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QiuJP
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Singapore
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Speaks: Mandarin*, EnglishC2, French
Studies: Czech, GermanB1, Russian, Japanese

 
 Message 2625 of 3740
18 September 2012 at 4:47pm | IP Logged 
QiuJP wrote:
...when you know where to get printed newspapers without going overseas
in these
languages: Thai, Burmese, Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Vietnamese, French,
German. Sadly no one brings in the Russian newspapers which will interest me a lot!   


... When, in addition to the languages mentioned earlier, you also know where to get
Japanese, Korean and Spanish magazines together with publications in the 4 official
languages of Singapore (English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil).

... When you know where to meet native speakers of all the languages mentioned in these
two posts, because the place where the newspaper and magazine are sold, is the place to
encounter them.

... When you feel like introducing these places to meet the native speakers of various
languages if a fellow language learner would visit this island....
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cmmah
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Ireland
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52 posts - 110 votes 
Speaks: English*, Spanish
Studies: French, Irish

 
 Message 2626 of 3740
18 September 2012 at 7:36pm | IP Logged 
When you hear a song in your native language that you like, and think what a pity it is that it wasn't recorded in a
foreign language - then you just might have bought it.

Continuing on with the music theme...
When you couldn't name a single song in your native country's charts, but you know who's all the rage in Ecuador.
When "what type of music do you listen to?" is an awkward question to answer. "Umm...do you mean in English?"


When you have more Skype contacts than close friends.

When you know words for things in Spanish that the majority of anglophones wouldn't know in English.
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patuco
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Gibraltar
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 Message 2627 of 3740
18 September 2012 at 10:33pm | IP Logged 
When you've just bought a new graphical calculator (because your trusty old one got drenched) and you spend a good proportion of your evening reading the various user manuals (in ten languages) and comparing how to carry out various mathematical functions in those languages.
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Ogrim
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France
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Speaks: Norwegian*, English, Spanish, French, Romansh, German, Italian
Studies: Russian, Catalan, Latin, Greek, Romanian

 
 Message 2628 of 3740
19 September 2012 at 10:58am | IP Logged 
When you are in a hotel room in Zagreb and you spend 30 minutes watching a Turkish TV show with Croatian subtitles, although you don't speak either language, but decide to put them on your target list.
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DaraghM
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Ireland
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Speaks: English*, Spanish
Studies: French, Russian, Hungarian

 
 Message 2629 of 3740
19 September 2012 at 4:52pm | IP Logged 
You flick aound the various EuroNews satellite channels to see if they've added any new languages.

... and it annoys you that EuroNews Russia still doesn't use the Cyrillic alphabet.

Edited by DaraghM on 19 September 2012 at 4:56pm

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Amerykanka
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United States
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Speaks: English*, Spanish, Polish, Latin, Ancient Greek, Russian

 
 Message 2630 of 3740
20 September 2012 at 7:26pm | IP Logged 
When it really annoys you that your iPad doesn't have a Latin keyboard, because it would make typing words
into Anki so much easier.

When, since lamentably there is no Latin keyboard, you use the English keyboard to type Latin words, and
now, due to the frequency with which you do this, your English spellcheck suggests Latin alternatives to
English words (even if these English words are spelled correctly). For example, today you tried to type
the word 'for' and the spellcheck told you to change it to 'prō' (complete with the macron).

When your brother, while using your iPad, yells, "Rebecca, can you please come turn the Spanish keyboard
off? I can't type anything in English!"

Do the horrors of spellcheck never end?

Edited by Amerykanka on 20 September 2012 at 7:28pm

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Levi
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Speaks: English*, French, Esperanto, German, Spanish
Studies: Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese, Italian

 
 Message 2631 of 3740
21 September 2012 at 9:35pm | IP Logged 
Ugh, I hate spell check.

You know you're a language nerd when you don't use spell check because (a) you use too many languages for it to be worthwhile, and (b) your orthographic pedantry prevents you from misspelling words in the first place.

Edited by Levi on 21 September 2012 at 9:35pm

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Serpent
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 Message 2632 of 3740
21 September 2012 at 9:45pm | IP Logged 
Hehe same here!


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