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TheSeaWolf
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 Message 2513 of 3740
28 July 2012 at 4:21am | IP Logged 
...when you go into a bookstore looking for a book that has nothing to do with languages
and then walk out of the store with a German vocab book.
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Hekje
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 Message 2514 of 3740
08 August 2012 at 1:18am | IP Logged 
When you're sitting in an alcove eating your lunch and gradually realize that a nearby
couple is speaking Afrikaans. You're so thrilled to hear a cousin of Dutch in your city,
you almost spring out of the booth to share... but catch yourself at the last minute,
realizing that being accosted by a stranger babbling in a language that diverged from
yours 300 years ago is something only a true language nerd would appreciate.
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mSiNi
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 Message 2515 of 3740
08 August 2012 at 6:42am | IP Logged 
This happened to me recently. I was leaving class one day and outside there was someone
Skyping and they were speaking Russian. So i decided to "wait for my friends" near him
instead of getting a head start to lunch to try and understand what he was saying. A bit
creepy but i don't think he noticed.'( i was actually waiting for friends and left when
they came)
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emk
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 Message 2516 of 3740
08 August 2012 at 5:26pm | IP Logged 
…HTLAL goes offline for a few days, so you build a big, searchable language database and
translate the user interface into French.
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tarvos
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Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 2517 of 3740
08 August 2012 at 5:43pm | IP Logged 
Hekje wrote:
When you're sitting in an alcove eating your lunch and gradually realize
that a nearby
couple is speaking Afrikaans. You're so thrilled to hear a cousin of Dutch in your city,
you almost spring out of the booth to share... but catch yourself at the last minute,
realizing that being accosted by a stranger babbling in a language that diverged from
yours 300 years ago is something only a true language nerd would appreciate.


They would likely still understand a lot ;)
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Hekje
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 Message 2518 of 3740
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 2519 of 3740
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 2520 of 3740
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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