I am a volunteer for an organization building a nonprofit university in Angola. I am tasked with finding funding for English as a Second Language education--all students who do not speak English will take year long intensive course in English. I'm looking for whatever help I can get in finding funds. [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the name/address of a funny website I used to visit perhaps 8-10 years ago or so. It was a humor site from out of England I think, presented in kind of a newspaper 'broadsheet' format, and had a distinctly anachronistic writing style, which I remembering being kind of Edwardian/P.G. Wodehouse-ish. [more inside]
I am toying with starting Polish/English conversation group in London and I want it to be a success. What can I do to make it work? [more inside]
Word Choice Filter: Is there a word that describes someone who is influenced by an influencer? [more inside]
How can I become an awesome English teacher to a foreign child? [more inside]
Other than, "It just is!", how do you explain to someone the pronunciation rule for: bush/push versus hush/lush/rush where the ush is pronounced differently.
Do you know of any programs to help an elderly Chinese and Vietnamese speaker learn English? [more inside]
How do I support my fourteen-year-old as she learns how to write essays for school? [more inside]
Teachers and other folks who work in the field of education: Where can I find out what’s currently popular/important in middle-school and high-school education? I’m looking for professional resources, trends, current education gurus—the kinds of things I’d find at Heinemann or at conventions like NCTE or IRA, but I’ve already been on the Heinemann site, and I can’t make it to conventions this year. [more inside]
Looking for online and ideally free resources for adult EFL/ESL students. [more inside]
Is there a term in linguistics for the residual accent a non-native speaker has when speaking English? [more inside]
What are some English words and terms that have changed meaning significantly in the last century or so? [more inside]
Curriculum recommendations for teaching English (ESL kids, ages 3-5, 6-7, and 10-11) [more inside]
Can you recommend an essay that defends a liberal education? [more inside]
Please help me find similar pronunciations of profanity and non-profanity for my Korean class e.g., "beach" and "NSFW" [more inside]
I'm currently finishing my last English Literature Honors paper and aim to continue academic study. My dilemma is that I am unsure of whether to apply for an English Literature MA or a Creative Writing MA. [more inside]
Are British people kind of socially retarded or is it normal for them to not be chatty and friendly with people they don't know well? [more inside]
Help me create a list of epics that either destroy - or transform - students in college Lit classes...
I'm trying to make a list of epics that kill most people in college Lit - the really great ones that for many people are impossible to get through, but can be so worthwhile if they do. Here's a rough list so far: [more inside]
Best way to express a percentange reduction in the english language. [more inside]
Is there a word for "Debbie Downer", "Nervous Nelson", and similar labels? [more inside]
UK English graduate can't find proper job. Keep searching, take time out, or get more qualifications? (Also regrets degree, wishes he'd gone science or IT. Would not be amiss to getting-a-second-degree-without-funding advice.) [more inside]
My husband's grandmother is Swedish (born in the US; her parents emigrated). She uses the Swedish word "guba" (sounds like 'gouda') when talking about any nice-looking man ("Oh, he's a guba."). Is this an accurate translation? I've tried Google and haven't gotten a definitive answer, possibly because I may be spelling it wrong.
Tips on translating a bunch of documents quickly and efficiently? [more inside]
Need help brainstorming a list of ~15 nested/related concepts on virtually any topic, in the style of a Matroyshka doll or an onion. [more inside]
"Best" and "worst" experiences involving grammar and learning grammar? I think we were asked to write this to increase empathy, but I can't think of anything with any emotional weight, so I thought I'd ask for your experiences. Please answer especially if you had a difficult time with grammar. [more inside]
English friendly Web hosting in Spain? [more inside]
SpanishFilter: Translation these apartment moving phrases from English to written and spoken (Mexican) Spanish, por favor? [more inside]
Calling all English word-nerds and/or Japanese translators: have you ever heard the term "fancywork" used to refer to male genitalia? [more inside]
Do you know where online I can watch the French Open with English commentary? I've been watching it (or rather listening to it) on ESPN3, but there is absolutely no commentary. As I'm watching it in snatches at work, it's kind of nice to have the commenters natter on a bit, so I can catch up on what I've missed. I do not just want recap sports shows, but rather the actual matches (preferably as live as ESPN3, but recorded for the next day would be interesting as well). Thanks.
YANM teacher, YANM parent, but which english textbooks would you recommend for grades K-6? [more inside]
A question for native speakers of UK English: With formal writing, can you readily distinguish between US and UK English? If you were reading something that supposedly targeted a UK audience and an Americanism cropped up, would you find that distracting? [more inside]
There are certain obscure English words that are rarely used alone, but show up in more commonly used word pairs - the best example I can think of is "miasmic fug". I am trying to write about this phenomenon, so if anyone can suggest other word pairs like this I would be very grateful!
How do British Actors playing Americans sound to Americans? [more inside]
Thomas Mallory's La Morte D'Athur has a french spelling for its title. Was Mallory's story originally written in french, old french, or middle english, or something else. If it was written in middle english, as we suspect, why does it have a french title?
Help me find English words that have meanings hidden in plain sight. For example, it only recently occurred to me that a "quart" is a quarter of a gallon. [more inside]
What is the word for the thing that happens when two people are walking toward each other from opposite sides of the lane and one goes left to let the other pass, but the second goes left too and then they both go right together and left again?
Short and sweet: what's the best way to translate "girl of darkness" to Japanese as if it were someone's formal title? I need it romanized, not in katakana or hiragana. Thanks. [more inside]
My poor English ability will continue to hold me back professionally and life in general if I don't find a way to improve it.
Poor English is holding my American Dream hostage. [more inside]
Can you recommend recruiters or specific programs for someone who would like to teach English in Japan, starting this fall? [more inside]
What is the best thing your high school English teacher taught you? [more inside]
Do you know of a decent free/cheap Korean-English/English-Korean offline dictionary for Mac OSX 10.6? [more inside]
Advice on making reading palatable to a disgruntled ESL 10-year-old. [more inside]
Grammar filter: Is it wrong to use "myself" when "me" seems to sound better? [more inside]
What are the best recruiters for teaching English in South Korea? [more inside]
I am considering enrolling in the Duke University (continuing education, non-credit) TESL certification program with the goal of living and teaching English abroad. Would this be a waste of time? [more inside]
I'm an American. Help me create a playlist for our European vacation: Songs that celebrate or mention England, Denmark, or Holland. [more inside]
I'm writing a postgrad research paper on Michael Ende's The Neverending Story. I'm keen to hear from anyone who has done any academic work on the novel, or those who have a personal interest in understanding aspects of the novel. Very little in terms of scholarly research exists on the topic to date . My particular focus is a Jungian analysis of archetypes within the novel. It's an introduction of sorts, a quick overview (10 000 words) of a topic I have the potential of working onto a longer thesis.
What's the term for the use of a product name as a singular noun (like iPod), and why do companies do this? [more inside]
Is there a resource that demonstrates how to do foreign accents by re-spelling words in such a way that when read aloud by an American, will closely resemble the accent? For example, in "Australian", Down = Dan. [more inside]
I'm making a reading list and I'm looking for some novels about English village life. What I have so far you can view here. Any suggestions of books and authors I may have missed? I am looking for fiction that is in print and more than likely available at most public libraries in the states. [more inside]