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Johntm
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 Message 473 of 3735
27 March 2010 at 5:17am | IP Logged 
psy88 wrote:
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.
When you have a feeling that this will happen several times in the future.
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tritone
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 Message 474 of 3735
27 March 2010 at 5:51am | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
...when you know that Hawaiian is related to Malagasy, and it blows your mind every time you think about it.


It blows my mind that English and hindi are supposed to be related.

Edited by tritone on 27 March 2010 at 5:53am

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Rabochnok
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 Message 475 of 3735
27 March 2010 at 8:09pm | IP Logged 
When you palatize l's for the fun of it.

When you ponder about the logistics of communication between the Colombians and
Brazilians and International Red Cross members in the hostage release operation
going on. (Probably all in Spanish though)

When your mom asks you to translate the French on imported stuff at the supermarket even
though you don't study it... and you figure it out through cognates and context instead of just
blowing it off.

Edited by Rabochnok on 27 March 2010 at 8:10pm

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Levi
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 Message 476 of 3735
27 March 2010 at 8:52pm | IP Logged 
...when nothing brightens your day like being randomly greeted in your target language by a stranger who forgot to switch to the local language.
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joanthemaid
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 Message 477 of 3735
28 March 2010 at 8:09am | IP Logged 
tritone wrote:
Levi wrote:
...when you know that Hawaiian is related to Malagasy, and it blows your mind every time you think about it.


It blows my mind that English and hindi are supposed to be related.


Not quite as much, at least you can walk from Europe to India (although not really from England), and walk there never stepping into another language family (though it might not be the shortest route). But Not only Hawaii and Madagascar have two oceans between them, there's no language continuity at all between the two.
Apparently for the Indo-European family the relationship is only obvious with ancient languages (Sanskrit and Latin). And some say the Semitic family is also related.
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joanthemaid
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 Message 478 of 3735
28 March 2010 at 8:10am | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
...when nothing brightens your day like being randomly greeted in your target language by a stranger who forgot to switch to the local language.


Lucky guy!
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WortDrauf
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 Message 479 of 3735
28 March 2010 at 10:56pm | IP Logged 
...when you read the English verb "polish" as Polish, and it takes you a minute to realize the lack of capitalization is intentional and puts an end to your confusion.
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Rabochnok
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 Message 480 of 3735
28 March 2010 at 11:20pm | IP Logged 
^ I always think of Polish when I read polish.

When you choose to use an ATM (that you've used several times before and so know by
heart) in Chinese to see what the Chinese phrases for such
things look like, and are then dissapointed when the receipt is printed in English. (But then
again it *is* a good thing to have a record that you can actually understand.)

Edited by Rabochnok on 28 March 2010 at 11:21pm



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