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dolly
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 Message 673 of 3735
28 May 2010 at 10:59pm | IP Logged 
...when a cluster of curved black sign stanchions reminds you of Perso-Arabic script.
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Levi
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 Message 674 of 3735
29 May 2010 at 5:23am | IP Logged 
...when you're absolutely giddy over discovering some scraps of Chinese newspapers used as padding for a product from China.
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 Message 675 of 3735
29 May 2010 at 7:44am | IP Logged 
mick33 wrote:
kottoler.ello wrote:
When your native language is tainted by the languages you're studying. It kind of sucks actually.
I think having my native language tainted by other languages would actually be evidence of progress. Besides that, mixing languages while speaking or writing could encourage others to learn more languages.

Well, I generally just get made fun of for saying something that sounds stupid, when in reality, of course, it's just more Swedish-like. It's also, of course, very difficult to convince my friends of this if they're even listening to me at this point.

EDIT: And I rarely use actual Swedish words, I just say things more like I would in Swedish, especially using vocabulary I've recently learned. And my Swedish isn't all that great, either, so I guess I say things as I would in limited and broken Swedish. Yah, it just doesn't come out good.

Edited by kottoler.ello on 29 May 2010 at 6:55pm

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Levi
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 Message 676 of 3735
01 June 2010 at 6:06am | IP Logged 
...when you go to the Wikipedia of your target language for some reading practice, and then find yourself correcting typos and grammatical errors.
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 Message 677 of 3735
05 June 2010 at 2:08am | IP Logged 
..when this happens to you: if you live outside the US this will not make a lot of sense to you but there is an insurance commercial which uses a talking gecko. He speaks with an accent. One commercial had someone reference it as a British accent and another person offers that he thought it was Australian (which was my guess). The gecko himself is about to clarify where he is from and what is the accent that he has but then-boom-the commercial ends. You know you are a real language nerd from you begin to obsess all week, wondering what is his accent? Is it even a real accent? Perhaps New Zealand? Or a made up composite of several? You are such a language nerd that you post this cry for help here: My fellow language nerds, "what is the gecko's accent?
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 Message 678 of 3735
05 June 2010 at 2:19am | IP Logged 
psy88 wrote:
..when this happens to you: if you live outside the US this will not
make a lot of sense to you but there is an insurance commercial which uses a talking
gecko. He speaks with an accent. One commercial had someone reference it as a British
accent and another person offers that he thought it was Australian (which was my
guess). The gecko himself is about to clarify where he is from and what is the accent
that he has but then-boom-the commercial ends. You know you are a real language nerd
from you begin to obsess all week, wondering what is his accent? Is it even a real
accent? Perhaps New Zealand? Or a made up composite of several? You are such a language
nerd that you post this cry for help here: My fellow language nerds, "what is the
gecko's accent?


It looks like it has changed throughout the ad campaign and has been voiced by
different people, mostly British. It's apparently supposed to be Cockney, at least in
the latest incarnations.

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Edited by egill on 05 June 2010 at 2:21am

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psy88
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 Message 679 of 3735
06 June 2010 at 3:17am | IP Logged 
egill wrote:
psy88 wrote:
..when this happens to you: if you live outside the US this will not
make a lot of sense to you but there is an insurance commercial which uses a talking
gecko. He speaks with an accent. One commercial had someone reference it as a British
accent and another person offers that he thought it was Australian (which was my
guess). The gecko himself is about to clarify where he is from and what is the accent
that he has but then-boom-the commercial ends. You know you are a real language nerd
from you begin to obsess all week, wondering what is his accent? Is it even a real
accent? Perhaps New Zealand? Or a made up composite of several? You are such a language
nerd that you post this cry for help here: My fellow language nerds, "what is the
gecko's accent?


It looks like it has changed throughout the ad campaign and has been voiced by
different people, mostly British. It's apparently supposed to be Cockney, at least in
the latest incarnations.

adfreak
Wiki





Thanks. I suspected that the voice has changed over the years. Still,the cliffhanger ending to the commercial has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity...pathetic, isn't it? That I should care about the gecko's accent. But perhaps that is what the commercial was designed to do.
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Levi
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 Message 680 of 3735
07 June 2010 at 4:38am | IP Logged 
...when you just had to know the correct spelling and pronunciation of Eyjafjallajökull when it was erupting.


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