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Topic: Language Learners Swap. Signups closed, partners pending. Send outs 15 June  (Read 17819 times)
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« Reply #30 on: May 11, 2009 08:02:39 AM »

 I always wanted to learn some sign language!

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« Reply #31 on: May 11, 2009 08:39:30 AM »

This swap seems perfect for me!!
I am signing up for a German course in the summer!!!
I can speak French and a LITTLE Spanish.
I do however have an Inuit/English dictionary as my name is Inuit....but unless you are up in Northern Canada I don't think it will be THAT useful..heheheeh

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Yea....I'm totally signing up.


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« Reply #32 on: May 11, 2009 08:44:17 AM »

Inuit?


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« Reply #33 on: May 11, 2009 08:50:57 AM »

i know, right?!  how cool to just be READY for that day you finally meet an Inuit person.  or Javanese.  or ... ?!


ETA: 
just curious, is anybody into ConLangs?  (constructed languages)
i prefer the feel of organic languages (the ones that "just sort of happened") but i know a lot of other language buffs love conlangs, too.

speaking of organic... i almost forgot to ask if anybody is into creole (mixed) languages like the Kreyol of Haiti (which i mostly understand but don't speak, i just think it's interesting), or Spanglish, or Singlish...
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« Reply #34 on: May 11, 2009 09:00:08 AM »

Did I miss how much we are making for this swap....? 
If not...what are the sizes and such...
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« Reply #35 on: May 11, 2009 09:01:16 AM »

OMG, I want in... just have to wait for feedback on my first swap Smiley My partner received last week, but I haven't received yet... should be easily in time though.

English is my only fluent language, but I could scrape together enough French, Italian and Spanish by myself to put together enough for a swap. Plus, I work in a super-duper international company, and could probably bribe some written German, Arabic, Czech and Polish out of colleagues if necessary, which I could then use to craft. Maaaaybe even some Swedish, if I asked very nicely.

I just came back from France last night, and pledged not to speak to my two French speaking colleagues in English again, in order to work on my French. Lasted about 2 minutes, but I'm determined to persevere.

Shall bookmark the swap and follow along intently Smiley
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« Reply #36 on: May 11, 2009 09:05:43 AM »

Oh man! This looks like an awesome swap. Smiley There are so many languages I want to learn.

I want to learn Vietnamese the most.  My family is from Vietnam and it'd be really nice to understand what they're saying.

I took 3 years of french in high school and 3 semesters of Japanese in college.  I know minimal sign language but would really like to expand any of these languages.  

I would love to also learn Arabic, Spanish and/or Italian as well. Smiley

Going to send in my info...  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #37 on: May 11, 2009 09:09:59 AM »

Did I miss how much we are making for this swap....? 
If not...what are the sizes and such...


"We will be swapping 1x large and 1x medium item, or the equivalent thereof. Please discuss with your partner about what you'll be sending so that no one is disappointed or freaked out by the quantity of items they receive."

I went with my personal preferences for the swap items - I'd rather make fewer items of better quality than a bunch of little items. Wink Of course, you and your partner are welcome to adjust that - as long as you both agree on the size/number of items you'lll send to each other.

OMG, I want in... just have to wait for feedback on my first swap Smiley My partner received last week, but I haven't received yet... should be easily in time though.

English is my only fluent language, but I could scrape together enough French, Italian and Spanish by myself to put together enough for a swap. Plus, I work in a super-duper international company, and could probably bribe some written German, Arabic, Czech and Polish out of colleagues if necessary, which I could then use to craft. Maaaaybe even some Swedish, if I asked very nicely.

I just came back from France last night, and pledged not to speak to my two French speaking colleagues in English again, in order to work on my French. Lasted about 2 minutes, but I'm determined to persevere.

Shall bookmark the swap and follow along intently Smiley

Oh please do come along. I'd love a few more multilingual people in the swap. Arabic would be a useful one!

Also, persevere with the only speaking French deal. When I was an exchange student, the European students pointed out that it wasn't fair that the Kiwi and I could talk to everyone in our first language, when they didn't have the same privilege. We all spoke nothing but Indonesian with each other after that, and our fluency was just... incredible compared to the other kids in the program.

i know, right?!  how cool to just be READY for that day you finally meet an Inuit person.  or Javanese.  or ... ?!


ETA: 
speaking of organic... i almost forgot to ask if anybody is into creole (mixed) languages like the Kreyol of Haiti (which i mostly understand but don't speak, i just think it's interesting), or Spanglish, or Singlish...
I love me some Tok Pisin (from Papua New Guinea). My little cousin used to be reasonably fluent in it, but he's just lost it all in since he came back to Australia.
There's a special idiolect that I speak, and one that's really only ever understood by another 4 people - the aforementioned exchange students. We had our own variety of Indoglish that was just this awesome melange of all the bits of languages we knew, mixed in with Indonesian affixes and vocabulary with an underlying English structure. I miss that language.


But! Folks!! Let's talk of the languages... AND let's talk of the craft as well. Must remain on topic, you know.

Which leads me to another idea - how about a 'how to craft' guide in a foreign language? I could teach you to count in Indonesian or Italian via crochet patterns... Wink
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« Reply #38 on: May 11, 2009 09:19:03 AM »

tcha345: vietnamese is actually really useful (outside family) in many parts of the US.  around here (SC), they seem to be the biggest immigrant group after hispanics.  and of course to go there and know what VietNam is like, must be amazing.  my mum's great friend (like adopted daughter) is vietnamese.  i always found it a terribly hard language and didn't even manage to start, but if you can get your brain around it, you should go for it!!  it should help if you might have heard it off and on growing up.

i think the Hmong language would be a cool addition, too.  seems like every semester, lately, i have between 1 and 3 Hmong-American students taking Spanish 101.

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There's a special idiolect that I speak, and one that's really only ever understood by another 4 people - the aforementioned exchange students. We had our own variety of Indoglish that was just this awesome melange of all the bits of languages we knew, mixed in with Indonesian affixes and vocabulary with an underlying English structure. I miss that language.

LOL my dh and i have a spanglish like that.  it's great.

i like many ideas so far.  i think a crafting guide and vocabulary of maybe a craft the partners have in common, would be a great thing to make.

trying to remember the ASL for some crafts... i want to say they are like miming the action (knitting, ex) mostly, but i would have to check.

speaking of signed languages, i think 3d would be good, too.  imagine a polymer clay version of your namesign or special favorite word.  imagine a signing automaton (ok that's WAY bigger than a large, but what about a pop-up book that does a few words?)

oh and i just saw easy stamps made with glass blobs and craft foam.  that would be a great way to make an alphabet of a language that you can't easily buy alphabet stamps of...
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« Reply #39 on: May 11, 2009 09:27:58 AM »

speaking of organic... i almost forgot to ask if anybody is into creole (mixed) languages like the Kreyol of Haiti (which i mostly understand but don't speak, i just think it's interesting), or Spanglish, or Singlish...

That sounds pretty interesting. I can understand a bit of written/spoken creole from Cabo Verde, though I couldn't write it to save my life. Creole languages make for a pretty interesting study in the history of human migrations, methinks. I'm a sucker for interdisciplinary studies! Linguistics, history, genetics, social studies, all in one!  Tongue
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