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

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:54 am
by tommus
Iversen wrote:... so that I can permit myself to buy a few dictionaries along the way ... I bring along the most wornout rags I've got so that I can throw them out if I need more space in my bag.

Iversen, I think you win the prize for the best "language nerd" statement of all time!

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

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:11 pm
by nooj
It's a madness that unfortunately I share as well. Looking at my (one) suitcase, in order to fit all the books that I've bought in order to fit inside, I have to give away most of my clothes. Oh well, they'll go to a good cause. Clothes I can live without. But books I can't.

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

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:06 pm
by Bluepaint
nooj wrote:It's a madness that unfortunately I share as well. Looking at my (one) suitcase, in order to fit all the books that I've bought in order to fit inside, I have to give away most of my clothes. Oh well, they'll go to a good cause. Clothes I can live without. But books I can't.


Whilst I am inclined to agree I believe you are underestimating just how much one sweats when trekking in a rainforest. And there isn't always water or time to wash and dry clothes. It doesn't sound that bad but the smell can really be something else ;-) the solution of course is to stay away from all urban environments in between treks, right? :P if only it were that easy

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

Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:03 pm
by Koneho
Bluepaint wrote:
Bluepaint wrote:When you're backpacking & trekking but you still have to buy that dictionary you saw for the language you currently have no plans to study


I bought a 2nd one! Kadazan-Dusun-Malay-English. God help this addiction :cry: I did manage to avoid buying a 3rd (Murut-Malay, I want it so very badly!) because I'm supposed to be a backpacker and not a rich tourist. And I would have to post it home at this point. Book + postage maybe £40-50? Eek.

I must start setting aside a book & postage budget when travelling.



Dusnic languages are cute because they're in-between indonesian style and philippine style grammar. A dusun from the penninsula got me hooked on Malay and his native/heritage sabahan dialect. This forum needs more austronesian geeks!

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

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:46 am
by sporedandroid
You try to watch some Netflix, but you’d rather just study your target language.

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

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:28 pm
by Cavesa
When you're not sure whether you're a learner or a beta tester of the learning tools you're using.

When you are more comfortable (less anxious) to write emails in a foreign language than your native one.

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

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:36 pm
by Bilingual_monoglot
When you ended up speaking German with an American and a Burmese person in Singapore

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

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:51 pm
by brad-alm
You spend a Saturday night with a foreign language textbook instead of a date!!!

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

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:57 pm
by AndyMeg
When you find interesting videos in a language you don't know. And while most people ask for subs in their native languages, you decide to add the video's language to your "languages that I would like to learn in the future" list. :roll: :lol:

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

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:00 pm
by Bluepaint
AndyMeg wrote:When you find interesting videos in a language you don't know. And while most people ask for subs in their native languages, you decide to add the video's language to your "languages that I would like to learn in the future" list. :roll: :lol:


Pray tell, which language is it?