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Levi
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Studies: Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese, Italian

 
 Message 1833 of 3740
26 July 2011 at 4:00am | IP Logged 
...when you pick up your Chinese character book after a while of not studying any Chinese, so you decide to use an SRS to memorize all the characters in the book over 50 days, trying to add 50 characters a day. And after ten days you're halfway done.
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Phantom Kat
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Speaks: Spanish*, English
Studies: Finnish

 
 Message 1834 of 3740
26 July 2011 at 10:48am | IP Logged 
... when you feel an odd sense of glee when your brother announces he wants to study Ukrainian just because. The sister-brother bond has just gotten stronger.

- Kat

EDIT: The pain chart doesn't have Finnish, but it has six types of Spanish? What has the world come to?

Edited by Phantom Kat on 26 July 2011 at 10:54am

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jazzboy.bebop
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 Message 1835 of 3740
26 July 2011 at 12:53pm | IP Logged 
...the following post about studying Ancient Egyptian makes you howl with laughter:

TerryW wrote:
administrator wrote:
I wonder what the "everyday conversation" tape
will sound like.


Here's my guess for different courses:

Assimil: "A funny thing happened to me on my way to the pyramid..."

Michel Thomas: "We look at ze pictures. We do not memorize, we do not guess."

Pimsleur: "Hello Cleopatra, would you like something to drink?"

Rosetta Stone: "The boy is in the airplane."


Edited by jazzboy.bebop on 26 July 2011 at 1:06pm

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hjordis
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 Message 1836 of 3740
26 July 2011 at 5:14pm | IP Logged 
LebensForm wrote:

when you go to an *Italian* resteraunt, where they give you crayons to write on the table, (long sheets of paper for table cloth) the resteraunt is actually a bit upscale, even though it doesn't sound like it, but you end up filling the table cloth with random German, including conjugating German verbs and writing awkward German love phrases...
Wait is that a common thing at Italian restaurants or something? Our Italian restaurant does that too, though I'm not sure I'd describe it as a bit upscale.

When something someone says at work(in Spanish) makes you think "ah, so pizza is feminine in Spanish."
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Teango
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 Message 1837 of 3740
26 July 2011 at 9:26pm | IP Logged 
@meramarina
This pain chart is amazing - a series of faces in various stages of discomfort, progressing from left to right, that uncannily capture my ongoing attempts to understand Russian grammar.



I also think this important tip in their multilingual instructions is priceless:

"This scale is intended to measure how children feel inside, not how their face looks."

Большое спасибо! :)

Edited by Teango on 26 July 2011 at 9:26pm

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Dreadslinger
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 Message 1838 of 3740
26 July 2011 at 11:03pm | IP Logged 
...when you read 230 pages of this thread, smiling to yourself the entire time.
...when www.how-to-learn-any-language.com is your homepage on all three of your preferred web browsers.
...when, while watching Fiddler on the Roof with your Jewish mother and sister, you wonder aloud why none of the characters speak Yiddish, Hebrew, or Russian, and only Tevye has an accent.
...when you decide that you will raise your two year old son to be bilingual in English and Russian, despite a lack of fluency on your part, and a lack of any practical reason for Russian fluency in your area.
...when you sincerely wish you had the money to upgrade your membership to HTLAL.

Edited by Dreadslinger on 26 July 2011 at 11:06pm

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psy88
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 Message 1839 of 3740
27 July 2011 at 4:05am | IP Logged 
[QUOTE=hjordis] [QUOTE=LebensForm]
when you go to an *Italian* resteraunt, where they give you crayons to write on the table, (long sheets of paper for table cloth) the resteraunt is actually a bit upscale, even though it doesn't sound like it, but you end up filling the table cloth with random German, including conjugating German verbs and writing awkward German love phrases... .







I am not sure if it is a common thing but there is one franchise chain that has the crayons and paper tablecloth.The one I had gone to had singing waiters one night, and so-YKYALN when you ask him to sing, he sings a piece from an Italian opera, and you then translate the lyrics for those at your table and the surrounding tables.



edited to separate my post from the quote

Edited by psy88 on 27 July 2011 at 4:07am

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LebensForm
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 Message 1840 of 3740
27 July 2011 at 5:18am | IP Logged 
hjordis wrote:
LebensForm wrote:

when you go to an *Italian* resteraunt, where they give you crayons to write on the table, (long sheets of paper for table cloth) the resteraunt is actually a bit upscale, even though it doesn't sound like it, but you end up filling the table cloth with random German, including conjugating German verbs and writing awkward German love phrases...
Wait is that a common thing at Italian restaurants or something? Our Italian restaurant does that too, though I'm not sure I'd describe it as a bit upscale.


Ya, I don't know if it's an Italian thing or not, but this place has that dim, mood lighting thing going on, a pretty extensive wine list and they provide this bread with olive oil at your table and whatnot, so it seemed up scale to me, lol I'm a poor college student, so it doesn't take much for me to think it's upscale lol, anyway, then, you go into the bathroom and their is a video/audio thing that "teaches" you Italian, so my friend, who is learning Italian, will go in there and won't come back to the table, for like 20 min, At first, I thought she had a serious issue, them I found out there is an Italian video thing and that explained her long trips to the bathroom for no apparent reason thing, which left me to conjugate German verbs, like haben and sein :) on the table with my purple crayon...

Anyway.... when you find out one of your brother's friends has the last name of Liebe, and you immediately Facebook this person and write a what could be taken borderline creepy message on her wall, telling her how jealous you are that her name means love in German, asking her if she even realizes this. Remind you, I never met this person in real life, lol funny thing is, literaly 10 seconds after I posted that comment, my brother "liked" it :)


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