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Absolute beginner at Dutch

Dutch as a second language [more inside]
posted by AdamOddo on May 20, 2007 - 25 answers

Med school? Grad school? Or should I be like William Carlos Williams?

Should I go to medical school? Or go to grad school in English? Help! [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Apr 29, 2007 - 26 answers

teaching english in the US

At work, our two part-time janitors don't speak any English. As the only Spanish (non-native, though) speaker in the office, I've decided to give them a hand...so I've started to spend my Sunday there, teaching them English. But I need some advice on how to do it better. [more inside]
posted by jare2003 on Apr 18, 2007 - 26 answers

A Yank is bloody confused 'ere.

Been watching early episodes of The Office (UK version). The lead character, a vain, self-important white-collar middle manager, speaks with a Cockney accent. This Yank is damn confused. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Apr 16, 2007 - 55 answers

Requirements to teach English in Korea

I want to teach English in Korea. Will my 2:2 degree and slightly patch work history affect my prospects? [more inside]
posted by London Irregular on Apr 5, 2007 - 9 answers

Burn The Canon!

EnglishMajorFilter: Why can't I stand much of the canon? How can I learn to appreciate it? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Apr 3, 2007 - 35 answers

What language should I learn?

Given the timeframe of a year, what European language should I begin learning (the basics, anyways) to assist me in communication? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Mar 16, 2007 - 30 answers

How do you translate this into Latin?

I'm working on a logo for my school's student government. How do you translate "to improve student life" into Latin? How would you symbolically represent the executive branch if the judicial was a gavel and the legislative was a quill?
posted by FearAndLoathingInLJ on Mar 7, 2007 - 14 answers

Unisex words - why?

About unisex terms: What is the reasoning behind them? By this I mean, for example, flight attendant instead of steward or stewardess, server instead of waiter or waitress, etc. I suppose during the height of the feminist movement in the 70s it was probably claimed that it was sexist to use terms that specify gender. But I am scratching my head wondering what the logic would be behind this. After all, if you use a term to specify females (eg stewardess) then you are also specifying males (eg steward), so I fail to see how this would be sexist. Also, it strikes me as a very handy conversion to be able to specify gender in the same word as the title. Nowadays, we have two words.. so you might hear your neighbor say, "I went to see a female doctor yesterday" (indeed, I think this is a common one), so we are still specifying the sex, so why not use doctress? I'm just curious about why this trend towards unisex words is happening and the logic behind it because frankly, I fail to see any. Thanks for any thoughtful replies!
posted by dbooster on Feb 22, 2007 - 95 answers

It's a small world after all.

Looking for a bit of advice on working (teaching English most likely) in Japan or Korea. [more inside]
posted by Saydur on Feb 20, 2007 - 18 answers

what does babbling in english sound like?

What does American English sound like to people who don't speak english? [more inside]
posted by sammich on Feb 12, 2007 - 35 answers


What activities can I suggest during a workshop on designing awesome creative writing assignments for overworked ESL teachers to use in class? (In Indonesia?) (With learners across many levels?) (For little/no money?) (Without Powerpoint?) [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jan 18, 2007 - 5 answers

From/until or From/to?

"From *date* until *date" or "From *date* to *date*"? Grammarians hope me! [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl on Jan 9, 2007 - 7 answers

Is Japan the Life Changing Experience I need?

Help me decide if teaching English in Japan is the experience I need. (see inside.) [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Jan 3, 2007 - 6 answers

Matters to tend to or Matters to attend to?

EnglishAsASecondLanguageFilter: Does one have matters to attend to or matters to tend to? Justify your answer for extra credit.
posted by falameufilho on Jan 3, 2007 - 22 answers

Reading material on English language origins

I want to learn more about the origins of the English language and about the roots of English words. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Jan 1, 2007 - 25 answers

Why are people using ellipses instead of a period?

What has happened to people being able to properly use a single period to end a sentence? [more inside]
posted by The Bishop of Turkey on Dec 13, 2006 - 73 answers

Modal verbs can versus could

English grammar: 'could be Xing' versus 'can be Xing' -- how can we explain why one is correct and one isn't? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Dec 12, 2006 - 23 answers

Are vols 1 and 2 of S.R. Gardiner's "History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate" available online?

