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فلوس كثيرا

Brainstorming summer employment opportunities in Arabic-speaking countries. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Oct 17, 2006 - 8 answers

Good dubbing: No longer just for kung-fu flicks.

I've just started watching Six Feet Under on Bravo, where it's being syndicated. I was skeptical at first, because I knew the show would have to be edited for content, but I was halfway into the first episode before I even noticed any changes (at least language-wise). My question: How do they do it so well? [more inside]
posted by sarahsynonymous on Oct 16, 2006 - 17 answers


Is there a name for the gesture/vocalization that consists of flapping your finger up and down between your lips while making sound with your vocal cords? It comes out as something like "wawawawawawa" or "bababababa" and is often done by people as a way to entertain/communicate with babies. [more inside]
posted by alms on Oct 16, 2006 - 17 answers

Tail of monkey and trunk of elephant

The Guardian today published a list of names used around the world for the @ symbol. [reproduced inside]. Can any native speakers let me know if they take advantage to these to make intrestering/humorous/offensive email address? [more inside]
posted by handybitesize on Oct 16, 2006 - 25 answers

In search of "authentic" Southern (American) accents...

Language/Dialect-filter: In search of "authentic" Southern (American) accents... [more inside]
posted by ibeji on Oct 11, 2006 - 48 answers

I'm pretty sure it's not German for, "Jesus Fucking Christ," but that's all I've got to go on.

Does the exclamation "Sheesh Kabibble" mean anything, or is it just nonsense? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Oct 8, 2006 - 16 answers

PolyglotFilter: I'm looking for multiple blogs to practice several languages.

PolyglotFilter: I'm looking for multiple blogs to practice several languages. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Oct 8, 2006 - 3 answers

What does one call something that contains the seeds of its own downfall?

What does one call something that contains the seeds of its own downfall? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Oct 5, 2006 - 35 answers

Are there any open-source language detection algos?

Is there a piece of open-source software which analyzes a text file (or standard input) and tries to determine the language it's written in? [more inside]
posted by helios on Oct 5, 2006 - 4 answers

Recovering language skills

How to best revive my Spanish? [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Oct 3, 2006 - 14 answers

I need some charming / funny examples of mistakes made by native Dutch or French speakers whilst learning English.

I need some charming / funny examples of mistakes made by native Dutch or French speakers whilst learning English.
posted by Black Spring on Oct 3, 2006 - 24 answers

japanesing is hard

Are there any JLPT prep books that are filled with short, interesting stories that make extensive use of the kanji/grammar for whatever level you are studying? [more inside]
posted by GooseOnTheLoose on Oct 2, 2006 - 2 answers

Linguophiles: Help me settle this debate on the Chompskyian model of linguistics.

Linguophiles: Help me settle this debate on the Chompskyian model of linguistics. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Sep 28, 2006 - 20 answers

Amsterdam 2007

I just found out I won a scholarship for a month-long research trip to Amsterdam (yay me). I'm planning to go in January or February 2007 and need help with 2 things: 1- Cheap, central, decent accomadations. My wife will be going with, so we need a private room and bathroom. A private room in a hostel would be fine. A private house would be better. I'm aware of craigslist amsterdam, but wonder if their are other resources/networks I could tap. 2- I know I don't have time to actually learn the language, but would like to pick up the basic getting around, ordering food stuff, and do not have the time or money to take formal classes. What good internet resources could help me learn basic dutch?
posted by signal on Sep 27, 2006 - 5 answers

What would you call logical action with an illogical premise?

Is there a word for when somebody does something completely illogical but does it in a perfectly logical manner?
posted by Skorgu on Sep 26, 2006 - 22 answers

The Question Hit the Fan

Where did the phrase "the shit hit the fan" originate from? My googling has revealed one claim that it is from 1930's jazz lingo, although no explanantion is given as to what it meant at the time, and another site gives a story that describes the origin that doesn't seem believable. (the last paragraph here: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=shit Does anyone know where the phrase came from? Thanks!
posted by andoatnp on Sep 26, 2006 - 8 answers

Easy Spanish-language typing on a U.S.-type keyboard?

Easy Spanish-language typing with a U.S. computer keyboard? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Sep 24, 2006 - 9 answers

Remembering myself

What would a child adopted from a foreign country at the age of five, and brought up as a Westerner, remember of their infancy, and mother tongue? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Sep 22, 2006 - 19 answers

Does any culture have a word for that "what if I suddenly..." feeling?

