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Julie
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 Message 2601 of 3740
09 September 2012 at 1:20am | IP Logged 
When you win a language book in a little Facebook contest just to find out with
disappointment that it is an English grammar book for A1-B2 or so. You write to the
organizers to ask if there's any way to replace the prize with any French, Spanish, or
Russian books... (and this list could be so much longer but you know the prizes where in
these languages + German only ;)).
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cathrynm
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 Message 2602 of 3740
09 September 2012 at 1:28am | IP Logged 
You set your iPhone to tell the date in 'Japanese Emperor years'.
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Julie
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 Message 2603 of 3740
09 September 2012 at 1:56am | IP Logged 
When you take a shower 15 minutes longer than usually because you've just realized there
is a Dutch description on your shower gel you'd bought in Germany. Oh, and a French one.
So much better than Czech and Hungarian (or, alternatively, Lithuanian, Latvian and
Estonian) you usually get on your shower products you buy in Poland (and precisely at the
moment when you're writing this you start to think if learning one of these languages
could be a nice idea after all). But back to the shower... after you've read all
descriptions you start to compare language versions, trying to figure out which is the
original one.

Edited by Julie on 09 September 2012 at 1:56am

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 Message 2604 of 3740
09 September 2012 at 3:19am | IP Logged 
Haha I do that too!
We usually get Ukrainian and Romanian (bc of Moldova), also one or more of Kazakh/Uzbek/Azerbaijani.
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Duke100782
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 Message 2605 of 3740
09 September 2012 at 6:38am | IP Logged 
When you alternate between studying Mandarin Chinese vocabulary, and browsing HTLAL to break the
monotony.
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Kartof
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 Message 2606 of 3740
09 September 2012 at 6:43am | IP Logged 
Julie wrote:
When you take a shower 15 minutes longer than usually because you've just realized there
is a Dutch description on your shower gel you'd bought in Germany. Oh, and a French one.
So much better than Czech and Hungarian (or, alternatively, Lithuanian, Latvian and
Estonian) you usually get on your shower products you buy in Poland (and precisely at the
moment when you're writing this you start to think if learning one of these languages
could be a nice idea after all). But back to the shower... after you've read all
descriptions you start to compare language versions, trying to figure out which is the
original one.


Yea when I was in Bulgaria, they had the same thing! Usually Macedonian, BCMS (oddly with BC and MS separately),
Albanian, Romanian, and sometimes Greek, Slovenian, and/or Turkish
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Chung
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 Message 2607 of 3740
09 September 2012 at 7:08am | IP Logged 
Kartof wrote:
Julie wrote:
When you take a shower 15 minutes longer than usually because you've just realized there
is a Dutch description on your shower gel you'd bought in Germany. Oh, and a French one.
So much better than Czech and Hungarian (or, alternatively, Lithuanian, Latvian and
Estonian) you usually get on your shower products you buy in Poland (and precisely at the
moment when you're writing this you start to think if learning one of these languages
could be a nice idea after all). But back to the shower... after you've read all
descriptions you start to compare language versions, trying to figure out which is the
original one.


Yea when I was in Bulgaria, they had the same thing! Usually Macedonian, BCMS (oddly with BC and MS separately),
Albanian, Romanian, and sometimes Greek, Slovenian, and/or Turkish


When I shop at the local discount store, I sometimes get a bit of a kick looking at the everyday merchandise under unfamiliar brands (They're unfamiliar since they come from virtually unknown exporters to us on this side of the pond (e.g. Turkey, Philippines, Malaysia, Slovenia)). Of course the description and contents/ingredients' list comes in a languages other than English, French or Spanish (the usual languages for us North Americans) and I sometimes just go through the aisles and randomly look at the products to see if I can make sense of the languages used (I've been able to recognize Arabic, BCMS/SC, Filipino (or was it Tagalog?), German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian (or was it Malay?), Polish, Slovenian and Turkish)

This talk of different languages on hair care products reminds me of this gag from Scandinavia and the World.


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montmorency
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 Message 2608 of 3740
09 September 2012 at 2:18pm | IP Logged 
The small printing on things like shower-gel would probably defeat me (especially without
glasses), but on a lot of the cat foods we buy, there are often nice, easy-to-read
alternative descriptions in a surprising choice of languages. I was puzzled as to why the
word "kylling" seemed familiar when I encountered it in my TYS Danish, until I
remembered: ah yes: cat food!   Another fun thing there is that the famous Danish TV
series "Forbrydelsen" was known as "The Killing" in the UK (and of course remade under
that title in the USA), and I wonder if Danes when first reading that translated title
would think of it as "The Chicken"! :-)


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