I'm teaching English to a small group of ladies in their late 50's/early 60's who have very little knowledge of the language. Help needed with resources and ideas. [more inside]
posted by neblina_matinal
on Nov 7, 2008 -
[EnglishFilter] Why can I answer with I'm rather than I am? It was a random though that was going through my head but why can't we answer questions with a simple "I'm" e.g. Are you going to come with us to the cinema? I am. [more inside]
posted by rus
on Oct 12, 2008 -
What is the origin of the phrase "getting the hang" of something? What did it mean, originally, to "get the hang" of something?
posted by RedEmma
on Oct 9, 2008 -
In French, the singular of eye is "oiel" and the plural is "yeux." Are there any nouns in English that have completely different spellings of the singular and plural like this?
posted by Crosius
on Sep 26, 2008 -
There was a site of speakers around the world speaking a specific phrase in English. This was to show how regional dialects of English sounded. You could click on a map and it would pull up video of these speakers. Does anyone know what that site is? If not, perhaps a good response would include a concise phrase that can show different regional variations (cot/caught, don/dawn, pin/pen). [more inside]
posted by symbioid
on Sep 20, 2008 -
Walking down the street one day in Amsterdam, you encounter an art-thing (sculpture/installation) that's broadcasting audio. The audio includes spoken poems. Would you expect these poems to be in Dutch? Would you feel alienated if they were in English, or if some were in English and some in Dutch?
posted by kalapierson
on Sep 19, 2008 -
I need a good overview in recent Secondary Educational theory. Whatever is currently in fashion in Academia. Any books to recommend? Any journals that are especially helpful? I'm new to this field and not sure where to start.
posted by pywacket
on Aug 29, 2008 -
Tariff: Are there any other words in English that include two Fs next to each other?
posted by Pants!
on Jul 29, 2008 -
I'm trying to recall where I read of (most likely fictional) characters comparing their "favorite" Virgin Mary. [more inside]
posted by dicetumbler
on Jul 26, 2008 -
How does an aspiring graduate student in English traverse the confusion of the graduate school application process? [more inside]
posted by fictionalcara
on Jul 22, 2008 -
Anyone ever worked as an editor/proofreader for science and mathematics articles not written by native English speakers? [more inside]
posted by number9dream
on Jul 20, 2008 -
LocationScoutFilter: I'm looking for an historic home in Michigan that can stand in for a 19th Century English country manor (this is for a low-medium budget film.) Google has disappointed, but I thought there may be some MI historical-society types that could help out. The film is a period piece, so they should be places sitting on at least a couple acres.
posted by skammer
on Jul 7, 2008 -
ESL teaching for non-professional teachers! Help me teach native Farsi speakers with intermediate to advanced spoken English skills how to write grammatically correct business English. Example correspondence and other documents needed. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on Jun 29, 2008 -
What's the best way to teach conversational English to a Polish person with currently only very minimal English skills? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23
on Jun 25, 2008 -
My Google-fu has failed me - I'm looking for contact details for English Heritage's management-level events organisers (the folks who book acts to appear at EH venues) and I can't find any current information - can anyone help me please? Thanks!
posted by timpollard
on Jun 18, 2008 -
I don't want to be a salesman! Can anyone help a recent grad find a sane, non-sales job in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint
on Jun 17, 2008 -
I'm on a Chinese-language computer and want to use Windows XP and Windows Vista in English. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by catburger
on Jun 12, 2008 -
What is good bilingual (English/Spanish), and relatively short toast for a wedding? [more inside]
posted by Cog
on Jun 12, 2008 -
My girlfriend's parents have been told that they may develop 森林脑炎 -- a Chinese disease which seems to be similar to Lyme disease.
Can you help me find out what this is called in English, so I can find out how serious a condition this is? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace
on Jun 11, 2008 -
How do you pronounce the word 'read' when used in the following context? -- 'John is dry (read: boring).'
/rɛd/ or /rid/
posted by gman
on May 29, 2008 -
Vagaries of the English Language, part n
: I need to tell my boss why the contraction "I'm" cannot stand alone as a sentence. For example, "Yes, I am" is okay. "Yes, I'm" is not. I haven't been able to find any good logic for this case or that works for the different contractions in general ("don't" can also stand alone, "I'd" and "I've" cannot). Given this is about languages, and particularly English, "just because" is, alas, potentially the best answer.
posted by whatzit
on May 15, 2008 -
Back in 1996, Heather and I visited our friend Jason in Bourne End, northwest of London, and spent a few days in Lynton, in Devon. There was a funicular from Lynton to Lynmouth, and we used to take the train from Lynton down into town and wander around in search of scrumpy.
As we got off the railway, at the mouth of the Lyn, we found ourselves on the west bank of the Lyn, and IIRC there was a building right about there with the best ever Victorian-latinate-lingo "please curb your dog" sign I've ever seen. [more inside]
posted by schampeo
on May 8, 2008 -
I'd never put only "question" here. I don't call my dog "Dog" or write out a check "for money
Dollars". When I call 911 and request a firetruck, they don't call me back and speak the words "a firetruck" and hang up. Why is it normal to congratulate someone by saying "congratulations"? [more inside]
posted by cmiller
on May 4, 2008 -
MajorDomesticDebateFilter : What is up? She says jig. I say gig. Google is undecided. [more inside]
posted by vizsla
on Apr 25, 2008 -
Is it insulting to compliment an educated non-native speaker's English? [more inside]
posted by amfea
on Apr 23, 2008 -