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19 hours ago, voyager said:

I am reminded of my Italian teacher who on first day of class told us that in Italy, you are immediately judged when you speak.  Your region and social class are immediately apparent.   She said, "You will not learn a lot in this class but what you will speak will be proper Sienese."   

She was absolutely correct.    I didn't learn much.

My first Russian professor in college was French.  She taught us that we had to pronounce unstressed o's like "ah" rather than "oh", lest we sound like peasants. (Seriously, that was essentially how she put it.) So the phrase "I speak Russian" would come out as "Ya gah-vahr-yoo pah-rooski", rather than "Yah goh-vohr-yoo po-rooski".

The actual-from-Russia prof we got later didn't correct us.

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In retrospect, I'm pretty pissed off.  How are you supposed to know this? 

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On 9/12/2022 at 5:09 PM, joethefoodie said:

Can you tell me where in Teaneck?

Teaneck road just south of route 4. Teaneck road hot bagels. F&w had them in their best bagels in the country list but I've been going there for 30 years (grew up 2 blocks away). Truly a blessed childhood. 

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21 hours ago, Sneakeater said:

Jin Ramen is a good chain.  But if I'm having ramen on that stretch, I'm gonna go to ROKC.  (I was really in the mood for Xinjiang, though.)

Agreed! I believe there are three or four Jin Ramens now and all are good. The original on 125th is still tops

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On 9/11/2022 at 9:27 PM, voyager said:

My Spanish teacher was Castilian.   They lisp.

We were just in Madrid and with the recent lisping discussion in mind I had to fight very hard to keep a straight face when a local colleague told us that his son, having just secured his pilot license, is taking his first solo flight from Madriz to Baiyyyyadolizzz 

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