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tarvos
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 Message 3433 of 3740
22 October 2014 at 6:16pm | IP Logged 
Solfrid Cristin wrote:
-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.


Changing trains for planes, are we? :D

When you look at the names on the door plaques during your job as a postman, just to
figure out if someone speaks Russian or Romanian...
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tristano
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 Message 3434 of 3740
23 October 2014 at 12:15am | IP Logged 
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 the news "I'm studying a new language doesn't surprise anyone.

When you end up chatting in Dutch about Spanish.
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Ari
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 Message 3435 of 3740
23 October 2014 at 11:06am | IP Logged 
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."
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Zireael
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 Message 3436 of 3740
23 October 2014 at 2:40pm | IP Logged 
Mooby wrote:
...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.


This reminds me...

My cousin used to suffer from epilepsy (thankfully it went away after a surgery 3 years back, only leaving him with memory problems). Once he had an attack (nothing major, just zoned out) and after that, he started talking in English, thoroughly mystifying teachers and classmates for the rest of the day.

TL;DR epilepsy episodes can also trigger language switching.
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patrickwilken
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 Message 3437 of 3740
23 October 2014 at 2:55pm | IP Logged 
Zireael wrote:

TL;DR epilepsy episodes can also trigger language switching.


I was once told by a neurolinguist student from Barcelona that when patients have epilepsy surgery they are sometimes asked whether they want to keep Spanish or Catalonian, as the surgery sometimes needs to cut near one of the two language areas.

I always thought that would be a really hard difficult question to answer: whether it was better to keep the language of your birth or the language of your country?


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Cavesa
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 Message 3438 of 3740
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 3439 of 3740
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 3440 of 3740
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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