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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

Would Chalky White really have sounded like that?

Does anyone have any resources to find historical forms of Ebonics? [more inside]
posted by patricking on Dec 15, 2012 - 11 answers

My poor English ability will continue to hold me back professionally and life in general if I don't find a way to improve it.

Poor English is holding my American Dream hostage. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2010 - 58 answers

Speaking in Tongues

I want to expand my collection of accents. What movies should I watch? I'm especially interested in regional American, UK and Irish accents, but hearing non-native English speakers is helpful as well.
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Feb 24, 2010 - 35 answers

Learn to speak and read, but not write, Japanese?

What's the best way to learn Japanese, if you don't care about being able to write it? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Aug 30, 2009 - 18 answers

How do i get better at pronouncing r's and l's

My pronunciation of r's and l's is the same - for example, I pronounce lot and rot the same. English is my first (and only) language. When listening, i have no problems distinguishing between the two. No problems with writing either. Only with pronunciation. How do I become better at pronouncing those sounds? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2008 - 12 answers

Oh, so you're a [insert profession here]! How [insert whacky generalization and misguided curiosity here]?

What is the first question people ask when you tell them what you do? Are there common misconceptions or generalizations that people make? How do you tactfully and/or humorously correct them? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Apr 28, 2008 - 156 answers

Learning new languages during my commute!

I'd like to learn a new language during my daily commute. What is the best language learning audio cd available? [more inside]
posted by zippity on Mar 25, 2008 - 11 answers

Won'tchew, don'tchew, can'tchew separate your words?

What is the origin of pronouncing "I've got you" like "I've gotchew?" Does this go back to ancient English speaking times, or is this merely a sloppy, learned Americanism? Is there a name for it? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico on Aug 30, 2007 - 32 answers

How exactly does one pronounce "StrĨ prst skrz krk"?

I'm looking for a good Czech pronunciation guide. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on May 17, 2007 - 4 answers

what does babbling in english sound like?

What does American English sound like to people who don't speak english? [more inside]
posted by sammich on Feb 12, 2007 - 35 answers

la france!

I'll be going to France in a little under 2 months, to stay 2 weeks with a family that doesn't speak much English at all, in a relatively small town that doesn't speak much English at all. I'm decently proficient, but not confident, and definitely lacking in the listening/speaking end. I have, however, 9 days coming up where I will have more than enough free time. I won't have an internet connection, but I'll have a laptop I can put stuff on. What is the best use of the next 2 months in terms of preparing for functioning well on the trip? [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade on Jun 4, 2006 - 10 answers

Learn Welsh online

Where can I learn to speak Welsh online? [more inside]
posted by samstarling on Jan 24, 2006 - 5 answers

Universality of Sing-Songing "I Know Something You Don't Know"?

DiscourseAnalysisFilter: That I know something you don't know sing-song voice... how universal is that? Is it specific to North America? Do non-North American English-speaking kids know the tune for that phrase or others like "Iiiiii'm better than yoooouuuuu are" or "nyah nyah nyah nyah boo boo"? If not, is there another sing-song phrase they use for teasing? And how would one go about publishing their findings on such a question?
posted by heatherann on Nov 22, 2004 - 18 answers

Language in the 18th and 19th century.

Did people really speak in such formal, flowery language in the 18th and 19th century? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jan 18, 2004 - 11 answers

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