Tristan: "It's weird hearing you say /o/s correctly when you speak other languages [Russian, Kyrgyz]."
Jonathan: "Why's that?"
Tristan: "Because you don't normally pronounce them right in English."
Tristan: "It's weird hearing you say /o/s correctly when you speak other languages [Russian, Kyrgyz]."
Jonathan: "Why's that?"
Tristan: "Because you don't normally pronounce them right in English."
me: "Yeah, it's Low Germanic, but not Northern."
Derek: "Huh? Is it a language named after some city or something?"
me: "Nope, it's named after a continent."
Derek: "A continent?!"
me: "Yep. Go back to your room, continue grading, and in 30 seconds you'll figure it out and be like ‘Dammit!’"
(16:51:22) Derek: LOL
(16:51:24) Derek: you bastard
(16:52:04) [me]: told you :-P
(16:52:22) Derek: *shaking fist*
"If we could put the bathroom out in the carport, we wouldʼve done it a long time ago."
Tristan: "You should get that [dripping sink] fixed. And when the plumber comes, you should get him to fix the hot tap [in the bathroom] too."
Jonathan: "Yeah, maybe I'll call my landlord."
Tristan: "But he'll probably come and try to fix it himself."
Jonathan: "What gives you that impression?"
Tristan: "Just the over-hereness of this sort of place."
HS: But how did [G] become [g]? I thought usually the trend is the other way round.
Tristan: There’s no accounting for tastes :)
"Breton music is like Irish dance music with Iranian instruments."
18:14:37 kesuari: ummm. they have a holiday on the first day of classes?
18:14:56 kesuari: how can you have a day of classes on a holiday?
18:15:11 kesuari: isn’t that like going to work to celebrate a day off?
18:15:46 kesuari: soviets are weird.
Jonathan: "You know how the saying goes, three Jews in a room, four opinions."
Rianna: "Three Americans in a room, two opinions. I mean, I'd rather be stereotyped as having lots of opinions instead of…not thinking."
Aladnsane: "Don't tip this. There's a beverage involved."
Jonathan: "But I like tipping things with beverages involved… like cows."
Leyzer: "I should drop International Relations and take Georgian."
me: "The Georgian language is like international relations."
Shoshana: "Georgian wine maybe…"
"PHO-NOLOGY. Starts with Vietnamese soup and ends with `nology'."
"We're trying, but it isn't that easy—that part of Nova Scotia isn't anywhere."
(17:23:23) [me]: "More data would have to be gathered to determine what the underlying cause of these dichotomies is"
(17:23:37) [me]: (is there anything you'd change with that?)
(17:24:31) kesuari: (yes, of course i would; i find academic written language and the spoken language that is essentially its read version incredibly hard to understand)
(17:24:49) kesuari: (but unfortunately making it just normal english wouldn't be thesis-like enough)
(17:24:50) syljwesandhr: (so what would you change?)
(17:25:11) kesuari: "if we want to work out what actually causing these differences, we'll have to get more data"
me: "Huh, if you go to the Jackson School's page, they have this graphic at the top that's a picture of some stream that doesn't look like it's on the UW campus."
Graham [looks at picture]: "Oh yeah, I've seen that place, it's on the other side of Lake Union."
me [reloads page, blinks]: "Hey look, now they have a picture of the Taj Mahal."
Graham: "Yeah, you haven't seen that? It's behind the forestry building."
Richard: "They did a spelling reform and got rid of all those extra circonflexes."
Jonathan: "Really? Did it apply to Canadian French?"
Richard: "Nothing applies to Canadian French."
Jonathan: "Why did the French decide to settle Louisiana? What were they thinking, with the bayous and the prehistorical aligator-looking thingies that eat you?"
Gabe: "Well, the French are frogs, right?"
Jonathan: "Well, they eat frogs."
Derek: "Maybe they were looking for Yoda."
(20:26:16) Kesuari: i sometimes forget how far back america is
(07:06:09) Kesuari: (haha, you have an american accent)
(07:07:12) Kesuari: (it's really weird, because you seem so educated :)
(06:27:36) Kesuari: i think i'm planning on going on exchange second semester next year. except that i'll go to the northern hemisphere, so i'll have three first semesters in a row and it will be spooky
(06:30:06) [me]: whereto exactly?
(06:30:31) Kesuari: europe, for preference. and somewhere they speak english, so that rules out the mainland and england.
