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Teango
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United States
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2210 posts - 3734 votes 
Speaks: English*, German, Russian
Studies: Hawaiian, French, Toki Pona

 
 Message 2097 of 3740
09 January 2012 at 8:35pm | IP Logged 
When you receive the best birthday present and card ever!



Edited by Teango on 09 January 2012 at 8:35pm

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Michael K.
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United States
Joined 3775 days ago

568 posts - 886 votes 
Speaks: English*
Studies: Spanish, Esperanto

 
 Message 2098 of 3740
18 January 2012 at 12:55am | IP Logged 
When you're at church camp with the sweetest, cutest single girl in the church and she asks you about your crappy summer job. You tell her about it, and say the one thing that made it bearable was hearing the internationals speak other languages, including Jamaican Creole. She asks you what a creole is, and you talk to her about languages a little.

Talking to a girl you like about a subject you like makes you think that working at your crappy summer job was all worthwhile :)

Edited by Michael K. on 18 January 2012 at 1:04am

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ellasevia
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Winner TAC 2011
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Japan
Joined 4188 days ago

2152 posts - 3231 votes 
Speaks: English*, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Croatian, Greek, Japanese, Turkish, Italian
Studies: Mandarin, Persian, Arabic (Written)

 
 Message 2099 of 3740
18 January 2012 at 8:27am | IP Logged 
When you spend the evening listening to a documentary in Polish and writing a very detailed, three-page-long explanation of and study plan for Mandarin for a friend...and yet you speak neither of those languages.
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rivere123
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United States
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129 posts - 182 votes 
Speaks: English*
Studies: French

 
 Message 2100 of 3740
21 January 2012 at 5:16am | IP Logged 
When the English Wikipedia blackout isn't a big deal, since you could satisfy your curiosity in some other language.
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mick33
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Joined 3970 days ago

1336 posts - 1633 votes 
Speaks: English*
Studies: Finnish
Studies: Thai, Polish, Afrikaans, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Swedish

 
 Message 2101 of 3740
21 January 2012 at 8:46am | IP Logged 
The English Wikipedia blackout was just the motivation I needed to read Italian, so it was great for me.
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Gallo1801
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Spain
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164 posts - 248 votes 
Speaks: English*, Spanish
Studies: Arabic (Written), Croatian, German, French

 
 Message 2102 of 3740
22 January 2012 at 5:36am | IP Logged 
When you are fluent in 2 languages, but know the grammar, pronunciation, writing
system, history, accents and dialects of 23 others, but alas only know about 100 words
in each.

When you get with a large group of friends and everyone is code-switching and using
like 7 languages between the group, and everyone acts like it's normal.

When people see you reading or listening to a language and ask "You speak X language?!"
and you answer no because you can only understand it but not produce it.

You get mad at American movies for having the wrong accents for characters when they
are depicted conversing in their native tongues. A Cuban character with an Argentine
accent? Really?

When you hear someone in the grocery speaking a foreign language you guess where
they're from.

When you hear a language you don't understand, instead of being frustrated, you get
excited for another opportunity to learn. [extra nerdy]


And I'm also obsessed with Turk Pop. Maybe it's the pretty girls, but something about
it is irresistible. Turkish Pop made me want to learn Turkish.

Edited by Gallo1801 on 22 January 2012 at 5:53am

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AlephBey
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India
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41 posts - 137 votes 
Speaks: English, Hindi*, Urdu, Japanese
Studies: German, Spanish

 
 Message 2103 of 3740
22 January 2012 at 5:53am | IP Logged 
When the 'personalized ads' Google shows on your Gmail homepage after scanning keywords
in your mail to determine your 'personal interests', are always, all in Japanese.

'インドでビジネスする際は' - 'When doing business in India...'
'高性能レンタルサーバー' - 'High performance servers on rent'
'キャリアアップ×年収1000万以上' - 'Career upgrade x Annual income of over 10 million'
'集客できるホームページ' - 'A homepage that would attract customers'

My personal favorite-
'129円のマンツーマン英会話' - 'Speak English one-to-one, for 129 yen'

Edited by AlephBey on 22 January 2012 at 6:55am

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Hekje
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Speaks: English*, Dutch
Studies: French, Indonesian

 
 Message 2104 of 3740
22 January 2012 at 9:38am | IP Logged 
When the feelings of gratitude you harbor for Wiktionary editors begin to border on
religious.


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