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Old May 25th, 2016, 05:46 PM   #34021
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Since the new president of my Institute is a Dutchman, a couple of days ago me and my colleagues tested our knowledge in Dutch matters.

Some of my mates thought that Holland was the country and the Netherlands a sort of confederation between it and Belgium. When we started naming its provinces, we only figured out Holland (but missed that there are two of them), Zeeland, Flevoland, Utrecht, Limburg and Friesland. Moreover, we couldn't agree on which city is the actual capital.
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Old May 25th, 2016, 09:01 PM   #34022
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Since the new president of my Institute is a Dutchman, a couple of days ago me and my colleagues tested our knowledge in Dutch matters.

Some of my mates thought that Holland was the country and the Netherlands a sort of confederation between it and Belgium. When we started naming its provinces, we only figured out Holland (but missed that there are two of them), Zeeland, Flevoland, Utrecht, Limburg and Friesland. Moreover, we couldn't agree on which city is the actual capital.
The Dutch are reasonably knowledgeable about Italian borders (I mean, my work colleagues), though Italy is naturally easy to figure out due to Alps. Once I mentioned there is a French-speaking autonomous region and they didn't have a clue though. Maybe Aosta is too small to matter?

So you know work on nanoparticles instead of looking at the outer space? Quite a change in scale
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Old May 25th, 2016, 09:05 PM   #34023
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Since this is the Roadside rest area thread, I post some pics from a CNN series on pretty/unusual US roadside stops (full series)


Valley of Fire Highway, NV


I-35, MO


Badlands Ntl. Park, SD


I-10, TX


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Old May 25th, 2016, 09:28 PM   #34024
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The Dutch are reasonably knowledgeable about Italian borders (I mean, my work colleagues), though Italy is naturally easy to figure out due to Alps. Once I mentioned there is a French-speaking autonomous region and they didn't have a clue though. Maybe Aosta is too small to matter?
It matters, but it's a quite different thing from Alto Adige. In Aosta Valley almost nobody speaks French as a first language. Most of them are Italian mother tongue, and many of them speak a French dialect they call patois in their houses. The only reason they still have lessons in schools in French and French names in their villages is because they got paid a lot for that by the Italian state.
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He does nanoparticles, not me. We do a lot of different stuff in my Institute. I work with thermometers.
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Old May 26th, 2016, 09:56 PM   #34025
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Can, by any chance, some native or very advanced English speaker explain, how it is called when I use the following word order:

Should the packet be late, I will call you.

It is not an inversion, is it?
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Old May 27th, 2016, 12:12 AM   #34026
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Yep that's an inversion of the subject and the auxiliary verb. It's a remnant of the verb-second word order.
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Old May 27th, 2016, 10:37 PM   #34027
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Can, by any chance, some native or very advanced English speaker explain, how it is called when I use the following word order:

Should the packet be late, I will call you.

It is not an inversion, is it?
I doubt very many native English speakers would know what that's called, I certainly don't.
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Old May 27th, 2016, 10:55 PM   #34028
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Yes, but then again, you use the terrible word 'Slovakian'.
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Old May 28th, 2016, 02:01 PM   #34029
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Meanwhile in Belgrade:

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Old May 29th, 2016, 10:48 PM   #34030
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My dog would be a lawyer if she was able to speak.

I tell her - "stay in your basket", she put three of her four legs out and still pretends to accept my orders.

I tell her - "go to your basket" pointing out the bedroom, she chooses the closest one in the room where I stay.

I return home from my work and few dumps are all around the hall, including one on her pissing mat. I can't ask her "why haven't you sh*t on the mat" because she has.

I forbid her barking, she has started howling.
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Old May 30th, 2016, 01:15 AM   #34031
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How old is your dog?
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Old May 30th, 2016, 10:22 AM   #34032
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She is 15, thus very old
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I thought it was a cub since there were dumps all around the hall.
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Old May 30th, 2016, 06:04 PM   #34034
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Her biological age is approximately 90 years. Also humans experience this problem in such age
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Old June 2nd, 2016, 04:03 PM   #34035
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Much of Scandinavia has higher temperatures than much of France:





Temperatures in Scandinavia have been in the 20s deep into Lapland over the past few days.
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Old June 2nd, 2016, 05:06 PM   #34036
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Much of Scandinavia has higher temperatures than much of France:

Temperatures in Scandinavia have been in the 20s deep into Lapland over the past few days.
A change in weather is coming here. Today, there has been thunder and lightning, and those typically tell about cold weather coming. A 7-8 degrees drop in temperatures are expected after tomorrow, and even more in the North.

The temperature in Helsinki dropped today afternoon from 23 degrees to 15 in one hour. It is expected to raise back to 22-23 in the evening.
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Old June 2nd, 2016, 06:27 PM   #34037
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The Netherlands has had a week of severe thunderstorms from the northeast, Dutch weather enthusiasts often use the German term 'Ostgewitter'. This is fairly unusual, there may be years without any thunderstorms moving in from the east. Usually weather patterns with thunderstorms move from the south to the northeast.

Especially southeastern Netherlands has locally seen extreme high rainfall rates with recurring flooding. Several motorways and provincial roads in this area have problems with embankments and slides.

The town of Boxmeer today:
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Old June 2nd, 2016, 08:36 PM   #34038
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Austria is a beautiful country. View from my window few minutes ago:

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Old June 2nd, 2016, 09:34 PM   #34039
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Where is that?
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It is now 21:50 and the temperature is still 21 C° here in Bjæverskov,DK
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