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#1 grasburning

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:09 AM

Do you ever completely substitute an other language word for a word in your primary language because if just seems to 'fit' so much better? Like, when I look at soup and think about soup I don't think of it as 'soup' (english is my primary language). Instead I think of it as 'chorba' which is the turkish word for soup. Chorba just seems so much...better? It makes me think of warm stews and simmering cut veggies, and the concept of throwing a bunch of stuff in liquid broth....does that make any sense? Or my brain has completely replaced 'right' and 'left' with 'droite' and 'gauche' (french) and when giving directions I find I have to make a conscious effort to say them in english. They just seem to go together better than 'right' and 'left'? 

 

Does anyone else do crap like this? 


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:18 AM

Yes definitely, particularly adopting Spanish words as I'm living in Spain at the moment.

 

But I'd say with me, it's not so much that I permanently replace words in English (my native language) - more I adopt words that can't be a nicely expressed/translated into English... or I just occasionally replace words.

 

Like I once went to a friend's house and he made a big show of giving me a grand tour (as a joke), so I said all sarcastically "ooooh, sehr imponierend". Which fell totally flat because he doesn't speak German but it just came out without me thinking about it.

I also always use "liebling" instead of "darling" as a pet name. And I like using "genki" from Japanese as we don't really have an English word that conveys the same.

 

I also sometimes find myself mixing my grammar without words.

Like I might say - I was caminando-ing down the street - taking the Spanish for walking and adding ing to make it fit in an English sentence.

 

I believe linguistically it's called code-switching and it's pretty common


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:19 AM

I do this sort of thing all the time! I speak English, Spanish, and Japanese and even though the grammar and sentence structure is different between Japanese and the other languages, I still find myself using the sentence structure of Japanese in my other languages when talking, or I'll just sub various words from one language to another, a lot of times without realising I'm doing it. I always accidentally say gato instead of neko, and I use izquierda and derecha instead of left and right--or I use ちょっと待って (chotto matte) when i'm just meaning to say 'wait' or 'wait a little' because it rolls off the tongue easier??


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:20 AM

My whole family does this and so do I.

 

Its become so ingrained that I can't actually think of any examples!


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:21 AM

i often use english words bc i cant think of the german (my native language) word LMAO or sometimes i have to use the english word bc i never really talk abt it in german so sometimes i just. really don't know the german word for it omg.

 

i also mix up the grammar sometimes like i start a german sentence in a way that doesn't make sense bc i'm thinking in english grammar


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:22 AM

Yes I do that too. My parents hate it soo much though

where's the point in breathing when you lose a part of yourself with every breath you take...when you lose a piece of yourself every second, knowing you'll never get it back...when all you wish for is death because you just know you'll never be whole again and you'd rather die than live like that...broken...in pieces...dead inside yet still alive...where's the point in that?

 

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:25 AM

i do this in russian (my native language) all the time. i always mix them up, and sometimes i can't think of a word in russian or english so i just switch them. it always bothers my friends because they don't understand me haha


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:26 AM

i often use english words bc i cant think of the german (my native language) word LMAO or sometimes i have to use the english word bc i never really talk abt it in german so sometimes i just. really don't know the german word for it omg.

i also mix up the grammar sometimes like i start a german sentence in a way that doesn't make sense bc i'm thinking in english grammar

Same. Especially with English sayings I try to translate because I somehow can't come up with a german one and I just pray that it makes some kind of sense.

where's the point in breathing when you lose a part of yourself with every breath you take...when you lose a piece of yourself every second, knowing you'll never get it back...when all you wish for is death because you just know you'll never be whole again and you'd rather die than live like that...broken...in pieces...dead inside yet still alive...where's the point in that?

 

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:32 AM

Yes, sometimes I do this too... I will switch between French and English. Where I come from it's called "parler en franglais". :P


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:34 AM

Oh yes I do a lot.English is my first language but if I'm speaking to another English speaker often whole phrases will come out in French because it's just easier or fits in better,especially if it's work related.

It doesn't bother me.It can sound pretentious but too bad.....

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:35 AM

I do this sort of thing all the time! I speak English, Spanish, and Japanese and even though the grammar and sentence structure is different between Japanese and the other languages, I still find myself using the sentence structure of Japanese in my other languages when talking, or I'll just sub various words from one language to another, a lot of times without realising I'm doing it. I always accidentally say gato instead of neko, and I use izquierda and derecha instead of left and right--or I use ちょっと待って (chotto matte) when i'm just meaning to say 'wait' or 'wait a little' because it rolls off the tongue easier??

 

I find Japanese screws with me the most - as soon as my brain is thinking in Japanese I can't say anything in a different language without using Japanese sentence structure!!

I met a group of Japanese tourists in Venezuela, for example, and after speaking with them for 15 minutes I met tour guide and was saying things like

Disculpe, yo maleta は pesada.  I can't think of others, but yeh.. I kept using Japanese particles in Spanish sentences, and completely missing out verbs because it makes no sense to say them at the end.


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 12:45 PM

"Chorba" is not the Turkish word for soup, it's "çorba". And not really?

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 12:47 PM

When you talk with me in Polish, if I'm doing 3/4 PL and 1/4 English it means I'm feeling relaxed with you. And I use like 8 languages substitutes for yes/no/bye, so yeah, love mixing them!
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Posted 16 February 2017 - 12:55 PM

I always use too many english words while speaking german and polish. Like, they just fit better

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 01:00 PM

when i take notes, they tend to be a weird mishmash of english, polish and korean lmao 

other people find it hard to decipher what i'm writing, it's like a code lol


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 01:01 PM

All the time! The main one I always use is 《utile》 instead of "useful", and the phrase 《c'est chier》instead of "that's shit/ that sucks".
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Posted 16 February 2017 - 01:05 PM

All the time.

My Spanish isn't even that great, but I regularly find myself switching to Spanish for certain words and phrases because that's how I primarily learned them growing up. Then there are the words and phrases that simply don't have an English translation (and vice versa).

I've seen other people do the same things with their languages, too. :D

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 01:08 PM

I find Japanese screws with me the most - as soon as my brain is thinking in Japanese I can't say anything in a different language without using Japanese sentence structure!!

I met a group of Japanese tourists in Venezuela, for example, and after speaking with them for 15 minutes I met tour guide and was saying things like

Disculpe, yo maleta は pesada.  I can't think of others, but yeh.. I kept using Japanese particles in Spanish sentences, and completely missing out verbs because it makes no sense to say them at the end.

 

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 01:50 PM

"Chorba" is not the Turkish word for soup, it's "çorba". And not really?

 

 

That's generally how I've seen it written in english without using the special letter for it (I'm too lazy to use the correct letters for it since they're hard to get to on my computer) but I know the pronunciation of it (the melding of the ch/j sound). 


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 01:56 PM

yes! my mum, who doesn't speak english very well, has said that whenever she hears me and my sister (both fluent in english) speaking she can't understand a fraction of it, because 'half is in another language and the other half is laughing'

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