Can you recommend a program on DVD or PC for learning English as a second language? [more inside]
Is there a term for when people go by a single name like Madonna or Cher? [more inside]
Next year I'm teaching a course on science and literature after 1945. What should I put on the syllabus? [more inside]
Is the 'th' sound native to any languages other than English?
Know any rare English prepositions? [more inside]
Help me find a long lost Flash movie....Learn English. I am a Lion. I eat you! I am eating you! I ate you! [more inside]
Is the definition of 'terror' as 'Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes' a recent development, or a regional variation? [more inside]
Okay, I have realised that for my English Literature exam on Monday I have spent most of my time revising Blake (1/2 of the exam) and next to no time with Hamlet (the other 1/2 of the exam) learning quotes, key themes etc - we have read the play in class twice, the last time being about 4 weeks ago. Any help to make this exam go as painlessly as possible? I realise I may already be a lost cause. [more inside]
Bookworm MeFites: I'm looking for novels, short stories, and plays by white authors where their non-white characters speak in a dialect. For instance, the slave Jim in Twain's Huckleberry Finn. [more inside]
Help us figure out how to spend 9 months to a year in France. [more inside]
Did "based on" beget "based off of"? [more inside]
I'm looking for an English translation of Borges online. [more inside]
I'm looking for a jokey piece on the Internet which is a treatise on how to reform English which gradually changes into German as you read. [more inside]
In English, we have words like mercurial, martial, jovial, and saturnine... [more inside]
What are the 500 most commonly used words in the English language ? Where can I get such a list ? [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find a list online of 500-1000 most common spanish words or phrases, along with their meanings? I searched a bit and found quite a few that had 50 or a 100 approximately, but I want more. I have a Spanish to English dictionary, but I want to print out a quick reference sheet. The list can be words or phrases, it doesnt matter too much.
How can I convert a modern English speech into Shakespearean English, quickly and easily? [more inside]
Is it just me, or has the verbal crutch "I mean" (used as a conjunction rather than a correction) really flooded into American English recently? Last night I was listening to a radio show and nearly all the callers were doing it. My wife does it. My friends do it. I have to stop myself from doing it. Is this at all new? When did it start? I really don't remember hearing this (or doing this) 10-20 years ago.
What does English sound like? [more inside]
Help me find an interlinear NIV Greek-English Old Testament. [more inside]
Anyone (non-Japanese-speaking, not based in Japan) have experience buying from Amazon.co.jp? [more inside]
Thanks to a derail in this thread, I have learned that Merriam-Webster now believes that "literally" also means "virtually." This has shaken me to the core, and seems to be evidence of the English language being irrevocably broken. I beg you to ease my soul and prove this isn't true by giving me evidence of other English words that, over time, have come to mean their own antonyms.
Where do apeshit and batshit come from? [more inside]
In America, there's a trend towards making the English language more gender-neutral. However, it seems that English is already one of the world's more androgynous languages. Is there an effort to make other languages more gender-neutral, or is it just American English?
While abroad last fall, I had really awesome sandwhiches. It seemed like every pub we ate in had a brie-and-bacon-on-some-sort-of-bread available. Now that I'm back in the states, I want to know where to find English bacon, or how to substitute for it. [more inside]
I am to be the best man at a wedding of a German and Italian (the bride). I have been asked by the couple to speak in English on the day. Most people attending should be able to understand some English but unfortunately there will still be a number who will not understand. Any clever ideas on how to bridge the language barrier? German humour and Italian humour - what are they? Are they compatible? How could I work them together? As I am British, I don't know the different customs and practices at Italian weddings and German weddings. What are the things I should really make a point of doing and not doing? Are there some finer touches that would really go down well? [more inside]
How to teach my child a foreign language (English)? [more inside]
Why does one not use the word "one" more often when refering to people in general? [more inside]
The online version of the OED (subscription required) uses an ASCII version of IPA, and I can't figure it out. [more inside]
It's been six years. Do you have, or does anyone you know use a term, in conversation, comparable to 'the nineties' or 'the eighties' for this decade?
What is the History of English Language Capitalization? [more inside]
What sorts of English-speaking jobs are available in Germany? [more inside]
How do I find a non-teaching job in Japan? [more inside]
Why is American English so different from British English? [more inside]
How can I say "to skull a beer" in American English? It means to drink a whole lot of beer in one gulp.
I'd like to improve my english (french is my mother language). [more inside]
Spoken English courses in Manhattan / elsewhere in NYC? [more inside]
A friend of mine would like to buy an electronic Japanese-English dictionary. What model do you recommend? [more inside]
How do you pronounce Murinae?
How difficult would it be for a married couple (1 german, 1 english) currently living in london - to move to live and work in US - for example to san francisco [more inside]
What's the deal with expressing ownership on names that end in 's'? If I had a buddy named 'Loveless' and wanted to talk about his pet dog, I would write "Loveless' pet dog". But I would clearly pronounce the exact same sentence like "Lovelesses pet dog". Doesn't that suck?
Electronic version of the Oxford English Dictionary? [more inside]
How do I see this google map of Japan with English placenames?
There seems to be a consensus on how Chaucer and his contemporaries sounded. What I'd like is a summary (or links, or pointers to resources) of how we know how Middle English speakers sounded.
Help me find a gift for my 55 yr. old mother that will help her begin to wonder of her own thoughts and wishes, and think that just maybe she could be a force of her very own in this world. [more inside]
What words do people use that consistently make you cringe and wonder if they understand what they are saying? [more inside]
I'm trying to figure out the proper capitalization rules for acronyms. [more inside]
When Americans talk about things like bands and sports teams they use the singular but when people in the UK/Ireland do so they use the plural. Who's right? [more inside]