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How do I teach my child a foreign language?

How to teach my child a foreign language (English)? [more inside]
posted by davar on Jan 29, 2006 - 21 answers

"Me biased against the group? No, some of my best friends are of that group!"

Why is "some of my best friends are black/jewish/gay/whatever" seen not only as unconvincing when it comes to disclaiming bias but also as a stereotypical response by one who is biased? [more inside]
posted by Firas on Jan 25, 2006 - 41 answers

Learn Welsh online

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

MidEast language map

I'd like to find a map of languages spoken in the Middle East. At least the major languages: Arabic, Farsi, etc. Anyone got better google-fu skills than me?
posted by zardoz on Jan 19, 2006 - 5 answers

Best language schools in Tokyo...?

What are the best Japanese language schools in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Jan 18, 2006 - 1 answer

A newspeak / new language question.

A newspeak / new language question. [more inside]
posted by snailer on Jan 16, 2006 - 14 answers

history of can't beat it with a stick?

What's the origin of the phrase "couldn't (can't) beat it with a stick"?
posted by dial-tone on Jan 16, 2006 - 8 answers

Colorful language from the American South

My grandfather was from the Deep South, and his speech was very colorful. He used the word "epizootics" to describe any kind of flu-like illness. I realize this is a real word, used to describe epidemics in the animal world. But he pronounced it differently, "eppa-zoo-tiks." Or sometimes he said "eppa-zoo-ti-kus." Has anyone else heard this before? Would this be considered slang, or an idiom, etc? [more inside]
posted by shifafa on Jan 12, 2006 - 12 answers

אַ סך שריפֿטן איך בעט אײַך

(Free) Unicode-compatible Hebrew modern handwriting fonts [more inside]
posted by Gnatcho on Jan 11, 2006 - 3 answers

Where did pirate speech come from?

Where did pirate speech come from? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Jan 9, 2006 - 18 answers

Up in "Arms" about apartment nomenclature

The OED and other references are failing me on this: why is the term arms used to refer to an apartment building, and what exactly does it mean in that context?
posted by stopgap on Jan 4, 2006 - 9 answers

Italian flashcards, on heavy rotation !

I'm embarking on an intense italian vocabulary learning routine, and I need some advice on how to maximize my effort using lexicons and flashcard software. [più dentro] [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos on Dec 29, 2005 - 2 answers

Wahhhh, don't let it die!! :'(

How do I convince someone to fully "hand over" (to the public, not to me specificallY) a now dead, open source but not totally "open licensed" project. Furthermore, how do I find people who might want to work on its revival? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Dec 29, 2005 - 6 answers

one-word sentence phenomenon?

That thing where you capitalize all of the words in a phrase or sentence and put punctuation after them: Where. Did. It. Come. From? [more inside]
posted by transona5 on Dec 28, 2005 - 11 answers

What is the History of English Capitalization?

What is the History of English Language Capitalization? [more inside]
posted by freebird on Dec 27, 2005 - 34 answers

French TV on the web?

French language tv on the web? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by carlitos on Dec 21, 2005 - 4 answers

What is the origin of the term "Hip Hop"?

What is the origin of the term "Hip Hop"?
posted by Edible Energy on Dec 20, 2005 - 12 answers

How did American and British English become different?

Why is American English so different from British English? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Dec 19, 2005 - 27 answers

American verb

How can I say "to skull a beer" in American English? It means to drink a whole lot of beer in one gulp.
posted by dydecker on Dec 13, 2005 - 55 answers

Interlingual game communication: when "nyeeet!!!" just isn't enough.

How do you communicate with non-english speakers when playing sports or gaming? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Dec 12, 2005 - 8 answers

How to improve and practice my english conversation skills using skype

I'd like to improve my english (french is my mother language). [more inside]
posted by vincentm on Dec 8, 2005 - 27 answers

Meaning of "eloecea"?

Meaning of "eloecea"? [more inside]
posted by zharptitsa on Dec 6, 2005 - 23 answers

Is there a word for those carnival cutouts?

Is there a word for those life-sized painted wooden figures (most commonly at carnivals) with the oval cut out for your head to stick through, the purpose of which is to give the impression (for the camera?) that you are a strong man with strong arms or that you are one super sexy lady?
posted by nobody on Dec 5, 2005 - 8 answers

What's the etymology of "gully"?

What's the etymology of "gully" (as in "street", "badass")? Thanks.
posted by matteo on Dec 4, 2005 - 11 answers

Celebrities have mothers?

Celebrities speaking their mother tongues [more inside]
posted by Gnatcho on Dec 2, 2005 - 15 answers

How to get Spanish to work in my computer?

I would like to add a Spanish keyboard (language interface pack?) to Windows XP in order to make typing Spanish more efficient. [more inside]
posted by Colloquial Collision on Dec 1, 2005 - 5 answers

Chinese character for "good luck"?

Can anyone steer me to an image of a Chinese character suitable for expressing "Good Luck!" (as in, good luck on your exams)?
posted by Wolfdog on Nov 30, 2005 - 10 answers

Help me dig into lexical analysis!

