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Serpent
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 Message 2609 of 3735
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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a3
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 Message 2610 of 3735
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 2611 of 3735
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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Serpent
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 Message 2612 of 3735
13 September 2012 at 12:58am | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:
When it's been 2 hours since the 6WC ended in your timezone and you're already asking the Tadoku guy about his plans.
When you go to sleep after that (a few more hours of language learning first) and you dream that he's put up a post saying he doesn't have time for it and if anyone can step up and start the new Tadoku they're welcome.


When you like a tweet and you're about to press retweet but instead you copy it to make an Anki card.
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DaraghM
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 Message 2613 of 3735
13 September 2012 at 10:19am | IP Logged 
a3 wrote:
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>."


Or when asked what music you have on your MP3 player, and you respond none, it's all language courses and foreign audio books.
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Serpent
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 Message 2614 of 3735
14 September 2012 at 1:27am | IP Logged 
When your cousin gets sick early in the school year and you're mostly worried that his French class has just started and he'll miss the basics. Although you don't even like French yourself loool.
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Amerykanka
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 Message 2615 of 3735
14 September 2012 at 1:54am | IP Logged 
When you write a scholarship application essay about your Spanish studies and you find ways to mention
Polish, Latin, Arabic, and Ancient Greek as well. Originally there were also references to French, German,
Korean, Czech, and Old English, but you deleted those (there was a space limit).

When your mother's friend, desperate because her son has to cover two years of foreign language in one
year, comes to your mother and says, "Can Rebecca tutor my son?"




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Iversen
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 Message 2616 of 3735
14 September 2012 at 12:31pm | IP Logged 
When you spend several hours looking through obscure Greek and Romanian poems on the internet to find those you used as inspiration for a couple of surrealistic paintings more than thirty years ago.

At least I found the Middle or Old Dutch play I used for another painting in the same series, but even now it is slightly problematic to read it when you only know a tiny weeny bit of Modern Dutch - I may have used a translation (or, horror!!!!, a summary) back then:

Hoe heer Ghijsbrecht Mariken zijnder nichten tot Nimmeghen ghesonden heeft.
Het ghebuerde dat dese heer Ghijsbrecht Mariken zijnder nichten seynden wilde in die stadt van Nieumeghen om daer te coopene tghene dat si behoefden, tot haer seggende aldus: Mariken!

Mariken: What ghelieft u, heer oom?

Die oom: Hoort kint, slaet mijnder woorden goom:
Ghi moet nae Nimmeghen nemen u vertreck
Om ons proviande te halen; wi hebbens ghebreck,
Van keersen, van olie in die lampe te doene,
Van azine, van soute ende van enzoene
Ende van solferpriemen, soe ghi selve entcnoopt.
Daer zijn acht stuvers; gaet henen, coopt
Te Nimmeghen van dies wi hebben breke.
Tesser nu iuyst mertdach vander weke,
Te bat suldi vinden al dat u ghereyt.

Mariken: Heer oom, tot uwer onderdanicheit
Kent mi bereet; ick wil gaen mynder strate ...


Sign of a nerd: you won't get any translation. "Is this a Kindergarten or what?" as some German professor said to a student whom he had assigned a text in a long extinct language which the student hadn't learned. "Then learn it", the professor said.. Oh, the good old days!


Edited by Iversen on 14 September 2012 at 12:36pm



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