What European language should I learn for the purpose of higher studies, work, and extensive travelling in Europe? I am a bibliophile, cinephile, and love songs with good and meaningful lyrics. Till now I've been enjoying all these, I mean the ones from Europe, in the form of translations and with the help of subtitles. (I write too; not to publish but it's very important to me). [more inside]
Characters on the bottom of a porcelain box - what does it say? [more inside]
I was recently in a situation where French jokes, French-and-English jokes, and French-and-English-and-Arabic jokes would have been handy. Just to be ready for the next time this happens, what are your favorite jokes that are in a language other than English or that combine two or more languages (one of which, ideally, is English)?
I'm a fast reader in English. I want to get faster at reading in Russian (in which I am fluent, but rarely use at this point). How can I do this?
I am looking for an open-source / commons repository of any spoken language. Preferably free, otherwise just well-formatted. [more inside]
I took French in school and it was fun. However I did not keep up with it and here I am. I want to re-learn French again. My goal is to familiarize myself once again with all that I learnt and then start reading novels in French (which, once upon a time, I could do) [more inside]
This past late March marked four years of living in Quebec. It has also marked more or less four years of isolation. This needs to change. A myriad of snowflakes within. [more inside]
A few months ago I found a certain online Spanish tutoring site I wanted to try out, but now I'm unable to locate it after much Googling. The site (which may have offered languages other than Spanish) had private tutors who conduct sessions via Skype. The main page showed photos and bios of the many available tutors, with star ratings and links to reviews written by students. As I recall, each tutor could set his/her own price. What site might this have been?
Can you give me specific instances of US political candidates or elected officials publically speaking in a language other than English? [more inside]
What are your tips and techniques for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language? [more inside]
I've been looking for this song for years now, and I have no idea where to even start because I don't even know what language it is in. So, I'm hoping the HiveMind will be able to point me in the right direction. I've posted a sample here. [more inside]
Any good dictionary apps for foreign languages on the iPhone? [more inside]
Can anyone tell me what language is on this Spiderman T-shirt
and what is written?
Any methods for instantaneous number recognition in foreign languages? [more inside]
Can you give me some resources and tips for improving fluency in a language I can speak, but not speak well? [more inside]
I'm going to quit my job and spend 6 months living in another country learning a language. I'm looking for your personal experience with excellent schools. Where should I go? [more inside]
There must be a way to say 'big fish in a small pond' in languages other than English... right? [more inside]
Does this website exist? I would like to be able to blog about my life in my target language and have native speakers make corrections, ask questions, etc. and do the same for people learning ESL. Livemocha seems like it should allow this but I can't figure out a way to do it. Does a site like this exist or do I need to utilize existing sites?
I came across a very neat online language learning tool a few weeks ago, but I didn't bookmark it and now I can't find it again. Basically it worked like this: you choose a preset text or story (I think they were mostly fables and fairy tales), your native language, and the foreign language you're trying to practice. Then it shows the text of the story with a few of your native words replaced with their foreign equivalents, letting you learn them in context. [more inside]
Help me find the name of a unique language acquisition method that I've heard about but can't quite identify. [more inside]
Best (and preferably cheapest!) way to learn a foreign language? [more inside]
I'm looking for obscure but beautiful or amazing sayings or phrases or words in languages or dialects other than American English. [more inside]
This should be simple enough: where can a US resident find a good selection of books in Ukrainian? [more inside]
Hi. Help me find fun pop songs, not in English, which are full of profanity. [more inside]
Conventional wisdom says that watching a lot of TV/Movies in another language helps with comprehension. What are some good movies/shows to help me with Mandarin? My current level is quite basic (2 semesters of college classes).
Can anyone recommend a Spanish/Spanish dictionary for an intermediate Spanish learner? [more inside]
How many Chinese characters are shared 1:1 between Mandarin and Japanese? [more inside]
Newbie travel question: How to navigate when you don't know the language? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good, inexpensive English-Spanish lexicon of TV/Cable/Broadcast technology terms? My sister does Spanish-language technical support for a large TV cable and Internet provider. She's first-language fluent in Spanish, but like many Spanish-speaking U.S. natives, leans heavily on Spanglish for many of the neologisms ("el remote") of the electronic age. [more inside]
If you wanted to learn 100 words in a foreign (i.e. non-english) language, which words would you choose? [more inside]
Recommendations on streaming media or movies in Cantonese to improve my comprehension? [more inside]
I spent most of my childhood in Ukraine. I am what you might call a heritage speaker
of Russian (and, to a lesser extent, Ukrainian). What can I do with them? [more inside]
Do you know of any programs to help an elderly Chinese and Vietnamese speaker learn English? [more inside]
How can my friend and I use our Skype video chats to learn a new language? [more inside]
I would like to find recordings of French phrases and their translations. I've gone through the other AskMe questions but I want something a bit different. [more inside]
European Music Nerds!
I'm putting together a show for a local community radio station and am looking for (preferably foreign-language) not very mainstream
music from Europe. [more inside]
Please help me with suggestions for non-English rap music, and mixed-language rap music. [more inside]
Tell me about your own experiences and tips on surviving and working through a master's degree in a second language that you are NOT fluent in. [more inside]
How do I become an amazing, inspiring, organized, respected, and effective teacher? What did your favorite teacher do that set him/her apart? Your tips, anecdotes, and resources (particularly online) are appreciated. [more inside]
Need help compiling a list of monolingual dictionaries. [more inside]
I'm a student who is in the process of teaching herself French. As much as I would love to take the French I course through my university, the course conflicts with a class I am taking Fall semester for my major. What I need? Practice. [more inside]
Looking for favorites among the MeFi regulars in the category of: Foreign Language radio streams, suitable for language immersion and/or passive practice. [more inside]
I'm in a humanities field and I will likely need to learn multiple languages. As a Master's student, I'm scheduled to take around 3-4 courses each semester, with much of my second year devoted to research and writing a master's dissertation. My question concerns foreign language prep....when is the optimal time to do that? Do I travel abroad this summer and shore up on what I know? Or do I take care of the problem during my first few semesters? What are the pros and cons of traveling abroad vis a vis taking care of the problem domestically (e.g., either at my school or some other program in the states, unaffiliated with my school)? [more inside]
Are references not in English (but translated) as good as ones in English? [more inside]
Finding pronunciation-intensive courses abroad for French or German. [more inside]
Why does French suck? [more inside]
What are some great non-English blogs that I should be reading? [more inside]
Help me sound like I know a lot of foreign languages. [more inside]
Where should I study Japanese in the Bay Area? I work at EA and one of my co-workers is visiting from Japan. I'm conversationally fluent but still feel my grammar and vocabulary is really rough (plus, I'm as illiterate as a peasant). [more inside]
To what degree should I moderate my children's use of language at home? I am raising six children aged 10 and below outside the US with my wife who is an non-native English speaker. [more inside]