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Teaching English as an Asian

How difficult is it to get a job teaching English in Asia as an American-born Asian? [more inside]
posted by jsmith78 on Jan 25, 2010 - 13 answers

Thanks! Greetings!

Regional variations on "you're welcome"? [more inside]
posted by molecicco on Jan 23, 2010 - 78 answers

How to become more than fluent in English ?

how can I improve my english speaking to the next level ? [more inside]
posted by anto1ne on Jan 16, 2010 - 28 answers

I'll make you a trade, but am I saying this backward?

GrammarFilter: Is the phrase "I will trade you.." often misused, or is it a perfectly valid usage that drives me crazy? [more inside]
posted by mikeh on Jan 11, 2010 - 24 answers

Either or too

Can I use "Me either" in place of "Me too" in response to this statement..."I can't wait to see you!"? Please explain.
posted by likeapen on Jan 8, 2010 - 19 answers

Words of long lasting love in English, Welsh and French please!

Celebrating a golden wedding anniversary next month - photobook in production - your favourite quotations, poetry and passages (in English, Welsh and French) please! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Beyond Ava and Aidan?

Baby Names for a girl and a boy? I'm pregnant with twins! Yay! Except that after months of fearing for the worst, we're nearing the end of the second trimester and we have no names ready. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2010 - 72 answers

What's American for 'undercoat'?

Can someone give me a primer on translating the British terms for wall / house paint into their American equivalents? [more inside]
posted by holgate on Nov 24, 2009 - 14 answers

Help me subjugate the subjunctive, or I might get moody.

Yet Another English Grammar Question: Which is correct? Based on my facial expression right now, you would think I [were/was] excited. The former sounds wrong, but reading about subjunctive moods makes me think it's right. Does it matter whether I intend to imply that I was not in fact excited?
posted by phrontist on Nov 23, 2009 - 27 answers

Difficulty of writing and speaking English?

Is English much more difficult than most languages to speak and to write? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Nov 23, 2009 - 37 answers

I'm not sure what jobs I should be applying for.

What are some decent-paying jobs for someone who has B.A. degrees in English and in Psychology, and a lot of unofficial and very specialized technical knowledge but no "official" (i.e. paid) experience with such? [more inside]
posted by Lakmir on Nov 20, 2009 - 11 answers

serious business!

Is there a word for a person who has been subpoenaed? If two people are subpoenaed, they are called co-...? They're not co-defendants. Is there an equivalent?
posted by streetdreams on Nov 19, 2009 - 14 answers

What's a good idea for a thesis paper combining English and Physics?

I go to a small Liberal Arts school in Pennsylvania, and part of the graduation requirements involve writing a substantial Senior Composition, basically a baby thesis (Original research requirements, rigorous, etc.) I'm double-majoring in Physics and English, and I'd love to be able to combine both of these subjects into one comprehensive paper, especially because if i can't, I have to write two separate ones. [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns on Nov 18, 2009 - 18 answers

"The human body can be drained of blood in 8.6 seconds given adequate vacuuming systems."

Does "creepy" have specific meaning? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Nov 17, 2009 - 42 answers

English Help Please?

Help me fix some problems with my English essay (scribd link) please! [more inside]
posted by kylej on Nov 15, 2009 - 21 answers

What's a better adjective for someone who is not wearing a suit coat?

Adjective-Filter! What's a good adjective to describe someone who is not wearing a suit coat? [more inside]
posted by niles on Nov 3, 2009 - 10 answers

Where can I publish old literary crit essays that are burning a hole in my pocket?

Where can I publish some old literary crit essays that are burning a hole in my pocket? [more inside]
posted by duncecap on Nov 1, 2009 - 6 answers

To answer, you would have had to have been able to have answered this question...

GrammarFilter: A friend and I have been discussing this construction: "would have had to go" vs. "would have had to have gone." It seems they are both correct and are almost always interchangeable, so it would seem the former, simpler version is preferable. Thoughts, explanations, examples otherwise? Are they both correct? [more inside]
posted by Badasscommy on Oct 26, 2009 - 10 answers

Resources on herbivore men?

What are the best online or print resources in English language about lifestyle and individuality of soshoku-danshi (grass-eating/herbivore men)? Not looking for news articles, thanks!
posted by parmanparman on Oct 26, 2009 - 5 answers

Tell me about this sentence construction

Tell me everything you know about this sentence construction: "Are you finished your lunch?" [more inside]
posted by peep on Oct 22, 2009 - 91 answers

English Language Un-Filtered.

What does English sound like if you don't speak it? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon on Oct 20, 2009 - 47 answers

Butcher knife" or "Butcher's knife?

[EnglishFilter]: "Butcher knife" or "Butcher's knife?" [more inside]
posted by AAAAAThatsFiveAs on Oct 19, 2009 - 16 answers

Books on 17th c. Anglo-Dutch maritime wars?

Looking for good books/resources about the 17th century Anglo-Dutch maritime wars. For a project I'm doing, I'd like to get more historical detail about what the Dutch call the English Wars and what the English call the Dutch wars. While I am interested in the specific facts, I'm more interested in getting a sense of time and place, both for those who were at sea and for those at home in the two countries. Do you know any fascinating books (non-fiction or historical fiction) that reference these events?
posted by judith on Oct 18, 2009 - 10 answers

Some say I have a way with words.

You are a paid writer/screenwriter/columnist/blogger. What can you tell me about how to best break into this profession? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Oct 12, 2009 - 13 answers

Where can I find movies or tv shows that are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles?