Lexical analysis! What are some good resources for a beginner? [more inside]
posted by cortex on Nov 30, 2005 - 14 answers

What is that "and" character called?

What do they call that "and" character that looks like a reversed 3 and where did it come from? [more inside]
posted by mkn on Nov 29, 2005 - 12 answers

How to find an English-speaking techie in Korea?

How can I find someone in Seoul, Korea, who speaks English and Korean and is reasonably tech-literate? [more inside]
posted by runkelfinker on Nov 29, 2005 - 10 answers

Starlight == Medic to the Brits?

Is "Starlight" some form of British slang for "Medic"? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Nov 29, 2005 - 15 answers

Kiss my 'S-es'.

What's the deal with expressing ownership on names that end in 's'? If I had a buddy named 'Loveless' and wanted to talk about his pet dog, I would write "Loveless' pet dog". But I would clearly pronounce the exact same sentence like "Lovelesses pet dog". Doesn't that suck?
posted by fucker on Nov 23, 2005 - 22 answers

Book Recommendations: History of Romance Languages

I'm looking for books on the history of the Romance Languages. [more inside]
posted by bshort on Nov 22, 2005 - 8 answers

Why Whitey Can't Integrate

Does a person's native language affect their cognitive skills and thinking patterns? [more inside]
posted by kcm on Nov 22, 2005 - 48 answers

Need help convincing my landlord to accept a shortened notice to vacate my apartment.

Need help convincing my landlord to accept a shortened notice to vacate my apartment. [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on Nov 21, 2005 - 20 answers

Language & Kids at work

How should I speak when someone brings their kids into a coarse-language-OK area? [more inside]
posted by Invoke on Nov 18, 2005 - 48 answers

Are Americans Really All That Ignorant?

Are Americans really all that ignorant? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Nov 18, 2005 - 84 answers

It's a Festivus Miracle!

Sincere, if naive, greeting question: May a Christian wish an Non-theist a Merry Christmas? [more inside]
posted by klarck on Nov 18, 2005 - 84 answers

Help me learn Japanese!

I'd like to learn Japanese... writing, reading, speaking, listening. As quickly, comprehensively, and correctly as possible. [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba on Nov 17, 2005 - 24 answers

Help me uncover the Seven Mysteries

Help with basic Chinese calligraphy: I'm typesetting a book for kids that includes the "Seven Mysteries" (the basic strokes of Chinese calligraphy). and I need some help finding the characters in a computer font. [more inside]
posted by Alt F4 on Nov 17, 2005 - 4 answers

Who is "Messer Fur Frau Muller"?

I stumbled upon this amazing Russian electronic rock group but I can't even pronounce their name! Can anyone help me figure out who these guys are? (It'll probably help if you have a cyrillic font installed!) [more inside]
posted by shanevsevil on Nov 14, 2005 - 10 answers

What's Thee Deal?

Why do so many "Gentlemen's Clubs" use the word "Thee" instead of "The?" [more inside]
posted by Opposite George on Nov 9, 2005 - 31 answers

Translation Tools?

I'm looking for a free tool that will automatically translate a webpage. Not like AltaVista's babelfish; more something to click on.
posted by madmath on Nov 9, 2005 - 7 answers

What's a male "Betty" called?

My friend DJ just got a snowboard with a pretty girl painted on it, and she's named it "Betty" after the surfer slang for a good-looking woman. What's the equivalent to "Betty" in surfer lingo to describe a good-looking man?
posted by Mozai on Nov 7, 2005 - 16 answers

The Spanish World Wide Web.

I need to practice my spanish. [more inside]
posted by oddman on Nov 7, 2005 - 7 answers

Web site that lets you search by DVD subtitle language?

I'm learning Dutch, and I'd like to know if there's a reliable website that will tell me what language options are on a US (region 1) DVD. In this case, I want the actors to be speaking English, but the subtitles to be in Dutch, mimicking the experience of watching TV in the Netherlands. [more inside]
posted by jbucks on Nov 6, 2005 - 7 answers

Where'd Borges Get Dem Werds?

On behalf of a friend, though it actually sounds like an interesting question and I think I'd like to know too: Could you put up something asking about whether there's a real-world source/derivation for the words "hron" and "hronir" used in Borges' "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius"?
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me on Nov 5, 2005 - 3 answers

What's up with the Oxyrhynchus papryi?

In the spring there was a lot of discussion about the Oxyrhynchus papyri, but since then the news has totally died down. Has anything new been deciphered yet? [more inside]
posted by ScotchLynx on Nov 4, 2005 - 2 answers

Zeitgeist : Time :: ? : Place

If zeitgeist is the "spirit of the time," what would the "spirit of the place" be? [more inside]
posted by cramer on Nov 3, 2005 - 18 answers

Spanish and Polish/Czech language CDs

Recommendations for learning Spanish and Polish or Czech via CD? [more inside]
posted by desuetude on Nov 2, 2005 - 10 answers

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