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agantik
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 Message 2705 of 3735
01 November 2012 at 11:41am | IP Logged 
When you (sometimes-especially at week-ends) wish you had neither married nor had children so that you
could devote your entire free time outside your job to language studying instead of doing fun family stuff such
as ironing, cooking, changing diapers...
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montmorency
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 Message 2706 of 3735
01 November 2012 at 3:21pm | IP Logged 
Teango wrote:
When you enter a new bookstore, hit wall-to-wall manga (each book marked up as $1) and shout "素晴らしい!" in utter joy.


Welcome back Teango. Been wondering how you've been getting on.
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montmorency
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 Message 2707 of 3735
01 November 2012 at 3:37pm | IP Logged 
Ogrim wrote:
When your shopping list looks like this:

Fruit: "Pommes, plátanos, uve, fersken"
Viande: "Pork chops, entrecôte, albóndigas, Schnitzel"
Melkeprodukter: "Lait écremé, yogures, brie, chèvre, grana di padano"
Boissons: "Vin rouge, Bier, Diet Coke, Вода"
Рыба: "Forellen, tunfisk, merlan"
Verduras: "Pomodori, Kartoffeln, pepinos, cresson"



I've been trying to work out your algorithm for choice of languages here, but it has defeated me so far. I wouldn't make it as a code-breaker.


I also write my shopping lists in target languages, but I hadn't thought of categorising them like that. A sign of my untidy mind! :-)

Two items always on the list are "Zeitung" and "Katze Futter" (and looking it up to make sure I didn't get it wrong, I see it has no umlaut which I vaguely thought it had ... mixing it up with "füttern" perhaps, although interestingly there is also "futtern" with a slightly different meaning.

Commercial cat food usually comes either in sachets or metallic foil trays. Can anyone give me a contextually-appropriate German rendering of "foil tray"?
(Bonus points for Danish!).

(They aren't really "trays", although it's hard to come up with a better English word).


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Josquin
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 Message 2708 of 3735
01 November 2012 at 5:11pm | IP Logged 
montmorency wrote:
Two items always on the list are "Zeitung" and "Katze Futter" (and looking it up to make sure I didn't get it wrong, I see it has no umlaut which I vaguely thought it had ... mixing it up with "füttern" perhaps, although interestingly there is also "futtern" with a slightly different meaning.

There's no umlaut but a 'Fugen-n', so the word is: "Katzenfutter".
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Coheed
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 Message 2709 of 3735
03 November 2012 at 5:25pm | IP Logged 
When you arrive late at your German class and your excuse is that you HAD to finish
writing the Georgian alphabet for the 20th time today.
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meramarina
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 Message 2710 of 3735
03 November 2012 at 11:59pm | IP Logged 
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And to anyone else in Sandy's path, please be cautious and careful, take care of yourself and heed official warnings! In the words of Dylan, "It's bad out there, high water everywhere.


Thanks Jinx, that says it very well ! I'm safe but unfortunatly the house was severely damaged. I think I've had the nerdiness knocked right out of me though. Temporarily, I hope. don't know how much can be salvaged from the house. it's appalling in there, Most of the books were on high shelves and survived the flood water and waves, but where do you keep books when your house is wrecked? Not the worst problem right now when entire towns were smashed. Today is the first day I've been warm and clean and had access to electric power (just tonight, I'm staying overnight at a friend's home

Sad nerd today. I have tried to read by flashlight at night and cannot do it.
The return to nerdery will take a while this time.
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Jinx
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 Message 2711 of 3735
04 November 2012 at 12:25am | IP Logged 
meramarina wrote:
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And to anyone else in Sandy's path, please be cautious and careful, take care of yourself and heed official warnings! In the words of Dylan, "It's bad out there, high water everywhere.


Thanks Jinx, that says it very well ! I'm safe but unfortunatly the house was severely damaged. I think I've had the nerdiness knocked right out of me though. Temporarily, I hope. don't know how much can be salvaged from the house. it's appalling in there, Most of the books were on high shelves and survived the flood water and waves, but where do you keep books when your house is wrecked? Not the worst problem right now when entire towns were smashed. Today is the first day I've been warm and clean and had access to electric power (just tonight, I'm staying overnight at a friend's home

Sad nerd today. I have tried to read by flashlight at night and cannot do it.
The return to nerdery will take a while this time.


Oh dear, I'm so sorry to hear this! I entirely agree, it only makes sense to let language-nerdery fall by the wayside when such an event strikes one's life. I'm very glad you're okay, though, and that you have friends nearby whom you can stay with. I feel very far away, but let me know if there's anything I could do. *hugs*
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Teango
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 Message 2712 of 3735
04 November 2012 at 2:26am | IP Logged 
montmorency wrote:
Welcome back Teango. Been wondering how you've been getting on.

Thanks man, it's good to be back! I'm currently checking through the last couple of months of posts here, whilst my wife works out to a Zumba DVD in the background and I immerse in the Spanish instructions. Proof of yet more language nerdery on my part... ;)

Once again, big hugs to meramarina, and I hope things start to get better for you and your neighbours soon. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Edited by Teango on 04 November 2012 at 2:30am



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