locking carabiner 5
Nonlocking carabiners 3 (wait what? You thought that French and Japanese were the most important languages to add after English?)

I hit the language jackpot!

Edited by hjordis on 24 July 2011 at 4:12am



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