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tennisace
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United States
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Spanish, Croatian, French

 
 Message 2129 of 3740
02 February 2012 at 6:17am | IP Logged 
when you can say thank you in 5 languages from eating girl scout cookies

Edited by tennisace on 02 February 2012 at 6:18am

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Jinx
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Speaks: English*, German, French
Studies: Catalan, Dutch, Esperanto, Croatian, Serbian, Norwegian, Mandarin, Italian, Spanish, Yiddish

 
 Message 2130 of 3740
02 February 2012 at 12:01pm | IP Logged 
...when you so persistantly inch closer to an old couple speaking Russian at the tram station that they get freaked out and decide to walk instead of waiting for the tram.
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ReneeMona
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 Message 2131 of 3740
02 February 2012 at 5:27pm | IP Logged 
...when you spill water all over your desk and the first thing you save is your overview
of Esperanto grammar.
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WentworthsGal
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 Message 2132 of 3740
02 February 2012 at 10:37pm | IP Logged 
FuroraCeltica wrote:
when you deliberately hold your learning books so people on public transport can see you
using them


This is a perfect way to find native speakers or others studying that language! They're bound to ask you about the book you're studying! :o) I've often thought about wearing a t-shirt asking "talar du svenska?" (do you speak Swedish) or something just to try and find someone who does, lol :o)
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Jinx
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 Message 2133 of 3740
06 February 2012 at 5:57pm | IP Logged 
When just reading a Finnish name makes you seriously consider learning the language. I must be the most language-susceptible person on Earth...
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Chung
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 Message 2134 of 3740
06 February 2012 at 8:47pm | IP Logged 
WentworthsGal wrote:
FuroraCeltica wrote:
when you deliberately hold your learning books so people on public transport can see you
using them


This is a perfect way to find native speakers or others studying that language! They're bound to ask you about the book you're studying! :o) I've often thought about wearing a t-shirt asking "talar du svenska?" (do you speak Swedish) or something just to try and find someone who does, lol :o)


My problem is that I'm most likely to be reading something that's in a language that no other passenger knows. The most reaction that I've ever got so far was when a black passenger was looking intently at the cover of my copy of Davvin 2 which I was reading. I noticed this and I then explained to her that it was a Finnish textbook for Lappish and she replied that she thought it was some kind of Native American language because of the vaguely "native" design on the book's cover. It was a chance meeting of people into less commonly used languages as it turned out the she was a native speaker of Zulu (or was it Swahili?).
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Ari
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 Message 2135 of 3740
07 February 2012 at 6:58am | IP Logged 
WentworthsGal wrote:
I've often thought about wearing a t-shirt asking "talar du svenska?" (do you speak Swedish) or something just to try and find someone who does, lol :o)

You know you're a language nerd when you, in preparation for your trip to Hong Kong, order a shirt saying "唔該同我講粵語" (please speak Cantonese to me) in order to avoid the English assumption.

Now that you mention that, maybe I could get some mileage out of it in Sweden, too, on the off chance I come across a native literate speaker of Cantonese.
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Serpent
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 Message 2136 of 3740
07 February 2012 at 10:06am | IP Logged 
When it makes you excited to notice that someone's language list looks different.
(@Ari, did you do some switching between studying actively/on and off/not studying? I think your languages are displayed in a different order now :P)


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