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karaipyhare
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 Message 465 of 3735
25 March 2010 at 5:31am | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
...when you know that Hawaiian is related to Malagasy, and it blows your
mind every time you think about it.


YES! I always tell that story to everybody expecting an amazed shocked surprise face!
Instead I get the question; Where is Madagascar? :(

I love the Austronesian Family: from Madagascar to Easter Island (Rapa Nui), from Taiwan
to New Zealand (Aotearoa)
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 Message 466 of 3735
25 March 2010 at 6:01am | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
...when you know that Hawaiian is related to Malagasy, and it blows your mind every time you think about it.
Mind=Blown
I think this will affect me from now on.
@karaipyhar: How do people not know where Madagascar is?
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Levi
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 Message 467 of 3735
26 March 2010 at 3:04am | IP Logged 
karaipyhare wrote:
Levi wrote:
...when you know that Hawaiian is related to Malagasy, and it blows your
mind every time you think about it.


YES! I always tell that story to everybody expecting an amazed shocked surprise face!
Instead I get the question; Where is Madagascar? :(

I love the Austronesian Family: from Madagascar to Easter Island (Rapa Nui), from Taiwan
to New Zealand (Aotearoa)

I agree completely. As Jared Diamond said in his book Guns, Germs, and Steel:
Quote:
These Austronesians, with their Austronesian language and modified Austronesian culture, were already established on Madagascar by the time it was first visited by Europeans, in 1500. This strikes me as the single most astonishing fact of human geography for the entire world. It's as if Columbus, on reaching Cuba, had found it occupied by blue-eyed, blond-haired Scandinavians speaking a language close to Swedish, even though the nearby North American continent was inhabited by Native Americans speaking Amerindian languages. How on earth could prehistoric people of Borneo, presumably voyaging in boats without maps or compasses, end up in Madagascar?

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 Message 468 of 3735
26 March 2010 at 3:25am | IP Logged 
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As Jared Diamond said in his book Guns, Germs, and Steel:


That is an excellent book. I read it a few years ago, and right now I am reading one very much like it, but entirely focused on languages and the civilizations they came from and spread to throughout recorded history. The name of it is Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World and the author is Nicholas Ostler. His biography states that he is "a scholar with a working knowledge of twenty-six languages" so this is a good reading choice for a Language Nerd! It's long but well worth the time - highly recommended!

Edited by meramarina on 26 March 2010 at 3:27am

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Levi
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 Message 469 of 3735
26 March 2010 at 7:10am | IP Logged 
meramarina wrote:
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As Jared Diamond said in his book Guns, Germs, and Steel:


That is an excellent book. I read it a few years ago, and right now I am reading one very much like it, but entirely focused on languages and the civilizations they came from and spread to throughout recorded history. The name of it is Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World and the author is Nicholas Ostler. His biography states that he is "a scholar with a working knowledge of twenty-six languages" so this is a good reading choice for a Language Nerd! It's long but well worth the time - highly recommended!

...when someone makes a book recommendation on a thread about being a language nerd, and you go right out and order it off Amazon.

Thanks for the suggestion. ;)
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joanthemaid
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 Message 470 of 3735
26 March 2010 at 7:43pm | IP Logged 
When you'd rather take a sucky job that allows you to practice during work hours than actually have a career
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BlondGirl
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 Message 471 of 3735
26 March 2010 at 10:44pm | IP Logged 
You are giving directions to someone and after finishing, you return to your own family/coworkers and continue talking to them in the foreign language. Sometimes it is so easy to continue on the same track.

You keep telling someone to wait before coming in the room and when the person comes right in, he tells you, "You know I only speak English."

You practice conversations in your head to speed up your word-assembling-abilities and realize you have been doing it out loud from all the weird looks you are getting in the checkout lane.
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psy88
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 Message 472 of 3735
27 March 2010 at 1:47am | IP Logged 
You have a friend as a passenger in your car for the first time. Without asking, your friend turns on your radio.The first thing that comes on, because it was the last thing you were listening to, is your target language listen and repeat CD. He then hits the button to go to your next CD. This is another listen and repeat CD, but still in the same target language (you like to work with different listen and repeat programs at the same time because it was suggested at this web page). Your friend hits the next two buttons and he hears music your target language. He makes some sarcastic comment then hits the final two buttons , only to hear nore listen and repeat CD's, but these are in your second target language(you like to listen to one language on the way to your destination and the other language on the way back).To his frustration,he then tries the radio stations.Of course, all of the stations are tuned into your target language. He is strangely quite the rest of the trip.


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