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tarvos
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Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 1385 of 1511
21 March 2015 at 12:09am | IP Logged 
I have OpenOffice, but I might check anyways
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Solfrid Cristin
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 Message 1386 of 1511
21 March 2015 at 7:11am | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
Tusen takk, det klarer opp noe saker, Ogrim.

Det er ikke et spørsmål om at Cristina tar fel. Det er kun slik at jeg hadde en annen
mening i hodet enn hva hun trodde. Jeg skal alltid referere til norskmenn hvis det er
snakk om talspråglike sak og ting.

Apart from this, my Italian class was a success and I succeeded in speaking relatively
normal Italian, with the exception that I occasionally missed a word and that my grammar
is horrible (and my vocabulary is horribly reliant on imports if I don't know the proper
Italian, but usually this gets the point across if I use some form of Espaliano or if I
use a Romanian/French/Portuguese word that I pronounce in an Italian manner.)


I understood what you wanted to say, it just was not possible to use the word you used, and I could not come
up with one which exactly covered the concept you intended. Good thing Ogrim came in to save the day :-)

Your Italian sounds much like mine was in the beginning. I used all the Italian words I knew, and when
something was missing I just used the Spanish term. My friend was super impressed, since from her
standpoint (she does not speak Italian) it sounded like I literally walked off the airplane and started speaking
fluent Italian on my first day. She heard no pauses, and I was understood. Of course I was perfectly well
aware of this being more Spanish than Italian, but it took only three weeks before what I was speaking was
actual Italian.

I am sure you'll learn Italian in no time, and I doubt that your grammar is that bad :-)
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tarvos
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Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 1387 of 1511
21 March 2015 at 8:53am | IP Logged 
It's not that awful in terms of word order (since I can for the most part just copy
French). But in terms of verb conjugation... I've never seen a grammar table in my life
for Italian! I just inferred from the context during the conversation what forms I should
be using.

And so it came to pass that I figured that a past tense must have a "v" in it somewhere,
conditional and future tenses should probably sound like an infinitive (because they do
in French), although I have no idea what the endings are, the subjunctive can just f**k
off, the present tense... I got the rules after a while. Now I have to figure out essere
and avere in the present tense and we're already going to be a good way towards good
grammar because as long as I get the verb forms right (and don't screw up gender too
badly) I'll be understood. My pronunciation is Italian enough and understandable.
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tarvos
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Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 1388 of 1511
24 March 2015 at 1:30pm | IP Logged 
Doing very shitty atm, only just found a new house (couldn't stay at my host family).
It's cramped and has no laundry machine, but what do you do (it has wifi, but slow); work
is terrible; I have no friends; got to get back on the Chinese bandwagon. Life is
definitely getting in the way when you don't want to eat dinner. You would prefer to cry,
but you can't get tears to flow.

I thought I could handle adversity better than this. We shall see.
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Solfrid Cristin
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 Message 1389 of 1511
24 March 2015 at 1:48pm | IP Logged 
Get a place to live which you are happy with. Crummy living conditions can seriously hamper your studies
and your sanity. And see if you can find some expats. When you feel you are grounded again, resume your
Chinese studies. Languages are secondary to happiness. I almost went up the wall after my first 24 hours in
Kiev. Crazy landlady, creepy landlord sleeping practically in my room, noise, heat, sofa from the 1940ies
which I could not sleep on, awful food, worse plumbing.

Find something better. In the meantime we are here for you. Keep us posted. Try to focus on the calm and
flowers in my garden, my big smile, and your and my friends who talked and laughed and ate and drank
raspberry vodka. Picture your friends at home, and your family. And write down somewhere,
exactly how shitty you feel right now, it will make you laugh later. Huge hug from Cristina
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tarvos
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Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 1390 of 1511
24 March 2015 at 1:58pm | IP Logged 
There are no expats in this town except the 2 that are studying Chinese full-time. This
town is only Chinese people.

Well the problem was I needed a roof pronto. This room is a lot better than the previous
one I checked out. The lack of a laundry machine is annoying, but that's something I can
deal with... tomorrow I have a day off and can find nearby resources.
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tarvos
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Speaks: Dutch*, English, Swedish, French, Russian, German, Italian, Norwegian, Mandarin, Romanian, Afrikaans
Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 1391 of 1511
28 March 2015 at 6:12am | IP Logged 
I am planning to record a sound clip (no video, I doubt the Chinese connections can
take the upload time) speaking in all the languages I've learned sometime soon
(hopefully including the rarer and weaker ones, and also the new ones such as Greek
and Chinese). I will at least use some Breton in it (for the first time since forever
that I have used that in any capacity), and hopefully also Icelandic and Korean. The
others should pose less of a problem.

You will be able to hear my Norwegian as well, but don't be afraid if you can't tell
the difference between that and Swedish - my Norwegian relies heavily on my Swedish. I
won't speak Afrikaans because that is purely based on Dutch and I have never activated
any Afrikaans - I can read it purely because I am Dutch.

Also be prepared to listen to longer sections for Russian and French and languages
like that.

Edited by tarvos on 28 March 2015 at 6:14am

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tarvos
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Speaks: Dutch*, English, Swedish, French, Russian, German, Italian, Norwegian, Mandarin, Romanian, Afrikaans
Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 1392 of 1511
29 March 2015 at 2:03pm | IP Logged 
Multilingual extravaganza

A multilingual extravaganza. Have fun picking out my languages and shitty accents and
mistakes in all of them :D There are quite a few and some of them are pretty bad. I think
my Norwegian probably just is Swedish lite, so please excuse any horrible things you may
hear :D

Also I am aware the recording quality is horrible and that it's improv, so a lot of
hesistations.

Edited by tarvos on 29 March 2015 at 2:35pm



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