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seldnar
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 Message 2393 of 3740
13 June 2012 at 10:46am | IP Logged 
Have you seen the site www.habitants.fr ? It lists
the demonyms for towns and cities in France.

vermillon wrote:
Iversen wrote:
When you seriously consider making a collection of
unexpected adjectival forms of town names, after having visited a Musée Bittenois at
Beziers and seen a list of 'agathois' fish in Cap d'Agde


This one will keep you busy for a while in France! A lot of cities have the adjectival
form based on Latin, Old French, or the local non-French language. Britanny for
instance has a nice stock, of which I'll name only two:

Saint-Quay-Portrieux : quinocéen
Saint-Brieuc : briégois (from Brieg, the britton name of Brieuc)

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psy88
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 Message 2394 of 3740
14 June 2012 at 4:47am | IP Logged 
when a friend returns from vacation and brings you a chocolate bar from Aruba and you are more excited about the wrapper being written in Dutch than you are about the chocolate (which is delicious, by the way)
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drfeelgood17
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 Message 2395 of 3740
14 June 2012 at 10:18am | IP Logged 
When, like me, you can never go out without carrying a bag stuffed full of grammar books, language course books, dictionaries etc..in other words a walking language bookshop!

When your iphone or similar device contains more language audio than music.
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Einarr
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 Message 2396 of 3740
14 June 2012 at 11:41am | IP Logged 
drfeelgood17 wrote:
When, like me, you can never go out without carrying a bag stuffed full of grammar books, language course books, dictionaries etc..in other words a walking language bookshop!

When your iphone or similar device contains more language audio than music.


Amen to that!
And just because of the book overload in my bag I decided to leave the heavier ones at home, due to my shoulder being in pain. This, however, surely does not prevent me from having at least a book (in my target language) and a dictionary with me all the time.

About the phone - I surely should lit a candle for my brave htc that manages to handle the loads of pdf fles and apps I've stuffed it with. The worst thing is that it enables me reading while walking, which has proven to be a rather dangerous activity - especially if it's dark outside, and your read is captivating. :D

..when you answer to a question like: Which ones of your possessions would you take with you if a natural disaster (an earthquake for instance) strikes?
Answer: My language manuals! The grammars!! Duh   
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drfeelgood17
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 Message 2397 of 3740
14 June 2012 at 11:47am | IP Logged 
Einarr wrote:
drfeelgood17 wrote:
When, like me, you can never go out without carrying a bag stuffed full of grammar books, language course books, dictionaries etc..in other words a walking language bookshop!

When your iphone or similar device contains more language audio than music.


Amen to that!
And just because of the book overload in my bag I decided to leave the heavier ones at home, due to my shoulder being in pain. This, however, surely does not prevent me from having at least a book (in my target language) and a dictionary with me all the time.

About the phone - I surely should lit a candle for my brave htc that manages to handle the loads of pdf fles and apps I've stuffed it with. The worst thing is that it enables me reading while walking, which has proven to be a rather dangerous activity - especially if it's dark outside, and your read is captivating. :D

..when you answer to a question like: Which ones of your possessions would you take with you if a natural disaster (an earthquake for instance) strikes?
Answer: My language manuals! The grammars!! Duh   



I couldn't agree more :) Only language books/materials are worth saving in a natural disaster!
And nothing beats a good grammar book for bedtime reading.
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Cavesa
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 Message 2398 of 3740
14 June 2012 at 1:52pm | IP Logged 
drfeelgood17 wrote:
And nothing beats a good grammar book for bedtime reading.


A nice novel in one of my target languages does.
And sometimes it's like a book and crosswords puzzle in one volume :-)
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tarvos
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 Message 2399 of 3740
14 June 2012 at 3:32pm | IP Logged 
Quote:
..when you answer to a question like: Which ones of your possessions would you
take with you if a natural disaster (an earthquake for instance) strikes?
Answer: My language manuals! The grammars!! Duh


This reminds me of a play by Amélie Nothomb I finished a few days ago. The play
effectively asks the question whether, during a war where you're freezing cold and have
no heating resources bar a library, whether you would burn the books to keep warm (and
which ones you'd burn first).
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vermillon
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 Message 2400 of 3740
14 June 2012 at 4:24pm | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
This reminds me of a play by Amélie Nothomb I finished a few days ago. The play
effectively asks the question whether, during a war where you're freezing cold and have
no heating resources bar a library, whether you would burn the books to keep warm (and
which ones you'd burn first).


I'd say she's going further by implying that even out of war time these books could be burnt without remorse!

By the way, I really love this author, and considering the shortness of her books, I'm sure they make very pleasant readings for learners of French.


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