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

 
 Message 2209 of 3735
25 March 2012 at 9:52pm | IP Logged 
Here's my YKYALNW moment of the day: I (American) was walking along the street in my city (in Germany) and overheard a girl walking in front of me on her phone, saying (in Spanish) that the tram wasn't running and she had no idea where she was. When she hung up, I asked her in English (assuming she was a tourist) if she needed any help finding her way somewhere, and confessed to having overheard her Spanish on the phone. When it turned out she could speak German after all, I quickly switched into that language and directed her back towards the center of town. I'm pretty sure that, by the time we parted ways, she had no idea what my native language was!
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koba
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118 posts - 201 votes 
Speaks: Portuguese*, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, French

 
 Message 2210 of 3735
26 March 2012 at 6:55pm | IP Logged 
When you're installing your new printer, but the multilingual manual seems more
interesting than making the printer actually work.
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Gallo1801
Diglot
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Spain
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164 posts - 248 votes 
Speaks: English*, Spanish
Studies: Arabic (Written), Croatian, German, French

 
 Message 2211 of 3735
27 March 2012 at 4:44am | IP Logged 
Half the reason for wanting to learn French is so that you have more access to the
Assimil library.
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ellasevia
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Japan
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Speaks: English*, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Croatian, Greek, Japanese, Turkish, Italian
Studies: Mandarin, Persian, Arabic (Written)

 
 Message 2212 of 3735
27 March 2012 at 8:04am | IP Logged 
...when you seriously consider trying to pass yourself off as your younger brother all summer just so that
you could be eligible for a free intensive Hindi/Urdu class.
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psy88
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 Message 2213 of 3735
02 April 2012 at 2:07am | IP Logged 
when you are seriously disappointed that no one has posted an April's Fool joke. For the last two years they were funny and you were looking forward to this year's. And you are fretting that perhaps it was posted but you missed it.
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Billy Bob
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Colombia
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Speaks: English*, Spanish
Studies: Turkish

 
 Message 2214 of 3735
02 April 2012 at 6:01am | IP Logged 
When you buy some candy just because you notice your TL is written on its wrapper.
When you keep the card that came with some batteries, because it has text in your TL that you want to check out.
When you're out shopping and stop because you see some text in Kazakh on a box.
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meramarina
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 Message 2215 of 3735
04 April 2012 at 5:39am | IP Logged 
Language Nerdery struck again when I was searching for New York City transportation information and discovered that there's something called "City Tour in Foreign Languages" available in German, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

Well, I was all ready to hop on that bus, even though I live near NYC and don't want a tour - but if it's five languages? Sign me up right now! But then I realized that the tour doesn't really happen in five languages: of course, it's one language at a time because it is for foreign tourists, not local language nerds.

Maybe I should go anyway. I could take the tour five times, right?


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Serpent
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 Message 2216 of 3735
04 April 2012 at 1:57pm | IP Logged 
Have you found out how exactly it works?
I've had a wonderful excursion in Finland where all the information/descriptions would come from a tape, in Finnish, English, German and Russian. (no Swedish!) It was really cool to understand practically all of it.

On another city tour, you were given headphones and you could choose between something like 10 languages. I kept on switching :DDD

That city tour sounds like it's totally worth it, and you may well be able to experience it in more than one language without going five times!

Edited by Serpent on 04 April 2012 at 1:58pm



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