Did you ever make a friend on LyricsTranslate?

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Guest

Sorry in advance if this is in the wrong forum. I tried to look at all the options.
Did you ever make a friend on LyricsTranslate?
If so, how ? (Please keep names anonymous if possible. )

I like helping other people understand songs and just contributing, but I feel sad, too, coming here sometimes. I like it, I won't leave. But I ask because I feel that the atmosphere is hardly ever conducive to making friends; however, it is one of the reasons the website recommends a person sign up.

I'm not expecting this to be a social network (don't get me wrong), but I wonder about this. Regular smile

Thanks if you want to reply.

Super Member
Joined: 06.02.2016

yes, I have !
i never use the chatbar (disabled it), but write users PM or we skype.

Super Member
Joined: 09.06.2014

I have!
I began with teaching him some Finnish. Then we became Facebook friends and now we chat almost every day.

Super Member
Joined: 28.07.2016

I can't say I've made any friends during my few months here. I've only talked to people about translations, either in form of translation reviews or help forums or even translation requests via PM but not an actual friend-to-friend conversation. I do believe, though, that a common taste in music (judging from the songs one chooses to translate) or an interest in somebody else's language or translating style could initiate a good friendship that could grow in the future. It might take some time before someone in the community seeks to approach you, who knows? Regular smile

Guest

Thanks guys, for your replies! That's very cool. I like to see how other people feel about this, since I have very little experience with the website.

Moderator of the Balkans :)
Joined: 07.12.2012

I'm on the other end of the spectrum and although I am here for a while, I can't say that I am really close to anyone - yes, I know a lot people, I have talked to a lot too. But maybe it's just me, as I am really private as a person and I don't have many friends, but who knows, maybe one day I will find someone Regular smile

Guest

Thanks CherryCrush, for sharing your thoughts and experience! Regular smile

I feel like you, personally, the word friend means a lot to me; it means a lot of trust.

However, to enjoy company the company of someone and have some things to say to them; that is probably a form of friendship too, friendly acquaintances.

I think there are cultural differences, of course, about what friends are ; the word in English is open to so many interpretations! Regular smile Your reply has made me reflect about the nature of my question and post.

Thanks so much for your response, again, everybody...
It took mustering up some courage to ask a question like this, as some of you may imagine perhaps...

Super Member
Joined: 06.02.2016

if we weren't such rejects we wouldn't get no translations done... or at least not in the same quantity..

Princess
Joined: 12.07.2016

I talked to various people, but unfortunately I haven't made any friends. Even though I really want to... So you can always send me PM you guys Teeth smile

Moderator of the avant-garde
Joined: 05.04.2012

Through LT I have known several people that I like, the problem is that they live very far from me to be considered friends as we don't chatter that much about stuff differently from translating and languages... There's just one member with whom I keep contact outside LT and another who I have added on Facebook.

By the way, LT was/is a very nice place to know people interested in the same things as me Wink smile

Senior Member
Joined: 12.07.2016

I agree to that. Most of the conversations on Lyricstranslate are confined within Lingual and Cultural Parameters, that means people only communicate within this service, friendship is way too far than communication.

I don't mean otherwise, but you can find friends and might even make many, but the probability is very little

Guest

Thank you @Mark , that comment made me laugh out loud.

Thanks, Buse, I sent you a message.

Thanks, Juan.

Thanks, Sakae.

I think it's probably a difficult feat! But it's good enough to find people to have good conversations about languages, if little else.
I have been going through the forums and from time to time there are lively discussions about other things.
I imagined this was quite a difficult feat to achieve in a website that's dedicated to translation output, which isn't a bad thing.

Thank you all. Regular smile

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Joined: 11.10.2014

I think of several people I've met here as friends - discussions sometimes sometimes go outside of comments into messages because wander away from translation so they aren't suitable as comments on translation, to the merits of different sorts of lyrics, or different kinds of music, or the weather, or whatever.

