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 -
Simple question - how is the name "Rui" pronounced? The origin is Spanish, I believe.
posted by davebush
on Oct 27, 2005 -
I'm looking for the best Windows flashcard program, particularly for vocabulary drilling. It needs to be Unicode compatible. I'm in Nepal at the dead end of the Internet, so I can't download a variety of programs and try them out.
posted by AArtaud
on Oct 25, 2005 -
Do those of us who started learning our second language after high school have any hope of becoming interpreters? [more inside]
posted by dead_
on Oct 24, 2005 -
I've decided that I would like to learn German from my best friend, who is Austrian. We have no idea how to go about doing this. We're thinking that I need to learn basic grammar and syntax first, but I'm not terribly concerned with reading or writing German. I'd like to get some textbook and curriculum recommendations and hear from anyone who has taught their native language to a friend.
posted by lunalaguna
on Oct 20, 2005 -
What is the hardest language for a native English speaker to master, and why? (I know this is subjective... but I'm curious)
posted by dead_
on Oct 14, 2005 -
Sentences like "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" contain all the letters in the alphabet. Are there similar sentences that are designed to contain all of the commonly accepted phonemes in the English language?
posted by ubersturm
on Oct 14, 2005 -
There seems to be a consensus
on how Chaucer and his contemporaries sounded. What I'd like is a summary (or links, or pointers to resources) of how
we know how Middle English speakers sounded.
posted by everichon
on Oct 10, 2005 -
Are there any books for learning a foreign language, that are written with English words but in the syntax and structure of the foreign language? Example: "When one this sentence into the German translate wanted, would one the fact exploit, that the word order and the punctuation already with the German conventions agree." [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 8, 2005 -
My wife and I have been looking for a daycare centre for our one year old daughter, as my wife is returning to work shortly.
French daycare w/ english speaking parents question follows... [more inside]
posted by jikel_morten
on Oct 7, 2005 -
What are the origins of the chant "it's your birthday, have a party" (repeat ad nauseam)? [more inside]
posted by kmel
on Oct 6, 2005 -
ÜberGeekGilter: I want to learn a new programming language. Which one though? [more inside]
posted by gaby
on Oct 5, 2005 -
Any suggestions for a good Mandarin Chinese class in Chicago for someone with some Mandarin experience (not an absolute beginner)?
posted by rabbitsnake
on Oct 4, 2005 -
Untranslatable words- The word I'm looking for means [roughly] "feeling embarrassed for someone else", and I think it might be in Portuguese. Anyone? [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater
on Oct 2, 2005 -
Where can I find some short podcasts that teach languages? I'm particularly interested in Spanish and Arabic. I'm looking for something I can listen to on my PDA when I have 5-15 minutes - I never seem to get a clear half hour.
posted by ykjay
on Sep 26, 2005 -
It seems that when we Westerners call an event a "kabuki dance," we mean that the event is elaborate but ultimately without substance. Examples: 1
. When did this usage arise, and is this unfair to the kabuki art form?
posted by profwhat
on Sep 15, 2005 -
Is there a way to represent algorithms in a form that in turn requires minimal or no knowldege of other algorithms? [more inside]
posted by Rothko
on Sep 15, 2005 -
[GrammarFilter] "the show was broadcast live" or "the show was broadcasted live"? [more inside]
posted by banished
on Sep 7, 2005 -
What's the difference between efficiency and effectiveness ?
posted by vincentm
on Sep 6, 2005 -
Spanish hyphenation rules/exceptions? Due to some new responsibilities, i need to improve my more-than-basic-but-less-than-fluent Spanish. Are there any online or purchasable cheatsheets/books outlining when/how to break words? (it's a general Latin-American Spanish and not pure Castilian) [more inside]
posted by amberglow
on Aug 20, 2005 -
When Americans talk about things like bands and sports teams they use the singular but when people in the UK/Ireland do so they use the plural. Who's right? [more inside]
posted by daveirl
on Aug 11, 2005 -
What are the origins of "homina homina homina!!" as an expression to denote, er, lustful desires?
posted by Robot Johnny
on Aug 4, 2005 -
In America (and in Europe, too, I suppose), we use the Linnaean taxonomic system for living things and have certain specific terms (acetate, polymerase, cholinergic, etc.) that are used in chemistry, for example; how does such terminology work in other languages, especially those very dissimilar to English, such as Chinese?
posted by clockzero
on Jul 29, 2005 -
A friend of mine is trying to learn English (he is a Spanish speaker), and knows very little English. He lives in a Central American country, and I am going to send him a good book and some CDs for learning - they dont have English textbooks in his school. Can anyone suggest a good series on learning English for Spanish speakers? Is there a audio series that is really solid? Or books that are good? My Spanish is okay, but not enough to be making those kind of judgements.
posted by jare2003
on Jul 28, 2005 -
I live in Japan, and I speak the language only at a pretty minimal level. Occasionally when out in public I'll overhear someone's conversation, and I could swear they're speaking English, but then I'll realize they're actually speaking Japanese. The two languages sound nothing alike, so this is obviously something going on in my head. So linguaphiles, my question is: is there a name
for this mishearing of a language?
posted by zardoz
on Jul 26, 2005 -
Can anyone recommend a dictionary or guide to 17th-century English that would help my teenage daughter understand the words she comes across when reading Milton and the boys?
posted by GoatCactus
on Jul 20, 2005 -
Why do US newspaper headlines regularly omit the word "and" and replace it with a comma, such as "Convergence of Driver, Bicyclist Ends in Arrest" taken from a current Front Page Post. UK newspapers do not do this. Is it purely a space saving mechanism, or is there a stylistic thing going on?
posted by jontyjago
on Jul 4, 2005 -