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Old 11-09-2017, 09:04 AM   #61
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Absolutely! I always want to know what other people are reading!
I sometimes ask. Even though it's being nosy, curiosity gets the better of me.
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I sometimes ask. Even though it's being nosy, curiosity gets the better of me.
Indeed. On a plane recently flying from Munich to Turin, I struck up a conversation with the girl sitting next to me because she was reading "L'abbazia di Northanger"!
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I did once have a woman tape a piece of paper over a book. She didn't like the cover. . . .
One of my now deceased uncles loved music, but had a strong fundamentalist religious streak in his makeup. He subscribed to a record club, and loved the "Wine, Women, and Song" album they sent so much he couldn't bear to return it, but felt compelled to blot out the words "Wine, Women, and" with an angry scrawl from a ball point pen.

I think he wins.

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One of my now deceased uncles loved music, but had a strong fundamentalist religious streak in his makeup. He subscribed to a record club, and loved the "Wine, Women, and Song" album so much he couldn't bear to return it, but felt compelled to blot out the words "Wine, Women, and" with an angry scrawl from a ball point pen.

I think he wins.
For using a ball point pen, he wins.
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Indeed. On a plane recently flying from Munich to Turin, I struck up a conversation with the girl sitting next to me because she was reading "L'abbazia di Northanger"!
Damn, one of the few times I could have appeared intellectual by having read the original untranslated version and I missed it
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Damn, one of the few times I could have appeared intellectual by having read the original untranslated version and I missed it
That's OK - I did it for you . Fortunately it was only a 40 minute flight, because her English wasn't great, and my Italian is limited to be able to ask for a cup of coffee, which doesn't get you terribly far in a discussion of Jane Austen . I sometimes fall back to asking for things in Latin, which gets you a few funny looks, but works surprisingly often!

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That's OK - I did it for you . Fortunately it was only a 40 minute flight, because her English wasn't great, and my Italian is limited to be able to ask for a cup of coffee, which doesn't get you terribly far in a discussion of Jane Austen . I sometimes fall back to asking for things in Latin, which gets you a few funny looks, but works surprisingly often!
I took years of French and worked hard to have a pretty good accent in it (and was complimented on it multiple times when in Paris so it paid off), and a year of Italian at university, and later had to suddenly move to Buenos Aires alone for a little while. I had to quickly learn Spanish 'on the street' there (at least enough to get by), but people often thought my speech was the funniest thing ever, because I was a native English speaker speaking garbled Spanish (speaking to someone new, I'd usually start with a warning like, 'hola, mi gramática es terrible pero...') with Italian words thrown in whenever I knew the word in Italian but not Spanish (which was often enough, and it often worked for people to understand), and all in a semi-French accent for some reason (I wasn't really consciously aware of this, but since this was apparently the funniest part everyone there were more than willing to let me know!).

But, it worked! I got by. Now, though I've forgotten good chunks of my French, Italian and Spanish because I haven't been travelling nearly as much and haven't been keeping up my lingual studies as I might've liked, I can still halfway speak a sort of Spanglish to anyone who speaks Spanish, but now with another wrench thrown in- I speak it with a definite Argentine accent. Anyone who speaks Spanish will tell you that their accent is quite unique as I've learned since leaving Argentina, and it's apparently very hard to understand from someone who's trying one's best to communicate in Spanglish (for instance, I tend to highly emphasise certain syllables, and always say 'vos' (bos) instead of 'tu' and pronounce ll as 'zhe' -maravizhoso, amarizho- and sometimes y as sort of a quick dzhj such as in 'yo').
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I took years of French and worked hard to have a pretty good accent in it (and was complimented on it multiple times when in Paris so it paid off), and a year of Italian at university, and later had to suddenly move to Buenos Aires alone for a little while. I had to quickly learn Spanish 'on the street' there (at least enough to get by), but people often thought my speech was the funniest thing ever, because I was a native English speaker speaking garbled Spanish (speaking to someone new, I'd usually start with a warning like, 'hola, mi gramática es terrible pero...') with Italian words thrown in whenever I knew the word in Italian but not Spanish (which was often enough, and it often worked for people to understand), and all in a semi-French accent for some reason (I wasn't really consciously aware of this, but since this was apparently the funniest part everyone there were more than willing to let me know!).

But, it worked! I got by. Now, though I've forgotten good chunks of my French, Italian and Spanish because I haven't been travelling nearly as much and haven't been keeping up my lingual studies as I might've liked, I can still halfway speak a sort of Spanglish to anyone who speaks Spanish, but now with another wrench thrown in- I speak it with a definite Argentine accent. Anyone who speaks Spanish will tell you that their accent is quite unique as I've learned since leaving Argentina, and it's apparently very hard to understand from someone who's trying one's best to communicate in Spanglish (for instance, I tend to highly emphasise certain syllables, and always say 'vos' (bos) instead of 'tu' and pronounce ll as 'zhe' -maravizhoso, amarizho- and sometimes y as sort of a quick dzhj such as in 'yo').
If you learned Spanish in South America, you may or may not be understood in Texas.
I knew a lady from South America that spoke Spanish, sometimes she wasn't understood by our Spanish speaking people.
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Old 11-10-2017, 11:10 AM   #69
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If you learned Spanish in South America, you may or may not be understood in Texas.
I knew a lady from South America that spoke Spanish, sometimes she wasn't understood by our Spanish speaking people.
I've tried speaking it in Texas. It wasn't all that successful. Well, the times I had to I muddled through to eventual comprehension, even if only barely.
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I could see something like that being viable, if the front was made from something clear but fairly rigid like plexiglass.
Though there is the issue that the Kindle, which is the most popular eReader, doesn't support using the current bookcover as the screensaver, at least without a jailbreak.
Wouldn't that also make the ereader heavier? I mean the average Kindle for example is some 8 oz already but throw in something like plexiglass and you could add on some weight.
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If you learned Spanish in South America, you may or may not be understood in Texas.
I knew a lady from South America that spoke Spanish, sometimes she wasn't understood by our Spanish speaking people.
Couldn't the same be said for speaking English in Texas? I have heard that some accents can be hard to understand if you aren't from Texas.
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That's OK - I did it for you . Fortunately it was only a 40 minute flight, because her English wasn't great, and my Italian is limited to be able to ask for a cup of coffee, which doesn't get you terribly far in a discussion of Jane Austen . I sometimes fall back to asking for things in Latin, which gets you a few funny looks, but works surprisingly often!
Not surprising. Latin is after all the basis for Italian, Spanish and French I understand.
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Couldn't the same be said for speaking English in Texas? I have heard that some accents can be hard to understand if you aren't from Texas.
Which part of Texas? We have at least 5 different accents ourselves.
Now what was it you wanted? Couldn't understand you.
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My high school Spanish teacher pointed out the differences of Spanish spoken in different countries. He was from Arizona and lived in Puerto Rico and Miami. The differences between Cuban (Miami) speakers and Puerto Rican speakers was amazing. Even the speed of their speech was different.
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