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Iversen
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 Message 2609 of 3740
10 September 2012 at 1:39pm | IP Logged 
montmorency wrote:
.. 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"! :-)


No, - if anything we would think of the offspring of a cat which is called "en killing".

And speaking about "kyllinger": the Swedish word "kyckling" is more suggestive of the origin of the word for the formerly feathered thing on my dinner plate: it is simply a diminutive form of the old Germanic word *keuka in the derived form *kūka - which happens to be the same word as English "cock" (lo and behold - I expected this word to be starred out by the forum software - if so, I would have to substitute a Cyrillic 'o' for the Roman one, but methinks the software is growing a bit lax)

And I probably wouldn't have bothered to write that explanation anywhere else but here at HTLAL.

Edited by Iversen on 10 September 2012 at 7:01pm

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tractor
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 Message 2610 of 3740
10 September 2012 at 5:26pm | IP Logged 
Iversen wrote:
No, - if anything we would think of the offspring of a cat which are called "en killing".

In Norwegian en killing (or, just as often, et kje) is a kid goat. A kitten is called en kattunge. What do
you call the young goat in Danish? I think it's et kid in old-fashioned Norwegian Riksmål, so I would guess it is
the same in Danish.

Iversen wrote:
And I probably wouldn't have bothered to write that explanation anywhere else but here at HTLAL.

And I'd probably never ask a question about what kid goats are called in Danish anywhere else...
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Iversen
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 Message 2611 of 3740
10 September 2012 at 6:58pm | IP Logged 
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 Message 2612 of 3740
11 September 2012 at 10:45am | IP Logged 
When you almost miss your flight at Joburg because you're actually hearing a "click"
language in conversation for the first time in your life and you want to hear more.
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 Message 2613 of 3740
11 September 2012 at 3:50pm | IP Logged 
When you consider picking up a new language because your university offers free 3-
credit language classes...
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 Message 2614 of 3740
12 September 2012 at 12:19am | IP Logged 
When it's been 2 hours since the 6WC ended in your timezone and you're already asking the Tadoku guy about his plans.
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 Message 2615 of 3740
12 September 2012 at 6:35pm | IP Logged 
Just how big language nerd are you? Add 1 point for each of the criterias you meet and see your result below:

1. When you wake up your first thought is how to optimize your day so that you can learn more.
2. Every now and then people don't understand what you say and it takes you a while to realise you've spoken to them in a language they don't speak.
3. You know what does "Basque" mean.
4. When you go to the bookstore you head up straight for the languages section, ignoring all other books.
5. You know where Maori is spoken.
6. When somebody sees you wear earphones and asks you "What kind of music are you listening to?" you answer "I'm not listening to music, but to <insert your favourite audio course here>."
7. When you're at the computer and not learning languages, you still spend more time reading about/dealing with languages(HTLAL included) than all other activities combined.
8. The number of languages you learn/speak changes so often, that you no longer keep track of it.
9. When somebody says 'Chinese (language)', you ask him straight away: 'Mandarin or Cantonese?'.

For these add two points:

10. When you talk or write about pie you mean PIE and not pie.
11. When you wake up you dont think of how to optimize your day so that you can learn more since you have already done this long time ago.
12. Every now and then you happen to have two converstations simultaneously/closely one after another without even noticing they are in diffirent languages.

Your score:
1-3 You are not a true language nerd yet - there is still some hope for you.
4-7 Even though you are completely obsessed with languages, most people don't notice it or don't pay it attention.
8-11 You are a complete language nerd. Your life is permanently tied with languages and there are no signs of change.
10-14 Language learning is as important for you as eating and sleeping. The average Joe would you call a linguist.

Edited by a3 on 12 September 2012 at 6:40pm

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patuco
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 Message 2616 of 3740
12 September 2012 at 7:02pm | IP Logged 
I only scored 6...not nerdy enough!

P.S. When I hear the word "pie", I actually think of "pi" (3.14...) before anything else. Is that maths or language nerdery? Does this partially redeem my low score?

Edited by patuco on 12 September 2012 at 7:03pm



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