Name That Thing! You know that feeling you get sometimes when you wonder what would happen if you did something outrageous- punched a cop, stepped off a building, peed on the dinner table? No? Well, I'm sure I'm not the only one, because both Daniel Clowes (in Eightball) and P.G. Wodehouse (in Carry On, Jeeves) mention it. The problem is, what do you call it? Does any culture have a word for this? I certainly can't think of an (American) English word or phrase shorter than "You know that feeling when...", etc.
posted by paul_smatatoes on Sep 21, 2006 - 75 answers

Need help squashing foreign spam

I get tons of spam in languages other than english -- entire messages in other languages that I can't even read to determine what the spam is about. I'd like to make a simple set of email filters to whack out any email in russian, chinese, japanese, and korean. Can someone give me a single character from each language that represents the most commonly used letter? (like the letter "a" in English) [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Sep 21, 2006 - 15 answers

Books on pictorial scripts/languages

Can anyone recommend a book on early pictorial scripts/languages? [more inside]
posted by richardm on Sep 16, 2006 - 7 answers

Guides to Rhetoric

Can anyone recommend any good books on rhetorical devices? [more inside]
posted by New Frontier on Sep 16, 2006 - 8 answers

Translate my birthday card

Incomprehensible birthday messages - Swahili and Russian flavours... [more inside]
posted by prentiz on Sep 14, 2006 - 7 answers

passive voice question

He was killed; he got (himself) killed. It was sold; it got sold (possibly out from under me). What sort of semantic difference does using forms of "get" versus "be" in passive constructions convey? [more inside]
posted by kenko on Sep 8, 2006 - 12 answers

aiyah! need help prounouncing Chinese!

Need help pronouncing some Cantonese (preferably audio) [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on Sep 5, 2006 - 10 answers

My vocabulary is large, it contains multitudes

LanguageArts: to the bilingual (or more) people in the hive... [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner on Sep 5, 2006 - 24 answers

Please help me find an automated desktop japanese flashcard system!

Are there any desktop widgets to help me learn japanese? Ideally it would give me a word in english and the japanese pronunciation of it. Rotated daily. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten on Aug 30, 2006 - 5 answers

Doctor, Doctor, what's the correct abbreviation for doctor!?!

InaneQuestionFilter: When you abbreviate doctor, does it get a full-stop? ie. should it be Dr or Dr.? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Aug 29, 2006 - 21 answers

Ви розмовляєте українською?

Need help translating a Ukrainian grave marker. [more inside]
posted by Zozo on Aug 29, 2006 - 10 answers


I am looking for flashcards on three specific subjects. I've looked online and haven't had much luck. The first I don't really need help finding, "beginning spanish words". The other two have been more difficult. [more inside]
posted by JokingClown on Aug 28, 2006 - 5 answers

Babymama drama, linguistic.

Is my wife my babymama? [more inside]
posted by norm on Aug 25, 2006 - 56 answers

Difference between that and which?

Is there some real difference between "that" and "which" that/which would distinguish among their proper usage?
posted by xmutex on Aug 24, 2006 - 51 answers

80's babble

What were the buzzwords of the 1980's? [more inside]
posted by brautigan on Aug 24, 2006 - 53 answers

What are some good Japanese language schools in Tokyo?

What are some recommendations for Japanese language schools, especially for conversation, in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Aug 23, 2006 - 2 answers

Non-sectarian op-ed: it's right to avoid blasphemy

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.
posted by Dave 9 on Aug 22, 2006 - 3 answers

Why can't Spanish actors play "American?"

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]
posted by generic230 on Aug 21, 2006 - 48 answers

Norwegian sound of agreement

What is the name of the vocalization Norwegian speakers make when they are agreeing with a speaker? [more inside]
posted by tumble on Aug 21, 2006 - 11 answers

Is My Language Exchange worthwhile?

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?
posted by Iridic on Aug 21, 2006 - 2 answers

Help me teach myself Japanese.

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]
posted by zardoz on Aug 18, 2006 - 10 answers

help me understand programming grammar

How do I learn what goes on "under the hood" of programming languages? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Aug 14, 2006 - 34 answers

Langauge Immersion: How long until the payoff?

How long would it take a 'proactive' person to pick up a language if living and working in a foreign city? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy on Aug 12, 2006 - 20 answers

Arabic (?) translation and insignia

Can anyone tell me what this Arabic inscription says (if it is Arabic) and what the insignia represents? Photograph and a little [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Aug 12, 2006 - 4 answers


Do you have any connotations, good or bad, with the word PLING! (yes, written just like that)? [more inside]
posted by melixxa600 on Aug 12, 2006 - 49 answers

Resources for learning hebrew

Recommended resources for learning Hebrew not-from-scratch? [more inside]
posted by hopeless romantique on Aug 11, 2006 - 4 answers

language-challenged relationships

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?
posted by tingting on Aug 11, 2006 - 14 answers

Looking for a non-Indo-European language that sounds like English.

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]
posted by Frankieist on Aug 10, 2006 - 32 answers

How to Describe Being XXX'd

Is there a name for this phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by alms on Aug 9, 2006 - 24 answers

Earth to Jean-Marc Phillippe

Are /k/ , /'e/ , and /o/ really the only phonemes "common to every language?" [more inside]
posted by Liosliath on Aug 8, 2006 - 11 answers

Words for where you're from

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]
posted by poweredbybeard on Aug 8, 2006 - 76 answers

What does Christist mean?

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.
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Aug 6, 2006 - 11 answers

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