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Help me remember this word?

What's the word I am trying to think of? [more inside]
posted by naskar on Feb 10, 2012 - 23 answers

Awesome ESL Projects

I'm looking for a fun medium to long term project for an advanced ESL student. [more inside]
posted by one little who on Feb 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Should I get an IT job or travel overseas?

I graduated from college a few months ago with an IT degree, but my heart is not in it. I also just got a certification to teach English overseas. Should I work in IT or travel overseas? [more inside]
posted by deeba on Feb 2, 2012 - 18 answers

Thesis Structuring - Help!

Will I get this done, even if it ends in madness? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Jan 31, 2012 - 16 answers

What does "Jg." stand for?

I am translating a German bibliography entry to English. The entry has "21. Jg." after the periodical title. What does "Jg." mean?
posted by likeapen on Jan 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Tenses without English equivalents?

Tenses without English equivalents? [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Jan 20, 2012 - 25 answers

Are ten-year-olds everywhere tormented with spelling tests?

Do spelling bees or tests exist in languages other than English? [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Jan 16, 2012 - 19 answers

What does the word "abstract" mean?

What does the word "abstract" mean? [more inside]
posted by internet_explorer on Jan 16, 2012 - 11 answers

I'm going down to AskMeFi to get some answers

When do you say 'going down to X' and when do you say 'going up to X' in the context of geography? Do you have a system? For example do you say going up when you going North? For example we are going up to Sydney from Melbourne. Or do you use the rough height of the places? [more inside]
posted by sien on Jan 13, 2012 - 63 answers

Aunt In-Law Once Removed?

What do you call your brother-in-law's mom? [more inside]
posted by janelikes on Jan 10, 2012 - 36 answers

So I actually CAN make money from home...

I'm looking for a fully online MA program in TESOL or a related field like Applied Linguistics, that is NOT meant for K-12 public school teaching, with the aim of professionalizing myself as an English tutor. I found the New School's program here, that would certainly cover all my bases, but I simply wouldn't be able to afford the cost. Can you help me find other options? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Jan 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Seeking an English-Speaking Doctor in Tijuana, Mexico

Seeking an English-Speaking Doctor in Tijuana, Mexico [more inside]
posted by laswingkid on Jan 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Best apps, podcasts, and audio files for a Cantonese-speaking woman to learn spoken English?

My girlfriend and I have bought her mother an iPod Touch. At her request, we're loading it with things to help her learn to speak better English. What are the best apps, podcasts, audiofiles, etc. for a Cantonese-speaking woman who wants to improve her English by herself? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Dec 24, 2011 - 8 answers

I say tomato etc.

Where can I find a comprehensive list of words that are pronounced differently in the US and the UK? Wikipedia is a good start, but it's not complete. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Dec 21, 2011 - 9 answers

What is the term for a group of things?

What is the term for a group of things? [more inside]
posted by doub1ejack on Dec 20, 2011 - 17 answers

I'm no John Keating.

How do I effectively tutor someone in high school English and History? [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Dec 14, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I pimp my resume in English ?

I'm french-speaking, possible new job needs my resume in English. Please help me pimp my resume. [more inside]
posted by Baud on Dec 13, 2011 - 6 answers

You say ukuleleist; I say ukulelist.

Question for the language types: which is correct, ukuleleist, or ukulelist? [more inside]
posted by chez shoes on Dec 8, 2011 - 19 answers

Did my German ancestors really need to know that much English?

Do immigrants need a higher level of proficiency in English to get along in the world today than our ancestors did when they immigrated? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Dec 7, 2011 - 19 answers

What's the best way I can help an Indian colleague improve his English?

What's the best way I can help an Indian colleague improve his English? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on Dec 7, 2011 - 18 answers

ipso facto, girlfriend! (vocab word help!)

is there a word for 'a word that fits its own definition'? for example, sesquipedalian is a big word that by definition means "prone to using big words." is there a formal term for this type of thing?
posted by carlypennylane on Nov 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Words

What’s a sure-fire way of knowing the difference between “their” and there; I always end up getting confused between the two. [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Nov 21, 2011 - 19 answers

Is teaching a calling?

How happy are you with your 2nd career as a public school teacher? [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Nov 17, 2011 - 15 answers

ISO ESL Advice

Please point me to excellent ESL beginner resources for a really motivated Chinese pupil... [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Nov 9, 2011 - 5 answers

"The" Ukrainian Needs Help with "a" grammar issue.

Can you help me explain how and when to use articles (a/an/the) to a non-native English speaker? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Nov 7, 2011 - 9 answers

What would happen to someone who licked a common English toad?

What effect would licking a common English toad have on humans? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Oct 17, 2011 - 7 answers

I want something to put over the mantle with us and our dog. Don't judge. Help.

What are some great traditional examples of family paintings with animals that look like THIS? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 10, 2011 - 6 answers

What are the best websites out there?

If I had never seen the internet before, where would you direct me in 2011? What are the best news, film, music, art, fashion, history, technology, gossip, sports websites and blogs out there? [more inside]
posted by maca on Oct 3, 2011 - 14 answers

Magnitude, your rebuttal?

