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Learning a neutral accent and DIY speech therapy

I teach for a living but have a lot of linguistic baggage that I'd like to get rid of. Specifically, I have some weird pronunciation/accent issues and would like to speak "General American" or newscaster English. Is this something I can do on my own? What resources should I use? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Feb 27, 2013 - 7 answers

 

"It work." or "It works". Which is correct?

Alright all your grammar masters. My wife is foreign and she announced "It work." when I rubbed her shoulder and fixed her pain. I corrected her by saying "It works." to teach her well. She then proceeded to explain to me the English of "plural" with adding an "s" to the verb. Is this correct?
posted by usermac on Feb 25, 2013 - 17 answers

Dayta or Datta?

Help me find a dialect map for the pronunciation of the word "data". [more inside]
posted by janell on Jan 29, 2013 - 30 answers

A Model AskMetafilter Post

When did people stop using the term "model minority"? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Jan 27, 2013 - 27 answers

I'm looking for flowcharts depicting the oddities of English

In my lab I was hired in part so as to have a native speaker of English on hand to improve the general knowledge of the language if only by osmosis. So, deciding to take my duties seriously, the other day I drew the Oh Snap Flowchart on the whiteboard of our break-room where it was a big hit, what other amusing flowcharts are there floating around the internet that I could use to explain any of the various oddities of the English language? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Jan 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Grammar nerd question

Which is correct? a) "Led Zeppelin is a band" b) "Led Zeppelin are a band" [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Jan 9, 2013 - 30 answers

... all the trouble of a B.A. in English literature

I'm considering taking online courses/doing a part time degree in English for interest reasons. Will this be worth it? [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Jan 3, 2013 - 10 answers

What is it like working in Asia?

What is it like working in Asia? [more inside]
posted by inaisa on Dec 31, 2012 - 18 answers

A linguistic query

How long did it take for the United States to lose all traces of a British accent among its citizens? [more inside]
posted by newfers on Dec 29, 2012 - 18 answers

Would Chalky White really have sounded like that?

Does anyone have any resources to find historical forms of Ebonics? [more inside]
posted by patricking on Dec 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Baby Gael?

We are considering naming our soon-to-be-born son Gael. I have a few questions about that. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Dec 6, 2012 - 104 answers

High School Book Club Recommendations

I'm looking for specific book recommendations for high school exchange students. [more inside]
posted by trueluk on Dec 4, 2012 - 3 answers

As indicated below, the headline is a reference to same.

How do you edit writing written in a different dialect than your own? I'm very soon going to be responsible for editing some English technical/business writing by a team in a highly multilingual south-Asian country. [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Dec 2, 2012 - 10 answers

pulitzer drafts

Years ago Jack Hart, the esteemed editor and writing coach at The Oregonian, posted the rough drafts of Tom Hallman's Pulitzer winning story The Boy Behind the Mask somewhere online. Perhaps to a writers'/journalists' forum or mailing list. One editor's reaction to seeing the progression of the story through the drafts was to call it the most instructive lesson he'd ever had in newspaper writing. Help me track down those drafts!
posted by AceRock on Nov 26, 2012 - 0 answers

Tell me the stories of San Francisco...and help me tell others!

Help me teach the stories of San Francisco! [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Nov 23, 2012 - 27 answers

Exact placement of nicknames?

As a rule, when writing out a woman's full name in a formal manner, should the nickname, if present, be positioned just before the maiden name, or just before the most recent (married) name? Example: Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Bouvier Kennedy Onassis vs. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy "Jackie" Onassis. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor on Nov 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Egyptian Arabic Song Translation Needed....Haty Bosah Ya Bet

What does this Egyptian Arabic song mean in English? Listen to the song here. Thanks! : )
posted by thatgirl1985 on Nov 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Eh? Aye? I?

How does a Scotsman (or woman) pronounce the town Ae, Scotland?
posted by furtive on Oct 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Bilingual blogging layout in Urdu and English?

What do I need to know to create a bilingual blog that uses left-to-right and right-to-left languages simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by bardophile on Oct 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Oh the Humanities!

What qualifications do I need to teach humanities, beyond the normal education teachery qualifications? Victoria, Australia, to be specific. I am a Spanish/English methods teacher, but would love some more advice on applying for all those English/Humanities jobs out there. [more inside]
posted by titanium_geek on Oct 4, 2012 - 4 answers

English catchphrases in foreign language films

Are there any famous English catchphrases in foreign language television and cinema? Think of this as the Foreign language equivalent to "Hasta la vista, baby!" [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Sep 26, 2012 - 11 answers

How to find Hermann Hesse in English?

Hermann Hesse apparently published a book called Bäume: Betrachtungen und Gedichte (Trees: Reflections and Poems) and I'm trying to find a version in English, because it sounds awesome. Look. [more inside]
posted by Cobalt on Sep 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Dear Ms. Wilson and Messrs. Smith, Willians, Jones, and Davis,

I need to address a formal letter to five recipients of different rank and gender at once. How? [more inside]
posted by Nameless on Sep 14, 2012 - 22 answers

Does Midsomer Murders portray English country life realistically?

I know that the real English countryside is not as violent as Midsomer County -- no place is -- but how realistic are the other aspects of country life portrayed in the show? (specific questions inside) [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Sep 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Best version of the Child Ballads?

