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]
How far back in history can I go before the English language I know and love is of no use to me? [more inside]
What curriculum/books should I follow to teach 2 students one in the 7th grade and one in 8th grade that are homeschooling?
What curriculum/books should I follow to teach 2 students one in the 7th grade and one in 8th grade that are homeschooling? [more inside]
I got into a top English grad program, but they defaulted me from PhD to MA. Is it worth shouldering the massive debt of a Master's degree, or should I gamble on getting into a PhD program next year? [more inside]
Hello, please help me find cool and fun videos that I can use on my iPhone to inspire conversation in my Korean children's speaking and conversation class. My children are between 8 and 14. I run fun classes that encourage them to speak as much as possible. I'm looking for videos that can compliament my class giving us something to talk about. [more inside]
GrammarFilter: Present Perfect Passive Progressive. Real or a myth? [more inside]
When did the excessive use of "like" become a part of the American lexicon? [more inside]
I want to expand my collection of accents. What movies should I watch? I'm especially interested in regional American, UK and Irish accents, but hearing non-native English speakers is helpful as well.
Will a master's degree in English be useful to someone who wants to be a librarian? [more inside]
What novel, published in the last five years, will keep my interest and be not-too-overly-verbose as to make my job harder (I have to write a paper discussing it's literary merits)? [more inside]
What's the proper use of the phrase "what would seem to be"? [more inside]