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

Postby golyplot » Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:48 am

When you spend half of the Phantom Bullet arc in Sword Art Online frustrated at the characters for not realizing that "sterben" means "to die". Then at the very end when the nurse finally clues them in, you get frustrated that she explains it as "a fancy medical term for death", rather than just a common, everyday word.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby AndyMeg » Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:18 pm

When Youtube shows you ads in different languages (Spanish, English, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, etc.).
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Cavesa » Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:52 pm

AndyMeg wrote:When Youtube shows you ads in different languages (Spanish, English, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, etc.).


When facebook gives you a mix of random advertisements like:
-basic Lithuanian immersion classes
-an advanced Persian reading online class
-Rosetta Stone, through various blogs etc, to make it harder to block them all
-a dating site for Armenians living in France (and Armenian is one of the few languages I'm pretty sure I've never googled!)
-an expat jobs agency
-a Korean tutoring platform
-an online HSK preparatory class

I am just a FIGS learner. For now.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby PfifltriggPi » Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:02 pm

... you are working with a subcontractor who speaks no English, but weren't told this, so after explaining everything in English, realizing you were not at all understood, you switch to somewhat exasperated Spanish, explain everything again, and have around 4 other people exclaim "I didn't know you speak Spanish."

... you are helping a client when he gets a phone call from his wife in (very loud and angry) Greek, so after he hangs up you start talking to him in Greek.

... you speak to a coworker in French for a solid minute and they are too polite to interrupt you, despite not speaking it. (Perhaps this might be better placed under "You know you're absolutely exhausted when..."
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby SCMT » Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:34 pm

...your wife tells you that you've been talking in your sleep, and you have to ask which language.

And then she answers, "Both."
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Cavesa » Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:03 pm

When someone gets interested in your language learning posts on reddit, does a search of your comments, sends you a long flattering message with a sort of learning guide based on your posts (I must be a graphomaniac, it's otherwise impossible, and asks for guidance.

It's flattering, and also a little bit creepy (but not from this person, they are doing what I've done as well, they are not creepy. but more in general, and more about me clearly writing too much. the tiny personal dots can be connected, that's creepy. But hey, it looks like at least my procrastinating desire to suddenly start Japanese or Arabic every now and then wasn't in that overview :-D ). But while it looks a tiny bit scary, I tell myself that 1.few people are interested in doing a research on me as a language learner and 2.all the time posting on reddit hasn't been wasted. there are people, who find the posts useful! I feel great that I can be of assistance, and proud to be the next link of the chain of langauge learning methods knowledge for a few people, just like many of you have been it for me.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby mentecuerpo » Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:15 am

When you want to teach your old dog a new language trick.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby PfifltriggPi » Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:16 am

... You see someone reference Dog Whelks in their log and this causes you to realize that you do not know how to say "dog whelk" in your target language, so you look it up on Wikipedia only to realize that they do not have a page about it in most of those languages. Well, it is not that I really needed to know how to talk about dog whelks in Ukrainian anyways, I suppose.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby kelvin921019 » Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:25 am

After you give a short answer to somebody's enquiry ("What did you have for lunch" or "How do you find the new movie"), you secretly answer the same question in all other languages you know. Just to check if you also know the expression in those languages.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby PfifltriggPi » Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:28 pm

... when you have a trilingual conversation between three people, one of whom speaks only Russian, one English and Ukrainian (me) and one who speaks all three, in which the Russian speaker speaks Russian, the trilingual person translates the Russian to English and you reply in Ukrainian to then be translated to Russian as needed.
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