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All day long he tucks and fits, and fits and tucks, and tucks and fits....

Please help me find similar pronunciations of profanity and non-profanity for my Korean class e.g., "beach" and "NSFW" [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Aug 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Creative or English Literature masters?

I'm currently finishing my last English Literature Honors paper and aim to continue academic study. My dilemma is that I am unsure of whether to apply for an English Literature MA or a Creative Writing MA. [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Aug 12, 2010 - 18 answers

Why is my English boyfriend so reserved?

Are British people kind of socially retarded or is it normal for them to not be chatty and friendly with people they don't know well? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Aug 5, 2010 - 57 answers

Help me create a list of epics that either destroy - or transform - students in college Lit classes...

I'm trying to make a list of epics that kill most people in college Lit - the really great ones that for many people are impossible to get through, but can be so worthwhile if they do. Here's a rough list so far: [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Jul 28, 2010 - 65 answers

Expressing percentage reductions in the english language

Best way to express a percentange reduction in the english language. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito on Jul 23, 2010 - 11 answers

Don't be such a Gloomy Gus

Is there a word for "Debbie Downer", "Nervous Nelson", and similar labels? [more inside]
posted by fleeba on Jul 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Another where-do-I-go-from-here thread

UK English graduate can't find proper job. Keep searching, take time out, or get more qualifications? (Also regrets degree, wishes he'd gone science or IT. Would not be amiss to getting-a-second-degree-without-funding advice.) [more inside]
posted by Fen on Jul 12, 2010 - 7 answers

Can Anyone Translate This Swedish Word?

My husband's grandmother is Swedish (born in the US; her parents emigrated). She uses the Swedish word "guba" (sounds like 'gouda') when talking about any nice-looking man ("Oh, he's a guba."). Is this an accurate translation? I've tried Google and haven't gotten a definitive answer, possibly because I may be spelling it wrong.
posted by miltoncat on Jul 7, 2010 - 4 answers

Tips for a first-time translator

Tips on translating a bunch of documents quickly and efficiently? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Jun 24, 2010 - 6 answers

"Class, take out your babushkas..."

Need help brainstorming a list of ~15 nested/related concepts on virtually any topic, in the style of a Matroyshka doll or an onion. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jun 13, 2010 - 7 answers

"Best" and "worst" experiences involving grammar?

"Best" and "worst" experiences involving grammar and learning grammar? I think we were asked to write this to increase empathy, but I can't think of anything with any emotional weight, so I thought I'd ask for your experiences. Please answer especially if you had a difficult time with grammar. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jun 8, 2010 - 31 answers

English friendly Web hosting in Spain?

English friendly Web hosting in Spain? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie on Jun 4, 2010 - 2 answers

No, I will Not Be Asking For Papers

SpanishFilter: Translation these apartment moving phrases from English to written and spoken (Mexican) Spanish, por favor? [more inside]
posted by _paegan_ on Jun 4, 2010 - 7 answers

Feeling fancy(work) free...

Calling all English word-nerds and/or Japanese translators: have you ever heard the term "fancywork" used to refer to male genitalia? [more inside]
posted by dubitable on Jun 2, 2010 - 22 answers

Yes, I AM Serious. I really do want to listen to the commentary!

Do you know where online I can watch the French Open with English commentary? I've been watching it (or rather listening to it) on ESPN3, but there is absolutely no commentary. As I'm watching it in snatches at work, it's kind of nice to have the commenters natter on a bit, so I can catch up on what I've missed. I do not just want recap sports shows, but rather the actual matches (preferably as live as ESPN3, but recorded for the next day would be interesting as well). Thanks.
posted by bluefly on Jun 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Books for Bhutan

YANM teacher, YANM parent, but which english textbooks would you recommend for grades K-6? [more inside]
posted by Suciu on May 29, 2010 - 2 answers

Divided by a common language

A question for native speakers of UK English: With formal writing, can you readily distinguish between US and UK English? If you were reading something that supposedly targeted a UK audience and an Americanism cropped up, would you find that distracting? [more inside]
posted by adamrice on May 18, 2010 - 53 answers

Obscure words combine to form common phrase

There are certain obscure English words that are rarely used alone, but show up in more commonly used word pairs - the best example I can think of is "miasmic fug". I am trying to write about this phenomenon, so if anyone can suggest other word pairs like this I would be very grateful!
posted by csg77 on May 16, 2010 - 60 answers

Do Brits sound American?

