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ThisIsGina
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 Message 617 of 3740
13 May 2010 at 5:05pm | IP Logged 
WortDrauf wrote:
ThisIsGina wrote:
And then a day later someone says, "Do you know the German alphabet?" and you have trouble not losing faith in humanity as you tell them that German uses the same alphabet as English.


Because English uses umlauts and eszetts...


I thought of that, but they both use the majority of the same letters, so it's not like a completely different alphabet.
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ThisIsGina
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 Message 618 of 3740
13 May 2010 at 5:08pm | IP Logged 
ruskivyetr wrote:
ThisIsGina wrote:

- You raise your hand in history class to insist that there is one correct transliteration of "Цар" (Tsar), because
you are very particular about the letter Ц being transliterated as a "ts", not "cz" or any other variations. Everyone
in the class groans at your nerdiness (these people already ridicule you since you had to make a speech about
anything in English class, and you spoke about your favourite Russian band, and apparently listening to Russian
music isn't considered normal). And then, in reply to people saying, "Yeah, you'd know" sarcastically, you reply,
"Yes, actually, I would, I know the Russian alphabet", and you feel a bit annoyed at yourself for not calling it the
Cyrillic alphabet even though you only said Russian because nobody would know what Cyrillic was. And then a
day later someone says, "Do you know the German alphabet?" and you have trouble not losing faith in humanity
as you tell them that German uses the same alphabet as English. And you're sure this has to be the nerdiest
paragraph in this thread, LOL.

It's actually spelled царь. At least you weren't like me, who got up in the middle of class, and wrote the Cyrillic
and its transliteration, much to the shock of my teacher and fellow classmates.


(You're right, I always forget the ь, LOL)

I actually almost did that, I'm glad I didn't!
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Teango
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 Message 619 of 3740
13 May 2010 at 6:27pm | IP Logged 
When most of your bookshelves are piled up with language books and courses you've never even read.
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leyus
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 Message 620 of 3740
13 May 2010 at 6:32pm | IP Logged 
When you have separated bookmarks for every language in your IE/firefox

Even having them separated on every language you need to scroll them down because there is so many of them that screen is always too small to see them all
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WortDrauf
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 Message 621 of 3740
14 May 2010 at 12:13am | IP Logged 
GREGORG4000 wrote:
WortDrauf wrote:
ThisIsGina wrote:
And then a day later someone says, "Do you know the German alphabet?" and you have trouble not losing faith in humanity as you tell them that German uses the same alphabet as English.

Because English uses umlauts and eszetts...

They're both Latin-based though, and not changed enough to say that knowing the English and the German alphabets are two different achievements.


I'm aware. But I don't think "losing faith in humanity" is merited by a notion that's only partially incorrect.
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Levi
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 Message 622 of 3740
14 May 2010 at 1:01am | IP Logged 
And to be fair, German did have its own unique scripts (Fraktur and Sütterlin) until not too long ago.

http://www.omniglot.com/writing/german.htm

Edited by Levi on 14 May 2010 at 1:01am

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Teango
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 Message 623 of 3740
14 May 2010 at 5:36am | IP Logged 
When the scenes you most look forward to in the TV series "Dexter" are when Lt. Laguerta and Sgt. Batista exchange a few sexy phrases in Spanish, or even better, when the episode ends up in the heart of Miami's Cuban community and you get to hear lots of Spanglish!
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FailArtist
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 Message 624 of 3740
14 May 2010 at 7:59am | IP Logged 
Wow, 82% popularity.

When you do absolutely NOTHING but learning languages and sleeping/eating/going to the
bathroom all day long.

I am honestly rarely guilty of this. :)


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