General Discussion: The life advice thread. Never do, say, eat or drink anything without asking how to do it in here first!


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TheConductor
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4273 posts since 17/11/09

14 Jan 2021 15:55
Has anyone bought the Samsung The Serif 2020? Tempted by the 43" and wondered what people thought of it.
snaye
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10889 posts since 24/10/02

posted 14 Jan 2021 17:02, edited 14 Jan 2021 17:02
zappa1903 wrote: Anyone been locked out from there outlook account before?

Been using the same account for 20 years never had a problem until Sunday when it asked me to verify details. Tried to do this but it failed because it was asking me about Xbox and Skype which I haven’t used in well over 10+ years. Phoned them and was told to fill in a form and wait 24 hours and still nothing. So have done this several times now and is getting tiresome. Keep explaining to the person I haven’t heard back and have already done this just to be told another another 24 hours. This is my main email address so need to check it quite regularly.

Any suggestions because phoning them doesn’t seem to work.

Unless you have a phone or back up email registered then you are fucked. I migrated most my mail to ProtonMail a while back and wanted to delete some orphaned mail accounts i had, one being MSFT.

They typically recover within a 30 day period. Contacted me on day 29 Laughing out loud good luck.
swiftus
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1381 posts since 1/7/09

14 Jan 2021 17:12
Guys that have dated girls from other countries where English is not their first language…how did it work out?

In that position, and finding it switching from great to terrible, the latter mostly being because things get lost in translation and the lack of understanding of British humour (sarcasm, self-deprecation, 'banter') never seems to go away.
Trent
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2024 posts since 18/1/09

14 Jan 2021 17:21
A few, and I’ve lived outside of the UK for a good while now. I’m with a girl from about 10 miles away from where I am from.

Generally found European girls to be receptive to British banter.
quest
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3646 posts since 11/7/11

posted 14 Jan 2021 17:50, edited 14 Jan 2021 17:50
are you in their country, or the other way round?

I’ve lived in brazil for 4 years now, while initially it was waheyy throwing that dong around because you’re a gringo, but socially people are very different over here and just trying to be on the same level took getting used to. my gf is basic fluent English, and I’m near enough basic fluent Portuguese, but still loads of stupid British humour that goes over her head basically always, so tend to shut my mouth
swiftus
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1381 posts since 1/7/09

posted 14 Jan 2021 18:05, edited 14 Jan 2021 18:05
@Trent - which countries?

@Quest - she's over here (UK)

Just gets a bit tiring after a while trying to explain everything…she hasn't even met my mates yet, which will open a whole new can of worms Eek
Rirawin
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9488 posts since 17/7/05

14 Jan 2021 19:09
swiftus wrote: Guys that have dated girls from other countries where English is not their first language…how did it work out?

In that position, and finding it switching from great to terrible, the latter mostly being because things get lost in translation and the lack of understanding of British humour (sarcasm, self-deprecation, 'banter') never seems to go away.

Married and living in the UK. Though in hindsight kinda wishing we'd perhaps decided to settle in Taiwan instead!
MerciBeau
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4356 posts since 7/7/06

14 Jan 2021 20:59
I have an American missus and it's hard enough even with speaking the same language when the cultural differences can be so massive… (Every single day I'm over here I realise just how much more similar West or Northern European countries are to British culture than the Yanks)

Though I can't speak for the language barrier beside a 6 month period where the Hinge algorithm served me up exclusively South Americans, I'll offer you some things I've noticed on the international relationships side of things that I think are helpful to know:


- The cultural differences kind of create a kind of constant source of 'novelty' in the relationship which can be good - you can even just watch shitty TV and ask questions about it or talk about mundane everyday stuff but it becomes a bit more interesting, it's a longer-term thing but it staves off monotony in the relationship.

- You already mentioned jokes/humour, but yeah, unfortunately, that just doesn't translate especially when it's just the two of you, you'll still be able to 'hold court', joke and tell funny stories in group settings but it just doesn't seem to gel as well in the 'banter' one-to-one type situations.

- It's a bit easier generally in the UK, you're bound to fuck up some cultural taboos when you visit her home nation though, that'll most often just raise a bit of a laugh but occasionally it might piss her off when you're over there.

- On the mates thing you mention - that will probably be really easy to be honest - she'll intuitively pick up on the social vibes and 'get' the drift of things way more than when it's just you two and you don't have the social cues.


Further down the line:

- Meeting family can be a weird one as some will either love you as a charming exotic kind of thing or some will just not 'get' you.

- You'll for sure end up getting married quicker to avoid excessive Visa shit.

- There will still be a load of very expensive Visa shit.

R
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13269 posts since 17/5/03

14 Jan 2021 21:00
swiftus wrote: Guys that have dated girls from other countries where English is not their first language…how did it work out?

In that position, and finding it switching from great to terrible, the latter mostly being because things get lost in translation and the lack of understanding of British humour (sarcasm, self-deprecation, 'banter') never seems to go away.

would never do it.

I bought a samsung frame and the studio stands change every year seemingly. The one I want is from 2018 or 19, whereas the tv is 2020. Samsung has 'suggested' not to do it, but on the off chance, does anyone technical know whether it will actually fit?
ismvil
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1601 posts since 16/9/11

14 Jan 2021 21:13
Conclusion from R: Dating a Korean television is never a good idea
Best
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9904 posts since 21/10/05

14 Jan 2021 21:24
Laughing out loud
MoB
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37098 posts since 31/8/04

14 Jan 2021 21:26
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zappa1903
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432 posts since 26/8/14

14 Jan 2021 21:42
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swede
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9504 posts since 21/3/09

14 Jan 2021 21:59
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MerciBeau wrote: I have an American missus and it's hard enough even with speaking the same language when the cultural differences can be so massive… (Every single day I'm over here I realise just how much more similar West or Northern European countries are to British culture than the Yanks)
during my phd went to the US for a couple of conferences and also spent 3 days at a lab working alongside some yanks. it is so weird how different their humour is Laughing out loud what gets me most is how they are always so smiley and positive… it is literally not possible to be that enthusiastic about everything! just feels so insincere to me… and i am quite an upbeat guy
illwill
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4117 posts since 17/5/04

posted 14 Jan 2021 22:39, edited 14 Jan 2021 22:39
I went out with a Romanian girl for a while.

Her English was great but she couldn't get on board with my expensive tastes and ultimately it put paid to the relationship.

She'd be sending money home to her parents and i'd be pissing triple the amount up the wall on trainers every month.
Davinho
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2345 posts since 2/12/08

14 Jan 2021 22:39
I went out with an American girl for a couple of years and spent 3 months over there at one point. All her friends & family were nice but I missed my mates and brother after about a month. I just wanted someone to say something cynical, take the piss out of me or even just be a bit of a dick. It was exhausting that everyone was so upbeat and positive all the time Laughing out loud
JustinCredible
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2660 posts since 11/6/08

14 Jan 2021 23:38
R Laughing out loud
R
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13269 posts since 17/5/03

posted 15 Jan 2021 00:25, edited 15 Jan 2021 00:25
just to clarify, the points relating to the non-fluent partner and the samsung tv stand were separate.

many thanks.
JustinCredible
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2660 posts since 11/6/08

15 Jan 2021 00:37
Any colour blind fukers tried out enchroma glasses?
gaffer
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520 posts since 13/4/05

15 Jan 2021 00:59
TheConductor wrote: Has anyone bought the Samsung The Serif 2020? Tempted by the 43" and wondered what people thought of it.

Got one being delivered in the next couple of days, will let you know my thoughts if you haven't already pulled the trigger before it gets here.