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Dreadslinger
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 Message 1841 of 3740
27 July 2011 at 6:12pm | IP Logged 
...when you sit in the reference section of Barnes and Noble, nursing the same cup of coffee and reading the various language books for so long that the manager asks you (very politely, mind you) to buy something or leave, as they are about to close.
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Levi
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 Message 1842 of 3740
05 August 2011 at 6:30am | IP Logged 
...when you spend your entire work shift resisting the temptation to sing the bilingual Spanish-German song that's stuck in your head.
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maydayayday
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Studies: Arabic (Egyptian), Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Polish, Persian, Vietnamese
Studies: Urdu

 
 Message 1843 of 3740
05 August 2011 at 9:00am | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
...when you spend your entire work shift resisting the temptation to sing the bilingual Spanish-German song that's stuck in your head.


..... a real nerd wouldnt be able to resist.....
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Kartof
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 Message 1844 of 3740
05 August 2011 at 4:28pm | IP Logged 
...when you're disappointed that all of the foreign language dictionaries in your public
library can't be taken out because they're in the reference section.
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Phantom Kat
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 Message 1845 of 3740
05 August 2011 at 9:56pm | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
...when you spend your entire work shift resisting the temptation to sing the bilingual Spanish-German song that's stuck in your head.


... when your plans for the day stop so you can learn the German lyrics of this song.
... when you are typing and come across a weird-looking typo; instead of deleting it, you stare, trying to see which language that typo could be a word of.

- Kat

Edited by Phantom Kat on 05 August 2011 at 9:58pm

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JNetto
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 Message 1846 of 3740
05 August 2011 at 10:30pm | IP Logged 
Phantom Kat wrote:

... when you are typing and come across a weird-looking typo; instead of deleting it, you stare, trying to see which language that typo could be a word of.

- Kat


...or when you find a typo in a text and go through ALL writing rules you know in an attempt to figure out what is the native language of the writer, and which rule from his native language he used in that typo.

(Ex.: Portuguese speakers would write "el sangre" instead of "la sangre" in Spanish, because the word for "blood" in Portuguese "(o) sangue" is masculine;)
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Jinx
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 Message 1847 of 3740
06 August 2011 at 4:15am | IP Logged 
JNetto wrote:
Phantom Kat wrote:

... when you are typing and come across a weird-looking typo; instead of deleting it, you stare, trying to see which language that typo could be a word of.

- Kat


...or when you find a typo in a text and go through ALL writing rules you know in an attempt to figure out what is the native language of the writer, and which rule from his native language he used in that typo.

(Ex.: Portuguese speakers would write "el sangre" instead of "la sangre" in Spanish, because the word for "blood" in Portuguese "(o) sangue" is masculine;)


Not to get nitpicky, but I think the line between "mistake" and "typo" is being blurred here.

"Mistake" = when you type something wrong because you're ignorant of what's right.
"Typo" = when you know what's right but you happen to accidentally hit the wrong key on the keyboard.

For example, people of all nations often type "the" as "teh" when typing in English, but it doesn't mean that "teh" is a word that somehow connects to their mother tongue.
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Cavesa
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 Message 1848 of 3740
06 August 2011 at 1:05pm | IP Logged 
When you get dissapointed in a bookshop because the book by a Spanish author, which you wanted to buy, is available in French but not in Spanish.

When your computer seems to be about to die and your second fastest, second by one hundreth of a second, worry concerns language learning materials in it.


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