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

Postby Mezzofanti » 2011-11-30, 21:11

When thou join a devil's web (internet) community 160 years after thy death.

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

Postby loqu » 2011-11-30, 21:27

Mezzofanti wrote:When thou joinest a devil's web (internet) community 160 years after thy death.

Mezzofanti, I guess you have to re-learn your old-fashioned English.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

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Mezzofanti wrote:When thou join a devil's web (internet) community 160 years after thy death.

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

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

Postby johntm » 2011-12-01, 5:08

When your dad emails you a link to a beginner French podcast because he knows you're going to France for a little while this summer and you're ecstatic to find out that there are 333 lessons, the last one was made a week ago and the series dates back to 2006.
He actually sent me two links to two series, but one of them didn't look that good to me.

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

Postby Kenny » 2011-12-01, 14:22

Chekhov wrote:Clearly they just don't understand the socialist spirit. "Something for nothing" is our motto!


One of my profs was telling us just the other day how back in the day there weren't all these security measures and he would just throw certain books out the window in the library then walk out of the library and pick them up. :lol: (He's 69 so back in the day probably means in the 60s.)

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

Postby MillMaths » 2011-12-01, 14:25

I wish I were living in the 60s right now.

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

Postby Kenny » 2011-12-01, 14:57

I hate the very thought of not having the Internet around. I mean if you don't even know that such a thing will one day become possible, you don't care, it's a thing of sci-fi. But knowing what's possible and then having to go back to a time when it wasn't would hurt me. :(

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

Postby johntm » 2011-12-01, 16:13

Kenny wrote:One of my profs was telling us just the other day how back in the day there weren't all these security measures and he would just throw certain books out the window in the library then walk out of the library and pick them up. :lol: (He's 69 so back in the day probably means in the 60s.)

That...is...fucking...awesome...
And seconding the thing about the Internet. I've wasted so much time on here, but at the same time I've learned so many things that I wouldn't have otherwise.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby Ser » 2011-12-01, 17:48

The other day I accidentally stole two books from my uni's library. :para: When I realized the system still said they were inside the library (the day I wanted to renew them), I went back and got them out, weirded out about how that could've happened. I tried to remember what I had done, and yes, I could do it again, there's a way when you're checking them out for the system not to remember it demagnetized the books. I reported it, and they told me they knew about this already, and they've been trying to get the people in charge to fix it for the last three years. :| Apparently every now and then a student like me shows up and tells them.

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

Postby Karavinka » 2011-12-01, 19:08

When your idea of "taking a break" from language study is translating something from one strange foreign language into another. (God, why am I translating Manchu into Gothic at 4 a.m.?)

When you think "Okay, I'm going to learn German tonight", open your Gothic book, and convince yourself it's sort of like German.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby Kenny » 2011-12-01, 19:38

Karavinka wrote:When your idea of "taking a break" from language study is translating something from one strange foreign language into another. (God, why am I translating Manchu into Gothic at 4 a.m.?)

When you think "Okay, I'm going to learn German tonight", open your Gothic book, and convince yourself it's sort of like German.

I honestly hate the shit out of (okay, not really, but yeah, certainly at least a bit) dead languages, but that, sir, is admirable.

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Postby |-|[|= » 2011-12-01, 20:03

Mezzofanti wrote:When thou join a devil's web (internet) community 160 years after thy death.

Erm... Troll?

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

Postby Michael » 2011-12-01, 20:48

•When you drool after having acquired a whole bunch of Modern Greek materials online.
•When you are an American who does not listen to a single song sung in English.
•When you would like nothing more than to study your foreign languages 24/7.
•When you start comparing Spanish and Portuguese on Notepad out of boredom.
•When you rush to get your homework done just to hit the language books afterward.
•When the local librarians ask you how you learn so many languages and you feel awkward.
•When all the books you check out or purchase have to do with languages.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby Ashucky » 2011-12-01, 21:57

Not sure if this hasn't been said yet but ...

When you get a new package and it has an instruction menu included and the first thing you do is to take out the menu and read it in all the languages included just to see if you can figure out some words or phrases by comparing them, especially if there are languages you're not familiar with. And then you of course try to read the menu in all those language to anyone around you while knowing they don't give a damn about it. (I suppose this mainly applies to those in countries where we get instruction menues in several languages) :P
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby johntm » 2011-12-01, 22:03

Instruction manual. A menu is a list of food at a restaurant. :)
I read them to myself and compare languages too, or just read in a language related to one I'm learning to see what I understand.
Anyway, I suppose what I'm about to do applies here. When going to the library to study, you mean you're studying languages, and that when you take breaks from the language study is when you do study for your classes.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby Chekhov » 2011-12-02, 5:30

When you start comparing Spanish and Portuguese on Notepad out of boredom.
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When the local librarians ask you how you learn so many languages and you feel awkward.
I'm surprised none of them have said anything yet.
When all the books you check out or purchase have to do with languages.
Check out yes. Purchase no. (That's what pirating's for.)
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby Karavinka » 2011-12-02, 6:13

Kenny wrote:I honestly hate the shit out of (okay, not really, but yeah, certainly at least a bit) dead languages, but that, sir, is admirable.


I honestly hate the shit out of (okay, not really, but yeah, certainly at least a bit) living languages, but that I guess, sir, would mean we're even.

Michael wrote:•When you drool after having acquired a whole bunch of Modern Greek materials online.
•When you are an American who does not listen to a single song sung in English.
•When you would like nothing more than to study your foreign languages 24/7.
•When you start comparing Spanish and Portuguese on Notepad out of boredom.
•When you rush to get your homework done just to hit the language books afterward.
•When the local librarians ask you how you learn so many languages and you feel awkward.
•When all the books you check out or purchase have to do with languages.


•Change Modern Greek to Coptic, I'm guilty. God, I wish I could have time to get back to this beautifully hideous piece of wonder...
•Or worse, when your iPod (or whatever) contains no songs but language textbook CDs...
•Damn right.
•I wonder why I haven't done this!
•Damn right.
•I never had this problem. These days, you can do it with automated machines...
•My personal library is somewhat over 90% language-related. I have a few Spanish novels, though.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby Chekhov » 2011-12-02, 6:29

It appears you think English, Korean, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Arabic are just fine with you, with which I'd have to agree since I like all of them myself. I don't hate dead languages - there are quite a few I like, chiefly Biblical Hebrew, Classical Arabic, Classical Chinese and Old English - but I also don't tend to enjoy learning them as much as living ones.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby Karavinka » 2011-12-02, 6:58

Chekhov wrote:It appears you think English, Korean, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Arabic are just fine with you, with which I'd have to agree since I like all of them myself. I don't hate dead languages - there are quite a few I like, chiefly Biblical Hebrew, Classical Arabic, Classical Chinese and Old English - but I also don't tend to enjoy learning them as much as living ones.


Because they help me learning Old Engliish, Middle Korean, Old Frnech, Classical Japanese, Old High German, Old Castilian and Classical Arabic! ...okay, just kidding, though I admit having at least dabbled in their historical variants. Well, I have to know some living languages in order to survive, right? I started learning these languages before my necrophilia got really worsened, so I'm kind of stuck with them. I wasn't as classically inclined until like a few years ago...
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