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    (Original post by CombineHarvester)
    I think it's something bilingual or multilingual people tend to do. It's not really on purpose either, it's just other languages tend to have words which are much more appropriate than English. I usually do it accidentally or when there's no proper English substitute.

    If you're English and English is your mother tongue but you have knowledge of other languages from school, lessons etc. it's downright pretentious and there's no need. It really irks me when people who've done A level French just start "casually" putting French words into their sentences as if that's the first word they thought of. Your family's not French, you don't speak it at home, you weren't brought up in France and you're not in France so GTFO.
    Well, I'm bilingual myself (quadrilingual if we can count ancient languages). I wouldn't speak French (or Latin/Ancient Greek, for that matter) to someone unless I knew that they could understand it though, excepting common English loan words/phrases. It just conjures an unpleasant image of a slobbering old toff spitting his pretentious erudition at you! Of course, if you can't help it, that's another matter.
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    The stuff that everyone knows in German, but sometimes I'll actually start saying a sentence in French or Spanish without even realising. Was a major problem around speaking exams time
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    aber naturlich, c'est totalement naturel ca!
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    (Original post by andmeaning)
    for a while before my french GCSE I thought in French.

    But now it's just the odd French sentence that comes out by accident, my friends all understand me though.
    I honestly don't understand hbow someone can 'think' in a language having only studied it up to GCSE level :dontknow:

    I've never been a language person though (as much as I would like to learn new languages), so maybe you need a different sort of mind.
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    no, because it's pretentious and shyte.
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    Fringlish is not a language...
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    I don't think it's pretentious at all; personally if I ever use a bit of French or Italian it's because I love the languages and enjoy using some foreign words. It just makes my life a little bit more exciting, which is kind of sad more than anything!

    However, I do correct people when they mispronounce foreign words or tell them that 'panini' is actually the plural, so we should really say 'panino'. THAT is pretentious, and I am ashamed.
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    (Original post by George Agdgdgwngo)
    I honestly don't understand hbow someone can 'think' in a language having only studied it up to GCSE level :dontknow:

    I've never been a language person though (as much as I would like to learn new languages), so maybe you need a different sort of mind.
    I agree with you! I'm pretty good at languages but I cannot for the life of me think in Spanish! I have to work things out in my head before I say them lol.
    Some people are just born naturals!
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    (Original post by andmeaning)
    for a while before my french GCSE I thought in French.

    But now it's just the odd French sentence that comes out by accident, my friends all understand me though.
    ...that is either a blatant lie, or you just have REALLY simple thoughts :rolleyes:

    you don't learn nearly enough at GCSE to properly think in a language! you barely learn enough to have a proper conversation! presumably your friends understand your "accidental" spoutings in french becase they're just very basic?
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    I throw a few phrases of French and Spanish into my day-to-day speech. My friends do it too, so it's all good.
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    (Original post by km31)
    ...that is either a blatant lie, or you just have REALLY simple thoughts :rolleyes:

    you don't learn nearly enough at GCSE to properly think in a language! you barely learn enough to have a proper conversation! presumably your friends understand your "accidental" spoutings in french becase they're just very basic?
    Yeah, just really basic things. A few days before my exam I was looking for my friend and thought 'Ou est Gabrielle'. Nothing amazingly complicated, but i was worrying about French enough for it to sneak into my thoughts.
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    Ja, 私 do it souvent.
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    (Original post by George Agdgdgwngo)
    I honestly don't understand hbow someone can 'think' in a language having only studied it up to GCSE level :dontknow:

    I've never been a language person though (as much as I would like to learn new languages), so maybe you need a different sort of mind.
    It was just really, really basic things days before the exam. Kind of shocked me when it happened but I think it was the amount of worrying/revision all mixed in to one.
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    which languages for you?

    normally welsh... sometimes french if i've just been thinking in french... but its pretty standard here. we nearly all use cwtch instead of cuddle, use words like bioleg and cemeg for the sciences. i always say nos da... but if i've been in a particular language for a bit and concentrating v. hard its difficult to snap out of it.
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    I do with other languages students at uni but not with anyone else because it really does look pretentious I think.
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    'Yes' and 'Thank you' and a few other words like that will very occasionally come out in French, but that's usually if I've just been talking to my French friends! Although I do French at school, my mother used to live in France and is still pretty much fluent, so I learnt quite a bit when I was really young - some of the first books my mother would read to me were in French, so some words like s'il vous plait, merci, papa etc are etched in my brain with the English!

    I don't do it with German, but when I'm with a certain group of friends (one German and lives there, one used to live in there and bilingual, another studying it for degree and spends holidays with relatives there etc.) we either speak in a really strange mixture or repeat things in both so everyone understands!
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    Yeah, I throw in a lot of common phrases like 'yes', 'hi' in Japanese all the time, and sometimes some german too...
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    (Original post by Bubbles*de*Milo)
    Yeah, I'm always going 'yalla' to people, it's the best word in the World (short and sweet, means: hurry up, come on, quickly...)

    And I call loads of people Habibi.
    Yalla !

    Tell me about it
    :p:
 
 
 
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