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Bạn có nói tiếng...Parlez-vous...Do you speak...?

Anybody familiar with a series of trilingual Vietnamese folk storybooks that were written in Vietnamese, English & French? I'm searching.. [more inside]
posted by handabear on Jul 9, 2009 - 0 answers

Can you recommend articles on work or the workplace?

I am a community college English instructor, and I am working on structuring my Comp I class around the theme of work. Can anyone recommend some thoughtful articles, websites, books (easily excerpted), etc. about work or the workplace? Most of my students have limited reading comprehension skills, so I can’t use anything that is too specialized or advanced. I’m looking for articles on the level of Time or Newsweek. Thanks!
posted by alspeigh on Jul 3, 2009 - 23 answers

When/Where did "FYI" originate?

the Acronym "F.Y.I " Who came up with it and how old is it? [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Jun 23, 2009 - 8 answers

1977 JMB English A-Level Texts

What texts were examined in the 1977 Joint Matriculation Board (JMB) English A-Level exam taken by students in the United Kingdom?
posted by kyten on Jun 22, 2009 - 1 answer

She put on her jumper, drove to my flat, and is now happily wrapped

Wrapped up in British English filter, with [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jun 16, 2009 - 24 answers

Looking to put together a self-study for Comparative Literature.

I'd like to study about Comparative Literature, but as I've looked around at CompLit university departments it appears that there isn't really anything like an introductory course or textbook. [more inside]
posted by elfgirl on Jun 11, 2009 - 5 answers

Business major -> English teacher

I've decided I want to teach high school english. Problem: I have a BS in Business Admin. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by firei on Jun 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me be a teacher

Help me make a career move. Do I want to be a high school or college teacher? [more inside]
posted by mikelly on Jun 10, 2009 - 18 answers

Which books should I read ?

In order to pass an English competitive examination in France, I need reference (but not too long) books on two history subjects. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Jun 4, 2009 - 2 answers

Teaching the Teachers

I'm in Spain and have been asked to give summer courses in English for academic purposes to university researchers and teachers of engineering. Apart from "English Academic Vocabulary in Use" (CUP), which I used last year - it's good - do any MeFites have any tried and tested recommendations for books and other materials that might be suitable? Amazon is great, but too often you can't get a feel for the book.
posted by Holly on May 26, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me name my English-Spanish translation company

Help me name my Spanish-English translation company [more inside]
posted by imaswinger on May 22, 2009 - 13 answers

Apple Sours

Apple Genius Bar not so Genius - I bought my macbook back in 2004 and recently took it into the London Apple store for help with a software problem. [more inside]
posted by numberstation on May 21, 2009 - 12 answers

English to Latin Translation needed!

I need to have a latin phrase translated for a tattoo I'm getting, anyone know latin? the phrase is: "One day we will burn together as stars" [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine on May 15, 2009 - 26 answers

Anyone besides English speakers denature their blasphemiea

Zounds! Odd's Bodkins! Jiminy Cricket! Gosh darn it! English Christianity seems nervous about taking the Lord's name directly in vain and comes up with these odd re-arrangements to avoid blasphemy. Can't think of any languages that take the third commandment quite the same way, but perhaps you can. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on May 13, 2009 - 20 answers

Speaking English causes bad teeth? Combined with chewing gum, leads to more kids having to wear dental braces? Help me research this one; would like stats and links...

Speaking English causes bad teeth? Combined with chewing gum, leads to more kids having to wear dental braces? Help me research this one; would like stats and links... [more inside]
posted by querty on May 11, 2009 - 25 answers

How useful is French in English-speaking Canada?

What kinds of jobs are available in Canada--but outside of Quebec--for someone who can speak English, Korean, and French reasonably fluently? Preferably, though not necessarily, on the West coast. [more inside]
posted by smorange on May 8, 2009 - 10 answers

I will be the supreme ambassador between the humans and the machines!

What are the possible pitfalls of my new life plan? [more inside]
posted by SinisterPurpose on May 4, 2009 - 22 answers

Do you pronounce the T in "often"

Do you pronounce the T in "often"? [more inside]
posted by Slenny on May 1, 2009 - 136 answers

Seeking differences between American English and English English around 1776 - 1815

England and America, two countries separated by a common language. Check. What I'm looking for are resources that cover the differences in spoken English (accent, syntax, diction, catch-phrases - it's all good) between the two countries circa 1776-1815. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Apr 20, 2009 - 9 answers

What does 'binned' mean?

What does 'binned' mean in UK slang? [more inside]
posted by coryinabox on Apr 15, 2009 - 25 answers

What is this English/Chinese song?

Name this song: Chinese (I assume) singers singing in English singing praises about the Three Gorges Dam. I heard it in an Asian restaurant about 6-8 years ago. [more inside]
posted by santogold on Apr 4, 2009 - 1 answer

ESL Textbook Recommendations

ESL Textbook Recommendations, anyone? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Apr 4, 2009 - 3 answers

Global/International English Resources

What tools are out there for globalizing/internationalizing English text? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousd on Apr 3, 2009 - 3 answers

How to learn English online?

