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Cavesa
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Czech Republic
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Speaks: Czech*, FrenchC2, EnglishC1
Studies: Spanish, German, Italian

 
 Message 2937 of 3735
05 May 2013 at 4:01pm | IP Logged 
montmorency wrote:
WentworthsGal wrote:
...When you want to be immortal. Yes, there
are loads of cool
reasons but being able to have the time to learn sooo many languages to such a high
degree would be awesome! Plus you'd be able to track their changes through time which
would be great too! :o)


When you'd like a time machine, to find out, for example, whether Anglo-Saxon really
was
as inscrutable as it seems, for a modern day English person, the degree to which the
Anglo-Saxons really could understand the speech of the nordic invaders, and to try to
find out what really did happen to the Celts in England; did they mostly flee, or did
many stay, and integrate, and if the latter, how quickly did they begin to lose their
language, and when did it finally go? (The evidence of Cumbric suggests that it hung on
for much longer in some places than in others).


When you can't decide whether you would like the machine to have Tardis-like (or
babbelfish-like) effect. It would be awesome to understand all the languages I would
meet. But would it be so fun without the path?
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cacue23
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Canada
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Speaks: Shanghainese, Mandarin*, English
Studies: Cantonese

 
 Message 2938 of 3735
10 May 2013 at 3:05am | IP Logged 
I narrowly missed my bus to school this morning and was considering walking for 20 min to a bus stop where there were more buses available, when I was met by an old man from across the street who was referred to by "someone who has two limos and make a business by driving people around". Upon being offered to take to school without a charge, I gladly accepted even though I knew it was a marketing tactic. While in the car I learned that the old man was from Berlin and I immediately asked: "Do you still speak German?" The old man replied that he does and spoke a little phrase in German. I was so exceedingly impressed to hear German spoken by an actual German that the 50-something old man suddenly seemed so much sexier than before. And of course, the thought of "maybe I should learn German" came to my mind and I almost gave in to the thought, until I reminded myself that there's already too much to learn.

I'm not yet a language nerd, but I'm quite sure that pretty soon I will be one.
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cacue23
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 Message 2939 of 3735
10 May 2013 at 7:11pm | IP Logged 
When, after posting the last message, I wandered into our school's second-hand bookstore, and discovered two German textbooks on sale for a total of $10 that presumably will take me up to A2. I immediately bought them thinking, as all those in this forum would think, that I'll need them SOMEDAY. AHHH I contracted the language nerd virus......

P.S. I really should stop buying books that are on sale. I already have too many books crammed into my basement room.

Edited by cacue23 on 10 May 2013 at 7:34pm

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josh_badgley
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 Message 2940 of 3735
11 May 2013 at 1:43pm | IP Logged 
When the first thing you consider in buying a new smartphone is "Which languages come pre-installed?"

When your Netflix queue has absolutely nothing in your native language.

When you'd rather play with Google Translate than Angry Birds.

When you're excited to get a new Blu-ray player, not because of the improved picture quality, but because you can finally watch Harry Potter in Catalan and Danish!


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Serpent
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 Message 2941 of 3735
18 May 2013 at 9:48am | IP Logged 
When you don't notice what's funny here because you're looking at the Chinese characters.
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Paco
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Hong Kong
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 Message 2942 of 3735
18 May 2013 at 4:57pm | IP Logged 
When your deadly boring schedule (to others) comprises of: studies, HTLAL, readings,
Textkit, exercises and a Facebook homepage with lots of foreign words you actually don't
know.

Serpent wrote:
When you don't notice "what's funnyhere" because you're looking at the
Chinese characters.

The trick must be made by another language nerd! I was drawn to that bottle too...

Edited by Paco on 18 May 2013 at 5:05pm

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agantik
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 Message 2943 of 3735
19 May 2013 at 5:35pm | IP Logged 
When you inadvertently type " how to learn ant language" instead of "any language" in the Google search bar
and you immediately think how cool it would be to be able to learn the language of ants ...
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Zireael
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Speaks: Polish*, EnglishB2, Spanish
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 Message 2944 of 3735
19 May 2013 at 9:01pm | IP Logged 
agantik wrote:
When you inadvertently type " how to learn ant language" instead of "any language" in the Google search bar
and you immediately think how cool it would be to be able to learn the language of ants ...


Laughs out loud.


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