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Iversen
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 Message 1849 of 3740
07 August 2011 at 7:25pm | IP Logged 
When you visit a town called Olbia on Sicily, and first you visit the bookshop where you buy a bilingual Sardic-Italian collection of love poems (which you hate) because you couldn't find a bilingual book about anything more appetizing.

Then you sit one hour in the local library and read a grammar for the lugudurian dialect of Sardic (in Italian) from A to Z, followed by some pages of a book in Sardic about the Sardic language history ... whereupon you in all your naivity sprint back to the bookstore to buy that book. Well, it is in print, but they didn't have it.

And you are deeply frustrated because people around you didn't speak Sardic (or Corsican, which according to one source also should be spoken there), but 'just' ordinary plain Italian.

Well, maybe 1½ day wasn't enough. Or maybe it was too much. Maybe I could have found that book in Cagliari.





Edited by Iversen on 07 August 2011 at 7:29pm

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Fasulye
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 Message 1850 of 3740
07 August 2011 at 7:44pm | IP Logged 
... when you walk through the zoo of your home town and you look on the signs which explain the animals to the visitors. There you find the name of each animal written in Latin - German - English - Dutch and Japanese(!!). This inspires you to integrate the zoo's animal names into your vocabulary learning.

Fasulye
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Mowli
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 Message 1851 of 3740
07 August 2011 at 10:08pm | IP Logged 
When your dog is bilingual and on his way to learning his third language...
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fiziwig
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 Message 1852 of 3740
08 August 2011 at 12:45am | IP Logged 
• When you're a newbie on this forum and wade through 232 pages of posts.
• When a couple months into your Spanish studies you feel the urge to contact Real Academia Española with some really great ideas you have for improving their language based on some things you read about Vietnamese grammar.
• When you rehearse for hours what you might say if an attractive Latvian women ever sits down next to you on the bus.
• When you have trouble understanding the accented English of the customer service person on the phone so to save time you switch to Hindi.
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LebensForm
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 Message 1853 of 3740
08 August 2011 at 8:20pm | IP Logged 
When you're at a store looking at bedspreads and you tell your friend you want a bed spread with little tiny umlaute like this: ö all over it, and she looks at you and says, "hon, that's polka dots" and a part of you is saddened by your friend's lack of appreciation for die umlaute.

When you actually refer to the colon symbol : as vertical umlauts :)

Edited by LebensForm on 08 August 2011 at 8:24pm

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FuroraCeltica
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 Message 1854 of 3740
08 August 2011 at 9:39pm | IP Logged 
When you buy a book in a language you aren't studying because you "eventually" plan to study it
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pineappleboom
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 Message 1855 of 3740
13 August 2011 at 1:35am | IP Logged 
...When you're fourteen years old, at the grocery store, and your mother asks you what languages are on the back of a bottle of juice....and you automatically know they are Hindi and Thai.

...When you're sister asks you how to pronounce a word in Tagalog, and you not only tell her, but also give her an impromptu lesson on phonetics
...
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ruskivyetr
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 Message 1856 of 3740
13 August 2011 at 10:11am | IP Logged 
...when the first thing you scream when you hit the ice cold water while cliff jumping is a Polish swearword.
(KURWA!)

...when you're tutoring and you slowly drone on and on, while slowly spacing out, and you come to only to find
the child you are tutoring to have a confused look on his face due to the fact that you switched to German as
you spaced out.


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