Seventeenth-century history-Filter: where can I find a copy of the first and second volumes of S.R. Gardiner's History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate online? [more inside]
posted by greycap on Dec 9, 2006 - 4 answers

Can you think of "invalid" words?

In Chinese, the meaning of a spoken word can change depending on where stress is applied. Can you think of English words which embody this characteristic? I can only think of one at the moment: invalid. [more inside]
posted by Clementines4ever on Dec 7, 2006 - 37 answers

Reality check PLZ

Teaching English in Shenzhen, China [more inside]
posted by azuresunday on Nov 30, 2006 - 17 answers

Why is Heidi Klum's English accent better than Henry Kissinger's?

Why is Heidi Klum's English accent better than Henry Kissinger's?
posted by airguitar on Nov 29, 2006 - 14 answers

[japanese] ... flying knee! ... [japanese] ... why not say "flying knee" in japanese?

Why the random English words used in asian language programming? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Nov 16, 2006 - 12 answers

Riche's or Rich's?

How do you pronounce the possessive "s" following something ending in s or ch? [more inside]
posted by subtle-t on Nov 12, 2006 - 33 answers

Are the teach English in Japan programs legitimate?

Are the teach English in Japan programs legitimate? [more inside]
posted by fellion on Nov 9, 2006 - 25 answers

Even Shatner is Canadian!

Is Science Fiction primarily an American genre of literature? [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish on Nov 4, 2006 - 35 answers


What is your favorite and most colorful expression or phrase? Speaking about two idiots that we work with, my coworker said that they looked like 'Two monkey's f*cking a football', which led me to say 'They couldn't organize a piss-up in a brewery', and as a final touch, which made me laugh, my coworker states 'They're about as handy as a bear cub with a toothpick'. I would love to write a book or create a website with colorful phrases from around the world. What are some of your favorite idioms that you use or have overhead in the boardroom, bar, or barnyard?
posted by jasondigitized on Oct 31, 2006 - 192 answers

Migrating Slang

Here in the far-flung reaches of the English-speaking world, we're constantly being told our local language is being taken over by "American Slang". But does it go the other way? Are there any British / Australian / New Zealand or wherever phrases and words that have become commonly used by people in North America recently? Do Brooklynites ever exclaim "Crikey!" or "Bloody Hell!"?
posted by Jimbob on Oct 27, 2006 - 50 answers

I need The Office, only for non native speakers

I teach English in Buenos Aires and one of my students has asked me if we can watch some TV that's 'set in an office' and 'is in British English' (I haven't watched a lot of TV for some time). I've looked at The Office (too hard for all but the very advanced non-native speakers) and The IT crowd (too weird for this chap). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by itsjustanalias on Oct 25, 2006 - 18 answers

Hand writing and note-taking

I am an ESL teacher, and I have several types of classes; however, I have one problem, my handwriting looks as if I were a five year old scribbling with a crayon. So I am curious if anyone might have any suggestions on getting better at handwriting and printing for someone who doesn't have time to go to a course. Also, a second related question, are there any ideas for making conversation corrections? When my students are speaking, I write down various things that they are saying, and make various corrections, or simply offer alternatives, or local dialect. What are some of the most effective and useful ways to do this? If there are any people who have spent any time learning other languages, what ahs helped you most? Thank you all in advance.
posted by Knigel on Oct 24, 2006 - 12 answers

Help me find this English Juvenile Historical Fiction!

English Juvenile Historical Fiction: Help me find three books, which are written in an intelligent "teaching" style loosely based on real events. Plenty... [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Oct 17, 2006 - 5 answers

"originality consists in returning to the origin" -Gaudi

Correct use: "consists of" vs "consists in" [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Oct 6, 2006 - 9 answers

What does one call something that contains the seeds of its own downfall?

