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In need of Finglish (Farsi) translation.

In need of Finglish (Farsi) translation. Original text inside. [more inside]
posted by pantheON on Sep 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Want to write a biography

I've fallen in love with a certain older British character actor and want to write his biography...where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut on Sep 4, 2009 - 5 answers

I Haven't Had So Much Fun Since the Pigs Ate My Brother

"I Haven't Had So Much Fun Since the Pigs Ate My Brother." Aside from this post, what year and where was the first time you heard this phrase? [more inside]
posted by eccnineten on Aug 23, 2009 - 11 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

it depends on how you use matters and depends.

Help explain why my writing partner constantly uses a word in a way I find weird and incorrect. A question that anyone can answer. [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez on Aug 18, 2009 - 54 answers

"Like Bob and Me" or "like Bob and I"?

So which sentence is proper English grammar: "If you eat like Bob and me, you will be healthy." or "If you eat like Bob and I, you will be healthy."
posted by 256 on Aug 14, 2009 - 73 answers

How to say "accuracy" and "precision" in Russian?

How to translate the scientific/statistical English words "accuracy" and "precision" into scientific/statistical Russian? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Aug 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Identify this early 60s English pop song

"If I say that I love you, and you know it's true" - identify this early 60s English pop song [more inside]
posted by martinrebas on Aug 12, 2009 - 3 answers

My name is Daniel Plainview. I am driven and goal-oriented, and I endeavor to forge new possibilities in alternative energy.

In There Will Be Blood, Daniel Plainview delivers the line: "I have a competition in me." Could this be described as grammatically correct, strictly speaking? Or is it idiomatic, but not strictly correct? Is Plainview saying, essentially, "I have a [sense of] competition in me," a sentence that, were it to be spelled out as such, would lose its rhetorical punch? Could it be argued as a case of poetic metonymy or something of the kind? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Aug 8, 2009 - 27 answers

Is English abnormal?

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 - 38 answers

French-language versions of English pop songs?

I'm looking for French-language versions of well-known English-language pop songs. Any genre or era. (Bonus points for French versions of the New Wave songs from my youth...) My wife and I are learning French together, and I think this would be a fun way to add some color to that process.
posted by jdroth on Aug 3, 2009 - 32 answers

Lean and Mean

Help a skinny guy shape up! more after the jump! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Jul 31, 2009 - 24 answers

How can I become a better writer in English?

Help me be a better writer in English (as a second language) [more inside]
posted by papalotl on Jul 30, 2009 - 16 answers

How do I teach English to a bunch of South Korean 4th graders?

In about a month I'm going to be teaching English to a bunch of 4th grade South Korean kids. Awesome. However, I've never taught anything, let alone a language. I'm looking for books, courses, tips, tricks, suggestions and anything else that might give me a little confidence. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jul 30, 2009 - 20 answers

Can anyone help an italic-hater?

Calling all editors, proofreaders, and style mavens! I need help with (not) italicizing court cases in a non-legal document. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jul 29, 2009 - 16 answers

What is some authentic posh British music?

What music would best be played to accompany a Pimm's Cup? [more inside]
posted by dammitjim on Jul 29, 2009 - 23 answers

Burnt-out Grad Student Seeks Grammar Help

I want to ask several questions in a row in a research proposal. What is the grammatically correct way of doing this? [more inside]
posted by hiteleven on Jul 23, 2009 - 15 answers

Counting Out Loud

What word(s) do non-US English speakers use to count out loud? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Jul 21, 2009 - 55 answers

"Take the heart of me?" You can just say, "my heart."

In Return of the King, Aragorn says: "I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me." What precisely does he mean by this? My confusion is with the phrase "take the heart of me." Is this a standard idiom?
posted by Busoni on Jul 15, 2009 - 15 answers

Is possession for nouns that end in x indicated by a quotation mark alone or is the quotation mark accompanied by an s?

Genuinely dumb question to waste on the brain trust here but: when nouns end in x, do you indicate possession with just a quotation mark or do you need to include the s? [more inside]
posted by christhelongtimelurker on Jul 13, 2009 - 23 answers

Teaching in order to move abroad

I'm curious about teaching English overseas and if anyone has done this and is willing to share their experiences with me. [more inside]
posted by Unred on Jul 12, 2009 - 11 answers

Math? Maths? Mathesises? Mathelesalizes? Mathematisessizes?

When did "Maths" change to "Math" in American English? Or is it the other way around? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Jul 11, 2009 - 39 answers

Bạn có nói tiếng...Parlez-vous...Do you speak...?

Anybody familiar with a series of trilingual Vietnamese folk storybooks that were written in Vietnamese, English & French? I'm searching.. [more inside]
posted by handabear on Jul 9, 2009 - 0 answers

Can you recommend articles on work or the workplace?