Guest

I haven't met anyone here that I would call a friend, but everyone is so nice here! I'm glad I signed up! With that being said, I'm always down for making friends and anyone is welcome to PM me to talk about random stuff. I'm very social. I'm even ok with someone PM'ing me abou their language, I've learned so much here)

Guest

Thanks Michealt and Agronak.

I was sincerely curious about whether anyone has made friends here, and so far some people have replied that they've made some friends, but the majority of people who've replied say that's not quite the case, though they make acquaintances or talk.

Since I started this whole topic, I'd like people to know I'm open to PMs, too, and I tend to "overthank" in general (or so I've been told), but I really do think you all are kind for taking the time to leave a few lines responding. And I really do appreciate it.!!! Regular smile

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rainymoon wrote:

Thanks Michealt and Agronak.

You're welcome! Glad I could contribute Wink smile I actually find it interesting that most people haven't met friends on here, but I guess I understand for some people translating is the sole focus here.

You're welcome to PM to talk if you want , unfortunately I'm on my iPad a lot so I don't get chat messages Sad smile

Moderator of the avant-garde
Joined: 05.04.2012

Would it be time to promote a LT conference via Skype? :p

Guest

That's would be cool, but with everyone's time zone differences that might be difficult

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Idon't know who's furthest East, but I reckon Alma's probably furthest West of those who might be interested. Maybe he could try to coordinate?

Today though is not a good day - my time-zone jumps an hour about 4 hours from now, I suspect others will be jumping too. Tomorrow will be better (after Rio time has jumped, if it too does it this wekend).

Guest

Coordinating would be best. I can't do today either, time jumps soon for me as well. You and I might be the same time zone, michaelt. And I'm working the rest of the week, then I'll be in Iceland so as much as I would love this, I hope we can coordinate for a later time

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Joined: 05.04.2012
michealt wrote:

Idon't know who's furthest East, but I reckon Alma's probably furthest West of those who might be interested. Maybe he could try to coordinate?

Today though is not a good day - my time-zone jumps an hour about 4 hours from now, I suspect others will be jumping too. Tomorrow will be better (after Rio time has jumped, if it too does it this wekend).

I'd be most glad to organize a meeting like this, but I'm afraid that due to the diverse timezones users are in, it will be very hard to contact a group of people. But we can think of ways as to connect.

Guest
Alma Barroca wrote:
michealt wrote:

Idon't know who's furthest East, but I reckon Alma's probably furthest West of those who might be interested. Maybe he could try to coordinate?

Today though is not a good day - my time-zone jumps an hour about 4 hours from now, I suspect others will be jumping too. Tomorrow will be better (after Rio time has jumped, if it too does it this wekend).

I'd be most glad to organize a meeting like this, but I'm afraid that due to the diverse timezones users are in, it will be very hard to contact a group of people. But we can think of ways as to connect.

Maybe we can set up several over the course of a few days, and Skype at different times each of the days so that everyone gets a chance?

Moderator of the avant-garde
Joined: 05.04.2012

It could be good. I'll take this for the other mods and Admins, as it can turn into an actual event for the website.

Guest

I look forward to (hopefully) being able to participate

Senior Member
Joined: 12.07.2016

What we can do is a group chat (only if people are willing to share their ID's) over Skype. This feature at least is supported on all platforms.
Time differences might not be an issue for a chat.

Guest

That is a good idea, but video or audio would be more fun Regular smile But one of the rules should be that we should speak a English because it might be tempting for some to talk to other people in languages they both know

Guest

I'm too shy for Skype, and I'm too new. But if you all can get it to work , then I'm glad to have started the thread. I didn't expect , actually, to receive many replies. I'm glad it had some good conversation. Thanks everyone.

Joined: 09.04.2017

I haven't yet, but I just joined today so that's expected. I hope I can meet people who can help me with the languages I want to learn. This seems like a great community so far, and I hope to make some friends.

Also, I think the Skype chat is a great idea!

Guest

Thanks for you thoughts @swedens0ur ! 0)

and vilkommen.