What does one call something that contains the seeds of its own downfall? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Oct 5, 2006 - 35 answers

It's not lecturing, it's e-lecturing

What can you tell me about adjuncting online? [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity on Oct 3, 2006 - 2 answers

Mac OS X only knows English

Mac OS X 10.4 has a wonderful little feature associated with Dictionary.app : if press crtl + apple + D, it gives you the definition of the word under the cursor. Clearly this is only of limited use to a native english speaker, but I can imagine it being very helpful to non-native speakers, and I've very much love to have dictionaries in other languages (firsly French). However, it appears Apple never bothered to make any. Any idea what the file format is? Or how to make your own dictionary? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Oct 2, 2006 - 9 answers

Getting into TEFL in the UK

What's the best way to get qualified in TEFL and find a teaching position, given that I've probably missed the start of the academic year? [more inside]
posted by London Irregular on Sep 18, 2006 - 6 answers

Teaching a teenager English-language idioms

Help me come up with a list of cool English-language idioms to teach my teenage foster daughter from Taiwan. Slightly [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Sep 14, 2006 - 19 answers

passive voice question

He was killed; he got (himself) killed. It was sold; it got sold (possibly out from under me). What sort of semantic difference does using forms of "get" versus "be" in passive constructions convey? [more inside]
posted by kenko on Sep 8, 2006 - 12 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

Bloody Hell!

A general question about the etymology/evolution of profanity as it is generally used in the English language. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Aug 30, 2006 - 18 answers

Doctor, Doctor, what's the correct abbreviation for doctor!?!

InaneQuestionFilter: When you abbreviate doctor, does it get a full-stop? ie. should it be Dr or Dr.? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Aug 29, 2006 - 21 answers


I am looking for flashcards on three specific subjects. I've looked online and haven't had much luck. The first I don't really need help finding, "beginning spanish words". The other two have been more difficult. [more inside]
posted by JokingClown on Aug 28, 2006 - 5 answers

Help with, um, help....

Lately, much to my annoyance, I've encountered many examples of this kind of sentence: "Customers like their hamburgers to taste like, well, hamburgers." "The album `The Allman Brother's Band' by, um, the Allman Brothers is one of my favorites." "Dorothy has red shoes, a dog named Toto, and is from, wait for it, Kansas." My questions: is there a name for the "well" "um" and the "wait for it" in these sentences? Is there a literary term for this sort of thing? Am I wrong that this is a growing trend?
posted by pasici on Aug 19, 2006 - 41 answers

Is Oxford Seminar Worth It?

Will an Oxford Seminars course on teaching English abroad translate into a job? [more inside]
posted by greedo on Aug 18, 2006 - 3 answers

English Pronunciation Learning Tools

Can anyone recommend websites that would be useful for Chinese people wanting to learn English? [more inside]
posted by boosh on Aug 18, 2006 - 2 answers

What do these Italian phrases mean in English?

Help needed with Italian to English translation. I emailed an restaurant in Italy to ask for a reseravation in Italian (cut and paste from a phrasefinder) - they have emailed back to confirm booking (that bit I understand) but have run the next bit through babelfish and still don't understand what they mean... [more inside]
posted by janecr on Aug 17, 2006 - 5 answers

French to english translation

Parlez-Vous Fran├žais? I need a french to english translation. I love this short film and find it fun to watch but I think it would be even funnier for me if I knew what was going on. [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Aug 11, 2006 - 8 answers

Looking for a non-Indo-European language that sounds like English.

I was wondering if there are any non-Indo-European languages which would sound like gibberish, albeit English-like gibberish, to a native English speaker. [more inside]
posted by Frankieist on Aug 10, 2006 - 32 answers

Suggestions for good, interesting books on English grammar?

My girlfriend is Korean, and has been living in the US since 2000. Her English is fairly good, but she still makes a few grammatical errors on a regular basis, especially when writing. Can anyone recommend a good, and probably more importantly interesting to read, book on English grammar she could use to get better? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine on Aug 8, 2006 - 16 answers

Correct Usage

So there has been an invasion of portuguese man of war jellyfish locally..... [more inside]
posted by sgobbare on Jul 29, 2006 - 16 answers

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