(14:54:07) Michaela: in english school can refer to either a university or an elementary school--as long as it's an educational institution
(14:55:12) [me]: no, in American English
(14:55:29) Michaela: true
(14:55:39) Michaela: but really, i mean, we know who's running the show these days
(14:55:44) Michaela: i'm not ethnocentric, but come on
"They are not interested in many things which are interesting. And that's the American way."
(19:13:28) [me]: yeah, they have a lot of quays in canada
(19:13:39) [Tristan]: probably to keep the americans out
03:36:29 [me]: cardinal vowels are so wrong
03:36:44 [Tristan]: oh, yeah, they're quite arbitrary
03:37:58 [me]: very franco-centric, though, if you ask me
03:39:24 [me]: btw, Kazakh has aspirated voiceless stops
03:39:27 [me]: go figure
03:39:40 [me]: but those voiceless stops voice and fricativise on occasion :)
03:40:11 [Tristan]: the primaracy of voice distinction in stops is also very fraco-centric :)
03:40:28 [Tristan]: maybe the americans should make their own freedom phonetic alphabet :)
Aaron B [20:47]: in *america* we don't have an "h"
go to any store
(18:35:14) [me]: well, I am going to go play DDR in an hour and a half...
(18:36:11) Qatharsis: Putting on bland brown pullovers and pronouncing /a o u/ as /Q 9 u-/? ;-)
(18:36:56) Qatharsis: Can't help but parse that as East Germany.
(22:39:11) [me]: well, we all know the French are chauvinists. They even invented the word.
"The Danes haven't pronounced all the letters in their language for centuries."
"Welcome to America. Now let's move on."
(19:25:03) Adam B: There's only maybe 4 or 5 outside the US that are certified by the US, letting their graduates practice in the US
(19:25:14) Adam B: Glasgow is one of them, which is why we are here
(19:30:25) Adam B: And they speak English here
(19:30:27) Adam B: Sort-of
(19:30:33) Adam B: Close enough
(16:05:58) [me]: sometimes people format them like an e-mail, and it's really strange
(16:06:18) [me]: "Hey X,
What's up? I had fun last weekend. See you around.
(16:06:21) [me]: and it's like wtf?
(16:06:30) [me]: it should be "Yo, had fun last weekend. Catch you later."
(16:07:02) kesuari: people write emails like that?
(16:07:20) kesuari: i thought i was the only person who used capital letters any more
(15:17:35) [me]: you just have to think like me is all, and then you'll understand things like this :-P
(15:17:46) kesuari: yeah
(15:18:06) kesuari: i, on the other hand, got my thinkingways from a more reputable dealer than you, i think
(15:18:14) kesuari: you probably got yours from a kyrgyz bizarre
(15:59:40) Rianna: I sat alone in the dark one night ... I found a preacher who spoke of the light -- he'd show me the way according to him, in return for my personal check. I flipped my channel back to CNN and lit another cigarette.
(16:00:15) Rianna: i dunno, that's most sane thing ever said on a country music station
Thatcher: "And her father was the largest contractor in Kenya—"
Colin: "He was huge!"
Thatcher: "Yeah, he was like 400lbs."
Colin: [buffs up, effects burly voice] "Want me to build you a shed!?"
"There's something about mountain people and alcohol—you know, they're not strangers."
Jonathan: "[pæ̃ ]. It's short."
Tristan: "French is stupid."
Tristan: "Because it's not like my dialect of English."
(23:25) [my father]: they abreviate Perth, Western Australia as Perth, WA -- it one of the very few place abbreviation confusions in teh English speaking countries
(23:34) [me]: CA
(23:35) [my father]: Canada and California can be distinguished because California has more people
"If they wanted it to be pronounced [latkəz], they should've spelled it ‘lutkers’."
"Well, Europeans travel because they're in Europe, and Australians travel because we're not."
"There probably shouldn't be a wikipedia page on everything, though, since there's probably a wikipedia page on Idaho."
Derek: "I think we should write in runes, and the British should write in Roman."
Jonathan: "What about the Australians?"
Derek: "… They can write in kanji."
(20:03:17) [Sarah]: Albert keeps telling me to not drink that much in Poland. I was like,"Poland = VODKA!"
(20:03:31) [me]: yeah
(20:03:36) [me]: but be careful when you do drink
(20:04:11) [me]: people try to take advantage of drunk people
(20:04:30) [Sarah]: Oh they don't want to fuck with me. The Mexicans have tried that.
(20:32:24) [Sarah]: I've started to speak to the Mexicans in Polish and Japanese so they'll leave me alone.
