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Asithassa
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Speaks: Greek*, English, Italian, Ancient Greek
Studies: Finnish, Icelandic, German, Japanese, Welsh

 
 Message 241 of 3740
05 January 2010 at 8:07pm | IP Logged 
When you grab a product at the supermarket and you read the information at whatever language catches your eye first

- - - and then realize that it is a language that you do not know; you have figured out the meaning through cognates and guesswork.
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canada38
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 Message 242 of 3740
05 January 2010 at 9:54pm | IP Logged 
When you lose your girlfriend in the bookstore, and after searching for a few minutes you
give up and hope she'll find you. Then when you go to check out the foreign language
section, she's there waiting for you.
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elvisrules
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Speaks: French, English*, Dutch, Flemish
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 Message 244 of 3740
05 January 2010 at 10:21pm | IP Logged 
...when you have a university exam the next morning but instead of doing some last minute revising, have just stopped writing notes on German-Dutch cognates with an analysis of gender change (2-3 pages already), and are on this forum!
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Jurga
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 Message 245 of 3740
05 January 2010 at 10:51pm | IP Logged 
When you lie being asked 'What languages do you know?' because any 'normal' person can understand why one might aim for knowing more languages than it's a mandatory to learn being at school and university. ('Still, I don't get it. Have you said Latvian ? Why the hell anyone could need it?/But you know English!' etc)

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tritone
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 Message 246 of 3740
05 January 2010 at 10:56pm | IP Logged 
...when you write a blog in the language you're learning, but have never done so in your native language, or even cared much about blogs before.


The other day someone told about me their blog, and asked if I had one. I lied and said "No", because I didn't want to say "Yes, but its in Portuguese"...which would lead to an awkward/uncomfortable conversation, that ultimately ends in people thinking I'm some kind of weird nerd.

Edited by tritone on 05 January 2010 at 11:01pm

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ruskivyetr
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 Message 247 of 3740
05 January 2010 at 11:30pm | IP Logged 
tritone wrote:
...when you write a blog in the language you're learning, but have never done so in your native language, or even cared much about blogs before.


The other day someone told about me their blog, and asked if I had one. I lied and said "No", because I didn't want to say "Yes, but its in Portuguese"...which would lead to an awkward/uncomfortable conversation, that ultimately ends in people thinking I'm some kind of weird nerd.


BE PROUD OF YOUR LANGUAGES :)! Don't be ashamed, language nerds rock!

Edited by ruskivyetr on 05 January 2010 at 11:31pm

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Jurga
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 Message 248 of 3740
06 January 2010 at 12:24am | IP Logged 
ruskivyetr wrote:
tritone wrote:
...when you write a blog in the language you're learning, but have never done so in your native language, or even cared much about blogs before.


The other day someone told about me their blog, and asked if I had one. I lied and said "No", because I didn't want to say "Yes, but its in Portuguese"...which would lead to an awkward/uncomfortable conversation, that ultimately ends in people thinking I'm some kind of weird nerd.


BE PROUD OF YOUR LANGUAGES :)! Don't be ashamed, language nerds rock!



Emm, language nerds rock only inside this forum. Elsewhere they aren't appreciated so much;)

By the way, blogger in Portuguese reminded me of something. Writing a diary in a language none in your family knows is not only nerd, it's simply great in the other hand! If only I had known Chinese,for example, many years ago...-I used to have many problems with hiding my diary from my younger brother and cousins-ahh, I imagine their faces:D


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