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seldnar
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Mandarin, French, Greek

 
 Message 281 of 3740
18 January 2010 at 8:04am | IP Logged 
I spend my lunch hour reading Paris Match one day. As I was putting the magazine back on
the library shelf I noticed the ad on the back page. I stared and stared at it, not
being able to figure out what it was talking about. I actually took the magazine over to
a friend to point out the ad and ask if she understood it. She did. It was entirely in
English.


genini1 wrote:
When you watch a television show in your L2 specifically because it
features them learning your L4. (There's a Japanese show about a cook who goes to Tokyo
to be a chef in an Italian restaurant and he learns Italian there.)


Genini, what is the name of this show. I'd love to watch it.
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Teango
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 Message 282 of 3740
18 January 2010 at 2:03pm | IP Logged 
When you buy a fluffy new bathmat for your WC in Germany, happy and warm in the knowledge that this is "specifically" for the bathroom because it has the word "bath" crafted into its lovely design in German. Only later, whilst gracing the loo and proudly admiring your latest household purchase from a slightly different angle, do you realise you actually bought a mat with "BAD" emblazened on it in big bold letters. And just to think, only the other day I was smiling at another forum member's confusion with "Die Hard". Oh well...at least it'll be a talking point for English friends when they come round to visit and spend a penny.

Edited by Teango on 18 January 2010 at 2:04pm

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The_Beholder
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 Message 283 of 3740
18 January 2010 at 3:07pm | IP Logged 
When you are continuously saying something to a friend in a foreign language, even though he/she doesn't understand it, and you don't want to translate what you said...

Edited by The_Beholder on 18 January 2010 at 3:08pm

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QiuJP
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 Message 284 of 3740
18 January 2010 at 4:32pm | IP Logged 
When you try to decline Chinese characters, because you want to make Chinese Characters more readable.......
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canada38
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 Message 285 of 3740
18 January 2010 at 7:07pm | IP Logged 
When you receive a twelve language pocket electronic translator for your birthday from
your significant other.
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MegatronFilm
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 Message 286 of 3740
18 January 2010 at 7:52pm | IP Logged 
canada38 wrote:
When you receive a twelve language pocket electronic translator for your birthday from
your significant other.


Oh man, your significant other rocks! I wish I could get that.



...When you're excited when a friend, who went to Portugal, brings you a book of short stories by Portuguese
writers until you see the book is in English. You thank her anyways an then search online to see if there is a
portuguese edition.
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meramarina
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 Message 287 of 3740
18 January 2010 at 8:18pm | IP Logged 
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you realise you actually bought a mat with "BAD" emblazened on it in big bold letters. And just to think, only the other day I was smiling at another forum member's confusion with "Die Hard"


That is the coolest bathmat ever! I want one! Fluffy and bad, a good combination.

I am the Dummkopf who got confused about the movie!
One of my German-speaking friends asked me once if it looks strange, for an English speaker in Germany, to see the word "fahrt" everyhere. I said it does look a little funny at first, but I am a mature, grown-up person and I can handle it. Then I saw a truck with the cheery inscription: "Gute Fahrt!" Severe giggle fit!

I always feel a little uncomfortable using the English word "gift" with German speakers, just in case. I'm sure most everyone would know it means a present (in English) and not poison, but still . . . you don't want a false friend to cause you to lose friends.
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Teango
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 Message 288 of 3740
18 January 2010 at 9:14pm | IP Logged 
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One of my German-speaking friends asked me once if it looks strange, for an English speaker in Germany, to see the word "fahrt" everyhere. I said it does look a little funny at first, but I am a mature, grown-up person and I can handle it. Then I saw a truck with the cheery inscription: "Gute Fahrt!" Severe giggle fit!

Glad to see I'm not the only one :) I tried too...I really did...but with so many car showrooms offering the passerby a friendly "Probefahrt" in good faith, it's near impossible to restrain from a playground giggle or two.

Quote:
I always feel a little uncomfortable using the English word "gift" with German speakers, just in case. I'm sure most everyone would know it means a present (in English) and not poison, but still . . . you don't want a false friend to cause you to lose friends.

True enough, but it could be worse I guess, you could offer to go for a romantic stroll with your German loved one in the moonlit "Mist"...

Edited by Teango on 18 January 2010 at 9:25pm



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