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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Mandarin in SF?

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

So that's what they think of us

What are some foreign-language terms for things that involve the name of another country or culture? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Jul 5, 2011 - 78 answers

Which teaching abroad scheme should I choose? And... how?

So I graduated last year and have been working in sales since then. I'm very intrigued by the concept of teaching english abroad, as I've had some great experiences teaching children before, but am overwhelmed by the amount of different schemes and companies. I have never really travelled before, and I know this may be seen as a big step, but I have this uncontrollable itch to just go for it while I am young and relatively free. I'm really looking for any and all advice from you guys - anyone who's done it, anyone who's considered it, anyone at all! Ideally, I am looking for a half-year placement, with a UK-based TEFL company (although it seems that many companies don't care where you are from). Having said that, I could be swayed by a year-long course. I am very excited by i-to-i, and heard about this through a recommendation. However, as I say, I feel a little like I am stabbing in the dark. I have read with much interest some previous questions, and have heard mention of Dave's ESL cafe, but this seems to be mostly aimed towards the USA. [more inside]
posted by jhighmore on May 3, 2011 - 16 answers

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)- how prevalent is it?

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)- how prevalent is it? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Apr 4, 2011 - 3 answers

How can we buy a fully foreign-language laptop in the US?

My mother is visiting a friend abroad, and wants to bring her an inexpensive windows laptop as a gift. Her friend speaks fluent russian & german, but not english. How can we buy, in the US, a laptop with keyboard and windows localization settings appropriate to one of those languages? [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground on Feb 14, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I learn French - all over again?

How does a once confident French speaker re-learn the language after six years of not using it? [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Aug 7, 2010 - 11 answers

Can anyone identify this character or symbol?

I need some help identifying a character, I think it's Chinese but I'm completely unsure. Can anyone help? image here
posted by reverendjim on May 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Whare are the very best online resources for learning foreign languages?

What are the very best free Web-based resources for learning foreign languages? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by jingzuo on May 10, 2010 - 14 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

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

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 find academic lectures in Japanese!

Looking for academic lectures in Japanese freely available on the web [more inside]
posted by kinakomochi on Feb 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Which one is the easiest language to learn?

Which language is easiest to learn? [more inside]
posted by hipersons on Nov 19, 2008 - 27 answers

Computer Science and Foreign Languages, what is the best mix?

I am trying to make a preliminary (or maybe final) decision on what foreign language I should study with respect to a computer science major after transferring to the University of Michigan. Any pointers??? [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 on Oct 24, 2008 - 24 answers

Learning Language Through Osmosis!

Does anyone have any tips or strategies to help in learning a new language when living in a foreign country but not doing a formal study program? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Aug 8, 2008 - 14 answers

Microsoft Vista Business in Japanese/Chinese

Where can I buy the Japanese version and a Chinese version of Microsoft Vista Business online for use in the United States? Media and license. [more inside]
posted by schnee on May 1, 2008 - 4 answers

foreign language "bibles"

Foreign language "bibles" (superlative, comprehensive language resources) for language-learning lovers? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Apr 3, 2008 - 10 answers

Expensive, superlative foreign language instruction?

Pay lots of money, follow instructions for a couple hundred hours, know a new language? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Feb 11, 2008 - 13 answers

I'd like some advice about preventing

I'd like some advice about preventing "regression" in the ability to speak a foreign language. If I am away from communicating in a foreign language for a few days, it feels like I might have lost it. That's because when I start speaking, I don't feel like I can get into it. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Oct 11, 2007 - 10 answers

WordPerfect help!

Need help with foreign language spellcheck dictionaries in wordperfectx3 [more inside]
posted by keeblerte6 on Jul 4, 2007 - 0 answers

Translate my birthday card

Incomprehensible birthday messages - Swahili and Russian flavours... [more inside]
posted by prentiz on Sep 14, 2006 - 7 answers

PLING!

Do you have any connotations, good or bad, with the word PLING! (yes, written just like that)? [more inside]
posted by melixxa600 on Aug 12, 2006 - 49 answers

Spanish or Mandarin Chinese? What is the better choice for the IT field?

I'd like to learn a new language to help improve my skills in the IT field. I manage multiple teams in a support environment, both desktop and server. A foreign language seems to be a good way to improve my offerings to employers and help broaden my mind. [more inside]
posted by zymurgy on May 18, 2006 - 18 answers

اللغة العربية-filter

I'm about halfway through my first year of college-level Modern Standard Arabic, and would love it if someone experienced in Arabic instruction/linguistics in general could make some suggestions for materials with which I can supplement my textbook. Bonus question if you live in or around Chicago! Look inside! [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Feb 9, 2006 - 5 answers

How do I type in foreign languages?

So recently, I've started chatting with some old friends in Germany, and while I can speak fluent german, it's a real pain typing the umlauts and other special characters using the character map (the application is Yahoo Messenger). Is there any easy way to type foreign letters on a standard american keyboard?
posted by patrickje on Apr 18, 2005 - 13 answers

Is Rosetta Stone language software any good?

Has anyone around here used Rosetta Stone software for learning foreign languages? Did it work well for you?
posted by Prospero on Feb 24, 2004 - 7 answers

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