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Levi
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 Message 329 of 3740
30 January 2010 at 3:30am | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
...when you start converting other people to language nerdery.

I'm working on my second convert. My brother has expressed an interest in my Japanese studies and now I'm helping him get started too. :)


And now my dad's learning French. Mwahahaha! :D
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ruskivyetr
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 Message 330 of 3740
30 January 2010 at 5:38am | IP Logged 
Johntm wrote:
ruskivyetr wrote:
I write in Cyrillic in many of my notes, and most of the Cyrillic is either Russian, or English transliterated in Cyrillic.
I wanna learn Cyrillic (but not Russian yet) so I can write transliterated English on my notes at school for fun. Can you give me a link to where you learned Cyrillic?


Well it's not very difficult, it's just recognizing certain characters etc. I'm learning to write in cursive Cyrillic, but I wrote in block for a while. Just type in "Russian alphabet" on google, and it will bring you to the Russian version of the alphabet (there are variations of it for certain languages that require different sounds).
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Teango
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 Message 331 of 3740
31 January 2010 at 12:10pm | IP Logged 
When you translate a charity letter written in English from Ghana for your German neighbour, but all the time wonder what they speak over there, and whether you could learn it so as to help your neighbour reply in her sponsor child's native language. You fantasize over adding an exotic African language with lots of clicks and whistles to your language collection for a moment, even though you know next to nothing about African languages, just the fleeting harmonies of Paul Simon and the Ladysmith Black Mambazo band resonating faintly in your ears for a moment. Then you go on Wikipedia only to discover that English IS the official language, and return to your translation secretly a little disappointed...never mind, maybe next time... ;)
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Johntm
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 Message 332 of 3740
31 January 2010 at 9:18pm | IP Logged 
Teango wrote:
When you translate a charity letter written in English from Ghana for your German neighbour, but all the time wonder what they speak over there, and whether you could learn it so as to help your neighbour reply in her sponsor child's native language. You fantasize over adding an exotic African language with lots of clicks and whistles to your language collection for a moment, even though you know next to nothing about African languages, just the fleeting harmonies of Paul Simon and the Ladysmith Black Mambazo band resonating faintly in your ears for a moment. Then you go on Wikipedia only to discover that English IS the official language, and return to your translation secretly a little disappointed...never mind, maybe next time... ;)
Even before reading this I already knew I wanted to learn an African click language :D. And maybe even Pirahã (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirah%C3%A3_language It wouldn't let me make this a working link). The fact that pretty much all speakers of Pirahã are monolingual doesn't discourage me a bit, it actually reinforces my wish to know the language.

I doubt this qualifies as language nerdery, but I was watching George Lopez's comedy show on Comedy Central last night (in which me mixes in quite a bit of Spanish), and 99% of the Spanish that he used that I understood were swear words.

Edited by Johntm on 31 January 2010 at 9:34pm

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genini1
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 Message 333 of 3740
31 January 2010 at 9:45pm | IP Logged 
This might have been posted already but when you watch MMA fights and you wish the fighters would stop moving so you could read what there tattoos meant.
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Teango
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 Message 334 of 3740
31 January 2010 at 10:56pm | IP Logged 
genini1 wrote:
This might have been posted already but when you watch MMA fights and you wish the fighters would stop moving so you could read what there tattoos meant.

Where would I be without my "pause" button...oh the magic of technology...I confess I once did exactly this whilst watching an amazing Russian figher, simply to see if he had "vor v zakone" mafia stars on his knees or cyrillic on his back I could try to read ...needless-to-say I only found celtic designs and squiggles.

Edited by Teango on 31 January 2010 at 11:14pm

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kottoler.ello
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 Message 335 of 3740
01 February 2010 at 6:21am | IP Logged 
When, upon entering your favorite bookstore, you start moving towards the foreign language section without thinking about it, and when you get there you have to use all your willpower to pry yourself away to keep from spending all your time and money there.
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catharsis
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 Message 336 of 3740
01 February 2010 at 11:04pm | IP Logged 
... when you write your notes in Russian for English class, Swedish for History, German for Science, and Japanese for Spanish ;D (I wish I was that good D: )


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