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You know/realize you are a language nerd, when......

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When you start watching tv shows that are in the language you are learning.

Hahah! This and listening to songs in the language that you're learning!

They're great ways to get to learn the language in an easy and fun way.

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When you talk to somebody about a book you've read and you can't remember what language was the book in.

When you get annoyed with stupid pseudo linguistic jokes (like fake Chinese names) and you see that they don't even make sense, because they don't sound anything like the language they are making fun of.

...you try to form a sentence in Spanish, but Japanese particles find their way into it.

I had this problem in my Latin class last year :D When we were doing translations I kept thinking that this sentence looks wrong and that it could use some "wa" or "ga" :D

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You begin keeping a word bank of your favorite words.  It's pathetic, I know.

You are translating words from one language to another in the middle of your dreams.  :amazed:

You continue pen pal relationships with foreigners just to practice your language skills.

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Putting all together the possible words you know even it's not correct or you are not making sense at all. Pretending that your speaking their language, just showing off to your family and they all though your so good because they don't understand everything you said. :laugh:

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When you keep a list of your favorite words!  I've done this for the past decade.  While reading books or on the web I will write down words that catch my fancy and include a definition just to help me remember exactly what they mean.  I don't always use them in conversation or when writing just because most people do not have any idea what a lot of the words actually mean.  And nowadays it is a chore to get anyone to do something as laborious as looking up the definition of a word.

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you find comedy movies or tv shows that are dubbed to your mother tongue are completely NOT funny. I remember back when I was young and watched FRIENDS in Indo dub version and was laughing about it. after I watched the English version, I'd never go back to watch the Indo dub version. they are just so bad.so bad.

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The most funny thing happened to me is when I flashed the firmware of my android, when switched on it was in different language which I was not familiar with. That took me more than half an hour to set back on English... :tongue:

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When  you find yourself correct other peoples speech when they make a mistake. It really irritates them but  that is how you know that you are a language nerd.

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You lean over to whisper something discreetly in a different language to your friend to avoid being heard, and then remember they don't speak it either.

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Being Portuguese, you want to say something in German, but only the Russian word pops up...  :sweating:

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When you want to say something in your native language but can only think of the English expression...

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You have tons of books and other resources, many of them in languages you never actually intend to learn. (Marathi & Hawaiian, anybody?)

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My ex-professr has a huge collection of phrasebppks and dictionaries, even for obscure languages like Bislama, Georgian and Tongan. This I believe, is one of the marks of a true language nerd!

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When you practice your new language with a friend, then revert to your native language searching for the words and whisper "how do you say"?

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When you practice your new language with a friend, then revert to your native language searching for the words and whisper "how do you say"?

I know that. It really shows how much and how fast you can get into another language.

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