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Cavesa
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 Message 2393 of 3735
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 2394 of 3735
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 2395 of 3735
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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montmorency
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 Message 2396 of 3735
14 June 2012 at 6:40pm | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
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 would carefully stack all the books from a complete set of shelves safely out of
the
way somewhere. Then smash the shelves as well as I could to burnable-sized pieces, and
use those :-)



Edited by montmorency on 14 June 2012 at 9:24pm

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Iversen
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 Message 2397 of 3735
15 June 2012 at 5:39pm | 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 wonder how long burning Amélie Nothomb could keep me warm.

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 Message 2398 of 3735
15 June 2012 at 7:49pm | IP Logged 
When you're waiting for your exam and instead of revising you read in Italian.
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emk
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 Message 2399 of 3735
15 June 2012 at 8:11pm | IP Logged 
When you take a "break" from French the day before the DELF exam, and still wind up
getting in 3 or 4 hours anyway, thanks to MC Solaar in the car, huge stacks of
interesting French books all over the place, a whole bunch of acquaintances that want
to wish you good luck in French, and so on.

Oh, and when you download the 200-character preview of Kanjis dans la tête, the
French version of Hesig, because it's not technically studying French.

And during the "rest" day afterward, you're staring at the sales copy for Assimil :
L'Égyptien hiéroglyphique
with your wife, because seriously, it's just too cool.

When you're OK mentioning all this on HTLAL, because nobody around here is going
to stage an intervention.
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Iversen
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 Message 2400 of 3735
16 June 2012 at 10:48am | IP Logged 
When you buy a book about Carcassonne pas en français ou espagnol ou anglais, mais en catalan et en russe - et vous déplore vivement qu'il n'existe pas en ancien français et occitan aussi.

EDIT: When you wrote the thing above and didn't even notice that you inadvertently had slid into French. I had to read EMK's post below to notice it.

Edited by Iversen on 18 June 2012 at 5:17am



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