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Ari
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 Message 2105 of 3740
23 January 2012 at 8:07pm | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when a grammar book can make you giddy like a schoolgirl. My new Cantonese grammar book lists 30 (thirty!) sentence-final particles, adds a table for how to combine them (gigglegiggle) and gives you examples like these:

Cantonese: a Comprehensive Grammar wrote:
Kéuih ló-jó daih yãt mìhng tìm ge la wo.
s/he take-PFV number one place too PRT PRT PRT
'And she got first place, too, you know.'

Here tìm is evaluative, ge assertive, la adds currency and wo newsworthiness. Note that the order and selection of particles follows that shown in Table 18.2. More than four particles are rare, though not impossible (Leung Chung-Sum reports the occurrence of some seven particles as an extreme case).

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Arekkusu
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 Message 2106 of 3740
23 January 2012 at 8:39pm | IP Logged 
Teango wrote:
When you receive the best birthday present and card ever!


When you plan on participating in the Accelerated Finnish Challenge?
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Jinx
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 Message 2107 of 3740
23 January 2012 at 9:41pm | IP Logged 
When you manage to utterly confuse yourself by, while typing a short URL, saying it aloud to yourself in not one – not two – but THREE different accents.

(It was "edubreizh.com", a French site for learning Breton, and I'd just been studying Catalan, so as I typed I muttered to myself "edü..."(French accent) "bryce..."(Breton accent) "pun' com"(Catalan accent).
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Quabazaa
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 Message 2108 of 3740
24 January 2012 at 2:59am | IP Logged 
When you think about putting stickers of other languages' letters on your keys but can't
decide if both Arabic and Korean will fit!

Edited by Quabazaa on 24 January 2012 at 3:03am

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jdmoncada
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 Message 2109 of 3740
24 January 2012 at 7:32am | IP Logged 
...when you now consider saving owner manuals for various appliances because they are printed in all of your target languages. Well, English with both Spanish and French translations. A year ago, I wouldn't have even though to save them as language-related items.
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Serpent
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 Message 2110 of 3740
24 January 2012 at 8:37am | IP Logged 
when you misread the thread title "i want to recover my account" as "i want to recover my accent" :D
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jdmoncada
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 Message 2111 of 3740
25 January 2012 at 1:24am | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:
when you misread the thread title "i want to recover my account" as "i want to recover my accent" :D


I did the same thing!
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Teango
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 Message 2112 of 3740
25 January 2012 at 11:04am | IP Logged 
Arekkusu wrote:
Teango wrote:
When you receive the best birthday present and card ever!

When you plan on participating in the Accelerated Finnish Challenge?

If you only knew my inner struggle to avoid this cool challenge! However I'll just have to take a rain check this time, as the outlook for February is already cloudy with a chance of far too many projects. ;)


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