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kottoler.ello
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 Message 513 of 3740
04 April 2010 at 8:24pm | IP Logged 
When you read the description of sounds in the beginning of language learning books, comparing the sounds to English words and such, not to learn how to pronounce the sounds but to critique the author's job of explaining the sounds of that language, which you already know and have known since years before studying that language because you read the Wikipedia article on its phonology and listened to it online.

When you have to bring a friend with you to the bookstore to keep you from spending all your money on books on or about languages you aren't even studying (yet).

When your drunkenly slurred speech correctly and confusingly (to those around you) uses grammatical constructions from your target language.

When you get "Biting the Wax Tadpole: Confessions of a Language Fanatic" for Easter and the first three things you have to say about it are: 1. "How appropriate for me." 2. "Except kekoukele (the Chinese transliteration for Coca Cola) doesn't mean to bite the wax tadpole." 3. "She spelled 'zhe' wrong on the third page... Where's a pen?"
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kyssäkaali
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 Message 514 of 3740
07 April 2010 at 4:18am | IP Logged 
When you get this directed to you in a chatroom:
"You write too well not to be a Finnish native."

...and it totally makes your night, if not your whole week :DD

And I figured I might as well cut and paste which of my posts this guy was responding to just for the heck of it:
"no mie oon opiskellu suomee noin kaks tai kolme vuotta ja oon asunu suomessa tän vuoen uuenvuoenpäivään saakka. ikävä kyllä, en viel kykene puhummaa kieltä (KUTEN TE JO VARMASTI NÄÄTTE...). mie osaan lukee ja kuunnella, mut epäröin puhuessani ja puhun niin hiton hitahasti. kaipaan vitusti suomalaist poikaystävää."

Edited by kyssäkaali on 07 April 2010 at 4:20am

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 Message 515 of 3740
07 April 2010 at 10:53am | IP Logged 
kyssäkaali wrote:
When you get this directed to you in a chatroom:
"You write too well not to be a Finnish native."

...and it totally makes your night, if not your whole week :DD

And I figured I might as well cut and paste which of my posts this guy was responding
to just for the heck of it:
"no mie oon opiskellu suomee noin kaks tai kolme vuotta ja oon asunu suomessa tän vuoen
uuenvuoenpäivään saakka. ikävä kyllä, en viel kykene puhummaa kieltä (KUTEN TE JO
VARMASTI NÄÄTTE...). mie osaan lukee ja kuunnella, mut epäröin puhuessani ja puhun niin
hiton hitahasti. kaipaan vitusti suomalaist poikaystävää."


...when you think that sentence you don't understand is so pretty it makes you want to
learn Finnish before you are done with Italian. And you actually plan to Google some
Finnish learning material the second you hit the Post Rep
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Teango
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 Message 516 of 3740
07 April 2010 at 3:22pm | IP Logged 
kyssäkaali wrote:
When you get this directed to you in a chatroom:
"You write too well not to be a Finnish native."
...and it totally makes your night, if not your whole week :DD

That's really fantastic, kyssäkaali - hyvää työtä! I hope one day someone will say this about one of the languages I study. So far this is just a distant dream, native speakers always somehow manage to suss me out pretty quickly haha! :)
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 Message 517 of 3740
08 April 2010 at 3:38am | IP Logged 
You know you're a language nerd if your willing to convert to Catholicism just to listen to the Latin Liturgy.
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mick33
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 Message 518 of 3740
08 April 2010 at 11:19am | IP Logged 
Last week in chemistry class I realized I was unintentionally writing notes that were a mix of Afrikaans and English. Everything was fine until I panicked when I couldn't remember a word. After 5 minutes I stop worrying; the word I forgot was probably very advanced vocabulary in either language and most people would forget such an uncommon word. But when I came home and was rereading my lecture notes I remembered that the word I was searching for was "wetenskap" (science). Wetenskap is not exactly advanced vocabulary. Oh well, at least my bilingual notes make chemistry seem much more fascinating.

Edited by mick33 on 08 April 2010 at 11:24am

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Iris-Way
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 Message 519 of 3740
08 April 2010 at 12:08pm | IP Logged 
Icaria909 wrote:
You know you're a language nerd if your willing to convert to Catholicism just to listen to the Latin Liturgy.

Where are you that the Mass is still said in Latin?
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ennime
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 Message 520 of 3740
08 April 2010 at 2:32pm | IP Logged 
Iris-Way wrote:
Icaria909 wrote:
You know you're a language nerd if your willing to
convert to Catholicism just to listen to the Latin Liturgy.

Where are you that the Mass is still said in Latin?


You're a language nerd when you ask that question... followed by "and where do I apply
for visa/residency/study program/etc.?"


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