How do British Actors playing Americans sound to Americans? [more inside]
posted by Biru on May 8, 2010 - 116 answers

The death of a king

Thomas Mallory's La Morte D'Athur has a french spelling for its title. Was Mallory's story originally written in french, old french, or middle english, or something else. If it was written in middle english, as we suspect, why does it have a french title?
posted by Sparx on May 7, 2010 - 10 answers

Seeking English words with meanings hidden in plain sight

Help me find English words that have meanings hidden in plain sight. For example, it only recently occurred to me that a "quart" is a quarter of a gallon. [more inside]
posted by alms on May 4, 2010 - 142 answers

Pedestridance?

What is the word for the thing that happens when two people are walking toward each other from opposite sides of the lane and one goes left to let the other pass, but the second goes left too and then they both go right together and left again?
posted by Lucubrator on May 4, 2010 - 12 answers

She's Japanese, you see, and has magic powers over shadow and darkness.

Short and sweet: what's the best way to translate "girl of darkness" to Japanese as if it were someone's formal title? I need it romanized, not in katakana or hiragana. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on May 3, 2010 - 8 answers

My poor English ability will continue to hold me back professionally and life in general if I don't find a way to improve it.

Poor English is holding my American Dream hostage. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2010 - 58 answers

Good recruiters and programs for teaching English in Japan?

Can you recommend recruiters or specific programs for someone who would like to teach English in Japan, starting this fall? [more inside]
posted by cirripede on Apr 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Things Your English Teacher Taught You

What is the best thing your high school English teacher taught you? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Apr 27, 2010 - 104 answers

Korean-English dictionary for Mac

Do you know of a decent free/cheap Korean-English/English-Korean offline dictionary for Mac OSX 10.6? [more inside]
posted by smorange on Apr 24, 2010 - 2 answers

Kind of like teaching an upset, 10-year old sack of potatoes to read.

Advice on making reading palatable to a disgruntled ESL 10-year-old. [more inside]
posted by sdis on Apr 22, 2010 - 16 answers

"Myself" vs "me"

Grammar filter: Is it wrong to use "myself" when "me" seems to sound better? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Apr 21, 2010 - 33 answers

Best recruiters for teaching English abroad?

What are the best recruiters for teaching English in South Korea? [more inside]
posted by LegateSaxon on Apr 19, 2010 - 4 answers

TESL certification from Duke: Hot or not?

I am considering enrolling in the Duke University (continuing education, non-credit) TESL certification program with the goal of living and teaching English abroad. Would this be a waste of time? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Rockin In The Old World

I'm an American. Help me create a playlist for our European vacation: Songs that celebrate or mention England, Denmark, or Holland. [more inside]
posted by crapples on Apr 9, 2010 - 32 answers

Postgraduate Reasearch Paper - The Neverending Story

I'm writing a postgrad research paper on Michael Ende's The Neverending Story. I'm keen to hear from anyone who has done any academic work on the novel, or those who have a personal interest in understanding aspects of the novel. Very little in terms of scholarly research exists on the topic to date . My particular focus is a Jungian analysis of archetypes within the novel. It's an introduction of sorts, a quick overview (10 000 words) of a topic I have the potential of working onto a longer thesis.
posted by New England Cultist on Apr 6, 2010 - 12 answers

Are surfing The Google with iPad?

What's the term for the use of a product name as a singular noun (like iPod), and why do companies do this? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Apr 4, 2010 - 9 answers

You cawl thayt a noyf?