Yes, it's really nice here. :party:

As long as people take it easy and/or with a grain of salt always, and show deference and love toward site rules and our moderators (and editors) who have such thankless jobs, nobody bites.

Teeth smile

Editor from the Land of Fire
Joined: 21.06.2013

Hello! Nice question, first of all. I have made 3 friends here. I have relations with 2 of them via facebook and whatsapp. We also had skype chat, if I am not wrong. And sometimes I feel like they are somehow closer to me than my "friends" in real life. Plus, it's always good to have friends from all around the world. Fantastic Regular smile

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Joined: 10.07.2014

I've definitely met some awesome people on LyricsTranslate! I didn't expect to make friends on the site -- I just joined in order to practice translating stuff -- but I've ended up chatting fairly often with several people on account of us constantly commenting on each others' translations. It's been fun discussing languages & poetry with people from around the world Regular smile

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Joined: 10.12.2013

I have not. I've talked to very few people. I wish I was better at getting to know people. I am always kind of waiting for someone to PM me because I am too afraid to make contact. Applies to real life as well.

Editor whimsical chatterbox
Joined: 14.09.2013

I can't write anything but French and English, so that limits my possibilities to get in touch with people. My great liking for Russian, despite my poor mastery of it, brought me to cross path with quite a few people from Slavic countries though.

Another limiting factor is that my "unperson" status is not some kind of joke. That's what I really am: no job and no hope to ever find one makes you effectively a kind of living dead, as far as social life is concerned. I've got quite used to being occasionally showcased as a pathetic loser or a lazy parasite, and considered non-existent the rest of the time, but for some reason my condition tends to show through and upset people.
The upside is, I've got precious little self esteem left to loose, so ego wars are about as wasted on me as the voluntaristic speeches of our new President. Combined with an unlimited amount of free time and the apparent leniency of the moderation team, that leaves me free to nitpick about translations and throw in the occasional rant, snappy remark or cheeky comment to my heart's content.

Despite all this, I have gotten to know maybe two dozen people in the course of 3 or 4 years. People I feel at ease with, enough for a bit of joking and chatting. Some I am quite fond of and would sincerely miss if they went away. A few I would even dare to call friends, in a more selective acceptance than what Facebook considered a friend to be, in this strange world where I no longer belong.

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Joined: 06.02.2016

petit eleve. Congrats. you just got the 2mio dollar contract to make a movie about my life.

Editor whimsical chatterbox
Joined: 14.09.2013

Thanks, but that would be way too much work. I'd rather keep eating boiled noodles and ketchup until the retirement pension kicks in or world war three breaks out, whichever comes first.

Super Member
Joined: 06.02.2016

boiled noodles... hmm i thought the french ate snails ? *chuckles*

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Joined: 11.10.2014

No, it's not just snails Mark, they will generally eat any food that tastes good when taken with a decent wine.

And of course some food is eaten that tastes good even with a lousey wine too, although that is of course done mainly by people with awful taste in wine (mostly foreign toursts) and people who can't afford decent wine.

Of course some Frenchmen eat any food which tastes bad enough that numbing the tastebuds is an acceptable reason and excuse for drinking too much wine, but that must surely happen in every country where some wives nag a lot.

Editor whimsical chatterbox
Joined: 14.09.2013

I rather like snails, though what you actually taste is mostly butter, parsley and garlic on a somewhat rubbery consistence.
Frog legs I only tried once. If not for the appearance I could not tell the difference with chicken. Then I realized the cruel way these unfortunate animals get butchered for half a bite of meat, and that was enough to put me off that food.

As far as gastronomy is concerned I'd rather drink water than spoil a good meal with cheap wine.
If it's about getting drunk, I find beer puts a lot less strain on the stomach than an awful plonk. Wine is easier on the kidneys though.

I had a theory similar to yours about why Brits like their tea scalding hot Regular smile

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Joined: 06.02.2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNLPyTvCkyo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-G3MLjqicC8
Still got 3 Tetra Pak of vin de table in my drawer.. (2 Rouge, 1 blanc)
To me all wine tastes the same and I water it down usually..
But I digress...

