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Old 08-09-2012, 05:10 PM   #181
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I talked to about 20 different strangers from at least 5 different countries, all of whom spoke perfect english, their native language and usually at least one other language....I know like 50 words in Spanish. I can buy a fucking bottle of water and ask how much it costs, maybe ask you to close the door or window and ask why the cow is red....fucking useless.
My experience last year in Barcelona was similar. It seemed like most people there could speak Spanish, English, French, and Catalan. Amazing. I'd like to think I can speak passable Spanish, and would address people in halting phrases. They would smile politely and then address me in flawless English. Some of them probably spoke better English than many native born US citizens do (I'm looking at you, South Carolina).
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Thanks.
You know the language better than I do, I figured it would be a confidence booster.
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I hear you. I wasn't bashing them, more wishing I liked them more, since I'm always on a quest for music that raises my adrenalin levels a bit. I think I first started talking to mofo due to my quest to find such music......
Did you listen to Fucked Up's album from last year, David Comes To Life? It's like 80 minutes long, but it will definitely get your adrenaline up. Basically Springsteen on speed.
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:13 PM   #184
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You call someone who speaks three languages trilingual.
Someone who speaks two, bilingual.
What do you call someone who speaks one language?

 
An American.


I wouldn't bother with other languages if everyone spoke my native language.

I enjoyed the Japandroids album a great deal while sitting in the car. Is that a good way to listen to it?
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:14 PM   #185
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This was funny.

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Did you listen to Fucked Up's album from last year, David Comes To Life? It's like 80 minutes long, but it will definitely get your adrenaline up. Basically Springsteen on speed.
I have not....but, I will. Thanks.
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I can read Spanish without embarrassing myself, but I can't speak it.

A couple years ago, I was a beast with Japanese, but I've forgotten everything but counting, days of the week and other remedial crap.
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:16 PM   #187
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A joke, which you've heard before:

You call someone who speaks three languages trilingual.
Someone who speaks two, bilingual.
What do you call someone who speaks one language?

 
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Ha.

That joke also reminds me of the "English only!" politicians, and that thought makes me sad.
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:19 PM   #188
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They would smile politely and then address me in flawless English. Some of them probably spoke better English than many native born US citizens do (I'm looking at you, South Carolina).
Yeah, that's why it is ironic funny when they apologize for their English, as it is indeed better than a significant amount of native speakers.
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Are they doing a "confetti" moment this tour, or have they stopped now that even miserable mall punk bands have copied the idea?
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:30 PM   #191
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I'm upset that since I moved away from Montreal, my French and Italian language skills have actually diminished because of lack of use. That became especially apparent on my visit last week.

If I had more time, I would work to rectify it. I may just resort to just watching more French and Italian television.
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Are they doing a "confetti" moment this tour, or have they stopped now that even miserable mall punk bands have copied the idea?
There was no confetti, but one of the two things Jonsi said was something about this was the first indoor show they'd played in 4 years.

I can only assume that means they haven't been doing that for a while.
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This is also the first album they've released in four years, FWIW.
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I wouldn't feel bad if English was my native language and I couldn't speak some foreign ones. It is the global language and most young people with a bit of education today can speak it, at least in Europe. When you compare it to some other languages, it was for me by far the easiest to learn, due to many reasons, one being that the grammar is relatively simple (no cases for instance). But this also has to do with the fact that I was surrounded by British/Irish/American/Australian film, music and literature literally from day one. I feel that the biggest problem with English is the pronunciation of words, but that also becomes moot once you watch a lot of TV.

Still, it's very cool and useful to know some other languages as well. In Europe, this is a major advantage when looking to build a career for yourself.

I speak Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian and Montenegrin.

 
Somebody will get that joke. Hopefully.
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