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Ogrim
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France
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 Message 2713 of 3735
05 November 2012 at 12:04pm | IP Logged 
montmorency wrote:
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! :-)


I am afraid there is no algorithm. I normally write it down in whatever language comes to my mind. Sometimes I just like the way it sounds in a particular language, so I tend to choose that one. On other occasions it is because I have read a recipe in e.g. Italian, so I will write down the ingredients I need in Italian. I've found it is a good way of learning the name of groceries.

I use a shopping list app on my smartphone which lets you sort your shopping into categories, something I've found very practical when going around the supermarket looking for stuff.

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maydayayday
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Studies: Urdu

 
 Message 2714 of 3735
05 November 2012 at 5:17pm | 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.


I was hoping nobody I 'knew' was involved: ***hugs*** If there is anything else to get you back on the grid, shout out.
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montmorency
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 Message 2715 of 3735
07 November 2012 at 10:39pm | IP Logged 
Glad you are safe Meramarina.
Parts of our town were flooded a couple of years ago....nothing on the scale of "Sandy"
of course, but the homes of some people were damaged, so I have an idea how bad it can
be. Hope that it can be put right eventually.


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meramarina
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 Message 2716 of 3735
08 November 2012 at 3:13am | IP Logged 
Thanks for your good wishes. I know I have not been a language nerd at all since the hurricane. I was making dumb jokes about it before it, and now, after it, I cannot identify what I'm thinking and feeling in many words in any language. Every bit of effort has had to go toward salvaging what we can from the house, clearing away debris and discarding nearly everything from inside. The storm surge sent three feet of water through the house, yard and backyard storage shed. And all the time wondering where am I going to go now?

Once things settle down though, however they do, I'll know am a language nerd again when I continue to learn the wonderful words of the world, after I can put more of them together other than -Light-Warmth-Shelter-Food-Safety=GOOD.



Edited by meramarina on 08 November 2012 at 3:19am

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Josquin
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 Message 2717 of 3735
08 November 2012 at 4:51pm | IP Logged 
Oh my, meramerina, the storm really seems to have hit you hard. I have never been in a similar situation, so I can hardly imagine what you must be going through right now, but I hope everything will work out for you and you'll be able to return to your home soon.

Best wishes from Germany!


Concerning the original purpose of this thread:

You know you're a language nerd when you ask questions about English grammar on HTLAL that have been boethering you since 5th grade, which means for 17 years now.
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stifa
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 Message 2718 of 3735
08 November 2012 at 10:31pm | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when your most common procrastination activity is
studying a language, and #2 is browsing this forum. (I'm an Engineering student)
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eggcluck
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 Message 2719 of 3735
09 November 2012 at 2:09am | IP Logged 
When you go 10 months with out a date finally find someone and then you find yourself shooing them away so you can do some anki reps....
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LanguageSponge
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 Message 2720 of 3735
09 November 2012 at 9:33am | IP Logged 
...when you've recently started work teaching English in China and are arranging your classroom exactly the way you want it. All the other teachers have something on their classroom doors that reminds them of home - but ideally my door would be covered with stuff about Germany, France, Russia and Italy. Hardly appropriate for a school of English...

Jack


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