Is there a resource that demonstrates how to do foreign accents by re-spelling words in such a way that when read aloud by an American, will closely resemble the accent? For example, in "Australian", Down = Dan. [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed on Apr 2, 2010 - 15 answers

Novels about English Village Life

I'm making a reading list and I'm looking for some novels about English village life. What I have so far you can view here. Any suggestions of books and authors I may have missed? I am looking for fiction that is in print and more than likely available at most public libraries in the states. [more inside]
posted by zzazazz on Mar 30, 2010 - 34 answers

To speak? Or not to fpeak?

How far back in history can I go before the English language I know and love is of no use to me? [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Mar 18, 2010 - 21 answers

What curriculum/books should I follow to teach 2 students one in the 7th grade and one in 8th grade that are homeschooling?

What curriculum/books should I follow to teach 2 students one in the 7th grade and one in 8th grade that are homeschooling? [more inside]
posted by minsid on Mar 17, 2010 - 14 answers

Is a great MA program worth the debt?

I got into a top English grad program, but they defaulted me from PhD to MA. Is it worth shouldering the massive debt of a Master's degree, or should I gamble on getting into a PhD program next year? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Mar 17, 2010 - 33 answers

Spreading thought viruses onto the young ones

Hello, please help me find cool and fun videos that I can use on my iPhone to inspire conversation in my Korean children's speaking and conversation class. My children are between 8 and 14. I run fun classes that encourage them to speak as much as possible. I'm looking for videos that can compliament my class giving us something to talk about. [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Mar 11, 2010 - 6 answers

Is Present Perfect Progessive Passive possible in English?

GrammarFilter: Present Perfect Passive Progressive. Real or a myth? [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine on Feb 26, 2010 - 10 answers

I need like help like listening to like conversations.

When did the excessive use of "like" become a part of the American lexicon? [more inside]
posted by woodjockey on Feb 25, 2010 - 19 answers

Speaking in Tongues

I want to expand my collection of accents. What movies should I watch? I'm especially interested in regional American, UK and Irish accents, but hearing non-native English speakers is helpful as well.
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Feb 24, 2010 - 35 answers

Should a future librarian get a masters in English?

Will a master's degree in English be useful to someone who wants to be a librarian? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me pick a work of modern literature to write about.

What novel, published in the last five years, will keep my interest and be not-too-overly-verbose as to make my job harder (I have to write a paper discussing it's literary merits)? [more inside]
posted by makethemost on Feb 23, 2010 - 24 answers

English usage: "what would seem to be."

What's the proper use of the phrase "what would seem to be"? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 on Feb 18, 2010 - 11 answers

English breakfast

From a short story by Roald Dahl. "Sir Basil was there before me,and Jelks was serving him with grilled kidneys and bacon and fried tomatoes."-Neck- My question is about this kidneys.In the nineteenth and twentyth century,the wealthy people would have a breakfast like that?If so,what animal's kidney did they used to have?And they don't have it for breakfast now,don't they?Or Dahl says about something else,such as kidney beans?
posted by mizukko on Feb 16, 2010 - 23 answers

IPA transcriptions for free?

Is there an open source (or free for non-commercial use) list of English (Either RP or Standard American) IPA transcriptions available somewhere? Example: car: /ˈkɑː/, cat: /kæt/.
posted by Memo on Feb 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Indefinite articles used with acronyms starting with U

Why do we precede acronyms starting with the letter U with 'a' instead of 'an', e.g. "a USB key" or "a UFO"? Acronyms starting with a consonant are frequently preceded by "an" because consonants' names have a different spelling than the letters themselves, e.g. M as em and H as aitch, therefore "an HIV outbreak" or "an MRI". However, U's name is spelled u, and acronyms that start with other vowels are preceded by 'an', e.g. "an ABC license". What's the deal?
posted by BigSky on Feb 12, 2010 - 31 answers

Tips to study for Praxis I

I Need to take and pass PRAXIS I asap. I looked at the sample questions on ETS website. My strongest area is math followed by reading. On the writing section, I feel I can do well on the essay as it seems natural to me but the technical terms used for grammar, etc, get me lost. So i am looking for advice to study all three parts, especially the technical English stuff. Should I buy the books from ETS? Are there better options? Thanks!
posted by lake59 on Feb 11, 2010 - 4 answers

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