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Heritage Speaker Guilt

How can I deal with this nagging sense of guilt that I should know more Chinese than I presently do? Or, how can I improve my Chinese as a busy twenty-something year-old? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jun 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Bringing Up Bilingual Bebe

Belatedly realizing that if we want my baby to grow up being able to speak a second language, I'm the one who's going to have to be the one to speak it to him all the time. I'm not great at this language. Practical tips on how to do this? [more inside]
posted by sestaaak on Jun 3, 2014 - 22 answers

Job Interview Prep: Foreign language filter

Have an interview for a job tomorrow that looks so cool I just really want it. Thing is, they are looking for someone who is bilingual in English and French. I do speak French, but it becomes more difficult when I am nervous. Have you ever had to speak your second-language-that-you-have-studied-forever-but-are-far-from-perfect-in during a job interview? Tips for preparation and keeping cool during the interview appreciated. [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps on Mar 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Monolingual kids, monolingual teacher - two different languages.

I am teaching weekly hour-long classes (stories, songs, etc.) at a public school where about half of the primary classes are bilingual - which, in kindergarten and first grade, means those kids are pretty much all monolingual (in Spanish). This is fine for me, but not fine for the teachers who share my lesson plans. What can they do with their Spanish-speaking classes when they don't speak any Spanish? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Aug 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Parlez-vous francais? No. Not for 13 years.

I graduated high school having been in french immersion and when I graduated I did the testing and I was offically bilingual. Hurray! However, that was over 10 years ago and I have hardly spoken it since I graduated. Now, suddenly, my job wants me to get my french proficiency tested to see if I can satisfy the required language requirements for my branch. (We need to have X# of people able to speak French because a percent of our clients speak french as their first language, and right now we're down a person apparently). Au secours! [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Jul 30, 2013 - 12 answers

ESL language resources for a 7-year-old?

My Bulgarian nephew speaks no English and just enrolled in the first grade of a public school in the United States. He will be staying here until June. So far, he is handling it well and is proactive about learning English. Everyone at home has become a makeshift, round-the-clock ESL tutor and he is constantly provided with opportunities to pick up grammar and vocabulary, but his teachers don't really know what to do with him before he can communicate. What additional resources can we provide for him to help him pick up the language faster? He already has a bunch of library books, so we're looking for apps for iPad, Android, Chrome, Nintendo 3DS and other things a computer-savvy 7-year-old might enjoy. Thanks!
posted by halogen on Feb 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Why are shampoo labels more often than not in English & French?

Now my guess is that it's so they can sell the same thing in both the U.S and Canada but why does this seem to be unique to shampoo and not other products commonly found in the supermarket like detergent?
posted by zeoslap on Jan 22, 2013 - 15 answers

Which sign language to use for Baby in a bilingual household?

Baby sign language in a bilingual household research: I'm American, Dad's Italian and we live in Italy. When Lil' Peanut is old enough, should we go with ASL or LIS? Or am I beanplating this?
posted by romakimmy on Dec 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Bilingual blogging layout in Urdu and English?

What do I need to know to create a bilingual blog that uses left-to-right and right-to-left languages simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by bardophile on Oct 17, 2012 - 3 answers

To stay or not to stay in Japan?

My search for an ideal job in Japan continues: To go back to America and attend the DISCO Boston Career Fair or to stay in Japan? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Oct 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Hire me, sil vous plait?

Does anyone have experience jobhunting as an Anglophone in Montreal? Where should I be looking for English jobs, should I just forget finding one and learn French ASAP, and is this going to be as big a problem as I fear? Et aussi une grand plaque de fèves. [more inside]
posted by snorkmaiden on Aug 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Finding a non-teaching job in Japan in limited time

Searching for a job in Japan... Can speak Japanese, but have only gotten job offers from low-paying ALT dispatchers so far. Visa running out. Other venues to search? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jun 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Touch here to switch to espanol every. single. time.

Is it possible to detect a smartphone user's language settings and serve them web content in their chosen language? [more inside]
posted by Uncle Ira on Dec 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Twice as opinionated as the average blogger

Does there exist free blogging services & templates that enable one to have a bilingual blog, with side-by-side translations? [more inside]
posted by aroberge on May 13, 2011 - 6 answers

I feel I cannot express this idea clearly in either language...

A question for translators: How do I convey diplomatically to my monoglot coworkers that translation is not an exact science? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 - 37 answers

Boston area Cantonese speaking preschool?

Boston bilingual: Anyone know of any Cantonese-English preschool options? [more inside]
posted by dust of the stars on Nov 3, 2010 - 2 answers

Help two lifelong dreamers plan their honeymoon in the future, AKA Tokyo!

[TokyoFilter]: Planning a November honeymoon in Tokyo. Help two non-Japanese speaking USians who have dreamed of visiting Tokyo their entire lives figure out what's worth planning/reserving/paying for and what's not -- arigato in advance! [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Aug 2, 2010 - 22 answers

Raising Russian-Bilingual Kids in Brooklyn/NYC Area

How would I go about finding pre-K programs, elementary, middle or high schools in Brooklyn that teach Russian as part of their daily routine? Looking for public or private, as well as after-school or weekend programs. Interested in programs for both heritage speakers and non-heritage speakers. Also, I know of only one such place so far - Bambi Academy - and am interested in what it is like or if there are similar schools. Ultimate goal is for my future kids to be fully bilingual. I'd be willing to move around the NYC / Long Island area, as well, if there are exceptional schools there that could help make this happen. Also interested in finding education-oriented blogs or forums for NYC, if that might help answer this question. [more inside]
posted by lorrer on Mar 16, 2010 - 3 answers

