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Language for the purpose of study, travel and maybe work in Europe.

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]
posted by amar on Sep 27, 2014 - 21 answers

What does it say??

Characters on the bottom of a porcelain box - what does it say? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 9, 2014 - 11 answers

Non-English or Multingual (incl. English) jokes and puns?

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)?
posted by Going To Maine on May 17, 2014 - 27 answers

Getting faster at reading in-language

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?
posted by aaanastasia on Apr 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Open Source: Foreign Language

I am looking for an open-source / commons repository of any spoken language. Preferably free, otherwise just well-formatted. [more inside]
posted by tintexas on Sep 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Learning (or re-learning French)

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]
posted by ladoo on Sep 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Isolation, Linguistically & Socially: the 4 Year Edition.

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]
posted by Kitteh on Jun 4, 2013 - 28 answers

Help me find this online Spanish tutoring site

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?
posted by iamisaid on Apr 25, 2013 - 5 answers

US politicians' multilingual chops

Can you give me specific instances of US political candidates or elected officials publically speaking in a language other than English? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 27, 2013 - 31 answers

Tips for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language?

What are your tips and techniques for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Feb 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Name That Song!

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]
posted by rozaine on Jan 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Foreign Language Dictionary App for iPhone?

Any good dictionary apps for foreign languages on the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah on Dec 19, 2012 - 8 answers

What does this T-shirt say?

Can anyone tell me what language is on this Spiderman T-shirt and what is written?
posted by jkafka on Dec 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Numbers and figures make me panic

Any methods for instantaneous number recognition in foreign languages? [more inside]
posted by thesailor on Oct 20, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I talk more good?

Can you give me some resources and tips for improving fluency in a language I can speak, but not speak well? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Aug 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Where's the best place to learn a foreign language?

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]
posted by boghead on Aug 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Idiom? I thought you said something else...

There must be a way to say 'big fish in a small pond' in languages other than English... right? [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Jul 25, 2012 - 13 answers

Don't make me go back to Livejournal.

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?
posted by chaiminda on May 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Language learning website using bilingual stories?

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]
posted by pont on May 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me find the name of a unique language acquisition method that I've heard about but can't quite identify.

Help me find the name of a unique language acquisition method that I've heard about but can't quite identify. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on May 7, 2012 - 3 answers

I want to communicate with everyone!

Best (and preferably cheapest!) way to learn a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Feb 14, 2012 - 32 answers

Lesser known amazing foreign phrases?

I'm looking for obscure but beautiful or amazing sayings or phrases or words in languages or dialects other than American English. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Feb 7, 2012 - 32 answers

The broad Dnieper roars and moans.

This should be simple enough: where can a US resident find a good selection of books in Ukrainian? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jan 15, 2012 - 5 answers

FOK JOU! (fok jou!)

Hi. Help me find fun pop songs, not in English, which are full of profanity. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Dec 6, 2011 - 13 answers

What are some good chinese movies to watch to help me learn Mandarin?

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).
posted by joshwa on May 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Looking for a Spanish/Spanish dictionary for an intermediate Spanish learner

Can anyone recommend a Spanish/Spanish dictionary for an intermediate Spanish learner? [more inside]
posted by dkh on Mar 20, 2011 - 7 answers

How many Chinese characters are shared between Mandarin and Japanese?

How many Chinese characters are shared 1:1 between Mandarin and Japanese? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Feb 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Got to be one of the silliest questions ever

Newbie travel question: How to navigate when you don't know the language? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Jan 2, 2011 - 35 answers

┬┐Como se dice "Reprogram the remote"?

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]
posted by toodleydoodley on Dec 25, 2010 - 4 answers

How do you say...

If you wanted to learn 100 words in a foreign (i.e. non-english) language, which words would you choose? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Dec 13, 2010 - 26 answers

Cantonese language streaming media please!

Recommendations on streaming media or movies in Cantonese to improve my comprehension? [more inside]
posted by mlo on Nov 18, 2010 - 3 answers

Burning with optimism's flames.

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]
posted by Nomyte on Nov 5, 2010 - 25 answers

Can you help my mother-in-law learn English (but not too much)?

Do you know of any programs to help an elderly Chinese and Vietnamese speaker learn English? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Oct 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Using Skype to pratice a language with a friend

How can my friend and I use our Skype video chats to learn a new language? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly on Jun 12, 2010 - 4 answers

How much does this cost? Ca combien?

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]
posted by ninazer0 on May 12, 2010 - 7 answers

European Music Nerds!

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]
posted by dunkadunc on Mar 19, 2010 - 23 answers

What's some good foreign-language hip-hop?

Please help me with suggestions for non-English rap music, and mixed-language rap music. [more inside]
posted by Cookiebastard on Feb 1, 2010 - 44 answers

Tips on doing a master's degree in a second language

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]
posted by so much modern time on Sep 22, 2009 - 9 answers

teach me how to teach, please!

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]
posted by acidic on Sep 13, 2009 - 22 answers

Looking for foreign language dictionaries.

Need help compiling a list of monolingual dictionaries. [more inside]
posted by RavinDave on Jul 18, 2009 - 11 answers

Help, s'il vous plait!

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]
posted by thatbrunette on Jul 8, 2009 - 16 answers

Using Online Radio for Foreign Language Immersion

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]
posted by RavinDave on May 29, 2009 - 19 answers

Foreign language prep.

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]
posted by Genco_Olive_Oil on Apr 8, 2009 - 8 answers

Are foreign references OK?

Are references not in English (but translated) as good as ones in English? [more inside]
posted by snwod on Apr 5, 2009 - 3 answers

Preemptive tongue untying

Finding pronunciation-intensive courses abroad for French or German. [more inside]
posted by trouserlouse on Mar 24, 2009 - 11 answers

Why does French suck?

Why does French suck? [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Feb 18, 2009 - 64 answers

In nearly every language, it's still called a "blog". But that doesn't mean I've read it.

What are some great non-English blogs that I should be reading? [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Jan 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me sound like I know a lot of foreign languages.

Help me sound like I know a lot of foreign languages. [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Dec 17, 2008 - 22 answers

Where should I study Japanese in the Bay Area?

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]
posted by ebness86 on Nov 24, 2008 - 3 answers

Should I interfere with my bilingual children's speech patterns?

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]
posted by BinGregory on Nov 11, 2008 - 19 answers

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