I'd like to get a copy of the Child Ballads, but there is a frustratingly large selection and very few reviews of any of them. Any suggestions on the best version? [more inside]
posted by HSWilson on Sep 14, 2012 - 9 answers

British Word for Nymphet Fetish

Doing research for my new book on age-discrepant relationships and ephebopilia, I just watched the film Twinky (1970), which was partly filmed in Britain and a British (?) word was used that I can't seem to find the correct spelling for. Spelled phonetically the word is - nym-phe-ta-tish. From the context of the film, it appears to be a combination of nymphet and fetish and refers to one who has a fetish for nymphets. Does anyone the correct spelling of the word? Thanks!
posted by lrnarabic on Sep 8, 2012 - 4 answers

What size population is needed to maintain an accent?

What size population do you need to maintain an accent? [more inside]
posted by jjderooy on Sep 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Name/Find that shirt!

This is the nicest men's shirt I've ever seen! what the heck is it? [more inside]
posted by euphoria066 on Aug 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Looking for a new name for the company.

Need help naming a small HR development business [more inside]
posted by brappi on Jul 30, 2012 - 5 answers

I want to understand these Spanish lyrics

Can someone who speaks Spanish tell me what this song means? [more inside]
posted by Eradicator! on Jul 25, 2012 - 4 answers

What is this mock-Gaelic limerick I am thinking of?

There's a famous limerick I'm after which I suspect was the work of a major or minor Irish poet. It mocks the Gaelicisation of Irish place names and has a last line which goes (Anglicised) something like "which makes driving in Ireland so dreary". [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Jul 24, 2012 - 3 answers

British-friendly bar in Chicago for Olympics viewing

Suggestions for a British-friendly bar in Chicago, for Olympics viewing? [more inside]
posted by b_alex_a on Jul 22, 2012 - 6 answers

how to describe the "hw" sound

How could I describe in a non-technical way how certain English-speakers maintain a distinction between the "w" and "wh" sound? A certain amount of technical description could help. Its for a character in a story. For example: "The beginning of his 'what' still comes from deep within his throat." I don't know if that's technically true and it sounds awesomely terrible but something like that. [more inside]
posted by pynchonesque on Jul 13, 2012 - 19 answers

Pronounce "The One Sun Shone Down on the Brown Ground," Please

Linguistics-filter: What sort of English accent makes "brown," "sun," and "shone" all be pronounced with a similar vowel sound? [more inside]
posted by erst on Jul 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Translate that!

Are there any untranslateable American and British words? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Jul 7, 2012 - 61 answers

That's funny. Why? Because it's funny. Sigh.

I'm teaching a Language of Humour class to high school juniors and seniors. I need recommendations for things that are funny. And I need you to help me not fail. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Jul 7, 2012 - 32 answers

Useful idioms

Business idioms that are actually useful? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jun 29, 2012 - 31 answers

How do you transcribe stuttering dialogue?

Poor understanding of grammar might cost me my job. Can anyone help an audio-typist fight back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2012 - 29 answers

Help me get published

Help me make a name for myself in the education publishing world. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Jun 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Horses for courses... UK vs US English?

I'm a writer - with a British English education. I've just finished a young adult novel that I'm polishing to go on submission. Should I be making sure everything is in US English? [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Jun 13, 2012 - 29 answers

Best place to learn english.

I have spoken english fluently since I was a child but I know many people that would like to learn or are trying to learn how to speak english. In my opinion the best method is full on immersion in an english speaking country. What would be the best country or place for this to happen? [more inside]
posted by mikeanegus on Jun 8, 2012 - 17 answers

Can regular Japanese folk read English words?

Work-related question: Can the average Japanese-only speaker read and pronounce English words? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jun 1, 2012 - 13 answers

Finding a full-time gig in Japan while over there, work visa expiring soon?

Looking for work in Japan - Have a work visa that will expire in early August. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on May 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Amazing, newer French novels that are not available in English translation?

Amazing, newer French novels that are not available in English translation? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on May 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Sources explaining why you shouldn't put a comma after the year when a date is used as an adjective?

Sources explaining why you shouldn't put a comma after the year when a date is used as an adjective? [more inside]
posted by flod logic on May 16, 2012 - 18 answers

Many Sex on the Beach!

What is the correct or best way to pluralize the cocktail named "Sex on the Beach"? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on May 10, 2012 - 42 answers

Pardner, I am hopeful that you are fixing to answer my question.

When did the use of contractions become common in American English and/or when did the absence of contractions become an (accurate or not) shorthand for outdated diction? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 9, 2012 - 8 answers

What is the word I need...when is an app not an app?

For android and apple mobile devices: The main page holds icons of apps. What do you call the icons within the app itself, especially if they are not links to mobile sites? Apps seems confusing. For example: ZDbox is a multi-function app for android that has, when you open it, other things you can do. Assuming that they were to look like the main page of a mobile screen, what are these things called?
posted by CodeMonkey on May 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Accents across the pond.

Have there been any American actors that have been cast as primary characters on British shows and use a British accent? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on May 6, 2012 - 30 answers

I can't believe I don't understand

What is this New Zealand flight attendant saying in this Air New Zealand safety video? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on May 1, 2012 - 11 answers

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