An op-ed piece argued that it feels right to avoid blasphemy in general conversation even while agreeing that our old blasphemy laws are a bad idea and unconstitutional. This was several years ago, in a secular publication, not written by clergy, and not specifically sectarian. It definitely did not focus on Islam. Any recollection of this? Thanks.
If British and Australian actors can do a convincing American accent, and American, Australian and British actors can do convincing foreign accents, why can't Spanish or French actors do an American accent? [more inside]
What is the name of the vocalization Norwegian speakers make when they are agreeing with a speaker? [more inside]
I want to brush up on my old French skills and I’m considering My Language Exhange as an alternative to a class or a textbook. Has anybody had any experience with their services? Is it a worthwhile time investment? Is the basic (and free) program adequate, or do you pretty much have to shell out for their premium service?
How do I get over learning-a-language block? Specifically, at a point when I've "plateaued" and can't find the motivation to keep climbing uphill... [more inside]
How do I learn what goes on "under the hood" of programming languages? [more inside]
How long would it take a 'proactive' person to pick up a language if living and working in a foreign city? [more inside]
Can anyone tell me what this Arabic inscription says (if it is Arabic) and what the insignia represents? Photograph and a little [more inside]
Do you have any connotations, good or bad, with the word PLING! (yes, written just like that)? [more inside]
Recommended resources for learning Hebrew not-from-scratch? [more inside]
I have been spending a lot of evenings with my boyfriend's grandmother who is almost 80 and speaks only Farsi. Any tips on hanging out with people in a language-challenged situation?
I was wondering if there are any non-Indo-European languages which would sound like gibberish, albeit English-like gibberish, to a native English speaker. [more inside]
LanguageFilter: Cypriot. Cairene. Dubliner. These are beautiful, and I'd like more. Name some favourite or exotic words denoting city of origin or residence. And what is the word for this type of word? [more inside]
What does the term christist or christism mean? I'm beginning to see it often and assume it's meant to be different from Christianity or Christian but I don't understand how or why it is different.
Does any language have a one-character expression for "today"? [more inside]
Where can I find a dictionary of single-syllable expressions, ideally multi-lingual? [more inside]
UrbanLegendFilter: Anyone ever hear of the isolated Antarctic base where the crew watched the same videotape over and over, went crazy, and started speaking their own private language? [more inside]
Is there a site out there with sound clips of how place names in France should be pronounced?
ItalianFilter: So I'm studying Italian via Rosetta Stone, and I'm noticing a huge emphasis on stare + a gerund (like andando, tirando, spingendo, etc). How common is this in written or spoken Italian, and what is the difference between it and plain present tense? Also, I've never seen Rosetta use 'ed' in place of 'e' when it precedes a word starting with a vowel ("Un bambino e una bambina" vs "Un bambino ed una bambina"). Are there rules for "ed"? Is it basically optional, but something people use in speech?
I'm thinking about trying to get into tutoring, particularly English tutoring. I've worked with ESL students via the internet before, but that has been on a mutual basis: I've helped them improve their English while they helped me improve my German. What steps would I need to take to get started in my area? Do I need any particular qualifications? Should I go to the schools, or perhaps to the University in town? How does one get started in tutoring as a part-time job?
So there has been an invasion of portuguese man of war jellyfish locally..... [more inside]
How and where to learn Spanish online [more inside]
What word am I thinking of? There's a word that means something like, "an object that compels you to want to eat or lick it, even though the object is in fact not edible or meant to be licked". If it helps at all, I believe I've seen this word used to describe the new Macbook and its resemblance to an oversized piece of Chiclet gum. And btw, "pica" is not the word.
Are there any programming languages where the keywords/reserved words are in a language other than English? (ie; if, else, for)
How much research is being conducted that never crosses the language barrier into English and/or how long does it typically take research to disseminate into English-speaking journals? [more inside]
Is there are any software that can perform a decent grammar check? [more inside]
I want to practice my spanish. Is there spanish language media that can hold my interest; available solely through the internet? [more inside]
Who knows how to pronounce Welsh near Chapel Hill, NC? I think I'd like to throw a small party at which we all learn the basics of pronouncing Welsh, and I'd love to find an expert, preferably one with experience teaching, to help us. [more inside]
What should I read in Russian and where can I get it? [more inside]
Know of any good blogs in Spanish, written in a pretty simple style? [more inside]
Episode 5 The girl with two breasts from the TV series Coupling features a sequence where Jeff is speaking in a foreign language. What language is it? [more inside]
Is there a word for the study of humour? [more inside]
Which accent or dialect commonly pronounces "pot-tay-to" as "poh-tah-to"? [more inside]
Where can I safely and productively visit in French-speaking Africa for a few weeks (other French-speaking areas considered)? [more inside]
How would I find a Japanese language "camp" or intensive school in the greater New York metro area? [more inside]
Learning Italian in the Boston Area [more inside]
Is the 'th' sound native to any languages other than English?
Albania - where to stay, what to do? [more inside]
Is the definition of 'terror' as 'Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes' a recent development, or a regional variation? [more inside]
Are there any websites that will help me make picture-based flashcards for language learning? [more inside]
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]
I need to switch quickly between French and Greek keyboard layouts/character sets. [more inside]
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]