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langslav
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 Message 2753 of 3740
04 December 2012 at 4:38am | IP Logged 
for idle amusement i downloaded 117,000 language files off of the internet over a 3 day time frame when my family was away. i just wanted to do something useful, that i could use for myself. (categorized by language family into etc folders)
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garyb
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 Message 2754 of 3740
04 December 2012 at 10:55am | IP Logged 
When the Spanish girl that you're dating keeps trying to teach you bits of her language, but you resist because, according to your long-term language learning plan that you've already thought long and hard about, it's not time to start Spanish just yet.
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vermillon
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 Message 2755 of 3740
04 December 2012 at 11:18am | IP Logged 
garyb wrote:
When the Spanish girl that you're dating keeps trying to teach you bits of her language, but you resist because, according to your long-term language learning plan that you've already thought long and hard about, it's not time to start Spanish just yet.



Sorry, that's precisely "not" being a language nerd. A language nerd would never miss such an opportunity.
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garyb
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 Message 2756 of 3740
04 December 2012 at 5:01pm | IP Logged 
vermillon wrote:
garyb wrote:
When the Spanish girl that you're dating keeps trying to teach you bits of her language, but you resist because, according to your long-term language learning plan that you've already thought long and hard about, it's not time to start Spanish just yet.



Sorry, that's precisely "not" being a language nerd. A language nerd would never miss such an opportunity.


Hah, good point: if I were a true language nerd then I'd probably have the time and capacity to actively study three or more languages at once, as many here seem to, and so I'd take advantage of the opportunity. I was just going for the idea of being language-nerdy enough to have an established plan for learning several languages and insisting on sticking to it.

I know it's a slippery slope - it would start with me learning a few words from her, and before I know it I'd be halfway through Spanish With Ease and be progressing even more slowly in my languages than I already am because I'd be dividing my time between three of them. Two is already a massive commitment and compromise. I also rationalise that since my city is so full of Spanish speakers and I already tend to meet a lot of them socially, I'll have plenty more opportunities when the time does come... If she spoke a language that I was planning to learn but was hard to find speakers of, then it would perhaps be a different story :P.
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Tupiniquim
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 Message 2757 of 3740
04 December 2012 at 5:18pm | IP Logged 
langslav wrote:
for idle amusement i downloaded 117,000 language files off of the internet over a 3 day time frame when my family was away. i just wanted to do something useful, that i could use for myself. (categorized by language family into etc folders)


Could you link me to it?
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Julie
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 Message 2758 of 3740
04 December 2012 at 11:52pm | IP Logged 
... when you hate YouTube for advertising: not because there are ads between videos (you
can live with that) but because they are never ever in your target language because of
your stupid IP.
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Serpent
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 Message 2759 of 3740
05 December 2012 at 12:45am | IP Logged 
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When the 80+ year old neighbour who's partly Swedish gives you his dictionary (he's tried to study it some 10 years ago), and you think it's a nice coincidence... till you realize any language but French or Mandarin would be a nice coincidence for you.
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psy88
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 Message 2760 of 3740
05 December 2012 at 4:08am | IP Logged 
vermillon wrote:
garyb wrote:
When the Spanish girl that you're dating keeps trying to teach you bits of her language, but you resist because, according to your long-term language learning plan that you've already thought long and hard about, it's not time to start Spanish just yet.



Sorry, that's precisely "not" being a language nerd. A language nerd would never miss such an opportunity.




You know you are when the OP stirs both anger and envy in you because you would love to date someone for the opportunity to learn from a native speaker. Angry that your partner is not bilingual and envious that the OP's has such a great opportunity and you do not.


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