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montmorency
Diglot
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United Kingdom
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Speaks: English*, German
Studies: Danish, Welsh

 
 Message 2929 of 3740
29 April 2013 at 1:55pm | IP Logged 
stifa wrote:
mausi15 wrote:
Funnily enough I too was looking up the German word for
procrastination
today!


I did the same. ;)



I thought about it, then thought, "nah, mañana..."


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maydayayday
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United Kingdom
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Speaks: English*, German, Italian, SpanishB2, FrenchB2
Studies: Arabic (Egyptian), Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Polish, Persian, Vietnamese
Studies: Urdu

 
 Message 2930 of 3740
29 April 2013 at 3:01pm | IP Logged 
stifa wrote:
mausi15 wrote:
Funnily enough I too was looking up the German word for procrastination
today!


I did the same. ;)


I've put it off until tomorrow....

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morinkhuur
Triglot
Groupie
Germany
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Speaks: German*, Latin, English
Studies: Spanish, Arabic (Written), Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Maghribi)

 
 Message 2931 of 3740
29 April 2013 at 3:36pm | IP Logged 
When you get in trouble for vandalising school tables with Chinese characters.

When you repeat someone's question with a different phonology instead of answering it.

When you write Arabic words into your food with a fork.

When you refuse to watch dubbed movies even if you don't understand the language.



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Iversen
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Denmark
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Speaks: Danish*, French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Esperanto, Romanian, Catalan
Studies: Afrikaans, Greek, Norwegian, Russian, Serbian, Icelandic, Latin, Irish, Lowland Scots, Indonesian, Polish, Croatian
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 Message 2932 of 3740
30 April 2013 at 2:24am | IP Logged 
An Irish academic attending a conference on Celtic spirituality was asked if there was any equivalent of 'mañana' in Old Irish. 'Oh, yes, several' was his reply 'but none of them have that sense of pressing urgency conveyed by "mañana".'
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shk00design
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Canada
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Studies: French

 
 Message 2933 of 3740
02 May 2013 at 8:01am | IP Logged 
People get into languages for different reasons. You get to watch movies and listen to news broadcast in other
people's perspective. Things that may not show up in local media in 1 language may pop up in another. There are
times you listen to a foreign news broadcast just for the sake of listening to someone speak the language. Not
because you haven't listen to the news earlier in the day. Even the same content but done in a your target
language.

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aspie.sharaf
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 Message 2934 of 3740
02 May 2013 at 5:24pm | IP Logged 
When you spend all your money on assimil and teach yourself books on Amazon and don´t have enough left for clothes.
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Chung
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 Message 2935 of 3740
02 May 2013 at 5:48pm | IP Logged 
Phantom Kat wrote:
- when you and a friend eat dinner over a conversation of Japanese and German grammar structures, along with certain difficulties of English-learners depending on their native language


This reminds me of a time when I dropped by a friend's place in Poland and over homemade mushroom soup (zupa grzybowa) we ended up talking about how Proto-Slavonic *g- is now pronounced h in some of the daughter languages but not in Polish and the others, reeling off modern cognates, and how one could reclassify Slavonic languages based on this evolution. (E.g. Polish zupa grzybowa vs. Czech hřibová (houbová) polévka)
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mick33
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 Message 2936 of 3740
03 May 2013 at 9:44am | IP Logged 
When I read a discussion thread on Yahoo! Answers where someone asked a question about how long it usually takes English speakers to learn to speak Arabic well and whether the fact that Arabic isn't an Indo-European language would make it more difficult to learn. I was shocked when I saw that the response with the second-highest number of votes said "First of all, Arabic is an Indo-European language." What!?!?... My shock turned to outrage and then sadness when I noticed that this thread was no longer accepting votes or responses so I couldn't explain that Arabic is in fact an Afro-Asiatic language.

Edited by mick33 on 03 May 2013 at 7:07pm



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