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Joined: 11.10.2014

I've never known anyone but an American drink tea scalding hot, but perhaps there are some Brits who do it.

The sad thing about Brit drinking habits is that the majority drink beer freezing cold (between -1 and +4 degrees C), a habit introduced to London in the 50s or 60s (but now spread throughout the three mainland countries) by drinkers of cheap Australian lager which had to be drunk before it warmed up too much and failed to disable the taste buds, otherwise it could produce an inconvenient reaction (such as regurgitating widely).

Editor whimsical chatterbox
Joined: 14.09.2013

Actually I found little cause for numbing my taste buds in the UK. Marmite was a bit harsh on an empty stomach and boiled mutton in mint sauce felt a bit like gnawing at a toothbrush, but the basic dishes were quite edible (and some of them had most amusing names).
I think this mutual culinary distaste is rather a leftover from the hundred years' war and does not stand up to a closer scrutiny. Still, I never tried the haggis Regular smile
Your UK beers are sure hard to beat. They have a real taste, not like all this yellow fizzling water, and they don't feel sticky contrary to all these Belgian sugar-saturated syrups. I agree it's a shame to let the cold ruin them, and I can understand how you feel about Australian lager. The only serious competitor I found was a kind of light stout in St Petersburg, about 15 years ago. They changed the packaging since then but I hope they kept the recipe.

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Joined: 06.02.2016

I'll never forget the cheap french knock-off of a german pils we drank in Port Grimaud on the camping grounds in 1998. it was called "Waldenbraü".. with the umlaut on the wrong vowel.. we didn't care, we just poured it down and went about our business of enjoying the beach and making out..

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I think the "mutual culinary distaste" is mostly an ongoing joke rather than a serious legacy of ancient quarrels.

I mostly rate French food higher than English (because most of the English are either experts at cooking badly and/or think that junk food is preferable to nutritious food) and Scottish food higher than French food. Of course snails are about as pleasant as india rubber would be if cooked with butter and garlic, but many English people carefully cook their steaks to acheive that same rubbery texture.

Perhaps I rate Scottish food highly because I miss the breakfasts I used to get in the early 70s when getting off the night train from London to Edinburgh at about 6am after day or two working down south and having time to take breakfast at the North British Hotel before heading for the office in Dalkeith - that was smoked haddock for the first course, then oatmeal (not boiled as in English porridge) in water with salt and a small amount of chopped fruit, next two Scotch sultana pancakes with butter, then grilled brown trout fillet, then bacon (2 Scottish middle rashers), Lorne Sausage (2 squares), two eggs (lightly fried), sauté potatoes, fried bread, and a liberal supply of toast butter and marmalades and jams, with orange juice, tea, and drinking water throughout. I don't think I could eat that breakfast now (and the North British Hotel is no more, so I don't know where I could get it).

Editor whimsical chatterbox
Joined: 14.09.2013

Yes it's a joke, but it has real consequences. You can find some UK food in hipster bars or so-called pubs, mostly fish & chips served on a square plate decorated with paprika and pink salt from the Himalayas, but I'm not even sure you could find a quiet place in Paris to enjoy a plain old steak & kidney pie or a good plate of bangers & mash Regular smile

As for snails, I suspect the rubbery consistency is an integral part of the experience, like slices of slightly stale garlic and parsley flavoured marshmallows soaked in butter.
I suppose you can't be expected to like boiled meat unless you were on that diet from early childhood on. And even then, grilled meat must taste like foie gras in comparison.

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Joined: 06.02.2016

british haute cuisine... ts. ts.ts i'm not even gonna touch that pandora's box...
you can google the pictures for yourself.. Regular smile

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Joined: 14.10.2014

I've tried snails - I thought they were rather unpleasant but then I don't like shellfish either so that's not surprising. Last time I was in Paris I had Steak Tartare which was delicious - unfortunately it made me very unwell for several days afterwards! Best stick to the boiled meats and white bread I guess! ;-)