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Julie
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 Message 2769 of 3735
10 December 2012 at 12:15am | IP Logged 
... when you join HTLAL on New Year's Eve, instead of drinking, dancing or whatever ;).

But seriously, I have no idea what I was doing on December 31st, 2005 but for some reason
that's when I signed up here :).
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 Message 2770 of 3735
11 December 2012 at 11:12pm | IP Logged 
When you change the language of your computer whenever you're pissed off at having to restart it for no good reason... although the change means the restart lasts a bit longer!
(Polish now:)))
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espejismo
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 Message 2771 of 3735
11 December 2012 at 11:32pm | IP Logged 
When you have fun selling Spanish/Portuguese books on eBay because you see it as an opportunity to ramble on in your TLs about the books' condition, content, and the quality of the translation (where applicable). All my buyers so far seem to be English-speaking Americans, if I can assume that much from names like John Smith, but that doesn't stop me. :P
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espejismo
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 Message 2772 of 3735
11 December 2012 at 11:38pm | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:
when you work in spam analysis and you get many messages like this:

Hail! I do not know what to start with that’s why I'll start by telling you about myself. I consider myself quite a knowledgeable and clever woman, also I am very pretty and romantic. I fond of outdoor sports special cycling and skiing.. It seems to be banal to describe the man whom I want to see by my side. I am looking for normal, realistic man. For me it is very important to meet my soul mate. Though, I can say for sure that appearance is not everything. The inner beauty is much more important than beauty of the body. I want my man to be positive, reliable and with various interests. And I want to love my man with all my heart and soul. If you want to know me better (link)


and you're pissed off, not because the text and links change every time and these messages are difficult to deal with, but because it looks like typical russian English to you and you're ashamed of your countrymen.


:)) It think the person who wrote that was also responsible for this video. My only remaining hope is that it might get some people to start learning Ukrainian or something...
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espejismo
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 Message 2773 of 3735
11 December 2012 at 11:52pm | IP Logged 
I got another one. When you change your friend's ipod's language from Swedish to Bokmål and think it's oh so clever... (but he got the last laugh when when he changed the language of my computer to Swedish, and I immediately got some horrible virus, which made things much more difficult.)
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espejismo
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 Message 2774 of 3735
12 December 2012 at 12:00am | IP Logged 
When you buy soap at your local pharmacy just because it has not a word of English and looks like this:

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LanguageSponge
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 Message 2775 of 3735
12 December 2012 at 12:26pm | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when you're teaching English in China and you still
manage to find semi-legitimate ways to sneak a little of one of your target languages
into your lessons.

With the little kids I teach (I'm talking about anywhere between 3 and 8 years old),
when we play competitive games, they like to be in teams. One day I decided to pick who
played next for their team by using "eenie meanie miney mo" or however you spell it.
They loved it - so today I used the German version and they loved that too - "ene mene
Miste, es rappelt in der Kiste, ene mene Meck und du bist weg!". I know it's got a
slightly different meaning to what I actually need, but the repetitive sounds make the
kids laugh. If anyone could tell me the French version, or if there is one in Russian,
please let me know. Serpent? Is there a Russian version of that?

Also when when I play hangman with the youngest ones who have just learnt to read, I
divide them into teams. Having one word to guess at per team is much more interesting,
but I often forget which words I've chosen for which team - so I write the word in one
of my target languages at the top. They might be small things I think it's a little
nerdy.

Jack

PS - I forgot, but I'm reasonably sure "ene mene Miste" is specific to Bavaria, or at
least, I've only ever heard it sung there - I think the one for Niedersachsen goes
something like -

Ene mene Mopel,
wer frisst Popel,
süß und saftig,bläh bläh bläh I've forgotten the rest.

Is there a Hochdeutsch version? Sorry for the diversion.

Edited by LanguageSponge on 12 December 2012 at 12:36pm

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espejismo
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 Message 2776 of 3735
12 December 2012 at 12:53pm | IP Logged 
Two well-known ones are:

Вышел месяц из тумана,
Вынул ножик из кармана,
Буду резать, буду бить,
Всё равно тебе водить.

and

Эники, бэники ели вареники,
Эники, бэники съели вареники,
Эники, бэники, хоп!
Вышел зелёный сироп.

There are many more.


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