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

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:47 pm
by Neurotip
tacerto1018 wrote:Likewise when you get a new bottle of shampoo, spending 10 minutes reading all the languages out loud.

Yes! You know you were already a language nerd as a child when, as an adult, you still remember what the backs of your parents' shampoo bottles said in languages you did not then speak.

It was a revelation to me as a young adult when it dawned on me that 'The Best a Man Can Get', 'För män som väljer rätt' and 'Parasta miehelle' did not all mean the same thing...

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

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:57 pm
by PfifltriggPi
... When you present someone with a list of reasons why learning Kazakh would be a good idea.
... You're having a written conversation in Portuguese, despite having never studied Portuguese.
... You happen to know of a university in your country which offers courses in Estonian.
... You're trying to decide where you want to study abroad in Italy, and part of what impacts your decision is proximity to Switzerland, so you could hop on a northbound train to go buy some Romansh books.
... All five of the courses you're taking at uni are languages, and yet you're still trying to teach yourself another on the side.
... You regularly try to read Dante en VO despite having just started Italian in June.
... You regularly have to stop and think about how to pronounce the character <H>.

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

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:25 pm
by golyplot
PfifltriggPi wrote:... All five of the courses you're taking at uni are languages, and yet you're still trying to teach yourself another on the side.


Reminds me of one of my classmates in my college German class who said he was studying 7 languages. It sounded very impressive at the time.

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

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:39 pm
by zenmonkey
... you yell at your kids in one language and they try to placate you in another.

(Children for sale, used but batteries still working.)

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

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:31 am
by sporedandroid
You do cloze tests in a bunch of different languages for fun or even know what a cloze test is.

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

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:27 am
by Teango
You want to stay longer at Romano's Macaroni Grill because they teach Italian phrases over the sound system in the restroom.

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

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:06 pm
by Bluepaint
Teango wrote:You want to stay longer at Romano's Macaroni Grill because they teach Italian phrases over the sound system in the restroom.


"Your Honour, I was loitering for educational purposes."

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

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:58 pm
by Xenops
...You evaluate the quality of an instruction manual insert by how many languages it has.

...You discover that an insert has instructions both in American English and British English, and you spend several minutes comparing the two.

...You know which coworkers would also be fascinated, and give them the inserts for their enjoyment.

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

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:27 pm
by Mooby
....when you have just a few hours to go before your holiday flight*, and spend an inordinate amount of time reading TripAdviser reviews in the target language of your destination when you should be packing your bags.



*Leaving for Gdańsk in 30 minutes.... now where did I put my passport?

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

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:18 pm
by sporedandroid
You study your target language for an hour after a bad day at school to de-stress.