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psy88
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United States
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467 posts - 882 votes 
Studies: Spanish*, Japanese, Latin, French

 
 Message 2481 of 3735
15 July 2012 at 11:00pm | IP Logged 
when, in the recent past you have "loaned" someone money. You then have a dream that this person asks you for a loan of $60,000. In the dream he is vague about why he needs so much money. He finally tells you that it has to do with "steel wool". You wake up perplexed about the dream. Then you realize that your unconscious mind has made a pun in both English and in one of your target languages. The dream is saying that the person wants to "steal" from you. And, the "wool"? In Spanish, the slang word for "money" is "lana", or "wool". The dream is saying he wants to steal your money!
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Amerykanka
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United States
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657 posts - 890 votes 
Speaks: English*, Spanish, Polish, Latin, Ancient Greek, Russian

 
 Message 2482 of 3735
16 July 2012 at 2:21pm | IP Logged 
When your cousin visits a bunch of churches and pilgrimage sites in Ireland, and returns with a handful of
brochures for you - in Polish.

When your dad, while setting up a new printer, comes to you with a thick instructions manual and asks if you
have any use for it. Since you have never shown any interest in the assembly of electronic devices, you are
mildly confused until you realize the instructions manual is in over 10 languages. Needless to say, you take it
with enthusiasm.

When your brothers are completely unfazed to find you sitting on the couch, making strange noises, and
laughing as you try to figure out Old English pronunciation.
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Teango
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2210 posts - 3734 votes 
Speaks: English*, German, Russian
Studies: Hawaiian, French, Toki Pona

 
 Message 2483 of 3735
16 July 2012 at 2:44pm | IP Logged 
When your elderly neighbour watches Urdu tv on full volume throughout the day, and rather than get frustrated, you habituate to the mysterious beautiful sounds and hit the Internet to learn a few bonus phrases.

Edited by Teango on 16 July 2012 at 2:45pm

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Cavesa
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Speaks: Czech*, FrenchC2, EnglishC1
Studies: Spanish, German, Italian

 
 Message 2484 of 3735
16 July 2012 at 5:29pm | IP Logged 
When you feel like it is your birthday when your boyfriend, influenced by the language
learning discussion between you and two friends at a campfire, announces he will join you
for your German August!
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Phantom Kat
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United States
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160 posts - 253 votes 
Speaks: Spanish*, English
Studies: Finnish

 
 Message 2485 of 3735
22 July 2012 at 11:45am | IP Logged 
- when you are returning back home on a Greyhound bus, and after playing your 3DS for
the first three hours of the trip, you decide to take out your Beginner's Finnish book to
study for the last leg of the trip. The guy next you, who had been reading a book,
turns to you and asks with surprise, "You're studying Finnish? Are you planning a trip to
the country?" (He says this with interest.)Realizing that for once in the past two and
odd years since you had the book someone recognizes the language you are studying, you
turn to him with the hugest smile ever. You reply, "Actually, I'm just learning it for
fun. I think it's a very interesting language." The man turned out to have travelled to
Finland and says that he has never met anyone learning the language. That was certainly
something to remember.

- Kat

Edited by Phantom Kat on 27 July 2012 at 11:16pm

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AlephBey
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India
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41 posts - 137 votes 
Speaks: English, Hindi*, Urdu, Japanese
Studies: German, Spanish

 
 Message 2486 of 3735
22 July 2012 at 5:32pm | IP Logged 
When the fact that one of your immediate seniors at law school happens to be from South
Korea is more than enough reason for you to decide to reach the equivalent of an A1 in
Korean by the end of the first semester.
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psy88
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United States
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467 posts - 882 votes 
Studies: Spanish*, Japanese, Latin, French

 
 Message 2487 of 3735
23 July 2012 at 2:26am | IP Logged 
when you have a dream that you are trying to help someone fill out an application form and are unable to do so and, in the dream, realize that you are having trouble because the form is written in Old Norse! In your awake life you are not studying Old Norse. You did hear about it, for the first time, in a lecture a few weeks ago. Now you wonder if you should study it in real life.

when you realize that, increasingly, you are having dreams related to languages. You feel really good knowing that your unconscious mind has accepted and embraced your language nerdery.
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Ismeme Granger
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Spanish

 
 Message 2488 of 3735
23 July 2012 at 5:42am | IP Logged 
When your favorite part about going to LensCrafters to get sunglasses is the fact that
the lady who helps you out has a thick Russian accent--and you can't help the big grin on
your face and your daydreams of when you can study Russian.


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