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psy88
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United States
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Studies: Spanish*, Japanese, Latin, French

 
 Message 3425 of 3740
20 October 2014 at 1:24am | IP Logged 
   You know you are when, now that you have decided to study Latin, you actually lose sleep agonizing over the pros and cons of the restored classical vs ecclesiastical pronunciations. Many decades ago I had two years of high school Latin. I really enjoyed it. It was the ecclesiastical or Church Latin. (I went to a Catholic high school at a time when the Latin Mass was just being discontinued).
   I have just begun a course that uses restored classical pronunciation. I find the restored classical does not sound as pleasing to me. I lay awake debating whether to use the course as it is presented and adopt the "more authentic" restored classic pronunciation, or, use the courses for grammar, vocabulary, etc but use the more familiar sounding ecclesiastical pronunciations. Of course, I know the chances of actually conversing with anyone in Latin is almost nil. So, why make a big deal out of it? Because I am a true language nerd!
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Solfrid Cristin
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Speaks: Norwegian*, Spanish, Swedish, French, English, German, Italian
Studies: Russian

 
 Message 3426 of 3740
21 October 2014 at 7:21pm | IP Logged 
-when you are stranded at Amsterdam airport on your way to Madrid, and you opt for a really uncomfortable
chair instead of a comfy armchair in order to eavesdrop on two Russians, just because you love the sound so
much.

I fear I will end up in a river some day after having eavesdropped on the wrong people ...

If I ever go for a career change I think I'll try to get a job in an airport lounge. It s like Babel's tower here.
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iguanamon
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Virgin Islands
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 Message 3427 of 3740
21 October 2014 at 8:44pm | IP Logged 
... you read an article in Spanish about the economic consequences of recent western policies toward Russia on the Norwegian-Russian border area La "guerra fría" llega a la frontera más septentrional de Europa because it has good background on what it's like to live there and think Cristina should see it :).

Edited by iguanamon on 21 October 2014 at 9:22pm

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meramarina
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 Message 3428 of 3740
21 October 2014 at 9:01pm | IP Logged 
When you have to go under anesthesia for minor surgery, actually "conscious sedation" durian which you are
still able to recognize and respond to others, although you feel no awareness at the time and later remember
nothing--and this gives you an idea--a very odd one:

Would I be able to understand my target languages while under anesthesia?
Really! I want to know!
Is it too bizarre to ask the anesthesiologist if he could try that?

Yes, it's just too weird. And you really don't want the person in charge of your life at the time to get distracted.
So it must remain a mystery, but if you ever meet a polyglot anesthesiologist, it will be very difficult to not ask
if we might try a little experiment . . .
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Mooby
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Polish

 
 Message 3429 of 3740
21 October 2014 at 9:53pm | IP Logged 
...check out: Effects of Anesthesia on Linguistic Skills.


"..(one's) main language is mostly stored in implicit memory systems of the subcortical regions, whereas acquired languages are learned by explicit rules and stored more diffusely in the cerebral cortex.".

It seems that the effects of anesthesia on linguistic centres in the brain involve complex mechanisms that are not yet understood, and can lead to language switching.
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Ari
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 Message 3430 of 3740
22 October 2014 at 8:01am | IP Logged 
YKYALN when you spend the weekend in Berlin on a company outing and feel intensely
uncomfortable being in a country whose language you don't speak.
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Josquin
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 Message 3431 of 3740
22 October 2014 at 12:56pm | IP Logged 
... when you are unable to concentrate because of sickness and you earnestly consider to ask the doctor: "When
will I be able to study Irish again?"
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Cavesa
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Czech Republic
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Speaks: Czech*, FrenchC2, EnglishC1
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 Message 3432 of 3740
22 October 2014 at 4:51pm | IP Logged 
When you are upset you cannot find good online pathophysiology resources in French or Spanish. It is so hard to learn a subject you don't enjoy in your native language or English :-(


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