(20:35:27) [Sarah]: Well I have a sign on my forehead that says "EASY PIECE OF ASS! VEN AQUI!"
(20:40:30) [Sarah]: The last time I was in Walmart with a friend, I had a Mexican following me around and he was speaking in English and wouldn't leave me alone so I just started going,"Nie rozumiem. Nihongo ga rozumiesz?"
(20:43:49) [Sarah]: I was like,"What do you want?" "I just want to talk." "Mexicans NEVER want to just talk to me."
(04:44:13) [me]: nz has more sheep/km² than china has people
(04:44:20) kesuari: indeed
(04:44:48) kesuari: this is the basis for why the chinese, in general, breed with other chinese; but new zealanders often breed with sheep.
(04:02:04) [me]: let's do sheep based on land area now
(04:02:43) [me]: Kazakhstan: 15'217'700 / 2,724,900 km²
(04:03:06) [me]: Kyrgyzstan: 5'264'000 / 199,900 km²
(04:03:11) [me]: oops
(04:03:16) [me]: I think I'm doing humans :-P
(04:03:52) kesuari: unless you're kiwi, that's what I'd expect you to "do"
"And you'll be in beautiful downtown Nepal, …"
(00:47:17) Rianna: i had a dream last night that i was on a train to georgia with a bunch of people from high school
(00:49:05) [me]: which Georgia?
(00:49:24) Rianna: the boring one :-p
Jonathan: "What's that?"
Derek: "Probably Berber."
"What do you want me to get you in Montana? A cowboy? I need to get me one of those too."
"Hah. You break matzah like a goy."
"But in America, there are lots of—how do you call them?—homosexuals."
"No, you see, it doesn't work that way—it's dark half the year, so you commit suicide, and the other half of the year, it's light, and you're dead."
Brenda: "That's the Chinese word for pig: ‘Jū’."
Stefan: "Yeah, where do you think the word ‘Jew’ comes from?"
(00:45:36) [me]: I think I'd summarise Hawai'ian as (C)V
Meghan: "People used to throw batteries at me because they thought I was gay."
Julia: "And they thought you needed the batteries why?"
(02:55:01) [me]: and I'm maxing out the network capabilities of my server
(02:55:26) [me]: between me and it is an 802.11g connection, a router, and a 100Mbps connection
(02:56:05) [Tristan]: not bad.
(02:56:14) [Tristan]: between me and it is half the world
02:22:23 [Aaron]: (i need to hear a drunk irishman speak in order to live out my accent fantasy)
Jurgen: "Promiscuity means ‘proximity’ in French."
Jonathan: "It would."
02:34:54 [sn withheld]: Because Mexico is spoken by like 20% of the population of the US as a first language
"Who could judge whether this is right or wrong in… not well known languages?—let's put it that way."
"There's some sort of weird issue between the Papuan part and the New Guinea part—you know, local geopolitical stuff."
01:28:50 [sn withheld]: Seattle has one MAJOR downside.. how the hell do you ask a girl out for coffee if you ONLY EVER SEE HER IN A COFFEE SHOP!?!
00:22:11 [sn withheld]: Ya know, one advantage of living in Colorado or Wyoming? by their standards? I can dance
Jonathan: "Yeah, there's something about you that says Ohio."
Patrick: "Probably me, since I'm always talking about the place."
"I mean, Xena has more sound effects than most asians."
"I have to file taxes in like 5 states."
"Are you guys getting me a chancellorship for Hannukah? I want to be chancellor of Germany for Hannukah."
"Well, let's just say I'll land my Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria at her Plymouth Rock."
Vickie: "What country's flag is this?"
Jonathan: "Uh, no..."
Jonathan: "Uh, Vickie..?"
"Only a Pole would put 'z's where he didn't know what letters go."
(03:19:22) Оберон: I believe in baltimore
(03:19:25) Оберон: I'm bad with locations
(02:19:17) Aaron B: 4am central time is what time in US?
(17:13:06) Qatharsis: Then again, you live in a country where knowing some French make you a Sex God.
Rameez: "I just got shot to shit."
Jonathan: "Where's that?"
Rameez: "It's somewhere between Brooklyn and Queens, and they just call it 'Shit'."
"Come on, nobody cares about the Ukraine—they just have nuclear melt-downs and become the butt of jokes"
"Where I live? Not in England! ... It's cause they give you a choice, where you live, and they showed a map of England."
[22:36:06] LunaCamilla: ugh i feel sick for some reason. those noodles shouldn't have made me sick! they're asian.
