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Phantom Kat
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 Message 1937 of 3740
06 September 2011 at 10:37am | IP Logged 
... when you get a kick (and a boost of confidence) out of correcting Google Translate.

- Kat
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Kartof
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 Message 1938 of 3740
06 September 2011 at 11:04pm | IP Logged 
YKYALNW you get excited that a combination lock's instructions are printed in 6 different languages
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meramarina
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 Message 1939 of 3740
07 September 2011 at 2:13am | IP Logged 
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Just a post-Irene follow up. Are you okay? I hope you survived Irene without too much damage to your books , home, or to you.s


Yes I'm OK, thank you! Had an unfortunate hospitalization following the storm (not really storm-related, unless you count the stress) but I'm on the mend now.

And you know you are a language nerd when you're ill and the doctor asks so, what's the problem, and you look down in embarrassment, hesitate, then stammer: "It's . . . it's . . . (sigh) . . . it's nerdery (flop onto cot).

And everyone, doctors, nurses and fellow patients, back away from you . . . No, not that! Isolation! Contamination!   This condition is extremely contagious!

(I knoww, I should have learned by now NEVER to make jokes!)
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JNetto
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 Message 1940 of 3740
07 September 2011 at 2:44am | IP Logged 
LebensForm wrote:
JNetto wrote:
Are you attending BYU?


Nope, I am attending a school here in Iowa, why? :)

Just because BYU happens to have a multilanguage Cable TV service too, so I thought it would be the
case:) I keep on going through the many channels to until my wife gets sick of it and takes possession of
the remote! :(
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LebensForm
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 Message 1941 of 3740
07 September 2011 at 3:37am | IP Logged 
JNetto wrote:
LebensForm wrote:
JNetto wrote:
Are you attending BYU?


Nope, I am attending a school here in Iowa, why? :)

Just because BYU happens to have a multilanguage Cable TV service too, so I thought it would be the
case:) I keep on going through the many channels to until my wife gets sick of it and takes possession of
the remote! :(


Haha, the other day, there was a show about an overweight couple on the German channel and it was just uhhhh neat. See, I wouldn't even watch these kinds of shows on English channels but they are just so much better auf Deutsch. I am glad I am single now, so the remote is all mine, I never let him have control anyway ;)

When you are known in your German class as the girl who answers questions no one can answer, seriously, now everyone just looks at me, if the teacher asks something. It is actually rather awkward, because now there is like this implied expectation to know stuff... otherwise I just sit in the back and don't say much, just enough to get my participation points :)

When, in your science class, about AIDS, someone mentions the movie "The Gift" and your mind instantly goes to "the Poison" Gift is poison in German, and you actually mentally devote maybe 5 minutes to how that play on words actually fits the original meaning, sharing the "Gift" of HIV with people...

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psy88
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 Message 1942 of 3740
07 September 2011 at 5:21am | IP Logged 
meramarina wrote:
Quote:
Just a post-Irene follow up. Are you okay? I hope you survived Irene without too much damage to your books , home, or to you.s


Yes I'm OK, thank you! Had an unfortunate hospitalization following the storm (not really storm-related, unless you count the stress) but I'm on the mend now.

And you know you are a language nerd when you're ill and the doctor asks so, what's the problem, and you look down in embarrassment, hesitate, then stammer: "It's . . . it's . . . (sigh) . . . it's nerdery (flop onto cot).

And everyone, doctors, nurses and fellow patients, back away from you . . . No, not that! Isolation! Contamination!   This condition is extremely contagious!

(I knoww, I should have learned by now NEVER to make jokes!)








Welcome back! My area was hit hard by Irene but I was fortunate to have little damage. Glad to hear that you are okay. PS Language Nerdery is terminal.
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Iversen
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 Message 1943 of 3740
08 September 2011 at 12:32am | IP Logged 
Welcome back to our Irene-struck members (my first thought was actually the irony of Greek ειρήνή meaning 'peace').

Nerdery can sometimes show itself in small things. Like when I today wanted to look up πρωτοβουλία ('initiative') in the dictionary beside my armchair. But I couldn't find it. Well, maybe there was a spelling error, so I searched instead under πρoτοβουλία, but no - it wasn't there either. Back to πρωτο- ... and then it struck me: shouldn't ω (omega) be the last letter in the alphabet? Then what is that я ('ja') doing there .. and not one word with omega in sight. The the truth finally dawned on me: I was trying to look a Greek word up in a Russian dictionary, and I didn't even notice that it was the wrong alphabet.

Earlier this evening I had in fact been studying Russian, and after that I decided to copy some text in Polish. So I looked at the page and began writing: "Правдоподобние" .. and only then I realized that Polish is written with Roman letters - and so was of course the word I was trying to copy: prawdopodobnie, which means 'probably'.

Maybe I should go to bed and get a good night's sleep now, but I have promised myself to consume at least one Canto from "Os Lusíadas" by Luís de Camões daily - no book should be allowed to take more than max.one week of anybody's time.

Edited by Iversen on 08 September 2011 at 12:47am

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janalisa
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 Message 1944 of 3740
08 September 2011 at 10:37pm | IP Logged 
YKYALNW this commercial makes your day:

http://www.toyota.fr/yaris


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