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Ismeme Granger
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United States
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Spanish

 
 Message 2313 of 3735
13 May 2012 at 4:43pm | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you are watching 'classic' British comedy (the stuff
that comes on every Saturday night here in the US on the public television channel. It's
from the 1980s and the 1990s) and your favorite episode was the one of 'Are You Being
Served?' showing off German Week, and even the signs are in German.

When you sing in the shower in your target language.

When the conversation above is interesting and completely comprehensible, regardless of
the fact that most people your age would just freak out, saying, "They're using words I
don't know in English! How am I supposed to understand, or even care?"
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Mauritz
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Sweden
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Speaks: Swedish*, EnglishC2, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Turkish, Esperanto, French
Studies: Old English, Yiddish, Arabic (Written), Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, Welsh, Icelandic, Afrikaans

 
 Message 2314 of 3735
13 May 2012 at 6:24pm | IP Logged 
... when you've never sung in the shower. Instead you think it's perfectly normal to
converse with yourself in different languages.

... when you're writing about locative inversion in Chichewa and mostly understand the
examples given in an article without the translation, even though you've never studied
the language.

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Ismeme Granger
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Spanish

 
 Message 2315 of 3735
13 May 2012 at 11:02pm | IP Logged 
When you know more about certain languages that you're not studying than some of your
friends in real life who are know.
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Josquin
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Speaks: German*, English, French, Latin, Italian, Russian, Swedish
Studies: Japanese, Irish, Portuguese, Persian

 
 Message 2316 of 3735
13 May 2012 at 11:22pm | IP Logged 
LaughingChimp wrote:
Josquin wrote:

The soft sign and the soft vowels indicate that the preceding consonant has to be spoken palatalized. This means pressing the tip of the tongue against the roof of your mouth, and it sounds a little bit like an added 'y'-sound.

That will give you a retroflex consonant. You must raise the middle part of the tongue to get a palatalized conosnant. It's the same movement you do for the y sound in English, palatalized consonant is basically a y and the consonant pronounced at the same time.

Yes, 'tip of the tongue' was a mistakable expression. I had problems describing the act of platalizing correctly although I can perform it. Thanks for your correction.

... when you know there's a great difference between palatalized and retroflex consonants. :)
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Carisma
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 Message 2317 of 3735
14 May 2012 at 5:34am | IP Logged 
When your first reaction to heartbreak is to begin a new language.
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Ismeme Granger
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United States
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Spanish

 
 Message 2318 of 3735
14 May 2012 at 6:11am | IP Logged 
When you are much more interested in the nuances of foreign cultures and their languages
than the petty drama that is supposed to so absorb teenagers my age.

When you can't wait to be proficient enough to be able to teach friends how to learn
foreign languages.

When you are so utterly jealous of some of the people on this forum for dating other
language nerds.

Edited by Ismeme Granger on 14 May 2012 at 6:15am

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garyb
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 Message 2319 of 3735
14 May 2012 at 12:27pm | IP Logged 
When you're happy that you've received birthday greetings on Facebook in four different
languages so far, and it's still only the morning.
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Venustus
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Speaks: Portuguese*, English, Italian, Spanish, Russian
Studies: Polish

 
 Message 2320 of 3735
17 May 2012 at 1:29am | IP Logged 
When you have grammars of more than 15 different languages and still wanna buy more.

When you have learnt all IPA 107 letters and 52 diacritics

Edited by Venustus on 17 May 2012 at 1:33am



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