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Thanks Rosetta Stone............
September 10, 2014
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I have laments at times trying to expand my vernacular............This morning in particular..... A Spanish speaking gentleman being a barista at a local coffee shop got a chuckle when I ordered a "Tubo de cafe." ............. A tube of coffee....... Taza is cup and I fowled............. Thanks Rosetta Stone. I'm guessing the fellow was bored and needed a laugh because he prompted me to speak Spanish and further embarrass myself.............. I could tell I was doing a good job by the laughs when I spoke.............. No problem I have a sense of humor so I obliged........... I then prompted him to speak English........... His English was much worse than my Spanish but I never smiled or laughed at him........... Just kept talking and telling him how well he spoke and as I were leaving............ "Guten tag arsch abwischen." ..................

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September 12, 2014
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Ahh.... The sword and the sorcerer's Rosetta stone

I am a man with one distinguishing manner. I view life as a nonstop roll by circus. Whatever my senses signal to my brain, it is received as humor.
September 12, 2014
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Not the worst thing that you could have said.

My friend in his German speaking exam three years ago accidentally said that he liked Jew camps and enjoyed staying in them. He meant to say Youth hostel instead of Jew camp but pronounced it wrong. They are very similar and differ by a couple of letters.

He didn't do very well in that exam...

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September 12, 2014
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Judenlager................... Judenherberge............. Doesn't look like much of a mistake on paper @Jamboree but say it a Jew and I'm thinking you'll get the lemon face.................... @Forgewright I have three Rosetta Stone programs for language............... Thought I'd try to improve my Spenglish so I can branch out a tad more at work............. Advice. Don't spend the extra $ on the damn voice recognition software should you ever decide to pursue an RS language learning course. I couldn't get it to recognize what I was saying no matter how I tried to pitch my voice.......... My son did his Pee Wee Herman imitation and hit 85% recognition with the damn thing.......... Computer says. "Cat is Gato. Say Gato now."

I say. "Gato."

Stupid computer says. "Maragato is incorrect please say gato now."

I again say. "Gato."

Contemptible pain is the ass of a machine says. "Maragato is incorrect. Please check your enunciation and say Gato now."

I say. " Fuck Off." And I'm thinking at that point the Lilliputians in the box are hugging themselves and high fives around at my disdain for the stupid thing........... They won.......... Apparently I cannot enunciate cat properly in Espanol............. And I'm under the impression a cup is a pipe................. "Back to the old drawring board." 

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September 12, 2014
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Speaking of Gato... have you ever heard of these freakin' giant cats? so weird...

Great post BTW @Killerelite 

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September 13, 2014
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That a honking big cat.

 Bill, I use RS for German and Japanese. It is such an awesome program. The voice works great and the pics help too. RS knows where to send my sponsor checks......

I am a man with one distinguishing manner. I view life as a nonstop roll by circus. Whatever my senses signal to my brain, it is received as humor.
September 13, 2014
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Holy fright that is a big pussy...........  However none of those cats survived beyond the photograph session............. The cameraman's name was Wang and his second job is a cook. So they ran a special on General Tso's chicken down at the Golden Wok............ Couldn't resist.

I got my RS problem straightened out in short order. Turns out the thing doesn't like the mic on the laptop. Gotta wear the headset. Had decided to learn the Spanish alphabet to be able to read and enunciate........... Helps a great deal. I could've saved you some money on the German RS Bob. I gave one away. I found it to be totally useless to me. Though I understand the modern German language quite well I cannot make the transition to speak it fluently. I grew up in a house that spoke German as a second. A dialect some would call immigrant or Pennsylvania German......... A dialect that closely resembles that spoken by the Amish............. Speaking German you probably know what I'm talking about. It would equate to talking in street slang in English. "What up yo?"

It's cool you have the Japanese RS. I have that one too. That's a tough language considering they use four alphabets............. Or three if you consider Romaji to be a conversion.

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September 13, 2014
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LOL, I have a friend who is a big cat lover... he also loves making fun of my vegetarianism... he says I'm the only person he would let babysit his cats, because he knows I won't eat them... my response? I could use a new winter shrug :).

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September 13, 2014
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Your friend that loves big cats has one thing going for him Queenbee............. His sense of humor as it pertains to your being a leafeater.......................... That one big cat in the picture would probably net you a full length coat.............

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September 23, 2014
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Ha, I love Rosetta Stone... I have even recommended it to my only English speaking professors actually... I am "learning" Spanish in school now, but over the summer and in my free time I have tried learning Gaelic from Rosetta Stone. Though, I doubt I will ever be able to converse clearly with either the Spanish or the Irish.

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September 24, 2014
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Speaking as a close neighbour of the Irish I can tell you that they don't really speak Gaelic. They don't really speak English either, just the one word;

Potato

Potato, potato, potato.

wink

Jam

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September 24, 2014
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Ha, a few of my cousins teach Gaelic at one of the Irish colleges so that is why my interest is in it....though, I do have to agree that "potato" comes up quite a lot in the vocabulary. 

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September 24, 2014
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Aww shucks @SerenaLantha ............ I can teach you to speak Gaelic fluently and it'll take you less than an hour (depending on your tolerance for alcohol). Here's how you do it. Just follow the instructions carefully and you'll be "sharring th wooshnishen" in no time........ I have no clue what that means if it means anything at all. But a fellow at the Garryowen pub shouted something similar sounding and he professed proficiency in the Gaelic tongue..........  

1) 1 bottle of Jameson (Cheap Irish whiskey)

2) 1 bag of cotton balls

3) 1 lemon

Before beginning travel to a pub in region where Gaelic is actually spoken then just follow the KE Gaelic speech course as follows.

First open the bottle of Jameson and drink as much as you can physically stand without passing out.

Next cut the lemon in half and soak a handful of cotton balls with the juice.

Then stuff the cotton balls in your mouth and begin speak loudly in your normal tongue. Don't be afraid to shout. The louder you get the better it seems you are doing.

It's as simple as that............. And you are fluent in Gaelic to be understood from Donegal Northwest to Cork, Cape Clear........................ Good luck!

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September 25, 2014
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I love it @Killerelite ... I'd give it a try, but I don't think I can tolerate even a drop of Jameson... my brother drinks that nasty stuff, blech! :) Great post!

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September 26, 2014
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Agreed @tlhopkinson ............... Jameson is a good motor oil and that's about it.......... Almost as bad as trying to get inebriated on grapes.....LOL........... Try something smooth......... Like Glendronach 33........... Or Wild Turkey 101

 

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