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Cavesa
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 Message 3433 of 3735
23 October 2014 at 5:28pm | IP Logged 
Well, sometimes people waking up from anesthesia not only speak nonsense, that is quite common for understandable reasons, sometimes they speak a foreign language. I've met such a patient this summer, a normal teenage boy from monolingual family spoke English in the situation. Possibly, not all the areas of the brain are waking up at the same pace.

I wonder how they could tell which area contained Spanish and which Catalonian? I mean, especially as those two languages are close together both in linguistic features (does a very similar word get "saved" once or twice) and the role in the lives of the people. I don't think most people in Catalunya nowadays (except for some old ones) have learnt Spanish differently from Catalonian, are they not native speakers of both since early childhood? They were surrounded by Spanish as well, they heard it in tv programms for children, they began using it at the latest at school. Really, it is more imaginable for me to ask whether one wants to keep the native language or a second one, learnt after immigration as an adult or something like that. And it might be quite a bad luck to make the hard decision patrickwilken speaks of and find out the doctors accidentally did the opposite.
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tristano
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 Message 3434 of 3735
26 October 2014 at 9:53pm | IP Logged 
When you wake up stunned by the ignorant night spent with your friends and suddenly realise that you're thinking
in the wrong language nonetheless.
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showtime17
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 Message 3435 of 3735
26 October 2014 at 10:53pm | IP Logged 
You have been a member of this forum from 2008 and keep coming back from time to time :)

Also if you go to a bookstore and come back with a bunch of language learning material and then come home and sit it down on a shelf next to all the other language learning material, thinking that you will use it later.
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Ari
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 Message 3436 of 3735
27 October 2014 at 7:57am | IP Logged 
YKYALN when you're going to see a French opera and get to choose language for the
subtitles, but you're annoyed you don't get to choose the original language, the only
choices being Norwegian and English.
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Henkkles
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 Message 3437 of 3735
27 October 2014 at 3:07pm | IP Logged 
When you find a Hunger Games book in Basque in a London bookstore and you start sweating profusely.
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caitwn
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 Message 3438 of 3735
27 October 2014 at 3:23pm | IP Logged 
Ari wrote:
tristano wrote:
When your first reaction to "this person that I met can
speak X
language" (no matter if as a first o second language) is "I have to learn X".


When your first reaction to hearing Mark Zuckerberg speak Mandarin is "His pronunciation
is abysmal."


When you are on a business trip in China, read on this forum about Zuckerberg's Chinese,
then log into your home computer to watch the video because you can't get facebook,
google, or youtube here ---and then concur that his pronunciation is terrible.
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Serpent
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 Message 3439 of 3735
03 November 2014 at 9:42am | IP Logged 
When dad asks you to download a movie and you see that he has folders "Russian" and "Foreign"... and you're very disappointed when you realize this just refers to the country of origin.
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Radioclare
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 Message 3440 of 3735
03 November 2014 at 9:52pm | IP Logged 
When you write something in Croatian and find that every time you meant to type š you
have ended up with ŝ, because you forgot your computer automatically runs software to
type Esperanto characters when it starts up.


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