"I don't think they issue ethics approval based on whether it's more ethical than things that're more fun."
(17:54:49) Brenda: a card is better than a red satin thong. i like you. you have class
(17:55:26) [me]: anyway, try giving a Central Asian girl a thong and see what happens
(17:55:40) [me]: actually, I'm not sure what would happen
(17:55:57) Brenda: she would floss with it
(17:46:00) [me]: when's the beginning of spring for you guys?
(17:46:06) kesuari: 1 spring
(17:46:10) [me]: ...
(17:46:11) kesuari: 1 september
(17:46:17) kesuari: sorry, they start with the same letter
(23:13:38) Colum: that friend of mine kept saying that "they are trying. English isn't their first language!" But you don't try it on your merchandise!
"So I was reading this ethnography written by this Russian guy who went to what's now Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in 1913. Apparently, in the jayloo, the women do everything, even up to herding the animals; the men sit around on a rock or sit around and sun themselves; when they get bored, they pull out their shotgun and shoot a marmot, and skin it while the women cook dinner. All they've done is brought that system down into the city."
(19:22:47) kesuari: so i mean, a large part of why i want to move overseas is so i can move out of my parent's place
(16:48:45) kesuari: a place where not only it snows, but it gets to 30 °
(16:48:48) kesuari: that sounds awesome
(16:48:54) kesuari: do they keep any of them in civilised countries?
(16:49:00) [me]: heh
(16:49:05) [me]: much of the U.S. is like that
(16:49:22) kesuari: as i said, in civilised countries?
(14:15:48) [me]: every time I think back to how I thought about things in high school, central asia makes a lot more sense
(14:15:56) [me]: very provincial and uninformed about things
(14:16:12) Michaela: heh
(14:16:55) Michaela: you know, it's true--even thinking about things like the way people used to write in middle/high school--the quality of their writing makes a lot more sense
(14:17:45) Michaela: i remember telling my mom, "It's like, there's no one here that knows how to think outside the box." she said, "Honey, they don't even know that there is a box."
(17:40:43) kesuari: my dialect has everything to do with syntax ungrammatical?
(16:29:31) kesuari: i learnt the names "asterix" and "obelix" long before i learnt what asterisks and obelisks were, and the common nouns are just weirdarse variants of the characters
(19:13:18) kesuari: It is an integral part of France, and its currency is the Euro.
(19:13:34) kesuari: france did colonisation really weird
(19:13:46) kesuari: france does everything really weird
(19:13:50) kesuari: france is really weird
(19:13:51) kesuari: damn frogs
(15:45:30) [me]: you make gourmet food from foodbank handouts?
(15:45:39) Aladnsane: This is the PNW.
(15:46:07) Aladnsane: Foodbank handouts are raw ingredients, some canned goods, bakery rosemary diamantes, fresh fruit and veg... *shrug*
(15:46:15) Aladnsane: If you know how to take your pick, yes, I do
(15:49:05) Aladnsane: Seriously though; the Food Bank here is amazing
(15:50:49) Aladnsane: I've gotten fresh bell peppers, fresh cilantro, there's ALWAYS good bread (largely because most people going there have families, so they need whitebread for the kids, because they don't seem to realize that kids are /trained/ to be picky, rather than being naturally picky - it's serving them 'kids food', that makes kids picky), I mean, there's always things that are hard to find,
(15:50:51) [me]: in Seattle, I can imagine
(15:51:06) Aladnsane: Bellingham
(15:51:13) Aladnsane: In Seattle, I could get all of that Dumpster Diving
(12:27:16) kesuari: so i'm perfectly content to live for, say, a million years and call it a day
(12:27:38) kesuari: hopefully i can contribute enough genetic code to the human race over that time that future generations are still backwards compatible
(12:27:50) kesuari: i've thought about this too much too
(16:10:49) kesuari: can black kids come from white parents?
"What's that bean curd stuff?"
"But Vanya from the provinces is just as clueless about that sort of stuff as Timurbek."
(23:16:35) [my father]: it is normal convention, however. So laTex doesn't know what it is doing
(23:17:04) [my father]: what the hell do you want with something that uses louisiana and texas as its call name
Lara: "Hm, it smells like animals in here."
anonymous: "It's all the Kyrgyz."
Jonathan: "I mean, in Kazakhstan a cellphone is like a toothbrush, but in America, it's more like a bicycle."
Michael: "I donno, I knew some people in Kazakhstan who didn't brush their teeth, but you can bet they had a phone."
