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meramarina
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 Message 2881 of 3735
21 March 2013 at 2:54am | IP Logged 
When you have to relocate far away from what was once your home, and so you try to distract yourself with a visit to a local thrift shop, hoping that there will be a few foreign language treasures in there, someplace.

BUT. Your little excursion is not so amusing anymore when you see a table of antique tools of various kinds. Normally, these are very interesting to look at, but THIS time . . . gggrrrrrrr! . . . someone has placed a note by one of them with the wrong German word for scissors.

How, HOW could they! I needed to correct that label, but did not have a pen with me. But next time . . . I'm coming prepared, and it will be fixed.
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Phantom Kat
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 Message 2882 of 3735
21 March 2013 at 4:57am | IP Logged 
Amerykanka wrote:
When you try to teach your 5-year-old sister, who is still learning
to read in English, how to read in Polish.
(Several years have gone by since this experiment, but you still remember the day you
tried to teach her the
pronunciation of "c", "ć/ci", and "cz". She didn't quite catch on to it,
although she did have a lot of fun
trying.)

When your family thinks it's perfectly normal to hear you talk all about the books you
are reading in three
different languages (your native language + two others).

When your 8-year-old sister goes around saying she wants to learn Swedish just because
you showed her
some Rosetta Stone demos a few months ago. (Can language nerdery run in the family? It
would be
awesome if it could!)


I'm pretty sure it is! I know I got it from my sister.

- Kat
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Bubblyworld
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 Message 2883 of 3735
23 March 2013 at 3:56am | IP Logged 
When you tell your family that you don't really want to watch a movie with them because it's in English, and they find that kind of thing perfectly normal.
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Amerykanka
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 Message 2884 of 3735
23 March 2013 at 2:59pm | IP Logged 
mausi15 wrote:
The fact that anyone speaking a language other than English on the news is instantly
dubbed annoys you.


That happens to me, too! When I was listening to Pope Francis's first speech I was excited to have a chance
to practice my Italian - and then the interpreter started speaking, so I could barely hear the original Italian!

When you also experience the opposite of the problem mentioned above - you watch the news in Spanish
and sometimes they don't dub the English speakers fast enough, so you hear the whole thing in English
and don't get to practice your Spanish listening comprehension (for all of like 1 minute, until the reporters start
speaking again, but it's still kind of annoying).

When you watch Nicaraguan news so much that you go around with random sentences from commercials
popping into your head - and sometimes out of your mouth. Some of your favorites are: "Price Club: el mejor
club de compras - ¡ven a visitarnos ya!"; "No te equivoques, usa Valvoline"; "¡Basta con conexiones
ilegales!"; and finally, "Cien por ciento noticias . . . con primicias a toda hora."

Edited by Amerykanka on 23 March 2013 at 3:51pm

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Serpent
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 Message 2885 of 3735
23 March 2013 at 8:15pm | IP Logged 
O melhor time do Brasil é o seu! :)
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mick33
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 Message 2886 of 3735
26 March 2013 at 6:50am | IP Logged 
When I think that spending nearly all of my spare time last month learning Italian exclusively is a great idea.

Edited by mick33 on 26 March 2013 at 7:20am

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hjordis
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 Message 2887 of 3735
02 April 2013 at 4:42am | IP Logged 
When you have a dream that you want to learn Norwegian. This is the only part of the dream that you remember.
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lewevanhoop
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 Message 2888 of 3735
02 April 2013 at 4:46am | IP Logged 
when you write a paper about the current sociological position of Afrikaans for your
English Comp 101 research paper.


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