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Why do some people write "1950ies", "1980ies", etc?

I would write "1950s" or "1980s", and this is universal among native English speakers, so far as I am aware. In international contexts, however, I sometimes observe that people whose English spelling is otherwise flawless will consistently write "1950ies" or "1980ies", which reads to me like it has an extra syllable. Where does this convention come from, and what linguistic background makes it sound like a reasonable way to contract these numbers? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Jun 19, 2014 - 11 answers

Hosting a guest with limited English?

We're hosting a grad student from Thailand tonight who speaks very little english and has some trouble following conversation. What do we do to be good hosts? [more inside]
posted by elvissa on Oct 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Cultural values affecting foreign policy?

To what extent do cultural values affect foreign policy making between U.S. and China? [more inside]
posted by espada0 on Feb 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Talking the talk from Kuwait to Kinshasa.

I have need for a large and strange batch of audio translations. As a newbie to this game, please help me zero in on market specifics. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jun 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Point here for "pasta", here for "chicken".

My grandparents, who are in their 70s, will be taking their first international flight from Bulgaria to the United States (with a transfer in Amsterdam) next week. They do not speak English. How can we make this easier for them? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Nov 10, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I find English as a Second Language Funding for an African University?

I am a volunteer for an organization building a nonprofit university in Angola. I am tasked with finding funding for English as a Second Language education--all students who do not speak English will take year long intensive course in English. I'm looking for whatever help I can get in finding funds. [more inside]
posted by wires on Nov 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Where do the John Does of the world live?

What are some equivalents of "123 Main Street" outside Canada and the US? I'm looking for prototypical exemplar addresses, like you might see used on a sample form, but which are still likely to exist in reality -- so, NOT something like "123 Example Street" or "123 Anystreet." I do realize this exact address format does not apply to all areas of the globe. [more inside]
posted by (alice) on Jul 22, 2010 - 22 answers

Swiss Army Knife of Language

What are the pros and cons of learning more than one language? How can one adapt to a multi-language world? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Oct 27, 2009 - 25 answers

Non-U.S.-centric web content and design

Non-U.S. residents: Aside from language issues, what issues can U.S. web designers keep in mind to make their sites ideally usable for you? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jun 23, 2009 - 15 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

international composer of mystery

If you know a non-English language (especially one written in a non-Western alphabet), will you please tell me whether your language's entry is correct in this list? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Aug 27, 2008 - 35 answers

Where should I go and what do I need to learn to speak?

What African language should I learn and how should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Nov 15, 2007 - 18 answers

Differences between US and Japanese version of Mac OS X?

Are there significant differences in the retail versions of Mac OS X sold in North America vs those sold in Japan? [more inside]
posted by p3t3 on Dec 4, 2006 - 5 answers

Where Are ElseWhereFilters?

What MeFi-like community blog sites do you recommend in the Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and German-speaking parts of the web? [more inside]
posted by mmahaffie on May 19, 2005 - 2 answers

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