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Give me your modals, your prepositions, your phrasal verbs yearning to breathe free

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]
posted by mdonley on Jun 2, 2006 - 2 answers

Beyond achtung and sig heil.

My brother and I would like to learn German. Any book recommendations or other tips? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on Jun 1, 2006 - 30 answers

Italian Language Learning Videos?

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]
posted by sirion on May 26, 2006 - 1 answer

What's the deal with the popularity of Moonbat?

Explain to me the popularity of "moonbat." [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on May 24, 2006 - 20 answers

Occupational Hazards

"Writer's block," "swimmer's ear," and "athlete's foot" are all examples of occupation-specific conditions. Are there any others? [more inside]
posted by jenovus on May 23, 2006 - 60 answers

The Anthropology of Metaphor?

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]
posted by Aghast. on May 19, 2006 - 21 answers

What are the best resources for learning Turkish?

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]
posted by tozturk on May 19, 2006 - 3 answers

How do I develop writing skills in a non-native language?

How can I develop writing skills in a non-native language? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on May 18, 2006 - 22 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

What's the history of 'standard forms' of languages?

Linguists: What's the history of 'standard forms' of languages? [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on May 14, 2006 - 17 answers

How long does it take for human languages to fork?

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]
posted by patricking on May 13, 2006 - 17 answers

Improving Body Language

How should I improve my body language ? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive on May 9, 2006 - 11 answers

Help me identify this language

What language is this? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum on May 8, 2006 - 14 answers

Anticipating Expatriation

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]
posted by phrontist on May 6, 2006 - 10 answers

How is "yeomanry" used in this context?

Can someone explain a WF Buckley use of the word "yeomanry"? [more inside]
posted by zorro astor on May 6, 2006 - 13 answers

Got any skeuomorphs?

What are some things that retain useless or vestigal features of earlier versions of the technology? [more inside]
posted by TurkeyMustard on May 6, 2006 - 55 answers

How to go about making an on-line artifical life game

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]
posted by MetaMonkey on May 4, 2006 - 18 answers

Rhetorical help. And by help I mean do the work for me.

Is there a name for this humorus rhetorical device? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on May 4, 2006 - 53 answers

Help me pick a paper topic!

What should I write about for my linguistics class? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 on May 2, 2006 - 15 answers

Italian Style/Usage Dictionary? (No English)

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]
posted by sdis on May 1, 2006 - 6 answers

I Before E, origin of Thee?

I before E except after C We all learned the rule, but where did it come from? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Apr 27, 2006 - 15 answers

Where can I find a list of common spanish words/phrases?

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.
posted by JokingClown on Apr 24, 2006 - 3 answers

Question about the language we use when telling the time.

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]
posted by Nugget on Apr 21, 2006 - 48 answers

Stay away from the pate pâté

When to use diacritical marks? (or, The coöperative hôtel guest ate pâté.) [more inside]
posted by GarageWine on Apr 20, 2006 - 24 answers

J'adore l'amour et le soup de jour.

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]
posted by RokkitNite on Apr 19, 2006 - 27 answers

You know, because you just don't want the book to be over so soon.

Does any language have a word or phrase for the feeling of sorrow one experiences upon finishing a really good book?
posted by honeydew on Apr 14, 2006 - 23 answers

BBC Documentary chanting soundtrack

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]
posted by fire&wings on Apr 13, 2006 - 10 answers

Need some linguistic help...

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?
posted by Cohiba4009 on Apr 12, 2006 - 33 answers

Is Google's Asian translation trustworthy?

Can I trust Google's translations of English to Korean, Japanese, and Chinese? [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Apr 11, 2006 - 23 answers

What is the nature of the relationship between thought and language?

What is the nature of the relationship between thought and language? [more inside]
posted by Frankieist on Apr 10, 2006 - 30 answers

Chinese Instruction

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?
posted by josher71 on Apr 10, 2006 - 6 answers


What does English sound like? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe on Apr 10, 2006 - 51 answers

Where did this Coke come from?

Please help me identify a Coca-Cola product's country of origin. [more inside]
posted by milquetoast on Apr 10, 2006 - 12 answers

A question about sign language.

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]
posted by LeeJay on Apr 9, 2006 - 9 answers

Potato, potahto, Muslim, Moslem

Muslim or Moslem? [more inside]
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood on Apr 8, 2006 - 21 answers

A single word which means "negatively defined"?

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?
posted by unknowncommand on Apr 7, 2006 - 22 answers

German jokes at a bi-lingual wedding

How do I make a multi-lingual best man's speech at a German wedding? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Apr 3, 2006 - 6 answers

Why A

Why do the letters of the alphabet occur in the particular order that they do? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Apr 2, 2006 - 37 answers

Terms for a local in other languages

How do you ask for a local in other languages? [more inside]
posted by Bezbozhnik on Mar 31, 2006 - 27 answers

Did Russian wipe out national languages?

Did Russian replace other languages in Eastern Europe and the former USSR countries? [more inside]
posted by Amizu on Mar 29, 2006 - 28 answers

"Literally" is its own antonym! How can this be?

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.
posted by Faint of Butt on Mar 28, 2006 - 103 answers

What is Latin for 'Boys will be boys'?

Latin speakers: What is Latin for the expression 'Boys will be boys'? [more inside]
posted by BorgLove on Mar 25, 2006 - 10 answers

Combative non-sequitur retorts?

IdiomaticFilter...: [more inside]
posted by evariste on Mar 22, 2006 - 47 answers

Holy Shit, Batman!

Where do apeshit and batshit come from? [more inside]
posted by landtuna on Mar 21, 2006 - 26 answers

Is music a universal language?

Music and emotions [more inside]
posted by knave on Mar 20, 2006 - 19 answers

Does an English/Chinese dictionary with pinyin exist for Symbian 60 OS?

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.
posted by riverjack on Mar 19, 2006 - 0 answers

Why are the APA guidelines so widespread?

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]
posted by IndigoRain on Mar 17, 2006 - 22 answers

I tried to think of a cute title, but to be honest, I didn't try very hard.

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?
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 17, 2006 - 50 answers

whobedup where I lay my head

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?
posted by cior on Mar 13, 2006 - 10 answers

Nazi: Still a four-letter word?

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]
posted by Sprout the Vulgarian on Mar 11, 2006 - 33 answers

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