(18:11:23) Amanda: you meet the most random people in the most random countries
(18:11:49) Amanda: like, i've never met a norwegian person EVER, and you meet one in like, east bum, planet jupiter
(18:11:58) Amanda: ... i say this bc i forget which country you're in now
(16:51:14) cassowary: ause always uses the ame/bre option that is more logical
(16:51:22) cassowary: an if neither is logical, we use another one, that's logicaller
(01:47:55) [me]: dude, I grew up in Louisiana
(01:48:01) Michael T: i grew up in NM
(01:48:16) Michael T: the lousiana on the other side of texas
(19:07:00) kesuari: apparently we don't have extradition treaties with canada or new zealand! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extradition_law_in_Australia
(19:08:59) kesuari: how can we not with new zealand? they're like our buddies!
(19:09:11) kesuari: maybe we have some other architecture for dealing with extradition between them and us
(19:09:46) kesuari: like we're so happy to extradite that no-one bothers with a treaty, we just say "yo" and they say "have fun"
(00:49:38) kesuari: you have a really lax system
[Jonathan explains rules in more depth]
(00:54:44) kesuari: okay, now it seems more normal
(00:54:56) kesuari: complex rules & money = immigration law
(21:12:04) kesuari: mark twain was awesome
(21:12:08) kesuari: possibly the world's best american
"So if you encountered a strange dialect of English on some island where they don't do flapping, ..."
"Okay, here's one of my stories about moonshine. So I have this uncle named Sam, and he's married to a French woman..."
"For Indiana, Irkutsk is gay-friendly."
"That's why British people hate us:"
"‘None of your rich people are posh.’"
CB: "There's one rule about language comparison—"
Niko: "Don't trust a Russian?"
"In Azərbaycan when someone is stupid we call them a Mongol."
(13:05:46) [me]: not the interesting places, mind you—just to some other city, probably to go to some night club or to see some girl
(13:06:02) Өвгөнхүү: well, to each his own method of sightseeing
(18:05:32) zfe: also tomorrow i'm getting on a boat
(18:05:38) zfe: and a turk will be driving
(18:05:43) zfe: which feels extremely wrong
(18:05:56) zfe: like i get invited by spectie and he cooks me spaghetti
(18:06:13) zfe: or i don't know, vietnam invading usa
(18:06:19) zfe: it really looks upside down
(18:06:27) zfe: a turk and an italian on a boat
(18:06:30) zfe: and the turk is driving
(19:14:27) firespeaker: "10 or 20 most important languages" :(
(19:14:30) spectie: yeah D:
(19:14:33) spectie: borrrrrrrrrrrring
(19:14:36) spectie: give me a U
(19:14:39) spectie: give me a D
(19:14:43) firespeaker: U D
(19:14:49) spectie: give me an M U R T
(19:14:52) firespeaker: M U R T
(19:14:59) spectie: U D M U R T !!!!!
(19:15:03) firespeaker: U D M U R T ! \o/
(19:15:11) spectie: \o/ \o/ \o/
(22:46:56) Анара: хотя снова я скажу это что
(22:47:05) Анара: Kazakh girlz rulez!!!
(22:47:24) Анара: больше чем кыргызки и другие номадки
(11:51:13) Francis Tyers: do you have christmas lists in america ?
(11:51:42) jonathan: uhm
(11:51:44) jonathan: maybe?
(11:52:00) jonathan: I feel like there's some extra piece of pragmatics attached to what you have in mind
(11:52:49) jonathan: like, a wishlist that you might show your relatives before Christmas?
(11:52:54) Francis Tyers: yeah
(11:52:56) jonathan: yeah, sure
(11:52:59) Francis Tyers: that you hang on a tree
(11:52:59) jonathan: we have that :-P
(11:53:02) jonathan: whoa
(11:53:02) Francis Tyers: for the christmas robin
(11:53:03) jonathan: wait
(11:53:05) Francis Tyers: to collect
(11:53:08) Francis Tyers: the christmas robin
(11:53:12) jonathan: wtf man
(11:53:14) Francis Tyers: takes the list to father christmas
I was a homebody by Austin standards
which has made me social chair by ACES standards
Sam: "I'm going to sing a Mongolian song."
[Sam clears throat]
Niko: "That's actually the name of the song."
"But they're Russian tourists—they'll drink anything. It was probably petrol."
"They're probably from Bumfuck, Idaho, where there's no gay community at all."
Cashier: "What's [bɪː]?"