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How to Become an Expert in Foreign News?

I have been offered a somewhat prestigious job in foreign news. I have been working in other areas of journalism for the last decade, but am not particularly well versed in international news. So I am looking to bone up on, basically, the entire history of the world, all of its current political leaders/conflicts, geography, current expert thinkers/critics on regional international questions. Aside from getting a world map shower curtain, what else should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Sep 14, 2014 - 16 answers

Where can I find bulk t-shirts with random prints?

Thirty years ago, I remember my dad buying bulk t-shirts from one of several companies advertised in the back of magazines. These shirts would have random company logos in random languages, and were clearly a way for t-shirt printers around the world to get rid of overstock. It was like a surprise box every time. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Mar 27, 2014 - 9 answers

What's your experience navigating life errands as a non-native speaker?

What's your experience navigating life errands (especially grocery shopping) as a non-native English speaker in an English speaking country? Any experience as a non-native speaker in any country would work as well. This is for a research project. [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee on Sep 30, 2013 - 25 answers

Advice on really appreciating/taking advantage of living abroad?

How I can make the most out of a few months living in a foreign country? If you've spent time living abroad, what kinds of things were you most glad you did (and/or most regret not doing)?  What helped you feel like you were really experiencing/appreciating a different culture?  (Definitely interested in general advice, but FYI I'm in Buenos Aires if you have specific thoughts.) [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Sep 19, 2013 - 10 answers

Why Doesn't My Smartphone Stay Unlocked Abroad?

I live in Spain and travel regularly to London. I have a Sony Xperia Arc S which I unlocked when I changed mobile companies. It works fine here in Spain for voice and data. HOWEVER, when I go to London, voice works fine but I cannot get data to work. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Sep 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Movie suggestions

Looking for some Mystery/Suspense/Thriller movie suggestions [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Sep 14, 2013 - 24 answers

Help help I’m trapped in a Graham Greene novel

I am in a foreign country. I just had an encounter with another foreigner, on his way back to his own country, which went along the lines of “You’ll never make it here, you are destined to be unhappy, these are people for whom lying is second-nature.” I just moved here and I feel like I’m being sabotaged. [more inside]
posted by spaceheater on Aug 20, 2013 - 36 answers

What Do Foreign Service/Intelligence Grad Programs Expect of Me?

My senior year as an Undergraduate begins this Fall. I go to a large public school that is heavily recruited from by the CIA/NSA etc... I am a Political Science/Russian double major with a 3.81 GPA. My interests are varied: nuclear proliferation, intelligence, conflict, analysis, the role of exponential tech growth, and on and on. Help me discover whether or not Grad school is right for me, and if so how to iron out a few details. [more inside]
posted by 221bbs on Jul 9, 2013 - 11 answers

How to sell a remote foreign property (Nova Scotia)

My folks probably need to sell our beloved vacation home of roughly forty years. We live in the US and the property is in rural Nova Scotia. We need help figuring out how to get it appraised, listed, sold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2013 - 6 answers

International Freelance Taxes -Canadian in Berlin /w US clients?

Calling all internationally mobile, 'creative-class' freelancers- how do you determine who taxes you, if your design clients are in one country (for me, USA) you live in another country (Germany) but are a citizen of yet somewhere else (Canadian)? Does everyone get a piece of my income? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2013 - 17 answers

How to evaluate an offer to buy foreign rights?

I self-published a non-fiction technical book recently. A Chinese publisher has just approached me and wants to buy the 5-year Chinese foreign distribution rights. How do I evaluate their offer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2013 - 5 answers

The visual equivalent of 'Prisencolinensinainciusol'

There are Latin fonts designed to mimic Cyrillic, Asian characters, and many other scripts. What are some examples of foreign-script fonts which mimic Latin characters?
posted by Gordafarin on Mar 30, 2013 - 4 answers

How Do I Invest In Foreign Currency?

It was suggested to me to make a small investment in foreign currency. What are the basics? Would it be best to go through broker or to invest on my own? Help!
posted by goalyeehah on Feb 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Should I join the Air Force if I want to break into Diplomacy/Intel?

I am 27 years old, and now considering whether I should join the Air Force on an intelligence track in order to improve my chances of getting a job at State, or just improving my career options in general. Is this a wise decision? [more inside]
posted by masterisosceles on Feb 18, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I get along in a foreign country I don't like?

