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QiuJP
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 Message 1993 of 3740
14 October 2011 at 6:43pm | IP Logged 
When you are planning for a trip, you are actually planning a trip to visit all the major
bookstores in the city you are visiting rather than the tourist sites, because you want
to find all unknown language learning materials. (happened to me when I visited
France...)
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Chung
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 Message 1994 of 3740
14 October 2011 at 7:21pm | IP Logged 
QiuJP wrote:
When you are planning for a trip, you are actually planning a trip to visit all the major
bookstores in the city you are visiting rather than the tourist sites, because you want
to find all unknown language learning materials. (happened to me when I visited
France...)


A variation on the above: It's been sunny and about 25 C all day in Budapest and the surrounding area but you've forgone the chance to explore the city or make a day-trip to an UNESCO Heritage Site. Instead you've been acting on a hunch (as opposed to planning) or hoping for the best in spending the entire day scouring bookstores in Budapest looking for suitable learning material for Hungarian.

For the record I did just that about a month ago... and came out with a pictoral Finnish-Hungarian dictionary for children... and the Hungarian translation of one of the books from the series "Le Petit Nicolas"... but no new course.
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mick33
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 Message 1995 of 3740
14 October 2011 at 10:56pm | IP Logged 
When I just discovered that everytime I read blogspot blogs the operating language is stuck on Norwegian. Unlike my friends and family, I think this is great and I won't allow anyone to change it. Maybe I will suggest that they could all just learn Norwegian instead of complaining.



Edited by mick33 on 14 October 2011 at 11:08pm

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psy88
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 Message 1996 of 3740
18 October 2011 at 4:03am | IP Logged 
when you pay to enter a popular,(and well visited by people from other countries), Botanical Garden. As the fellow is taking your ticket you notice a stand with brochures that are guides to the Garden. These are written in a number of foreign languages. You also see that the languages include your two target languages. You inquire about the brochures only to be told that you have a copy, in English, that was given to you with your ticket, and, so, "you don't need one". Rather than argue or explain, you bide your time and three and a half hours later, as you leave, you grab the two you wanted. You realize that if you had grabbed them on the way in you would have spent the three and a half hours studying and comparing them, rather than enjoying the Garden. Of course, being a true Language Nerd, you were would have enjoyed that more than looking at the trees, flowers, etc.
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Levi
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 Message 1997 of 3740
19 October 2011 at 3:13am | IP Logged 
...when, in a game of Scrabble, you score two triple-word-score words in a row, with "copula" and "dative".
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LebensForm
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 Message 1998 of 3740
20 October 2011 at 6:27am | IP Logged 
When you go to some chicks dorm room to use her TV, because you think maybe it's jus your TV being weird, just to confirm that we don't have the German channel here anymore.   In which you want to petition to get that channel back... the Spanish and french channels still exist.. descrimination!

When you actually have a favorite dative preposition...

When you get off on writing random things in German on people's whiteboards on their door, many of whom I don't know :)

I'm such a creeper...
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Levi
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 Message 1999 of 3740
21 October 2011 at 1:33am | IP Logged 
...when this is your favorite commercial on TV:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsTqGa2gd0E
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ruskivyetr
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 Message 2000 of 3740
21 October 2011 at 2:19am | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
...when this is your favorite commercial on TV:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsTqGa2gd0E


My new goal for when I take a road trip next summer:

Listen to all of a Pimsleur or Michel Thomas of a language nonstop and see how much I actually retain.


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