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montmorency
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United Kingdom
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Speaks: English*, German
Studies: Danish, Welsh

 
 Message 2481 of 3740
11 July 2012 at 7:54pm | IP Logged 
Avid Learner wrote:
LangWanderer wrote:
when you set a day aside to work on your
thesis, study four languages instead and it still seems like a perfectly productive
day.

I must admit that I had never procrastinated in such a useful manner before I started
studying a language.



I wrote my thesis on procrastination.
Well, that's not quite true.
The truth is, people aways say to me:
"When it comes to procrastination, you could write the book!"


:-)

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wv girl
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United States
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Speaks: English*, French
Studies: Spanish

 
 Message 2482 of 3740
11 July 2012 at 9:36pm | IP Logged 
... when you're hanging out at an airport restaurant & get really excited when you glance up at the TV & think
you've spotted a Spanish station ... ESPN2. From a distance, I thought it was ESPANA! Sports isn't everyone's thing!
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Hekje
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Speaks: English*, Dutch
Studies: French, Indonesian

 
 Message 2483 of 3740
12 July 2012 at 12:48am | IP Logged 
When the customs official laughs at you because you've just returned from the Netherlands
and this is your entire list of declarations, verbatim:

BOOK BY H. BRUSSELMANS $8.00
SECONDHAND BOOK $10.00
ANOTHER 2ND HAND BOOK $10.00
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hjordis
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209 posts - 264 votes 
Speaks: English*
Studies: French, German, Spanish, Japanese

 
 Message 2484 of 3740
12 July 2012 at 1:04am | IP Logged 
Hekje wrote:
When the customs official laughs at you because you've just returned from the Netherlands
and this is your entire list of declarations, verbatim:

BOOK BY H. BRUSSELMANS $8.00
SECONDHAND BOOK $10.00
ANOTHER 2ND HAND BOOK $10.00
I just gave books their own category when I came back from Japan. There were about 20 of them.
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Wm. Alexander
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Studies: French

 
 Message 2485 of 3740
13 July 2012 at 3:00pm | IP Logged 
...you're kitchen wall is covered with post-it notes with the French names of objects (see photo at //http://williamalexander.com/neversaymort/images/pict0009we b.jpg )

Edited by Wm. Alexander on 13 July 2012 at 3:46pm

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psy88
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Studies: Spanish*, Japanese, Latin, French

 
 Message 2486 of 3740
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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Speaks: English*, Spanish, Polish, Latin, Ancient Greek, Russian

 
 Message 2487 of 3740
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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Speaks: English*, German, Russian
Studies: Hawaiian, French, Toki Pona

 
 Message 2488 of 3740
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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