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limey75
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 Message 1 of 11
06 December 2012 at 8:29pm | IP Logged 
The Nordic languages have a delightful term for the phenomenon of someone being a language-freak (whether it is about their own language or other languages).

Somehow English "language nerd" just doesn't sound as good.

I'm not sure what such a person is called in German, but I thought that one could convert Fachidiot to Sprachidiot, but unfortunately the latter does not denote someone with near-genius language skills (and lacking life-skills) - quite the opposite ;)

What's a språknørd called in your language?


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06 December 2012 at 9:34pm | IP Logged 
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 Message 3 of 11
06 December 2012 at 10:09pm | IP Logged 
limey75 wrote:
... but unfortunately the latter does not denote someone with near-
genius language skills (and lacking life-skills) - quite the opposite ;)

I guess I don't see a connection between nerd and "near-genius", no matter the skills.

R.
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 Message 4 of 11
06 December 2012 at 10:49pm | IP Logged 
I prefer the word "språkentusiast" isntead. In Norwegian, "nerd" is a word used by the
most shallow ones among us.

EDIT: In short, "nerd" is just a word people throw around them. Even computer geeks
prefer "geek" in Norwegian...

Edited by stifa on 07 December 2012 at 4:10pm

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 Message 5 of 11
07 December 2012 at 10:48am | IP Logged 
I would say that in Dutch it's "een talenenthousiast" and in German it's "ein Sprachenfreak", that's what I would call me in these languages and both expressions have a positive meaning. "Ein Fachidiot" is something different: It's somebody who is only occupied with his own subject without having a higher general level of education. The word "Fachidiot" in German has a negative connotation. "Idiot" already is a word which only has negative meanings.

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Edited by Fasulye on 09 December 2012 at 9:24am

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07 December 2012 at 2:28pm | IP Logged 
Weet niet of je het woord talenenthousiast zo kan gebruiken. Taalliefhebber is misschien
beter?
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 Message 7 of 11
07 December 2012 at 5:56pm | IP Logged 
Nerd, geek and freak are all pretty much synonomous to me, but nerd (nörd) seems to be used most in Sweden. I've also heard people use it as a verb, "att nörda" ("focus heavily on a certain topic").
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 Message 8 of 11
17 December 2012 at 7:56pm | IP Logged 
In a Japanese movie called 'My Darling is Foreigner' the main heroine called her boyfriend from America, who was fervently learning Japanese, a 語学オタク 'gogaku otaku', which translates as 'lnguage learning nerd (otaku)'.

Unfortunately I have no idea about the Polish version.



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