When we talk about general magnitude of countable things ("I see hundreds of ads every day" or "There were thousands of people watching the parade"), why do English-speakers generally say "dozens" instead of "tens"? [more inside]
posted by psoas on Oct 3, 2011 - 24 answers

Please Help Me with a Word

Is there a common English word or a technical term that names the process of taking a page or picture from the real world to the virtual? In other words, if I took a physical page and, with a scanner or camera, turned it into a file on my computer; what would you call that action?
posted by millerizer on Oct 2, 2011 - 21 answers

Word Charts?

Is there a graphical representation of the number of english words, broken down by popular use? If not, is the raw data available online somewhere?
posted by parallax7d on Sep 27, 2011 - 12 answers

I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity, but unfortunately it also confused me

I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity but unfortunately it also confused me. It would be great if someone here could elucidate its meaning for me. The poem is The Curse by John Donne.
posted by gregb1007 on Sep 19, 2011 - 6 answers

How would you translate this into English?

How would you translate this into English? Il n'est voisin qui ne voisine. I know it's a French idiom, but what does it mean?
posted by degoao on Sep 14, 2011 - 9 answers

"Hand over your adjectives and no one gets hurt!"

"American English is like a mugger in a back alley who, instead of taking your wallet, takes your pocket dictionary". I read a quote in this vein a while ago and I'm trying to identify the actual quote and the source.
posted by chara on Sep 12, 2011 - 4 answers

My heart is big, my ears are crap

I have often have trouble understanding what ESL speakers are saying, and I pretty much feel like a jerk after asking someone to repeat something a third time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2011 - 26 answers

Me fail English? That's unpossible.

So, this is a a little embarrassing. Apparently, I know nothing about the rules of grammar and English composition. Obviously, I have some of the basics of writing down (you can read this right?), but I don't know any of the terminology and nitty-gritty details about how sentences are constructed in English. I need help with resources to quickly catch me up to all the other kids in my Advanced Composition class. [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on Sep 7, 2011 - 28 answers

Thesis rewrites and unexplained comments from supervisor

Thesis rewrites and unexplained comments from supervisor [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2011 - 19 answers

Teaching English to Spanish Nurses and Physios

I'm looking for materials for a university level program in Spain for the teaching of intermediate/advanced English to Spanish nursing and physiotherapy students. As coordinator of the programme, I'm on the lookout for recommendations for websites/other materials that I could use which people may have had positive experiences with. Hospital English looks pretty good, for example. The coursebooks will be the Oxford English for Careers (Nursing, Medicine series) by Tony Grice, unless anyone has any better suggestions!
posted by Holly on Sep 6, 2011 - 0 answers

Looking for a good book on English grammar.

Looking for a good book on English grammar. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 31, 2011 - 18 answers

Certification for ELL Students

Need help quick: is there a standard certification for ELL students? [more inside]
posted by WaspEnterprises on Aug 31, 2011 - 2 answers

Verblödung

What does Verblödung mean in English? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Aug 28, 2011 - 5 answers

So "Rock"=Wild & "Party"=Crazy, or...

Has an evaluation been made of the dichotomy between what is implied by the term "wild" in the line "You drive us wild" and what is implied by the term "crazy" in the immediately following line "We'll drive you crazy" in KISS's "Rock And Roll All Night?"
posted by herbplarfegan on Aug 23, 2011 - 16 answers

Help! I need somebody.

Teaching english to children. My goodness, this is difficult. I need advice, badly. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Aug 16, 2011 - 20 answers

Help me write my MA thesis...PLEASE?

Okay, this is a long-shot, I know, but I need help finding information about someone referenced in a random Ph.D thesis I came across on teh intarwebs. His ideas are about the use of patterning in High School English education, and I'd like to acknowledge them in my own thesis. His name is Chad Wolf and he taught at Jefferson High School in '00-'01. My Google-fu is weak, but all my attempts return nothing. All the information I have below the fold. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Jul 31, 2011 - 8 answers

y rose to x from x-δ

Why does the New York Times write "unemployment rose to 10% from 5%" rather than "unemployment rose from 5% to 10%"? I trip over this formulation and have to go back and reread the clause every time. Is the goal to increase clarity of avoid confusion in some way? How so? This doesn't seem to be standard American English, and it's certainly not usual in the UK. [more inside]
posted by caek on Jul 15, 2011 - 14 answers

IS British food really as bad as the rumors make it out to be?

IS British food really as bad as the rumors make it out to be? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jul 12, 2011 - 74 answers

English? Is that a strange language?

Which aspect of English do you find it difficult? [more inside]
posted by sanskrtam on Jul 11, 2011 - 30 answers

Hi, I'm anon. Am I a philistine?

Do you honestly enjoy reading free verse? Can you explain to me why I should enjoy it, too? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 - 27 answers

The capital I.

Calling etymologists, linguists, lexicographers, and research librarians! Was there a time when 'television,' 'radio,' or 'newspaper' were always capitalized? [more inside]
posted by thebestsophist on Jun 20, 2011 - 12 answers

What are the pros and cons of trying to become an English professor in Toronto for a fiction writer (and how feasible is it)?

What are the pros and cons of trying to become an English professor in Toronto for a fiction writer (and how feasible is it)? [more inside]
posted by skwt on Jun 20, 2011 - 18 answers

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