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pmitraud
Triglot
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France
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 Message 3361 of 3740
09 July 2014 at 10:34am | IP Logged 
When you know que tu peux écrire uma frase assim e a maioria das pessoas en questo gruppo will understand it.
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Mani
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Germany
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Studies: French, Swedish, Portuguese, Latin, Welsh, Luxembourgish

 
 Message 3362 of 3740
09 July 2014 at 1:17pm | IP Logged 
When you think those kind of sentences are perfectly normal ...
pmitraud wrote:
When you know que tu peux écrire uma frase assim e a maioria das pessoas en questo gruppo will understand it.


... because you receive messages like that regularly, e.g. an e-mail I got today: "I'll call you back after 14 Uhr, parce que je suis unterwegs."

Working in a multilingual country is great! :)

Edited by Mani on 09 July 2014 at 3:18pm

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Chung
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Speaks: English*, French
Studies: Polish, Slovak, Uzbek, Turkish, Korean, Finnish

 
 Message 3363 of 3740
10 July 2014 at 5:20am | IP Logged 
...when you spend the last hour trying to decipher the front pages of Brazilian newspapers after the national team's pratfall on the pitch even though you have no interest in learning any Portuguese*.

*I now know two Portuguese words anyway: vexame "embarrassment" and vergonha "shame"

P.S. This one made me laugh.


translation by wazzah (?) wrote:
THERE WON'T BE A COVER -- We can't joke about it, we're ashamed We'll be back tomorrow* *While you were reading this... Germany scored another goal (Also, the first line, "Não vai ter capa," is a play on the phrase "Não vai ter Copa" (We won't have a Cup), used in protests before the tournament.)

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soclydeza85
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United States
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Studies: German, French

 
 Message 3364 of 3740
13 July 2014 at 10:22pm | IP Logged 
you're getting gas (I live in New Jersey, where there are gas attendants and usually of Middle Eastern descent) and you ask for "$10 regular". You then hear the gas attendant yell to his coworker (who is at the pump) something like "sah regular" (I forget the actual sound, something with an S), and you immediately pull out your phone and go on google translate to see how you say "ten" in Arabic, to see if you heard right.

Unfortunately, there's no speech for Arabic on GT and I can't read Arabic writing, so I could not verify.
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Henkkles
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Finland
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 Message 3365 of 3740
14 July 2014 at 1:23am | IP Logged 
I just started to think, since a lot of Anglophones have difficulties spelling homophonic words correctly in the proper contexts (such as they're, their, there), so do Chinese people similarly often choose the wrong character for a word that is pronounced exactly the same?

I'm really curious.
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soclydeza85
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 Message 3366 of 3740
14 July 2014 at 1:45am | IP Logged 
Henkkles wrote:
I just started to think, since a lot of Anglophones have difficulties spelling homophonic words correctly in the proper contexts (such as they're, their, there), so do Chinese people similarly often choose the wrong character for a word that is pronounced exactly the same?

I'm really curious.


I've wondered something similar but about similar sounds among "shorthand" writing. For example, in English you could say "I'm going to your house later", but kids might type "i'm going 2 ur house l8er" (they did when I was a kid). Do they do this in other languages? Like maybe "m1 Vater ist hier" (German) or "6 bella" (Italian)
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Jeffers
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 Message 3367 of 3740
14 July 2014 at 4:25am | IP Logged 
soclydeza85 wrote:
Henkkles wrote:
I just started to think, since a lot of Anglophones have difficulties spelling homophonic words correctly in the proper contexts (such as they're, their, there), so do Chinese people similarly often choose the wrong character for a word that is pronounced exactly the same?

I'm really curious.


I've wondered something similar but about similar sounds among "shorthand" writing. For example, in English you could say "I'm going to your house later", but kids might type "i'm going 2 ur house l8er" (they did when I was a kid). Do they do this in other languages? Like maybe "m1 Vater ist hier" (German) or "6 bella" (Italian)


I'm told they do this in French. For example "a+" is used for "à plus tard". Collins has a whole page about French texting, but I can't verify if any of them are still used.
Texting in French
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Merike
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Estonia
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 Message 3368 of 3740
14 July 2014 at 11:01am | IP Logged 
soclydeza85 wrote:
Henkkles wrote:
I just started to think, since a lot of
Anglophones have difficulties spelling homophonic words correctly in the proper
contexts (such as they're, their, there), so do Chinese people similarly often choose
the wrong character for a word that is pronounced exactly the same?

I'm really curious.


I've wondered something similar but about similar sounds among "shorthand" writing.
For example, in English you could say "I'm going to your house later", but kids might
type "i'm going 2 ur house l8er" (they did when I was a kid). Do they do this in other
languages? Like maybe "m1 Vater ist hier" (German) or "6 bella" (Italian)


I can say that in Estonian teenagers also do it. For example words "eleven" and "each
other" are identical in some cases and then some people write something like "We love
11"


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