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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

Spot the difference: interview edition

I have to answer 2 questions in a forthcoming interview and they sound the same to me! Need help to spot the difference? [more inside]
posted by dragontail on Jan 4, 2009 - 14 answers

What was the name of this British radio series?

A while back I had a job as a radio archivist and I dubbed a few episodes of a very trippy British serial that I believe originally aired on the BBC during the late '70s or early '80s. It involved some sort of quest for knowledge, had Buddhist (or at least eastern spiritual) overtones and was often accompanied by psychedelic background music. Anyone have any idea what the name of this series might have been?
posted by The Card Cheat on Jan 3, 2009 - 8 answers

Who thought Sam up?

Songfilter: Heard it on the radio, schizophrenia, prostitution, weirdness. [more inside]
posted by M Edward on Dec 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me help you.

Help me achieve my goal of learning how people learn and then teaching with modern psychological techniques. I love teaching and psychology, so what schooling and credentials should I strive for? I live in Vancouver, Canada. [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Dec 22, 2008 - 4 answers

"As well [pronoun] should"

GrammarFilter: Origins and form of "As well he should"? [more inside]
posted by coolhappysteve on Dec 9, 2008 - 6 answers

English grammar question

Please help me with a quick English grammar question. [more inside]
posted by Slenny on Dec 5, 2008 - 42 answers

It is what it is?

I need help with a pronoun issue. In the following sentences, what noun is the word it replacing? [more inside]
posted by amyms on Dec 5, 2008 - 11 answers

I typed this in the wrong language. help!תעזור לי

How do i fix typing in the wrong language (forgetting to Alt+Shift before typing) without retyping the whole thing? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister on Dec 2, 2008 - 4 answers

At only 100 words a year wouldn't English have dwindled to nothing by now?

Is the English language stagnating or do dictionaries just suck? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Dec 1, 2008 - 19 answers

Quick, what schools should I apply to?

Quick, what schools should I apply to? (PhD, English-and-related-fields) [more inside]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick on Nov 22, 2008 - 5 answers

Would you answer this question? I would if I could.

In a sentence such as "When I was younger, I would swim a mile before going to work every day," what grammatical tense is in play? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 on Nov 18, 2008 - 14 answers

Happy Christmas and to all a Good Night!

What are some UK Christmas holiday traditions? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Nov 14, 2008 - 21 answers

Should I interfere with my bilingual children's speech patterns?

To what degree should I moderate my children's use of language at home? I am raising six children aged 10 and below outside the US with my wife who is an non-native English speaker. [more inside]
posted by BinGregory on Nov 11, 2008 - 19 answers

What *else* can I do with a BA in English?

I recently got a job in a pre-sales position, and I'm a bit worried that it isn't going to work out. What else can I do with my English degree and skills, especially in this economy that does *not* involve going back to school? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Nov 11, 2008 - 12 answers

topic + "show me..." role-playing classes

Looking for EFL topic + "show me..." ideas... [more inside]
posted by trinarian on Nov 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Basic English for older students - Resources.

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 - 11 answers

Insert a witty title of your choosing.

What does a copywriter do, and would I like doing it? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Nov 5, 2008 - 15 answers

Parlez-vous Histoire?

What are some good books in English about French history and culture? [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t on Oct 20, 2008 - 11 answers

Help with German-to-English medical translation

What does "wegdrückbar" (in a medical context) mean in English? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat on Oct 20, 2008 - 4 answers

I'm not sure about contractions

[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 - 11 answers

What the heck is hanging?

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 - 17 answers

Need name for English-pronunciation website for Japanese learners

Help! Need name for English-pronunciation website for Japanese learners. [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Oct 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Me speak English well! Look paper!

What language certs have been most useful to you job-wise? [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Oct 1, 2008 - 5 answers

Are there singular/plural pairs in english with completely different spellings?

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 - 27 answers

Site/Text with English dialect divergencies?

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 - 9 answers

Dutch, English, both...

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? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Sep 19, 2008 - 12 answers

Punctuation Puzzle

Is this good use of punctuation? The adept poster: one of nobility, wisdom and wit, is the superior MeFite. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Sep 2, 2008 - 17 answers

Learning to Teach

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. [more inside]
posted by pywacket on Aug 29, 2008 - 2 answers

How to succeed in AP English Literature?

Help a high school senior make the most out of AP English Literature. [more inside]
posted by zenja72 on Aug 27, 2008 - 21 answers

Before vs. Behind - which is correct here?

Which preposition is the correct choice in this context? [more inside]
posted by FireStyle on Aug 26, 2008 - 35 answers

Where can I find English translations of European comics?

Is there any database or online fan community focused on translating European comics? [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent on Aug 14, 2008 - 2 answers

a minute=60 sec; a moment = ?

How long is a moment? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Aug 5, 2008 - 34 answers

The Obnoxious Menace of Subtitled English: Mandated Hullabaloo, or Xenophobic Condescencion?

Why do many TV shows subtitle people that are speaking completely understandable english? [more inside]
posted by ulotrichous on Aug 2, 2008 - 40 answers

f-f-freezing doesn't count

Tariff: Are there any other words in English that include two Fs next to each other?
posted by Pants! on Jul 29, 2008 - 62 answers

Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"

I am trying to get a better understanding of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" **Spoiler Alert** [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Jul 28, 2008 - 13 answers

Trying to recall literary example containing a comparison of Marian aspects

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 - 4 answers

Yet another grad school advice question

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 - 17 answers

Editing math papers for spelling and grammar - worth it?

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 - 8 answers

A little lost...

What does one do with a degree in literature? [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator on Jul 16, 2008 - 40 answers

Is "shonk" antisemitic?

Is or was the word "shonky" antisemitic? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Jul 15, 2008 - 13 answers

English listing of artists from promotional video of Chinese 2008 Olympics?

Is there an English listing of all of the artists found in the China 2008 Olympics promotional video/theme? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jul 14, 2008 - 4 answers

super-size it to a triple tense for $1

Grammar Filter: what is the English equivalent to the "Double Future Tense"? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Jul 9, 2008 - 10 answers

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