Register  Login  Active Topics  Maps  

You know you’re a language nerd when...

  Tags: Language Geek
 Language Learning Forum : General discussion Post Reply
3740 messages over 468 pages: << Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ... 387 ... 467 468 Next >>
garyb
Triglot
Senior Member
ScotlandRegistered users can see my Skype Name
Joined 3255 days ago

1468 posts - 2411 votes 
Speaks: English*, Italian, French
Studies: Spanish

 
 Message 3089 of 3740
20 September 2013 at 11:00am | IP Logged 
My experience on my last trip to France was that in most "customer service" situations, people were quite happy to speak French with me. On previous trips, when my level was lower and my pronunciation was terrible, I got a lot of switching to English, but now that I'm more comfortable and fluent in the language and speak it quite understandably, it's rarer. There are exceptions like staff in hostels and ski resorts, but these days they tend to speak near-perfect English and they're busy and want to get things done as efficiently as possible, so fair enough. The real problems and bad attitudes are with social situations: people switching immediately upon the slightest mistake or sign of discomfort and being very insistent about not speaking French, even if their English is considerably worse than my French.

It has also happened to me with Italian, although more rarely, but all my Italian speaking experiences have been here as opposed to in Italy so I can understand people being more keen to use English. I'm curious to see how things will go when I visit Italy next month.
1 person has voted this message useful





Iversen
Super Polyglot
Moderator
Denmark
berejst.dk
Joined 4751 days ago

9084 posts - 16476 votes 
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
Personal Language Map

 
 Message 3090 of 3740
20 September 2013 at 3:25pm | IP Logged 
I know that a remark from me gave rise to this discussion about language choice in conversations with service persons, but maybe we should return to the examples of nerdiness which normally should characterize this thread.
1 person has voted this message useful



montmorency
Diglot
Senior Member
United Kingdom
Joined 2876 days ago

2371 posts - 3675 votes 
Speaks: English*, German
Studies: Danish, Welsh

 
 Message 3091 of 3740
20 September 2013 at 5:19pm | IP Logged 
OK.....when you can't decide whether it's German, Danish or Welsh on the MP3 player
today.....


Danish is incomprehensible to listen to (sorry Iversen), Welsh is incomprehensible to
read. German is really very well behaved in almost every respect. I could stay in my
German comfort zone forever, but that's not quite the HTLAL way, is it.
3 persons have voted this message useful



Warp3
Senior Member
United States
forum_posts.asp?TID=
Joined 3583 days ago

1419 posts - 1765 votes 
Speaks: English*
Studies: Spanish, Korean, Japanese

 
 Message 3092 of 3740
22 September 2013 at 6:53pm | IP Logged 
When you are scanning across the map in Grand Theft Auto V and you happen to notice that a region of the map is called "Little Seoul". At this point, you immediately drop any mission plans you had, set a checkpoint for Little Seoul and go read all the Korean store signs there.
4 persons have voted this message useful



Teango
Triglot
Winner TAC 2010 & 2012
Senior Member
United States
teango.wordpress.comRegistered users can see my Skype Name
Joined 3604 days ago

2210 posts - 3734 votes 
Speaks: English*, German, Russian
Studies: Hawaiian, French, Toki Pona

 
 Message 3093 of 3740
22 September 2013 at 10:42pm | IP Logged 
When you start confusing license plates with Ancient Egyptian transliteration.
8 persons have voted this message useful



FuroraCeltica
Triglot
Senior Member
United Kingdom
Joined 4913 days ago

1181 posts - 1427 votes 
Speaks: English*, Spanish, French

 
 Message 3094 of 3740
24 September 2013 at 10:12pm | IP Logged 
When your book shelf is full of materials from languages you 'plan' to study
4 persons have voted this message useful



Mooby
Senior Member
Scotland
Joined 4153 days ago

707 posts - 1219 votes 
Speaks: English*
Studies: Polish

 
 Message 3095 of 3740
24 September 2013 at 11:20pm | IP Logged 
When you check the time and realise that:

   - You've been reading about Albanian online, and you can't remember what brought you there.
   - It's nearly midnight
   - You go to bed trying to justify the reasons to learn Albanian.
And...
   - You do the same thing another night with Lithuanian (etc.!)
2 persons have voted this message useful



Teango
Triglot
Winner TAC 2010 & 2012
Senior Member
United States
teango.wordpress.comRegistered users can see my Skype Name
Joined 3604 days ago

2210 posts - 3734 votes 
Speaks: English*, German, Russian
Studies: Hawaiian, French, Toki Pona

 
 Message 3096 of 3740
24 September 2013 at 11:26pm | IP Logged 
When you buy a health bar simply because it had Arabic on it, and then a sudden gust of wind blows the wrapper out of your hand. With a mouthful of coconut, windmilling like a crazed lunatic down the street, you pursue the abducted wrapper whilst pedestrians stop and stare...and then you stop too...to think...what the hell am I doing?!!


6 persons have voted this message useful



This discussion contains 3740 messages over 468 pages: << Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459 460 461 462 463 464 465 466 467 468  Next >>


Post ReplyPost New Topic Printable version Printable version

You cannot post new topics in this forum - You cannot reply to topics in this forum - You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum - You cannot create polls in this forum - You cannot vote in polls in this forum


This page was generated in 1.0000 seconds.


DHTML Menu By Milonic JavaScript
Copyright 2019 FX Micheloud - All rights reserved
No part of this website may be copied by any means without my written authorization.