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Jellitto
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 Message 2761 of 3740
05 December 2012 at 2:36pm | IP Logged 
...when you think you have a cool mother as she ponders with you which language she should start learning next and that becomes a bit difficult because she already has studied the most commonly learned European languages earlier.

...when you discover your mothers old language textbooks and want to start studying these languages right away.
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DaraghM
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 Message 2762 of 3740
05 December 2012 at 4:25pm | IP Logged 
When you cannot translate the phrase, spare time, because your brain no longer understands the concept.

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Josquin
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 Message 2763 of 3740
05 December 2012 at 5:13pm | IP Logged 
... when at the dentist's your only thought is how the Icelandic word for check-up ('skoðun') is declined and whether it's masculine or feminine.

... when you leave the dentist's office and, seeing the sign for the exit, you immediately think: выход!
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DaraghM
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 Message 2764 of 3740
06 December 2012 at 9:54am | IP Logged 
Josquin wrote:
... when at the dentist's your only thought is


Ist es sicher? (Is it safe?)
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stifa
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 Message 2765 of 3740
06 December 2012 at 10:16am | IP Logged 
DaraghM wrote:
When you cannot translate the phrase, spare time, because your brain
no longer understands the concept.

Translating that is easy: In Norwegian, it is "språklæring",
and in Japanese it's "外国語を勉強する時"

Edited by stifa on 06 December 2012 at 10:17am

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Serpent
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 Message 2766 of 3740
06 December 2012 at 10:19pm | IP Logged 
garyb wrote:
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.
A nerd's reaction is: you don't know if you'll still be with her in 2 years but you do know that you'll still want to learn Spanish in two years. Um, sorry.
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strikingstar
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 Message 2767 of 3740
07 December 2012 at 8:45am | IP Logged 
When flying home, you choose your flight based on the ability to practise your target
language. You've even extended your stopover to 3 days... DESPITE...

Demonstrations at Tahrir Square and the palace??? Referendum on the day I land??? Bring
it on!!!
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zerrubabbel
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 Message 2768 of 3740
07 December 2012 at 4:47pm | IP Logged 
when youre learning to, or slowly picking up how to read languages that you aren't studying or maybe even have no
interest in

when youre at the mall and there are people behind you speaking language [X], and other people walking by
ignorantly comment about them speaking Chinese, but you know its laos

when, while shopping, you have to stop and check out every foreign script you find

and lastly

when you are disappointed you couldn't find any books in your target or really and foreign languages


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