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Hekje
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 Message 2513 of 3735
08 August 2012 at 6:50pm | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
They would likely still understand a lot ;)

Dangit, I know! But there really was no way to approach them other than creepily springing into their path like Gollum.

Another time. x-D
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montmorency
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 Message 2514 of 3735
08 August 2012 at 8:46pm | IP Logged 
Hekje wrote:
tarvos wrote:
They would likely still understand a lot ;)

Dangit, I know! But there really was no way to approach them other than creepily
springing into their path like Gollum.

Another time. x-D


Next time, have some Biltong with you and offer to share it. I believe it keeps well.
:-)

Moving on,

You know you're a language nerd when, as a passenger on a long and potentially boring
journey up the motorway, a large goods vehicle comes into view and you are just about
to overtake it, it's clearly from abroad, and suddenly the journey becomes a bit more
interesting, and you hungrily scan the text printed on the back and sides of the
vehicle (firms are quite canny about using their vehicles for self-promotion these
days) for clues or confirmation of its place of origin, and anything else of interest.

Actually I was walking into town earlier today, the weather having taken a turn for
the better, hallelujah, and was walking past part of a "science park" which eventually
leads to a fairly picturesque roundabout route into town, when I noticed a large goods
vehicle parked by the side of the road. The printing on the side was in a mixture of
languages, but there was clearly a Netherlandish flavour to the whole thing. I suppose
French, German, Dutch and Belgian vehicles are pretty common here, although by no means
the only countries of origin.




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Serpent
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 Message 2515 of 3735
09 August 2012 at 2:21am | IP Logged 
When you read HTLAL using source code although the new posts are nothing exciting, just complaints about the forum not working. When you come here to say so. When you repost this because the messages posted during the attack are gone.
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Serpent
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 Message 2516 of 3735
10 August 2012 at 2:54am | IP Logged 
When you discover Ai se eu te pego on lyricstraining while looking through the Portuguese songs. (No, I haven't discovered it only now. Just randomly remembered how I wanted to have more lyrics read for Tadoku)

Edited by Serpent on 10 August 2012 at 3:04am

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DaraghM
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 Message 2517 of 3735
10 August 2012 at 11:18am | IP Logged 
When the creaky page load on the forum fills you with a sense of nostalgia, and you realise it's back to the way it was. My dear old forum.

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Kartof
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 Message 2518 of 3735
10 August 2012 at 2:46pm | IP Logged 
...when you wander into a Bulgarian bookstore, immediately go to the language section and
wonder as to how all of these books will fit into your suitcase.

...when you find a copy of a grammar book called "Старобългарски език" (Old Bulgarian) in
said language section and buy it without even opening it first.
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WentworthsGal
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 Message 2519 of 3735
10 August 2012 at 2:49pm | IP Logged 
Kartof wrote:
...when you wander into a Bulgarian bookstore, immediately go to the language section and
wonder as to how all of these books will fit into your suitcase.

...when you find a copy of a grammar book called "Старобългарски език" (Old Bulgarian) in
said language section and buy it without even opening it first.


When reading this post makes you want to go into your local charity bookshop and look at their foreign section... Like NOW! And you think you might just do it :p

edit: And when you go to said shop, you see a TY Bulgarian book and buy it :p (plus 8 more books in various languages hehehe)

Edited by WentworthsGal on 10 August 2012 at 6:24pm

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Jappy58
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 Message 2520 of 3735
10 August 2012 at 6:19pm | IP Logged 
...When you spend some of your free time looking through the Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, thrilled at the fact that even eight years after Arabic stopped being your target language, you still discover a new word - and then see it being used in a classical text.

...When you see a couple arguing in a public space, you feel the urge to recite a portion of one of Rumi's poems in Persian to calm them down.

...If after reading Serpent's post about Ai se eu te pego, the words "Nossa, nossa" resurface in your mind, and you decide to explore Michel Teló's other works.

...When you discover a new colloquial expression in Moroccan Arabic and await the moment that you can use it properly.


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