Cross-linguistic romance

I think I'm in love. Problem is, my beloved speaks a different language -- a language I can understand much of and speak some of, but with little nuance, sophistication, or precision, thus doing no justice to what I mean, or indeed even to what he means. Yet of my language he speaks far, far less, so we stay with his. And we don't live on the same continent, so phoning/Skyping/emailing -- language-dependent communication -- will have to do for the times we can't rely on the tacit, graceful understandings that happen in person. I can be miserable about this, but my heart is full of ardor and my gut, even, actually feels a strong sense of hope. [more inside]
posted by taramosalata on Feb 9, 2010 - 16 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

Annotating documents

How to annotate and correct self-created bilingual documents? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Jan 6, 2010 - 1 answer

Je voudrais estudiar espanol y francais

Can you recommend bilingual French/Spanish editions of French or Spanish literature? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy on Jan 6, 2010 - 4 answers

Swiss Army Knife of Language

What are the pros and cons of learning more than one language? How can one adapt to a multi-language world? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Oct 27, 2009 - 25 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

Multilingual job listings required?

Discrimination filter: Must a company which has both an english and a spanish version of its website have job postings in both languages? Details follow. [more inside]
posted by Aleen on Aug 10, 2009 - 7 answers

Bilingual Garcia Lorca online?

Federico García Lorca poems, in side-by-side Spanish and English: where can I read them online? (Websites, Google Books previews, etc.)
posted by kalapierson on May 24, 2009 - 5 answers

French-speaking university for a student from the U.S.?

What are some universities which teach in French that a student from the U.S. should consider? (Especially in Quebec.) [more inside]
posted by non-kneebiter on May 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Dating bilingual: how can we improve our communication?

Bilingual/interlingual relationship filter: how do I not treat my S.O. condescendingly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2009 - 22 answers

How to make a bilingual child?

I'm trying to raise my son to be bilingual in English and Spanish. [more inside]
posted by signal on Jan 5, 2009 - 19 answers

At home language learning for me and my child

Learn-at-home systems for languages: are they worth it? Could working with one help facilitate encouraging bilingual learning in a child? [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Dec 31, 2008 - 9 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

Help my wife find a bilingual job

My wife has been a Spanish teacher for 7 years. This year she said "no more" and quit. She wants to find a job where she can use her language or at least be in an environment helping Hispanics. We've done the online thing and are coming up with nothing. What else can we do [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Aug 4, 2008 - 28 answers

Help me find other bilingual bands

I'm a big fan of Dengue Fever, the LA-based band that has songs in both English and Khmer. Can anyone recommend other bi- or multilingual American bands (preferably, but not necessarily, indie)?
posted by chicainthecity on Jan 10, 2008 - 31 answers

mas despacio por favor

I need to improve my spanish, specifically my listening comprehension. I've done all the Pimsleur and Michel Thomas courses, and I can easily read spanish with very few problems, but I want to get better at understanding native speakers. Anybody have any good resources? [more inside]
posted by youthenrage on Apr 20, 2007 - 11 answers

My vocabulary is large, it contains multitudes

LanguageArts: to the bilingual (or more) people in the hive... [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner on Sep 5, 2006 - 24 answers

How many languages should my kid have to learn?

Polylingualkidsfilter: (Hypothetical) I'm a Fluent English/French speaker and my wife is a fluent English/Mandarin speaker. Living in an English-speaking country (Australia), in what language should we speak to our kids? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ on May 6, 2006 - 31 answers

German jokes at a bi-lingual wedding

How do I make a multi-lingual best man's speech at a German wedding? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Apr 3, 2006 - 6 answers

Language learning tips!

I'm at a stage where I need to memorize vocabulary in a foreign language, and I am looking for advice, tips & useful software. [more inside]
posted by anjamu on Feb 24, 2006 - 19 answers

How to find an English-speaking techie in Korea?

How can I find someone in Seoul, Korea, who speaks English and Korean and is reasonably tech-literate? [more inside]
posted by runkelfinker on Nov 29, 2005 - 10 answers

Can I become an interpreter?

Do those of us who started learning our second language after high school have any hope of becoming interpreters? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Oct 24, 2005 - 10 answers

Best way to learn Spanish

I minored in Spanish in college about 10 years ago, but remember very little of it. Just went to Tijuana to and had the opportunity to be immersed in the language and culture for 5 days. A lot of it came back and I was able to communicate .. now I have a huge desire to be bilingual. I'm back in Tennessee now ( where I live ) and won't be able to go back to Mexico for awhile. Whats the best way to learn to speak fluent Spanish in Tennessee? More classes? Books? Tapes ? I don't have any Spanish-speaking friends.. any ideas ? Is it even possible ?
posted by jason9009 on Mar 2, 2005 - 13 answers

Luggage Tag Languages

I just bought an overpriced piece of luggage and as a method to make sure it's easily recognizeable (like all modern luggage it's plain black fabric) and lower it's inherent value i want to place a sticker on it that says "This is not your bag" in as many languages as possible. I just don't trust babelfish not to make my bag say "bag yours not" so i'm hopeing i can steal some of that bilingual knowledge out there.
posted by NGnerd on Jul 11, 2004 - 35 answers

What advice do you have for raising a bilingual child?

Raising a bilingual child. I'd be grateful to hear advice, experiences or recommended resources for raising a child in a dual-language home. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Ljubljana on Feb 2, 2004 - 16 answers

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