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

Postby Xenops » Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:03 pm

You know you’re a language nerd when you remember to leave work with your Japanese books, but not your purse—twice.

Thankfully I remembered it before I went too far (twice).
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Brun Ugle » Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:22 pm

Xenops wrote:You know you’re a language nerd when you remember to leave work with your Japanese books, but not your purse—twice.

Thankfully I remembered it before I went too far (twice).

Maybe you should keep your books in your purse.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Heiopei » Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:00 pm

mentecuerpo wrote:When you hear a foreing language spoken by strangers on the street and you can't resist to ask: "excuse me, what language are you speaking?"


I always wonder, but I have never asked. Especially Africans, their languages are so diverse and beautiful :D
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Xenops » Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:50 pm

Brun Ugle wrote:
Xenops wrote:You know you’re a language nerd when you remember to leave work with your Japanese books, but not your purse—twice.

Thankfully I remembered it before I went too far (twice).

Maybe you should keep your books in your purse.


My purse is too small, sadly. :(
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Deinonysus » Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:25 pm

Deinonysus wrote:When your plan to start saving money involves limiting yourself to buying only one language book a month.
When your plan fails after you only make it three days into the next month before buying two Navajo books.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Teango » Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:07 am

Deinonysus wrote:
Deinonysus wrote:When your plan to start saving money involves limiting yourself to buying only one language book a month.
When your plan fails after you only make it three days into the next month before buying two Navajo books.

No shame in that...essentials are essentials. 8-)
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Bilingual_monoglot » Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:14 pm

When you're accidentally writing your Chinese exam in Korean (a friend of mine)

When after you hear the above anecdote, your first thought is of posting it on this forum
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Dragon27 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:42 pm

Bilingual_monoglot wrote:When you're accidentally writing your Chinese exam in Korean (a friend of mine)

I still chuckle a bit remembering the way Prof. Arguelles classified Classical Chinese as a variety of Korean.
Next are languages that I have not consciously abandoned, but which I do not currently work at systematically or directly, but rather only indirectly by subsuming them under other languages, which I place in brackets here: Gothic (Old High German and Old English), Romansch (Italian), Old Church Slavonic (Russian and Bulgarian), Ancient Greek (Modern Greek), Scots Gaelic (Irish Gaelic), Old Irish (Irish Gaelic), Sanskrit (Hindi-Urdu), and Classical Chinese (Korean). These are mainly older historical versions or dialectical variations of the larger or modern languages in brackets.

This was, of course, only from a reader's perspective:
As for Classical Chinese, I merely keep my passive recognition of characters alive by reading Korean.

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

Postby AndyMeg » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:16 pm

Bilingual_monoglot wrote:When you're accidentally writing your Chinese exam in Korean (a friend of mine)

This made me remember of the time I wrote my name in katakana (japanese) when I was supposed to write it in hangul (korean). And sometimes, in the korean class, I spontaneously use some short japanese expressions/words (or start to, and stop midway when I realize it) and then I try to divert the attention so that the teacher doesn't notice the language I was using XD!
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby AndyMeg » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:38 pm

When you go to a small book fair and after seeing everything you decide that the only two books you want to buy are a dictionary of chinese and the bilingual edition (spanish/french) of "The little prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. But then, when you are on your way to buy the chinese dictionary, you see a stand full of korean books (in the original language and also translated to spanish and english) and, like a magnet, you go there and end up spending all your money buying a bunch of books in korean because the person selling them gave you a big discount.

Now I have very interesting reads (at least two novels, one psychology book, one book for kids, one book about the history of Rome, etc.). The only problem is that my korean is not good enough yet and I'm really interested in all the books I bought :cry:

At least I've added an big pile of motivation to improve my korean. 8-)

(For now I'll try to start with the book for kids...)
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