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genini1
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 Message 345 of 3735
07 February 2010 at 6:18pm | IP Logged 
unityandoutside wrote:
Levi wrote:
Teango wrote:
When you take down certain words in Teeline shorthand in your written notes, not because it's easier or faster, but because you once picked up a thin blue book over 10 years ago and glanced through a chapter or two, and have ever since felt the relentless desire to metamorphose your perfectly legible scribblings into a disarray of crazy cursive hieratics.

I have entire notebooks written in Quikscript. I love using a script that only a handful of people on the planet can read.


When, after reading this post, you spend several hours of the evening internalizing as much of the quickscript handbook as possible, bringing you closer to your goal of having everything you write be incomprehensible to everyone around you -- even if it is in English.

When your plan before learning some quickscript was to do a side by side comparison of your two editions of "German for Reading Knowledge," even though you have absolutely no intention of learning German in the near future (but sometime in the future, you do). After that, you the plan was to "relax" by adding another 15-20 words to your Russian wordlists via the "Iversen" method.

When people accuse you of cheating at scrabble because you keep score with the names in Cyrillic and the numbers in Chinese, and periodically ask throughout the game if you can play a word in such-and-such a language when your hand isn't yielding anything good in English.

When while taking notes in American history class in Russian, you realize that you don't know a word, and instead of just writing the word in English, your first priority becomes to discreetly find the word so you can finish your sentence in Russian. Thank heavens for the dictionaries loaded onto my iPod touch!


Dictionary's on the iPod is one of the most awesome features ever and makes it well worth the price I paid (or maybe I'm just justifying my gadget addiction either way it's awesome)
Here's another one for the list, when you write pizza orders in German for the Jordanian cook that moved here from Italy. This one is actually true and it annoys the others in the kitchen since they can't understand anything we write or say.
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Diglot
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 Message 346 of 3735
08 February 2010 at 4:42am | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd when everybody in your Spanish class hates learning

Spanish, except you.
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Iris-Way
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 Message 347 of 3735
08 February 2010 at 5:23am | IP Logged 
Hello wrote:
You know you're a language nerd when everybody in your Spanish class hates learning

Spanish, except you.

This is definitely me as well! I feel like I'm the only one interested in Spanish!
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Aihe
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 Message 348 of 3735
09 February 2010 at 4:56am | IP Logged 
When at a theater during previews, you notice there are slides that want you to text your opinion on "Who is best dressed?" to a number, but all you think about is that the choices are A1 and A2, B1 and B2, and C1 and C2! (And you pick the 2nd choice because "it's the higher fluency level")

When you are always excited to see what language comes to mind first when you hear something in your native language. (e.g. When I hear green, do I think of vihreä or みどり first?)
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 Message 349 of 3735
09 February 2010 at 7:05am | IP Logged 
...when you discover that about 90% of your last four months' worth of status-updates, comments, and wall-to-wall postings tied to your Facebook profile are in languages other than your native one or those understood by the majority of your friends.

...when you create an auto-reply for your phone's message box in one or more languages that are not understood by the people who usually call you.

...when you answer telemarketers' calls using languages that you're reasonably certain the telemarketers won't understand (so far this trick has always thrown the telemarketers for a loop to the point where they hang up on me within 10 seconds)

...when the calendar posted on your corkboard at work is in languages that no one else in the company would understand (I remember my boss' and one of my co-workers puzzlement when they first saw on my corkboard my calendar which was printed only in Cyrillic. At that time I was studying Ukrainian)

...when you write down the combinations for safes or lockers in full using numbers from obscure languages in order to jog your memory yet minimize the chance of the combinations being compromised (I adopted this trick after having read about the Navaho code-talkers of WWII whose language remained undecipherable to enemy listening posts for the entire war).
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Johntm
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 Message 350 of 3735
10 February 2010 at 4:30am | IP Logged 
When you have a hard time trying to keep yourself from trying to learn several more languages when you are still working on your first...
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QiuJP
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 Message 351 of 3735
10 February 2010 at 4:49pm | IP Logged 
Johntm wrote:
When you have a hard time trying to keep yourself from trying to learn several more languages when you are still working on your first...


Guilty. I have wanderlust to pickup Malay or Indonesian when I need to spent more time on Russian!

Edited by QiuJP on 10 February 2010 at 7:10pm

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Johntm
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 Message 352 of 3735
10 February 2010 at 6:29pm | IP Logged 
QiuJP wrote:
Johntm wrote:
When you have a hard time trying to keep yourself from trying to learn several more languages when you are still working on your first...


Quilty. I have wanderlust to pickup Malay or Indonesian when I need to spent more time on Russian!
I'm trying to learn Spanish, while keeping up a mediocre level in Latin so I can pass Latin III in school (I don't actually study on my own time though), and I'm trying to keep myself from starting Mandarin for a little while longer and I'm trying to stop myself from starting German...I plan on learning German farther in the future.


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