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Teango
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 Message 3001 of 3740
08 July 2013 at 8:45pm | IP Logged 
When you crane your neck and shuffle closer and closer to overhear a conversation in Bulgarian in a noisy bar, and almost end up toppling into the neighbouring booth.
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meramarina
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 Message 3002 of 3740
09 July 2013 at 3:33am | IP Logged 
Quote:
When you crane your neck and shuffle closer and closer to overhear a conversation in Bulgarian in a noisy bar, and almost end up toppling into the neighbouring booth.


When, if this happened to you the other way around, with a non-native English learner falling into YOUR bar booth because he wanted to hear English, you would really be totally OK with it. In fact, you'd want to start up a little language exchange session right away!

OK I have one too: When a relative confesses to you that, a few years ago, he stole a few books from your shelf. He didn't look very carefully though, and says that when he got them home, he realized that one was German and one in Spanish. And you're not angry at all, because you can't remember noticing any language books missing, and when he comes to visit, you can look forward to getting two "new" ones!

Then he arrives. He forgot the books.

NOW you are angry.


Edited by meramarina on 09 July 2013 at 3:35am

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SamD
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 Message 3003 of 3740
09 July 2013 at 6:13pm | IP Logged 
When you are in the library's computer lab listening to one of your target languages using headphones, and the guy next to you complains thathe can hear you and gives you a particuarly strange look.

And to make matters worse, he is talking on his cell phone and making far more noise.
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MarlonX19
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 Message 3004 of 3740
09 July 2013 at 11:40pm | IP Logged 
When one of your classmates/friend tell you that he's gonnna start learning English and you act like the happiest person in the world 'cause now you're not the only one who speaks English.


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Amerykanka
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 Message 3005 of 3740
10 July 2013 at 2:58am | IP Logged 
When you're watching live coverage of the emergency session of the OAS (Organization of American States)
in Spanish and you are thrilled when they translate the EU's representative's speech into Spanish (from
English).

When you aren't sure whether to be irritated or delighted when they don't translate the Brazilian
representative's speech into Spanish. You're irritated because you were having fun following all the speeches
and now it's harder for you to keep up, plus you're losing valuable Spanish listening time - but you're
delighted because you understand a lot of the Portuguese and you are now having fun comparing the
Portuguese words with their Spanish equivalents!

When you think that, some day when you have a lot of free time, it might be fun to study the difference
between Portuguese and Spanish sound patterns and then listen to a lot of Portuguese - relying on your
knowledge of Spanish to help you understand.

Edited by Amerykanka on 10 July 2013 at 3:01am

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MarlonX19
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 Message 3006 of 3740
10 July 2013 at 9:44pm | IP Logged 
staf250 wrote:
When, instead of opening the packet of chocolate, you're looking first the text on the fold, in Arabic ...


Hahaha I always do that even though I don't understand a thing in Arabic (only a few words actually) plus, in my family's car there is something written in several languages and I always TRY to read the sentences in a language I have never seen before, I'm always trying to figure out how those words are pronounced.
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Phantom Kat
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 Message 3007 of 3740
12 July 2013 at 2:29am | IP Logged 
- when you decide to dabble in a language that your friends are studying in order to make
quicker progress than them and help them with grammar (because it seems everybody that
you know has a high aversion to grammar and tend to ignore it)
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garyb
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 Message 3008 of 3740
12 July 2013 at 11:06am | IP Logged 
You are given an Amazon.co.uk gift certificate, and as much as you appreciate the gesture, you're really not sure what to buy with it and you're a bit sad that it's not redeemable on Amazon.fr or Amazon.it, on which you'd have no problem finding things to spend it on.


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