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24 Lies Everyone Who Studies A Language At University Has Told At Least Once

If you didn’t lie you’d cry.

1. No, I never use Google Translate. It’s so inaccurate, why would I?

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2. Of course I don’t prefer WordReference to a proper dictionary.

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3. I always try to translate obscure phrases for myself first of all. I don’t go straight to the WordReference forums.

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4. It doesn’t bother me when people ask me to say something in another language as soon as they hear what I’m studying.

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5. Yes, I am always 100% sure of which tense I’m supposed to be in.

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6. And I definitely always remember to use the subjunctive. Especially when speaking. Easy.

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7. I have never looked at verb conjugations and wanted to die.

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8. Of course I chose the version of that film without English subtitles.

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9. I actually really like it when a word has a trillion different meanings. It’s not upsetting at all.

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10. No, I’ve never read the English version first so that I know what the hell is going on.

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11. I love phone calls in another language now. No stress whatsoever.

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12. I have never told someone a word is untranslatable simply because I don’t know what it means.

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13. I didn’t treat my year abroad like a holiday. At all. Ever.

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14. I know all the keyboard codes for special characters. I never have to copy and paste.

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15. No, it’s totally cool when Word defaults back to English. I like a challenge.

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16. I definitely don’t guess a translation for something based on how much it looks like an English word.

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17. I don’t still have to use GCSE level techniques to remember verbs.

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18. I never look down on other languages.

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19. And I don’t judge people based on their pronunciation skills. Ever.

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20. I didn’t change the language settings on my Facebook because I think it counts as revision.

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21. I have never pretended that I can’t speak English to get out of an awkward situation.

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22. I try to talk for as long as possible in speaking exams because I love speaking, not because I don’t want to be asked a question.

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23. It doesn’t upset me that people think a languages degree opens more doors than it actually does.

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24. I am definitely 100% fluent now.

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