I have moved to a foreign country and am looking for suggestions as to how to get along in the best way possible until I can return to the US. I am a single woman with a professional background. I came to this country to reconnect with my ancestral roots. I have found the culture and behavior really appalling and irritating on a profound level as well as being sexist at a very deep level. [more inside]
posted by malach_sadriel on Dec 2, 2012 - 27 answers

80s foreign movie about a clown or mime wandering in city

Looking for a movie I saw on TV in the 80s that was about a sad clown/mime who left his circus and was wandering around the city - a foreign city, probably Europe. It is NOT Children of Paradise, but maybe some remake inspired by it. I believe it was a foreign film and was probably shown on Nickelodeon - it was a color film. Very atmospheric and followed the clown wandering in the city. Any ideas?
posted by cmp4Meta on Nov 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Are there any magazines for anglophiles and francophiles? Google not helpful.

Are there any magazines for anglophiles and francophiles? Google not helpful. [more inside]
posted by miltoncat on Nov 11, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I deal with my short-tempered husband?

How do I deal with my short-tempered husband? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2012 - 22 answers

Can a U.S. notary public practice in a foreign country?

Does any state in the United States allow its notaries public to practice abroad in a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Oct 16, 2012 - 15 answers

Learning more about China - where do I start?

Can you recommend me podcasts, books, TV documentaries, articles or journals (in English) where I could learn more about China, such as Chinese politics, history, culture and other important things?
posted by EatMyHat on Oct 15, 2012 - 8 answers

lost and found

Found a wallet with a bunch of German identification (passport, drivers license, ID cards). How can I get this stuff back to him? Is there a better way than just mailing it to the address on his passport? If I do mail it should I use USPS? I'm in NYC.
posted by laptolain on Sep 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Foreign Grunge

Grunge and Rock outside the USA [more inside]
posted by Query on Sep 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Cruptic message to decipher...please

WTH? Message in a bottle, secret admirer, or random gibberish? A friend's mom took her car to the shop (SW US) and left a whiteboard (which she uses to communicate) inside. After she picked the car up she noticed the following written on it. Any ideas as to what language it is or what it says? Thanks in advance. Mysterious message here
posted by subajestad on Sep 5, 2012 - 11 answers

Help with large lump-sum when traveling.

How to pay for apartment in The Netherlands? We are close to signing a lease for an apartment in Amsterdam for three months. How do I deal with a large lump-sum payment? We are coming from The States. [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 on Jul 29, 2012 - 12 answers

Have you ever studied in a foreign country, in the local language?

Getting a 2nd Bachelor's in a European country "as a local" - no courses in English. Please share any and all of your experiences! More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Pieprz on Jun 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Recent Korean Films Worth Watching

What are some recent (last ten year or so) Korean film that's worth watching? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Jun 13, 2012 - 40 answers

Searching for Foreign Websites

How do I search and get results from foreign websites? Even when I search for French material using Google.fr, I still get results mostly from American sites. How do I get mostly French sites? Let's say I wanted to find out what movies are playing at an art house theater in Paris, how would I get access to results from France or say Spain. Thanks!
posted by lrnarabic on Jun 9, 2012 - 11 answers

How to deduct expenses when consulting abroad?

received 1099-misc. i earned this income over 8 months while consulting for an american company abroad.any special deductions for me?easy way to deduct daily expenses?advice? [more inside]
posted by calm down on May 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Foreign language films

My dad speaks fluent Spanish (and English). I am third-year student of Spanish. Mom and dad know some French. My younger brother (13 years old) only knows English. We all like good plots, good music, and good cinematography. Please suggest some non-English language movies, documentaries, TV series, etc. that we would all enjoy. Bonus points if it's available through Netflix streaming or DVD.
posted by gray17 on Apr 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Australian with US investments

What sort of things should an Australian living in Australia know about owning an investment (e.g., an index fund) in the USA? The investment would be part of a retirement fund that has a low (15%) tax rate in Australia.
posted by Joe in Australia on Apr 23, 2012 - 2 answers

Am I making foreign earned income when I freelance in another country for U.S. firms?

If I do freelance work for U.S. companies while residing in a foreign country, is that considered "foreign earned income for IRS purposes? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Apr 20, 2012 - 6 answers

"what's the problem?" "...ん..."

