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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Iversen » Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:29 pm

When you take a break from your musical projects and decide to do celebrate this by producing a Bulgarian wordlist, and then you end up totally exhausted two days later after having produced a bonanza of 27 wordlists in different languages prepresenting a total of something like 2500 to 2700 words (which you now have to do a repetition round on which will take until well into next week).
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby PfifltriggPi » Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:33 pm

... You go to the H section of a library looking for a book by an author whose name starts with N.
... You get into the same argument twice in one day, once with the head of your university's classics department, once with your Latin professor over how Greek ought to be taught.
... When you consciously think about what books you will read when in your day in an attempt to both balance between avoiding problems from having to rapidly switch from the language you were reading to the language in which your next class will be held and being able to show off by putting down a book in Middle English as your French Literature class starts.
... You can never remember how many t's go in "literature".
... You tell someone that you view Assimils as "Stupidly expensive Pokémons".
... You're planing on asking a girl out ... to a talk on Medieval Spanish literature.
... You ask your history professor if you can write your final paper in Latin, since it will be easier than translating your sources.
... You do your own translation from a source only available in Latin, for a paper written in English, comparing Doctor Zhivago and Francesco Petrarch.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby AndyMeg » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:13 pm

When you go to a book fair to look for fiction in your native language and end up mostly buying foreign language learning (or foreign language practice) related books. :roll: :lol:
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby golyplot » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:25 pm

When you want to know what language someone is speaking so you can add it to the list of languages to learn.

When you consider trying to learn the basics of a bunch of different languages so you can tell which languages people are speaking even when you don't understand them.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Ser » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:57 pm

PfifltriggPi wrote:... You can never remember how many t's go in "literature".

Or the d's in "address", or whether spelling dependent with -ant is correct, or whether "five" in French is spelled cinq (correct) or cinque (incorrect)...
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby MamaPata » Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:48 pm

PfifltriggPi wrote:... You go to the H section of a library looking for a book by an author whose name starts with N.


Honestly, I find tests at the optician's very difficult for this reason! I think she thinks my eyesight is worse than it is because I keep saying all the wrong letters!

I also cannot get it into my head that the French word menu (in the sense of slim) starts with an m not a t.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby IronMike » Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:14 pm

PfifltriggPi wrote:... You go to the H section of a library looking for a book by an author whose name starts with N.

I used to write checks while at DLI and would write out "gollaps" instead of "dollars"!
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Rosewyne » Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:33 pm

When you can't find language meet-ups for the language you're interested in in your city, so you register for a beginner's course to meet other language learners (and get some speaking practice).
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby PfifltriggPi » Thu May 02, 2019 12:46 pm

... You turn what should be a simple five minute presentation for your French class into a 12+ minute fire-hose of information about Old French, touching on Jersey Norman and Occitan.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Iversen » Thu May 02, 2019 10:27 pm

... and now it bothers me that I don't know anything about Jersey Norman.

EDIT: But now I have listened to a couple of videos in Jersey Norman (Jèrriais), so the precedent sentence isn't true any longer. Now I know that Jèrriais is almost comprehensible if you just listen to everything three times (and know a little bit of French).
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