Where can I find some movies or tv shows that are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Oct 9, 2009 - 16 answers

Why is "win" often implicitly considered a conditional verb?

Grammarians: Is it OK to take liberties with the word "win" when publicizing a contest or draw? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit on Oct 5, 2009 - 15 answers

Reading a dialogue in a british accent.

I need someone to record this dialogue in a british accent. Where/How? [more inside]
posted by Memo on Oct 4, 2009 - 11 answers

Long sleeve? Long-sleeved? Halp!

Please hope me with this seemingly-basic English grammar/spelling question! Which is correct: "long-sleeve t-shirt" or "long-sleeved t-shirt"? Is there supposed to be a hyphen between "long" and "sleeve(d)? [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Oct 2, 2009 - 38 answers

Consulate personnel and dependents registry?

I am looking for any publicly-available staff-and-dependents records for the British Consulate in Los Angeles, specifically for the period 1965 to 1966. I have some info. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2009 - 1 answer

Is there an adverbial form of the word 'smellable'?

Is there a good adverbial form of the word 'smellable'? [more inside]
posted by voronoi on Sep 29, 2009 - 25 answers

One fell swoop (rather than lots of shallow ones)

I'm dealing with English/Chinese bilingual documents in OpenOffice, 100+ page ones, and I need to get all the Chinese characters out and into another document. I'm either looking at 2-3 hours of deleting, cutting, and pasting, or maybe there's a shortcut? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Sep 27, 2009 - 2 answers

Chinese translation help

硬背. Please translate this into English for me. [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Sep 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Full English breakfast, hold the spam.

Where can I get a full English breakfast in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Sep 18, 2009 - 10 answers

Fun & Games in English

I am giving a English class to a group of Argentinian 8-12 year olds in a few hours, I'm looking for fun games I can play with them. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on Sep 11, 2009 - 6 answers

In need of Finglish (Farsi) translation.

In need of Finglish (Farsi) translation. Original text inside. [more inside]
posted by pantheON on Sep 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Want to write a biography

I've fallen in love with a certain older British character actor and want to write his biography...where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut on Sep 4, 2009 - 5 answers

I Haven't Had So Much Fun Since the Pigs Ate My Brother

"I Haven't Had So Much Fun Since the Pigs Ate My Brother." Aside from this post, what year and where was the first time you heard this phrase? [more inside]
posted by eccnineten on Aug 23, 2009 - 11 answers

Indian English Speakers with Shifting Western Accent

Is it a widespread behavior for multilingual speakers of english to get a more anglicized accent when talking to a native speaker? [more inside]
posted by Non Prosequitur on Aug 22, 2009 - 19 answers

it depends on how you use matters and depends.

Help explain why my writing partner constantly uses a word in a way I find weird and incorrect. A question that anyone can answer. [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez on Aug 18, 2009 - 54 answers

"Like Bob and Me" or "like Bob and I"?

So which sentence is proper English grammar: "If you eat like Bob and me, you will be healthy." or "If you eat like Bob and I, you will be healthy."
posted by 256 on Aug 14, 2009 - 73 answers

How to say "accuracy" and "precision" in Russian?

How to translate the scientific/statistical English words "accuracy" and "precision" into scientific/statistical Russian? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Aug 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Identify this early 60s English pop song

"If I say that I love you, and you know it's true" - identify this early 60s English pop song [more inside]
posted by martinrebas on Aug 12, 2009 - 3 answers

My name is Daniel Plainview. I am driven and goal-oriented, and I endeavor to forge new possibilities in alternative energy.

In There Will Be Blood, Daniel Plainview delivers the line: "I have a competition in me." Could this be described as grammatically correct, strictly speaking? Or is it idiomatic, but not strictly correct? Is Plainview saying, essentially, "I have a [sense of] competition in me," a sentence that, were it to be spelled out as such, would lose its rhetorical punch? Could it be argued as a case of poetic metonymy or something of the kind? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Aug 8, 2009 - 27 answers

Is English abnormal?

language-philes -- Isnt English weird for not having conjugated verbs? Even its closest relatives - german and the romance languages - have conjugated verbs. Please to explain? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Aug 5, 2009 - 38 answers

French-language versions of English pop songs?

I'm looking for French-language versions of well-known English-language pop songs. Any genre or era. (Bonus points for French versions of the New Wave songs from my youth...) My wife and I are learning French together, and I think this would be a fun way to add some color to that process.
posted by jdroth on Aug 3, 2009 - 32 answers

Lean and Mean

Help a skinny guy shape up! more after the jump! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Jul 31, 2009 - 24 answers

How can I become a better writer in English?

Help me be a better writer in English (as a second language) [more inside]
posted by papalotl on Jul 30, 2009 - 16 answers

How do I teach English to a bunch of South Korean 4th graders?

In about a month I'm going to be teaching English to a bunch of 4th grade South Korean kids. Awesome. However, I've never taught anything, let alone a language. I'm looking for books, courses, tips, tricks, suggestions and anything else that might give me a little confidence. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jul 30, 2009 - 20 answers

Can anyone help an italic-hater?

Calling all editors, proofreaders, and style mavens! I need help with (not) italicizing court cases in a non-legal document. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jul 29, 2009 - 16 answers

What is some authentic posh British music?

What music would best be played to accompany a Pimm's Cup? [more inside]
posted by dammitjim on Jul 29, 2009 - 23 answers

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