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Ari
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Studies: Czech, Latin, German

 
 Message 2737 of 3735
24 November 2012 at 9:05am | IP Logged 
YKYALN when you encounter the word 藺石: "leon6 sek6: (Hist.) Stone used in catapults" and say to yourself "That's a keeper!" and then add it to your flashcard deck without the word "useless" even crossing your mind.

EDIT: And it wasn't even in the first dictionary I looked; I had to go look in a second one to find it …

Edited by Ari on 24 November 2012 at 9:07am

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lykkepille
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 Message 2738 of 3735
25 November 2012 at 8:52am | IP Logged 
YKYALN when you're supposed to be studying ionic compounds for an upcoming chem test after vacation
but instead you start learning Welsh and Greenlandic

..when you do victory laps around your house after ordering a vintage Polish to French dictionary from 1907
for 5$

...when you could care less about the story line of that show "Touch" you just watch it to hear the many
beautiful languages
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Serpent
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 Message 2739 of 3735
30 November 2012 at 11:00pm | IP Logged 
Done this when I wasn't active on HTLAL:

when you read your textbook on the way FROM a linguistics exam. when you've already passed and can finally read those tiny font notes that you had no time for.
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Julie
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 Message 2740 of 3735
01 December 2012 at 12:18am | IP Logged 
When you spend three and half hours of your Friday afternoon with a friend, going to
four language bookstores one after another...

... complaining why one of them has recently become so anglocentric...

... bringing home four books and dreaming about at least 20 other ones...

... including those for languages you're not learning at the moment...

... and then you and your friend realize the library of the language department at the
university is actually on the way, so you spend another hour browsing through the
shelves.

And then you get home, thinking of this as one of the best Friday afternoons
recently... and you sadly realize there's not much time left for language learning
today.
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Teango
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 Message 2741 of 3735
01 December 2012 at 5:35am | IP Logged 
When one of your colleagues, who is packing to leave the country soon, asks if you'd like any of the books on her shelf, and you gleefully grab a book in Thai (even though you know zero Thai and have no plans to learn it anytime in the near future). What can I say, those beautiful squiggly lines were just too enticing!

Edited by Teango on 01 December 2012 at 7:25am

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Amerykanka
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 Message 2742 of 3735
01 December 2012 at 6:28pm | IP Logged 
When you go around singing a version of the Spanish alphabet song (which you think is the most awesome
thing ever) and consequently annoy your family to death. Oh dear, I shouldn't have just written that - now I
feel tempted to start singing it again!

Edited by Amerykanka on 01 December 2012 at 6:29pm

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jsg
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 Message 2743 of 3735
01 December 2012 at 9:17pm | IP Logged 
My wife came home with thick, winter socks for everyone in the house. When she produced them before for me I exclaimed in Mandarin, "Please buy these things for us again mext time," and she understood what I said sort of.

She doesn't study mandarin oO
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stifa
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 Message 2744 of 3735
01 December 2012 at 9:30pm | IP Logged 
When you find it hilarious that the on-yomi for 売 (sell) is "bai". :p


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