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Jeffers
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 Message 3417 of 3740
17 October 2014 at 3:55pm | 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.


That happens to me all the time with Bollywood songs in Indian restaurants.
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chiara-sai
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 Message 3418 of 3740
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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garyb
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 Message 3419 of 3740
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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eyðimörk
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 Message 3420 of 3740
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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chiara-sai
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 Message 3421 of 3740
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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 Message 3422 of 3740
19 October 2014 at 3:18am | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when . . .

1) you are secretly thrilled to be studying for your Latin and Greek midterms, because this gives you an
excuse to read your favorite grammar books and

2) you squeal out loud in delight and startle your roommate while you are reading one of the said grammar
books, because you just realized the etymology of the word "infant"
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 Message 3423 of 3740
19 October 2014 at 4:37am | IP Logged 
When you immediately look up the etymology of infant.

(Okay, it's even better if you can immediately figure it out, but I didn't)
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 Message 3424 of 3740
19 October 2014 at 3:27pm | IP Logged 
When, while searching for a particular item in Wikipedia, you:
a) search for the "good article" star and check whether it is a language you can read in;
b) if you find one, you end up reading it instead of the one in your native language.

Note: today, I was searching for "Bauhaus" and went directly to the German page. Then I scrolled through the language list and found that the only starred article was the Greek one. My reaction? "I wish I were fluent in Greek, if only for a few minutes".


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