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Woodsei
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 Message 3561 of 3740
12 May 2015 at 3:47pm | IP Logged 
Cavesa wrote:
(papers... I feel like a monkey or a dolphin had better chances passing
my exams)


Yes they do. Simply because they're so cute :-)


@meramarina: That makes me think, will a dog who lives in an English-speaking country
understand another language? I was once visiting a family member with some dogs, and when
I attempted a few Arabic and Japanese lines, the poor thing just stared at me :)

You know, we shouldn't derail this thread :D
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 Message 3562 of 3740
12 May 2015 at 4:49pm | IP Logged 
Of course we should not derail the thread--but you know you are a language nerd when you keep changing
the subject every time you learn an interesting bit of language lore! One nerdy topic leads to another . . . .

This thread doesn't have rails as much as it has tentacles reaching into all kinds of nerd topics. It's kind of
unique that way. But we have had some discussions about animal communication, and perhaps we can
contine them or start another.

As for dogs, they certainly learn and understand words, but I think they don't much care what language their
humans speak as long as they get their dinner and their tummy rubs. I have tried speaking to my dog in other
languages and he just gets a look on his face that says "That again" and waits patiently for me to get over my
language nerdiness and take him for a walk !
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Woodsei
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 Message 3563 of 3740
12 May 2015 at 7:20pm | IP Logged 
meramarina wrote:
Of course we should not derail the thread--but you know you are a
language nerd when you keep changing
the subject every time you learn an interesting bit of language lore! One nerdy topic
leads to another . . . .

This thread doesn't have rails as much as it has tentacles reaching into all kinds of
nerd topics. It's kind of
unique that way. But we have had some discussions about animal communication, and
perhaps we can
contine them or start another.

As for dogs, they certainly learn and understand words, but I think they don't much
care what language their
humans speak as long as they get their dinner and their tummy rubs. I have tried
speaking to my dog in other
languages and he just gets a look on his face that says "That again" and waits
patiently for me to get over my
language nerdiness and take him for a walk !


I always love reading your posts :D
I can just picture your dog, "Oh no, there she goes again, patience, patience is a
virtue!" :-) Dogs have some really expressive looks, don't they? It's a language all
by itself!
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 Message 3564 of 3740
12 May 2015 at 7:28pm | IP Logged 
Thank you, I always like to hear that ! I have not been as active lately, but am feeling inspired again now after
attending the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin. Now THAT is how you know you are a confirmed and incurable
language nerd !

Fortunately, dogs have more patience with the enthusiams of language nerds that some humans do ! But as
for the nerds--they exist--and they know it, not just in this particular thread.
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 Message 3565 of 3740
13 May 2015 at 7:35pm | IP Logged 
When you select 3 or more foreign language radio stations at random, put your headphones on, settle back in your chair and oscillate between them - to see what it does to your brain.

[Today's cocktail: Argentinian Spanish, German and Polish]
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 Message 3566 of 3740
13 May 2015 at 8:00pm | IP Logged 
Tentacles... I learnt in a physiology lecture (medical faculty) that had the primates not
evolved and created a civilisation, the octopuses were the second most probable animals
to do so. So, if we manage not to destroy the oceans and everything living inside (or
ourselves for the matter), we might need some octopus-human translators in a few millions
of years. Do you think the octopuses will use sounds or will they develop a kind of a
sign language? :-D

Woodsei, now I seriously consider hiring a monkey for the exams ;-)
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Woodsei
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 Message 3567 of 3740
13 May 2015 at 10:42pm | IP Logged 
You know, this is the first time I've heard that octopuses are next in line to world
domination :D Somehow I now find the fact that we're the ones running the show strangely
reassuring... :D

Cavesa, this is turning into a physician language nerd thing, lol (I'm also studying for
my medical boards ). Maybe we should start rattling off medical terminology and create
our own language here on HTLAL!

Which reminds me of one very important fact: You know you're a language nerd when you
find yourself looking up and translating words from your field in your target language,
just because you think it's cool (I found a Japanese site for medical professionals and
had a field day, splashing happily in a sea of hippocampal jargon) :-)
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Woodsei
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 Message 3568 of 3740
13 May 2015 at 10:44pm | IP Logged 
Mooby wrote:
When you select 3 or more foreign language radio stations at random, put
your headphones on, settle back in your chair and oscillate between them - to see what it
does to your brain.

[Today's cocktail: Argentinian Spanish, German and Polish]


I don't know why, but this cracked me up :D


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