I am a community college English instructor, and I am working on structuring my Comp I class around the theme of work. Can anyone recommend some thoughtful articles, websites, books (easily excerpted), etc. about work or the workplace? Most of my students have limited reading comprehension skills, so I can’t use anything that is too specialized or advanced. I’m looking for articles on the level of Time or Newsweek. Thanks!
posted by alspeigh on Jul 3, 2009 - 23 answers

When/Where did "FYI" originate?

the Acronym "F.Y.I " Who came up with it and how old is it? [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Jun 23, 2009 - 8 answers

1977 JMB English A-Level Texts

What texts were examined in the 1977 Joint Matriculation Board (JMB) English A-Level exam taken by students in the United Kingdom?
posted by kyten on Jun 22, 2009 - 1 answer

She put on her jumper, drove to my flat, and is now happily wrapped

Wrapped up in British English filter, with [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jun 16, 2009 - 24 answers

Looking to put together a self-study for Comparative Literature.

I'd like to study about Comparative Literature, but as I've looked around at CompLit university departments it appears that there isn't really anything like an introductory course or textbook. [more inside]
posted by elfgirl on Jun 11, 2009 - 5 answers

Business major -> English teacher

I've decided I want to teach high school english. Problem: I have a BS in Business Admin. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by firei on Jun 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me be a teacher

Help me make a career move. Do I want to be a high school or college teacher? [more inside]
posted by mikelly on Jun 10, 2009 - 18 answers

Which books should I read ?

In order to pass an English competitive examination in France, I need reference (but not too long) books on two history subjects. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Jun 4, 2009 - 2 answers

Teaching the Teachers

I'm in Spain and have been asked to give summer courses in English for academic purposes to university researchers and teachers of engineering. Apart from "English Academic Vocabulary in Use" (CUP), which I used last year - it's good - do any MeFites have any tried and tested recommendations for books and other materials that might be suitable? Amazon is great, but too often you can't get a feel for the book.
posted by Holly on May 26, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me name my English-Spanish translation company

Help me name my Spanish-English translation company [more inside]
posted by imaswinger on May 22, 2009 - 13 answers

Apple Sours

Apple Genius Bar not so Genius - I bought my macbook back in 2004 and recently took it into the London Apple store for help with a software problem. [more inside]
posted by numberstation on May 21, 2009 - 12 answers

English to Latin Translation needed!

I need to have a latin phrase translated for a tattoo I'm getting, anyone know latin? the phrase is: "One day we will burn together as stars" [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine on May 15, 2009 - 26 answers

Anyone besides English speakers denature their blasphemiea

Zounds! Odd's Bodkins! Jiminy Cricket! Gosh darn it! English Christianity seems nervous about taking the Lord's name directly in vain and comes up with these odd re-arrangements to avoid blasphemy. Can't think of any languages that take the third commandment quite the same way, but perhaps you can. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on May 13, 2009 - 20 answers

Speaking English causes bad teeth? Combined with chewing gum, leads to more kids having to wear dental braces? Help me research this one; would like stats and links...

Speaking English causes bad teeth? Combined with chewing gum, leads to more kids having to wear dental braces? Help me research this one; would like stats and links... [more inside]
posted by querty on May 11, 2009 - 25 answers

How useful is French in English-speaking Canada?

What kinds of jobs are available in Canada--but outside of Quebec--for someone who can speak English, Korean, and French reasonably fluently? Preferably, though not necessarily, on the West coast. [more inside]
posted by smorange on May 8, 2009 - 10 answers

I will be the supreme ambassador between the humans and the machines!

What are the possible pitfalls of my new life plan? [more inside]
posted by SinisterPurpose on May 4, 2009 - 22 answers

Do you pronounce the T in "often"

Do you pronounce the T in "often"? [more inside]
posted by Slenny on May 1, 2009 - 136 answers

Seeking differences between American English and English English around 1776 - 1815

England and America, two countries separated by a common language. Check. What I'm looking for are resources that cover the differences in spoken English (accent, syntax, diction, catch-phrases - it's all good) between the two countries circa 1776-1815. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Apr 20, 2009 - 9 answers

What does 'binned' mean?

What does 'binned' mean in UK slang? [more inside]
posted by coryinabox on Apr 15, 2009 - 25 answers

What is this English/Chinese song?

Name this song: Chinese (I assume) singers singing in English singing praises about the Three Gorges Dam. I heard it in an Asian restaurant about 6-8 years ago. [more inside]
posted by santogold on Apr 4, 2009 - 1 answer

ESL Textbook Recommendations

ESL Textbook Recommendations, anyone? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Apr 4, 2009 - 3 answers

Global/International English Resources

What tools are out there for globalizing/internationalizing English text? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousd on Apr 3, 2009 - 3 answers

How to learn English online?

Do you know of any good online resources to learn English on your own? [more inside]
posted by maca on Mar 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Semi-colon usage

Semi-colon usage: "My name's John; I'm a carpenter and I enjoy repairing old homes and building new ones." [more inside]
posted by boosh on Mar 27, 2009 - 29 answers

Conventions in writing film scripts?

Quick education in film script conventions please? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Mar 27, 2009 - 2 answers

Words that have a "zyu" sound in American English pronunciation?

Are there any words that have a "zyu" sound in American English pronunciation? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut on Mar 25, 2009 - 39 answers

I am *asking* a question.

What is the origin in English of the present continuous tense (present progressive tense)? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Mar 21, 2009 - 15 answers

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