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MegatronFilm
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 Message 729 of 3740
18 June 2010 at 7:24pm | IP Logged 
When you just had to sign up and comment on a music site that did a piece on a Cuban singer because they listed
one of her songs as "Veinte Anos". You teach them the importance of the diacritical tilde and that "Viente Anos"
means twenty anuses and that "Veinte Años" means twenty years.

Edited by MegatronFilm on 19 June 2010 at 2:22am

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Olympia
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 Message 730 of 3740
18 June 2010 at 9:08pm | IP Logged 
MegatronFilm wrote:
When you just had to sign up and comment on a music site that did a piece on a Cuban
singer because they listed
one of her songs as "Viente Anos". You teach them the importance of the diacritical tilde and that "Viente Anos"
means twenty anuses and that "Viente Años" means twenty years.


It's actually "Veinte años." But I've done that as well.
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Teango
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 Message 731 of 3740
18 June 2010 at 10:34pm | IP Logged 
When you consider what level of language nerdery you've reached so far on the CEF scale, placing yourself somewhere in the range from A1 (mildly single-minded and talkative about learning languages) to C2 (dangerously obsessed and prone to delirium tremens after 24 hours away from studies or the forum).
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ellasevia
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 Message 732 of 3740
18 June 2010 at 10:36pm | IP Logged 
Teango wrote:
When you consider what level of language nerdery you've reached so far on the CEF scale, placing yourself somewhere in the range from A1 (mildly single-minded and talkative about learning languages) to C2 (dangerously obsessed and prone to delirium tremens after 24 hours away from studies or the forum).


I'd say I'm probably B2 or C1 on that!
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Teango
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 Message 733 of 3740
18 June 2010 at 10:40pm | IP Logged 
ellasevia wrote:
Teango wrote:
When you consider what level of language nerdery you've reached so far on the CEF scale, placing yourself somewhere in the range from A1 (mildly single-minded and talkative about learning languages) to C2 (dangerously obsessed and prone to delirium tremens after 24 hours away from studies or the forum).


I'd say I'm probably B2 or C1 on that!

My girlfriend caught a glimpse of what I was typing just now and told me that I've achieved at least basic fluency on this scale. I took this as a complement. :)

Edited by Teango on 18 June 2010 at 10:41pm

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 Message 734 of 3740
18 June 2010 at 11:11pm | IP Logged 
...when you watch a World Cup game in Portuguese rather than English, even though you barely understand the language, because the Brazilian broadcasters put so much more emotion and enthusiasm into their commentary.
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MegatronFilm
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 Message 735 of 3740
19 June 2010 at 2:22am | IP Logged 
Olympia wrote:
MegatronFilm wrote:
When you just had to sign up and comment on a music site that did a
piece on a Cuban
singer because they listed
one of her songs as "Viente Anos". You teach them the importance of the diacritical tilde and that "Viente Anos"
means twenty anuses and that "Viente Años" means twenty years.


It's actually "Veinte años." But I've done that as well.


Ah, yes. It is fixed, haha.
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psy88
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 Message 736 of 3740
19 June 2010 at 4:22am | IP Logged 
When three levels of being a language nerd occur to you after having had oral surgery that has gone amiss and you are in excruciating pain and you take your medication before sleeping. (This has happened before, when in pain or sick I seem to have more language dreams than when I am not in pain/sick). Anyway, level "big" nerd:This morning you wake up after dreaming.In your dream you are trying somewhat successfully to communicate to a group of native speakers in your second target language. You keep repeating lines from Assimil French and even though you are understood and you understand them, you can't seem to progress beyond a certain point (as in real life, you realize, as you type this). Then, in the dream you take a chance and ask in your second target language if they speak your first target language. Lo and behold they do. You continue with them in that language and everyone is happy and the dream ends with everyone dancing merrily.
Level "bigger" nerd: you hope you don't forget the dream because you can't wait to post it here.
Level "biggest" nerd: So, being in terrible , unrelenting pain, you call your oral surgeon's office.They tell you to come in right away. But, today you have an appointment scheduled with the tutor of your first target language. Do you cancel in order to see the oral surgeon or do you keep the tutoring session? My fellow nerds, you know the answer. I am seeing the oral surgeon tomorrow afternoon.



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