Japanese friend/relationship advice. She all of a sudden became very cold and distant, and I don't understand why. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy on Apr 6, 2012 - 26 answers

Is there a Japanese equivalent of Terminator Salvation?

So, you know how Hollywood sometimes makes big stupid films that flop at home (at times not making enough money), but then they release the films abroad and they do well (enough to make more money and sometimes merit a sequel!)? Does the reverse happen as well? Are their foreign films that do well in the US (and I'll include critical success as much as popularity -- and popularity among people who go see foreign films), but in their home countries, they are considered silly or stupid or just not good?
posted by bluefly on Mar 7, 2012 - 20 answers

Foreign Tax Blues

Help me with my complicated foreign tax situation please! [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Feb 29, 2012 - 5 answers

how can i transfer my money from a french bank?

How can I transfer funds from my French bank account (which I can not access online) to my American bank one? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Feb 24, 2012 - 9 answers

market value

Are there any interesting foreign/international food markets in in-town Atlanta? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Feb 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Writing, etc., about gulfs between cultures?

Looking for good depictions of people or characters with truly foreign, alien, or mutually irreconcilable views of the world. [more inside]
posted by Bufo_periglenes on Feb 14, 2012 - 29 answers

Pompadours and long toed shoes

Help me remember the name of this eastern European band [more inside]
posted by frwagon on Feb 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me translate a first name in a foreign language

Looking to have a name written in various languages. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 8, 2012 - 6 answers

iPhone 4s international unlock questions

I just had my Verizon iPhone 4s unlocked for international use and confirmed working with two different foreign SIM cards. Three questions:
  1. Is this permanent? Can it ever be re-locked via software or some other method?
  2. Can this be used with US SIM cards, or are there restrictions?
  3. Is this phone now identical to an unlocked iPhone, or is it somehow different?
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posted by letitrain on Jan 16, 2012 - 8 answers

How Do I Cram for a German Placement Test?

How do I shake off the rust and review four years of German language and grammar in a short time period? [more inside]
posted by Atarah on Dec 29, 2011 - 6 answers

It Is Not My Fault The Dollar Sucks

International customer service/refund issue. Help me reconcile whose fault it is that I'm out $90. [more inside]
posted by shew on Nov 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Options for a foreign student arrested for driving while drunk

Options/potential consequences for a foreign grad student, studying at U.C.S.D., who has just been arrested and booked in jail for a D.W.I.? [more inside]
posted by farce majeure on Oct 30, 2011 - 12 answers

Flat-Rate Instant Streaming for the Indie/Foreign Film Lover?

Netflix Instant Stream has about 1 out of every 20 movies I search for. I guess I'm too "indie" for them or something. Hulu+ and Amazon Prime aren't much better. Are there any streaming alternatives? [more inside]
posted by MuChao on Sep 19, 2011 - 16 answers

Estimated Self-Employment Tax

I am trying to learn more/understand better my new tax situation as an independent consultant, and was hoping someone could help me with the following questions: 1. How do I compute my Net Earnings From Self-Employment (NESE)? What calculation is used? 2. Since I am excluded from Federal and State tax (my tax domicile is TX) for my foreign-earned income amount (I estimate it would be $87,500 for 2011) - can you break down how I can get the estimated tax payment amount for 2011? [more inside]
posted by bbhart113 on Sep 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Funding for a Ph.D. in Belgium

I'm looking for scholarships or fellowships that could fund, or help fund, a molecular/microbiology Ph.D. in Belgium for an American. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Aug 30, 2011 - 4 answers

Foreign Earned Income HELP

Need Foreign-Earned Income help: I'm a Consultant working in Iraq... [more inside]
posted by bbhart113 on Aug 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Best Mandarin in SF?

Good evening Chinese classes in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by alaijmw on Aug 22, 2011 - 0 answers

Forgotten movie title...

Help me remember the name of a movie, please? Here's what I (think) I remember: 90s or 00s setting, foreign-language with subtitles, set in European local, possibly Scandinavian, overcast skies, commuting to work via train. Plot revolved around a man who lost his job, but did not tell his family, he just kept going into the city every day. Fuzzy on anything else...
posted by Exchequer on Aug 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Foreign Not Domestic

Can anyone recommend some contemporary foreign personal essayists? [more inside]
posted by John of Michigan on Aug 2, 2011 - 7 answers

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