Do you know of any good online resources to learn English on your own? [more inside]
posted by maca on Mar 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Semi-colon usage

Semi-colon usage: "My name's John; I'm a carpenter and I enjoy repairing old homes and building new ones." [more inside]
posted by boosh on Mar 27, 2009 - 29 answers

Conventions in writing film scripts?

Quick education in film script conventions please? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Mar 27, 2009 - 2 answers

Words that have a "zyu" sound in American English pronunciation?

Are there any words that have a "zyu" sound in American English pronunciation? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut on Mar 25, 2009 - 39 answers

I am *asking* a question.

What is the origin in English of the present continuous tense (present progressive tense)? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Mar 21, 2009 - 15 answers

There are simply no words... seriously, we haven't come up with those yet.

Is there a word or phrase in any language that describes a moment that is so perfect that it makes you sad, either because it will eventually end or because every moment can't be that perfect? How about a word for a moment that is so perfect that "words can't describe it"? Are there any other concepts that are difficult to describe in English, but easy in other languages? [more inside]
posted by aristan on Mar 14, 2009 - 40 answers

don't condescend...

How does one properly use the term condescend (or condescending)? Is there a correct way? Is there a more popular way? It seems the word expresses two contradictory meanings. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Mar 10, 2009 - 13 answers

Help find a Virginia Woolf (?) quote about the 'Poor School'?

Help me find a (Virginia Woolf?) quote about the "Poor School." [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Mar 5, 2009 - 4 answers

Percentage of English speakers in India

What percentage of Indians speak English? [more inside]
posted by blue mustard on Mar 3, 2009 - 15 answers

The 'W' is Silent

The 'w' in 'Keswick' is silent. So is the 'w' in 'Southwark'. And the 'h' in 'Pakenham'. Is there a name for this and is there a rule to apply it? [more inside]
posted by awfurby on Feb 24, 2009 - 36 answers

Good examples of intercultural communications based on ideograms or common concepts?

Good examples of intercultural communications based on ideograms or common concepts? [more inside]
posted by Bio11 on Feb 22, 2009 - 13 answers

Getting stuff typed in Urdu.

How to get typed up stuff in Urdu with our English keyboards? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Feb 18, 2009 - 2 answers

Female child/adult female

Why do we say "female child" or "male child," but reverse the word order for "adult female" and "adult male?"
posted by arcticwoman on Feb 15, 2009 - 19 answers

Help my find this quotation about editing

Help my find this quotation about editing... [more inside]
posted by VeniceGlass on Feb 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Good Plays to Do With Eighth Graders?

What are some great plays to read aloud with eighth graders? [more inside]
posted by Chanther on Feb 10, 2009 - 26 answers

Metric conversion cards in DC?

Where could I find metric to English conversion cards like these in the Washington DC area? [more inside]
posted by thrako on Feb 3, 2009 - 4 answers

Oxford–Hachette French English Dictionary Online?

Is the Oxford–Hachette French English dictionary properly available online if you live outside of France? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Feb 3, 2009 - 3 answers

When strumpet, trollop nor shrew will do

What's the term for a woman who's trying to steal someone else's husband? I thought the term was "cuckold," but that's a husband whose wife is committing adultery. I'm in the odd position of having to console a friend who's believes her man is the target of a campaign of seduction, and I'd like a succinct term. [more inside]
posted by Mozai on Feb 2, 2009 - 37 answers

Why is Sudan frequently referred to with an article, as in the Sudan?

Why is Sudan frequently referred to with an article, as in the Sudan?
posted by christhelongtimelurker on Jan 28, 2009 - 11 answers

I want to be smart so I can write clever Askme Headlines

What are some easy, relatively quick ways to learn to write better, think clearer, and express myself better? [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Jan 28, 2009 - 24 answers

English practice for ESL students in Northern Virginia?

ESL-filter: Where can a fairly advanced ESL student practice her English for free? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Jan 25, 2009 - 5 answers

you say barrack i say barack

Why do some British news reporters insist on pronouncing Barack Obama's first name like "barrack"? [more inside]
posted by sammich on Jan 22, 2009 - 45 answers

TEFL in Argentina

Does anyone have recommendations for where to find job postings for companies hiring English teachers in Buenos Aires? [more inside]
posted by casconed on Jan 21, 2009 - 4 answers

When to use -ctive and -ctional?

When should I use "instructive" and when should I use "instructional"? [more inside]
posted by gmm on Jan 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me name the 赤ちゃん!

BabyNameFilter: Help me name my son. Difficulty level: a boy's name that works both in Japanese and English. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jan 19, 2009 - 42 answers

Music for Korean Children

Please suggest music with English lyrics for my winter camp of Korean students that will help wake them up in the morning. [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Jan 11, 2009 - 14 answers

Help me recession-proof my future, post-college life.

I'm 21 years old, about to graduate college, and the recession is freaking me out. I know there's no right or wrong answer to which course my life should take, but I need help focusing on realistic skills and places to live that I should be considering. [more inside]
posted by Muffpub on Jan 7, 2009 - 20 answers

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