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meramarina
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 Message 737 of 3740
19 June 2010 at 4:22am | IP Logged 
You know you are a Language Nerd when you begin to perceive words in your own language as words in a target language.

Exhibit 1: I see this extremely alarming product in the grocery store:



Now, you sure don’t need to be studying German to be frightened by this, but if you know that (der) Jammer means misery, shame and lamentation in that language, it’s easy to image a little “des” in front of the word and interpret this as the “Kool-Aid of Sorrow” or the Fruit Juice of Suffering, or something equally scary. Maybe it is. I never liked that freaky grinning pitcher . . . .

Exhibit 2: I see a sign in another store and I just don’t understand it: “Take a Vaca!” Vaca is not an English word; it’s a dumb abbreviation of the word “vacation” and I hope this usage never becomes too popular – but, since “vaca” means “cow” in Spanish, for a brief, stupid moment I think, well, how times have changed, people used to say “Don’t Have a Cow!” and now they tell you to “Take a Cow!”

Language Nerdery is also obvious when you are so easily deceived by seeing the word “language” on a book cover, you assume that this book is it, it's the one, this is the book for you, it’s the book you were always meant to be with . . . . can it be true? Read on:

Exhibit 3: Yes, another store. The bookstore this time. A display of some current bestsellers shows a book with a very interesting title: “The Five Love Languages.” But, no, no, it is not so . . . soon I realize that the book isn’t about people who love languages--at least five languages, too!. No. It’s about people who love people. I am overcome with hate.


Edited by meramarina on 19 June 2010 at 4:25am

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johntm93
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 Message 738 of 3740
19 June 2010 at 7:01am | IP Logged 
Person1235 wrote:

....When you hear a language you don't understand, begin to follow the process outlined above, and then realize you've simply misheard your native tongue.
When you're hanging out with your Taiwanese friend and he is talking to another Asian (presumably Taiwanese) woman he knows (his boss) and you ask him if it's Taiwanese but he says he was speaking English...Maybe I just wanted to hear another language that badly? He does have a very bad accent though...

...When you come back to this forum and this is the first thread you visit...

Edit: I might have posted this earlier but...
when you get a retainer after getting your braces off (FINALLY!!!) and the first thing you worry about is that you won't be able to make the trilled r in Spanish...
After a little practice, I could sort of do it with the retainer in :)

Edited by johntm93 on 19 June 2010 at 7:21am

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Teango
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 Message 739 of 3740
19 June 2010 at 10:56am | IP Logged 
Kool-Aid Jammers...joyfully perpetrated grievous bodily harm to blue raspberries...you're right Meramarina, there's definitely something wrong in this picture. But hey, wait a minute...it's alright, no need to worry...it's got vitamin C and electrolytes. ;)
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Rina
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 Message 740 of 3740
19 June 2010 at 4:16pm | IP Logged 
When instead of relying in a timer to know when to flip over while tanning, you rely on how many lessons of your target language you've done.
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josht
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 Message 741 of 3740
19 June 2010 at 4:29pm | IP Logged 
Rina wrote:
When instead of relying in a timer to know when to flip over while tanning, you rely on how many lessons of your target language you've done.


While I'm not the tanning type, if I were, with how long it takes me to get through some lessons, I would come out looking like a lobster.
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zekecoma
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 Message 742 of 3740
19 June 2010 at 4:37pm | IP Logged 
When you are so impatient to want to speak it like I am with German ;_;
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josht
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 Message 743 of 3740
19 June 2010 at 5:27pm | IP Logged 
... while looking at language learning stuff on AbeBooks, you buy an old copy of Teach Yourself Danish simply because it's a wonderful deal and you *might* some day want to learn the language.

Sigh.
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egill
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 Message 744 of 3740
20 June 2010 at 12:38am | IP Logged 
... when at a bookstore (next to the huge ostentatious eyesore that the Rosetta Stone
display is) you find, nestled snugly between an enormous French dictionary and the shelf
wall, a hefty looking Estonian book and then spend the next 20 minutes convincing
yourself not to buy it "just in case".


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