How do I teach 10 or so Indonesian academics and postgraduate students how to "ace" their US Embassy visa interviews and "prep" for life in the US? Personal experiences with the US immigration process? What are some interview strategies you can pass on to my students? [more inside]
My brother and I would like to learn German. Any book recommendations or other tips? [more inside]
Are there Italian language learning videos like Fokus Deutsch or French in Action? If not, are there any really easy to understand videos in Italian anyone could recommend? [more inside]
Explain to me the popularity of "moonbat." [more inside]
"Writer's block," "swimmer's ear," and "athlete's foot" are all examples of occupation-specific conditions. Are there any others? [more inside]
Where can I find more writing about metaphor? I vaguely remember reading something about how, when machines became ubiquitous, people began understanding their lives in terms of machines. I'm looking for that sort of thing. [more inside]
What are the best books/dvds/cds/websites out there for Turkish learning? What did you use and recommend? Are there any tips or things that helped you? [more inside]
How can I develop writing skills in a non-native language? [more inside]
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]
Linguists: What's the history of 'standard forms' of languages? [more inside]
linguists: i vaguely remember a story that i can't verify. the gist is this: two groups of people who spoke the same language became separated by some minor geographical obstacles, like hills, and remained so for a period of years (decades, i think). upon analysis some years later, their common tongue had forked noticeably into fairly different languages. is this true? [more inside]
How should I improve my body language ? [more inside]
I'm 17 years old and considering moving to Europe after graduate school, roughly 8 years from now if all goes to plan. I am a dual citizen (Belgium-US). What should I do during the coming years of college towards this end? [more inside]
Can someone explain a WF Buckley use of the word "yeomanry"? [more inside]
What are some things that retain useless or vestigal features of earlier versions of the technology? [more inside]
I've been reading about evolutionary computing and artificial life and suchlike. As an exercise, I would like to make a multi-player online game where players can design creatures, which would then compete for survival. [more inside]
Is there a name for this humorus rhetorical device? [more inside]
What should I write about for my linguistics class? [more inside]
DictionaryFilter: Looking for a good Italian-Italian style/usage dictionary, ideally just like the Duden #3 Stilwoerterbuch for German (Italian examples, simple words, covers questions of usage more than definitions) [more inside]
I before E except after C We all learned the rule, but where did it come from? [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find a list online of 500-1000 most common spanish words or phrases, along with their meanings? I searched a bit and found quite a few that had 50 or a 100 approximately, but I want more. I have a Spanish to English dictionary, but I want to print out a quick reference sheet. The list can be words or phrases, it doesnt matter too much.
In time, is the phrase "the back of seven" (for example), just after 7 o'clock or just before 8 o'clock? How does the language we use to tell the time vary from place to place? [more inside]
When to use diacritical marks? (or, The coöperative hôtel guest ate pâté.) [more inside]
Bi- and multilingual mefites - in languages other than English, what are the generic rhymes that appear again and again in lyrics and poems? [more inside]
Does any language have a word or phrase for the feeling of sorrow one experiences upon finishing a really good book?
Gutteral, musical throat chanting, used as a way of communicating - an actual language? Used as a soundtrack for a BBC documentary, and I need to find a specific piece. (much more inside) [more inside]
I friend of mine from London, England had this "way" of coming up with names for people. As an example; he would call me bubbles (wasn't thrilled about that) because you can associate it with "squeak" (the sound bubbles can make when cleaning something, or like squeaky clean), which rhymed with the word "greek" which is my nationality... does anyone know what this is called and what the origin is?
Can I trust Google's translations of English to Korean, Japanese, and Chinese? [more inside]
What is the nature of the relationship between thought and language? [more inside]
I'm thinking of enrolling in a program at Portland State University called Master's in International Management. The program has a year of five days a week Mandarin instruction. Is this really enough time to become proficient in the language?
What does English sound like? [more inside]
Please help me identify a Coca-Cola product's country of origin. [more inside]
A question for those familiar with American Sign Language (or other signed languages): When hearing speakers are surprised or shocked or wish to indicate they have just said something they shouldn't they often clap their hands over their mouth. This is usually immediate and seems almost involuntary. Is there something similar used by deaf signers or do they tend to use the same gesture hearing people do? [more inside]
Muslim or Moslem? [more inside]
Is there a single word which means "negatively defined" (or "defined by its opposite" or "defined by not being other things" or "defined by the absence of something")? In English if you can manage (I cannot think of one), but maybe in another language? German perhaps?
How do I make a multi-lingual best man's speech at a German wedding? [more inside]
Why do the letters of the alphabet occur in the particular order that they do? [more inside]
How do you ask for a local in other languages? [more inside]
Did Russian replace other languages in Eastern Europe and the former USSR countries? [more inside]
Thanks to a derail in this thread, I have learned that Merriam-Webster now believes that "literally" also means "virtually." This has shaken me to the core, and seems to be evidence of the English language being irrevocably broken. I beg you to ease my soul and prove this isn't true by giving me evidence of other English words that, over time, have come to mean their own antonyms.
Latin speakers: What is Latin for the expression 'Boys will be boys'? [more inside]
IdiomaticFilter...: [more inside]
Where do apeshit and batshit come from? [more inside]
Music and emotions [more inside]
I've given up. I can't seem to find this anywhere. Perhaps MeFi can do it? I'm looking for an English-Chinese dictionary for my Nokia N70 phone that has pinyin pronouncations listed for the characters. I want characters, too, but the pinyin is pretty key if I'm actually going to be able to say anything. I'm running Symbian 60 OS. You would think this shouldn't be that hard to find but everything I find either doesn't have pinyin or is for the wrong Symbian OS.
Of all the organizations, why is it the American Psychological Association that sets style guidelines? (I know there are others, such as the MLA.) [more inside]
In America, there's a trend towards making the English language more gender-neutral. However, it seems that English is already one of the world's more androgynous languages. Is there an effort to make other languages more gender-neutral, or is it just American English?
Lonnie Brooks, Bayou Lighting, Voodoo Daddy. At 4:13, he refers to the "big black snake" as a "whobedup". What is this word, whobedup? How do I properly spell it?
Does the re-purposing of the word "Nazi" in U.S. culture in recent years to mean generic-overzealous-rule-enforcement instead of Homicidal-Socialist-German-Workers-Party detract from the horror of the Holocaust and the other crimes perpetrated by actual Nazis? Is the "Soup Nazi"-type usage of the word "Nazi" taking away the power of the word? If so, is that the right thing to do? Is it causing greater estrangement in cultural relationships between the U.S. and Europeans? How is the word "Nazi" used in your community/workplace/social circles? [more inside]