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j0nas
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 Message 2033 of 3735
13 November 2011 at 11:00pm | IP Logged 
When you're staying up reading about the Turkish spelling reform when you should have
gone to sleep already.
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Fabrizio
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 Message 2034 of 3735
14 November 2011 at 12:21am | IP Logged 
...when you wonder why you've never dreamt in a foreign language when everybody else
does it, but you're still pretty confident one day it will happen to you too :)

Edited by Fabrizio on 14 November 2011 at 12:21am

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Rivso
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 Message 2035 of 3735
14 November 2011 at 12:51am | IP Logged 
When you see on the numberplate of a car in front of yours a sylable followed by a number and immediatly link it to a chinese word.
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psy88
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 Message 2036 of 3735
14 November 2011 at 1:09am | IP Logged 
when you are in a store buying a jacket. The saleswoman tells you it has a fleece lining. You question her and she says it has an "inner fleece". You laugh aloud and draw a strange look from her. You couldn't tell her why you were laughing because you know she would not have understood. Why were you laughing? Because her "inner fleece" made you think of a word from from your target language that you hear a lot on your favorite telenovela.All you language nerds out there will know what word I thought of, I am sure.

Edited for grammar

Edited by psy88 on 14 November 2011 at 1:13am

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montmorency
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 Message 2037 of 3735
15 November 2011 at 6:14pm | IP Logged 
amethyst32 wrote:
Well, a normal person might gatecrash a party but last week I
gatecrashed the Spanish class while I was on a break waiting for my own classes to
start. A few of the other students looked at me funny but I just sat there taking my
notebook and a pen out of my bag like I had every right to be there and the teacher (a
Spanish lady) was really cool about it. After a quick "bienvenida" in my direction,
she simply continued teaching and even included me in the exercises. I'm so shy
normally and I don't know what could have made me do that apart from sheer language
nerdery! :-)



Reminds me, years ago, I was attending a beginner evening class in Italian.
A foreign friend was staying at my house, and he also happened to be learning Italian.
I didn't want to miss the class, but I didn't want to leave him on his own, so I took
him along. Fortunately, the teacher was also cool about it, and even asked him a few
questions in Italian later on, which he was able to answer at least we well as the rest
of us.
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Amerykanka
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 Message 2038 of 3735
02 December 2011 at 3:13am | IP Logged 
When you carry around your Ancient Greek flashcards even though you haven't reviewed them in months, because for some inexplicable reason they make you feel more confident.

When you try to deduce the etymology of pretty much every word you come across based on your knowledge of Latin and Ancient Greek (my favorite was internecine - I was thrilled when I looked in the dictionary and discovered that my etymology was correct). As you write this you are busy dissecting deduce, etymology, and confident.
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LanguageSponge
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 Message 2039 of 3735
02 December 2011 at 7:47am | IP Logged 
amethyst32 wrote:
Well, a normal person might gatecrash a party but last week I
gatecrashed the Spanish class while I was on a break waiting for my own classes to
start. A few of the other students looked at me funny but I just sat there taking my
notebook and a pen out of my bag like I had every right to be there and the teacher (a
Spanish lady) was really cool about it. After a quick "bienvenida" in my direction,
she simply continued teaching and even included me in the exercises. I'm so shy
normally and I don't know what could have made me do that apart from sheer language
nerdery! :-)


I crashed my girlfriend's Russian university classes too, when I was still studying.
The Russian department knew perfectly well that I shouldn't have been there as they
also taught me, but they allowed it. I also crashed other classes, but since they have
nothing to do with languages...

Amerykanka wrote:
When you try to deduce the etymology of pretty much every word you
come across based on your knowledge of Latin and Ancient Greek


I do this too, although neither my Latin nor my Ancient Greek are at anything like the
level they once were. Which is a real shame - I may take one of them up again in
January or so just so that I can play this game better than I'm able to play it now :]

... when your knowledge of a script learnt later in life messes with your knowledge of
the one you grew up with - I very often read "H" as an "N" sound now... thanks,
Cyrillic. Also, when my half-brother was learning to write (Latin script), he often
wrote his N's the wrong way round or something, so it would end up being "И" - which is
another Cyrillic letter and sometimes confused me :]


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meramarina
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 Message 2040 of 3735
03 December 2011 at 5:05am | IP Logged 

I recently picked up trash from the street and took it home. It was language travel trash, now, so I'm sure you can all understand why the brochures for Costa del Sol y Córdoba had to be MINE.

So what if they were a bit wet and have tire tread marks? One person's trash is a language nerd's treasure. Next, I will revisit the street and wait for my tickets and reservations to fall out of a garbage truck.

Travel brochures in other languages and destinations are also acceptable, of course.


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