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meramarina
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 Message 441 of 3740
19 March 2010 at 11:11pm | IP Logged 
Well, that was a very odd comment, and I do not know what it means or if it was directed at me, but if it was for me, since mine was the most recent post in this thread, please be informed that 1) I do not have, nor do I want, a girlfriend 2) A significant portion of the time I spend here is an attempt to make a positive contribution to the site - for example, I used most of my time here today to tag old threads.

Please delete this response if necessary. I do not want to make unpleasant posts.






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Gareth
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 Message 442 of 3740
20 March 2010 at 12:55am | IP Logged 
I believe Crackpot's post wasn't directed at you Meramarina but rather at himself.
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meramarina
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 Message 443 of 3740
20 March 2010 at 1:32am | IP Logged 
OK, I see. It sounded like it was directed at someone else - Sorry if I misunderstood - let's return to the Nerd theme, then!
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kyssäkaali
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 Message 444 of 3740
20 March 2010 at 1:48am | IP Logged 
meramarina wrote:
You are a Language Nerd for sure if, by chance, you hear strangers speaking your target language, and you follow them (discreetly!).


That story was so cute! I'm sure hearing German in the US is a totally different experience than hearing it in Germany. :P

I used to work with a German woman in a coffeeshop and we were good friends, had tea together every now and then, and naturally as a native speaker she recognised a German accent whenever someone spoke with one, so she would switch to German with all the German customers/employees (tons of Germans in that little town) and I always liked listening in, even if I didn't understand anything. All I remember is what sounded like "auf" being used a TON. lol! The last time I saw her was Christmas of 2008 :(

I'm sure if I ever heard someone speaking Finnish in the US, I would be all over them (as inconspicuously as possible, of course). I heard it being spoken everyday in Finland but to hear a Finn in my hometown? Oh man, it'd be great. I've heard Icelandic, Hebrew, and other less common languages, PLUS my old neighbour was Finnish, so I'm sure it's only a matter of time before I bump into one!

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ruskivyetr
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 Message 445 of 3740
20 March 2010 at 2:00am | IP Logged 
I do that too! There was this German tutor tutoring someone at the library and I just
listened in on the lesson (the student needed help with school German) and I started
giggling at his Austrian accent. He heard me laughing and I said in German, "Haha dein
österreichisches Akzent gefällt mir." He gave me a weird look but talked to me after his
lesson and we had a nice conversation.
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 Message 446 of 3740
20 March 2010 at 3:16am | IP Logged 
meramarina wrote:
You are a Language Nerd for sure if, by chance, you hear strangers speaking your target language, and you follow them (discreetly!).

Meh, once, in Hong Kong, I also followed some Germans, just to hear some German again! Had been a couple of months by then. How's that for stalking? ;)
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 Message 447 of 3740
20 March 2010 at 3:29am | IP Logged 
You know you’re a language nerd when...
You quit your job in recession times because they're understaff and want you to work 14 hours a day leaving you no time to study...
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Johntm
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 Message 448 of 3740
20 March 2010 at 5:11am | IP Logged 
On the German theme...
[BACKGROUND STORY]
My Economics teacher is from Germany, however he has been in the US since high school and he sounds like a US native (he's a citizen too; I didn't believe he was German until he told us a few times)
[/BACKGROUND STORY]
One kid who is in German, had a foreign exchange student from Germany (of course) with him today in my econ. class. The teacher and kid starting talking in English (his English was very good, although some accent), and they switched to German, and had small conversations in German. I liked listening in to it, even though I don't plan on studying German for a while.
I'm pretty sure I was grinning like a retard while they were speaking, too.


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