My wife has a birthday coming up and I'd like to surprise her with a German book or two that she would be able to read... Eventually. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr
on Sep 19, 2014 -
I have heard that German is somewhat of a lingua franca
throughout Eastern Europe. Would it be a more useful backup language than English when visiting Prague and Budapest? I will also be learning basic phrases in Hungarian and Czech. More details inside! [more inside]
posted by rednikki
on Sep 6, 2014 -
I am looking for a text file of a list of words (roughly the 5000-10000 most common English words) and their root word and root word language. My Google Fu only turns up single words or pages that I can type in a word to get to another page to get the etymology.
Wikipedia has some stuff, but it is sorted by language root, which is not what I am looking for.
I would like to have a long list of words in a text file so that I can manipulate it programatically. Comma separated or whatever, any format would be great.
Here is one use case:
Yoke - [list of words that have yoke in the etymological history] (Many, many many English words come from the root work for Yoke.)
All answers appreciated!
posted by Monkey0nCrack
on May 16, 2013 -
This envelope with a letter inside was found inside a large decaying bound edition of Shakespeare auf Deutsch in a junk shop in Bushwick that was only apparently open for a few months before disappearing. The letter, postmarked 15 March, 1939 - was sent to Paris by a Mr. Henri Wolf. The contents of the letter appear to be German shorthand. Included was small piece of what looks like code, there's nothing else on the back.The letter, envelope, postcard, etc in question are at this imgur album.
Hivemind: What the hell is this?
posted by The Whelk
on Mar 14, 2013 -
What are your tips and techniques for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Feb 26, 2013 -
Making friends in a second language: Can you explain to me why it doesn't matter? [more inside]
posted by colfax
on Aug 16, 2012 -
Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Mar 15, 2012 -
I'm hoping to visit German or Austria in the summer of 2011 and would like my two children, aged five and eight, to enrol in a language course while we're there. The Internet isn't turning up much, at least on English language searches. Any ideas/recommendations for schools/locations would be gratefully received.
posted by Holly
on Jan 4, 2012 -
How do I shake off the rust and review four years of German language and grammar in a short time period? [more inside]
posted by Atarah
on Dec 29, 2011 -
Why do people in German dubs of American movies use the second-person plural form of the verb so strangely? They often use it in place of either the polite form or just the second-person singular, z.b. in the Pirates of the Caribbean
, the Commodore says to Will Turner (just Will Turner), "Ihr seid kein Seemann." What? [more inside]
posted by colfax
on Oct 9, 2011 -
I work from 9 to 5, but I want to immerse myself in German for the rest of the time. I have an iPod touch and a short attention span. What can I use to ram this language into my brain? [more inside]
posted by Acheman
on May 16, 2011 -
German speakers, please tell me what this word means (and how it's actually spelled). [more inside]
posted by Srudolph
on Feb 19, 2011 -
I listen to this
. What music with intelligible German lyrics might I like?
posted by phrontist
on Dec 18, 2010 -
How did the word "earworm" come to mean something you can't get out of your head (like a song, etc)? Looking for the German etymology, if there is one. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com
on Oct 1, 2010 -
I'm working on an engraving with an inscription in a very strange version of Latin-- it has umlauts? Anyone know what this might say? [more inside]
posted by RedReplicant
on Feb 17, 2010 -
Is there a Medieval Linguist in the house? I need a very short conversation between Cistercian nuns in Saxony translated into Medieval Latin. Any help so I don't sound like a complete idiot warmly welcomed. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk
on Oct 23, 2009 -
What did the Nazis call the French Resistance? I know they called the individual resisters "terrorists," but what word did they use to describe the resistance as a whole? (Insurgency, resistance, uprising, rebellion, etc.) This is research for a screenplay - I'm not
looking for a discussion about modern parallels, or of what the morally correct word is in various situations. Also, if someone could give me the word in German that would be great! Please no guessing.
posted by bagadonuts
on Oct 22, 2009 -
Relationship filter: He's an Austrian in Austria, I'm an American in America, and I have ADHD/Inattentive type. He's not familiar with this concept. What books can I suggest to him? [more inside]
posted by bilabial
on Oct 18, 2009 -
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 -
FSI language courses: is this a particular accent, or just the tape? So I'm going through the Foreign Service Institue German program, available online here
, and I'm wondering if the speakers on the audio portion have a particular accent or if their pronunciations pretty much the most common. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long
on May 20, 2009 -
I have about a month to brush up on my German before I go on a business trip - what are some good resources? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot
on Mar 18, 2009 -
I am making a door-sized poster for my classroom that will have two phrases in fifteen languages: “We speak German” and “We learn/are learning German.” I have German, French, Russian
covered. I need eleven more. [more inside]
posted by vkxmai
on Mar 7, 2009 -
What are the best MeFi-, Robotwisdom
-like weblogs from Germany and in the German language ?
A previous thread gave me some links, but i do not care for them and they were not in the same league as the blogs mentioned above.
posted by Substrata
on Feb 14, 2009 -
What's the excruciatingly correct pronunciation of Berlin-based academic publisher Walter de Gruyter? [w] or [v]? What about their subsidiary, Mouton de Gruyter? Bonus points for IPA.
posted by ormondsacker
on Aug 4, 2008 -
How do you pronounce the "sz" in a German word or name that begins with it, such as "Szigen" (like the festival) or "Szaggars"?
posted by bondgirl53001
on May 23, 2008 -
I'd like to get a German dictionary/language program for my Blackberry Curve. Any recommendations or caveats? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on May 16, 2008 -
What does the German word Erbpräfektor
mean? I have some genealogical data in German. I don't speak German. The data mentions a man whose occupation was Erbpräfektor
. What does that mean? If context helps, he lived in Germany in the 19th Century. My dead tree German-English dictionary fails me, as does dict.cc
and Babel Fish
posted by thinman
on Feb 2, 2008 -
I have one year (actually about 11 months and 20 days) to learn German from almost scratch. Help! [more inside]
posted by barrakuda
on Sep 10, 2007 -
Help me with a German sentence (quote?).
German speakers: is the following sentence a quote from German literature? It's in reference to a picture of a Jewish headstone with pebbles on it.
"Wieviel Wissen wird unter diesen Steinen liegen"
Just wondering if this is a literary quote, or merely the musings of the commentor.
posted by nax
on Jul 23, 2007 -
Sound (or video with sound) clip of the "Happy Birthday" song ... sung in German? [more inside]
posted by donpedro
on Jun 28, 2007 -
What is the German word for a beer enjoyed at the top of a summit that you have just climbed?
posted by toxic
on Apr 28, 2007 -
I'm looking for a German word or phrase that: 1) means understood, agreed, got it, capisce, message received, or something along those lines; and 2) can be somewhat easily mangled into sounding like "gooshday". [more inside]
posted by stefanie
on Feb 28, 2007 -
DictionaryFilter: Looking for a good Italian-Italian style/usage dictionary, ideally just like the Duden #3 Stilwoerterbuch for German (Italian examples, simple words, covers questions of usage more than definitions) [more inside]
posted by sdis
on May 1, 2006 -
How do I make a multi-lingual best man's speech at a German wedding? [more inside]
posted by ajp
on Apr 3, 2006 -