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patuco
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 Message 657 of 3740
25 May 2010 at 11:03pm | IP Logged 
ellasevia wrote:
psy88 wrote:
When you finally decide to organize all the language learning materials you have been accumulating for your two target languages and then realize that, even studying a few hours a day, six to seven days a week, you would have to live to at least 125 to go through all the materials, and that doesn't include your plan to add a third language next year.


How many materials do you have!?


Doesn't matter, you can never have enough...
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Olympia
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 Message 658 of 3740
26 May 2010 at 1:47am | IP Logged 
...You've really been wanting to watch one of your favorite movies (The Sound of Music), and were considering
ordering it off of Amazon, and got really excited to see that the DVD has options for dubbing in Spanish and
French, but decided against buying it--because you wanted to watch it in Portuguese.
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muflax
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 Message 659 of 3740
26 May 2010 at 1:51am | IP Logged 
...when you play The Witcher with Polish voice-overs (because you always choose the original, even when not speaking the language at all) and your thoughts during the tutorial are, "Wow, Polish really sounds badass! I really need to learn a Slavic language soon." and "Wait, did he just change the ending vocal of a name? Polish has a vocative case? Cool!"
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ReneeMona
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 Message 660 of 3740
26 May 2010 at 1:59am | IP Logged 
-When your check list before you leave your house goes like this:
Wallet? Check. Keys? Check. Pocket sized French-Dutch, Dutch-French dictionary? Check.

-When even when you've promised yourself a French-free day to let everything sink in you still find yourself looking up translations of words you come across on Wiktionary.

-When you've been talking to yourself in a mixture of Dutch, English and French for hours, occasionally explaining bits of grammar and vocabulary to the walls to check that you've fully understood them.

-When you and your best friend have long discussions about the languages you are going to raise your own and the other's children in and have decided on Dutch, English, French, Spanish and Papiamentu...so far.

Edited by ReneeMona on 26 May 2010 at 2:00am

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psy88
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 Message 661 of 3740
26 May 2010 at 3:32am | IP Logged 
ellasevia wrote:
psy88 wrote:
When you finally decide to organize all the language learning materials you have been accumulating for your two target languages and then realize that, even studying a few hours a day, six to seven days a week, you would have to live to at least 125 to go through all the materials, and that doesn't include your plan to add a third language next year.


How many materials do you have!?


I could joke and simply say "too many" but in truth I have a lot.And the books, courses, materials are rather long and time consuming if you go at a slow pace,as I like to do, trying to absorb the material.
Also, I found a discount book(and CD) seller that carries a variety of courses and reference material in my two target languages.They add new items and discontinue others. I must admit that I get a little paranoid that they might not have the particular items in the future (when I would be ready to use it) so I gobble them up when I can.
I must also "blame" this site: I hear good things about a program and I want to try it. I don't jump around but I do like to use several resourses at the same time
As an example I am working on Assimil French with Ease, but I also have purchased or received as gifts (and all you fellow language nerds know that these are the gifts we ask for from our friends, family, etc) other materials. These include Berlitz Self-Teacher , Michele Thomas 10 CD Beginners, Cortina Conversation in 20 lessons, Behind the Wheel level 1...well, you get the idea. This does not include all the Spanish books, tapes, CD's,and courses that I have used, am still using, or am planning to use.
So I am exaggerating only a little when I said 125 yr. Maybe only 90 years.

Edit: I guess it also depends on how old one is when first starting.

Edited by psy88 on 26 May 2010 at 3:35am

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Levi
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 Message 662 of 3740
26 May 2010 at 8:17am | IP Logged 
...when you are disappointed that nobody you know is familiar with the sentence "I can eat glass, it does not hurt me" or the sentence "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously".
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egill
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 Message 663 of 3740
26 May 2010 at 9:05am | IP Logged 
Levi wrote:
...when you are disappointed that nobody you know is familiar with the
sentence "I can eat glass, it does not hurt me" or the sentence "Colorless green ideas
sleep furiously".


Or how about "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo."?
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Levi
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 Message 664 of 3740
26 May 2010 at 10:55am | IP Logged 
egill wrote:
Levi wrote:
...when you are disappointed that nobody you know is familiar with the
sentence "I can eat glass, it does not hurt me" or the sentence "Colorless green ideas
sleep furiously".


Or how about "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo."?

Strangely, I don't think that example ever came up in any of my classes when I was studying linguistics at the University at Buffalo. I read about it on my own.

Edited by Levi on 26 May 2010 at 10:46pm



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