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When you want to be immortal but are scared by the thought of watching all languages change and in many cases die out.
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You're happy to get up early in the morning to drive your son to Comic Con in London because you know you can spend the day reading in cafes and browsing bookshops. Foyle's, here I come!
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You're in a restaurant with some colleagues, and as soon as a song starts playing from the speakers you comment that you recognise it. Then it turns out that it's an Italian pop song.
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garyb wrote:
You're in a restaurant with some colleagues, and as soon as a song starts playing from the speakers you comment that you recognise it. Then it turns out that it's an Italian pop song.


That happens to me all the time with Bollywood songs in Indian restaurants.
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17 October 2014 at 4:33pm | IP Logged 
garyb wrote:
You're in a restaurant with some colleagues, and as soon as a song starts playing from the
speakers you comment that you recognise it. Then it turns out that it's an Italian pop song.


Jeffers wrote:
garyb wrote:
You're in a restaurant with some colleagues, and as soon as a song starts
playing from the speakers you comment that you recognise it. Then it turns out that it's an Italian pop song.


That happens to me all the time with Bollywood songs in Indian restaurants.


This reminds me, I’m a language nerd because I’m disgusted by Italian pop music (Italian is my native
language) but I used to listen to a lot of Bollywood songs when you were studying Hindi, to the horror of my
Indian metalhead friend who hated it!
I’m sure if I had to learn Italian as a foreign language I’d suddenly find Italian pop music very appealing!
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17 October 2014 at 5:22pm | IP Logged 
chiara-sai wrote:

This reminds me, I’m a language nerd because I’m disgusted by Italian pop music (Italian is my native
language) but I used to listen to a lot of Bollywood songs when you were studying Hindi, to the horror of my
Indian metalhead friend who hated it!
I’m sure if I had to learn Italian as a foreign language I’d suddenly find Italian pop music very appealing!


It's probably better than most of the current British and American pop music, although that's really not saying much. But let's face it, I'd never listen to most of it if I weren't learning the language. I have discovered a few Italian rock bands whose music I really like and would choose to listen to, but they're the minority.

My pop music knowledge mostly comes from listening to Italian radio while I'm working. Those same colleagues probably think I'm just listening to metal all the time...
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17 October 2014 at 5:23pm | IP Logged 
chiara-sai wrote:
This reminds me, I’m a language nerd because I’m disgusted by Italian pop music (Italian is my native language)

Spoken as someone who used to hate the sound of her own native language once upon a time and who proclaimed a distaste for all native media (music, books, TV, cinema)...

...doesn't that simply make one a language snob, rather than a nerd?
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17 October 2014 at 6:42pm | IP Logged 
eyðimörk wrote:
chiara-sai wrote:
This reminds me, I’m a language nerd because I’m disgusted by Italian pop
music (Italian is my native language)

Spoken as someone who used to hate the sound of her own native language once upon a time and who proclaimed a
distaste for all native media (music, books, TV, cinema)...

...doesn't that simply make one a language snob, rather than a nerd?


Personally, I don’t dislike the Italian language and indeed I do listen to Italian music, so I wouldn’t call it language
snobbery.
It’s simply that music in a foreign language has an automatic value to me because even if I don’t like the music itself I
still enjoy the language learning experience. If the music is bad, the learning is nonetheless exciting. Music in
languages I’m fluent in don’t have the same advantage, but it’s nothing to do with the languages themselves, just with
the fact that I have mastered them.


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