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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


Does any language have a one-character expression for "today"? [more inside]
posted by andifsohow on Aug 4, 2006 - 23 answers

Single-Syllable Dictionaries?

Where can I find a dictionary of single-syllable expressions, ideally multi-lingual? [more inside]
posted by scottreynen on Aug 3, 2006 - 2 answers

Antarctic base developed a private language based on a videotape?

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]
posted by rwhe on Aug 3, 2006 - 19 answers

Pronounce French place names?

Is there a site out there with sound clips of how place names in France should be pronounced?
posted by gimonca on Aug 1, 2006 - 6 answers

Italian: "Lui sta andando" vs "Lui va"?

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?
posted by sirion on Aug 1, 2006 - 16 answers

How do I get started in tutoring?

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?
posted by JoshTeeters on Jul 31, 2006 - 4 answers

Correct Usage

So there has been an invasion of portuguese man of war jellyfish locally..... [more inside]
posted by sgobbare on Jul 29, 2006 - 16 answers

Learning Spanish online

How and where to learn Spanish online [more inside]
posted by ollsen on Jul 29, 2006 - 8 answers

Must... not... lick... Macbook.

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.
posted by satori101 on Jul 25, 2006 - 38 answers

Has english conquered the entire computer world?

Are there any programming languages where the keywords/reserved words are in a language other than English? (ie; if, else, for)
posted by jacalata on Jul 25, 2006 - 5 answers

Research findings in languages other than English

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]
posted by trey on Jul 19, 2006 - 9 answers

Grammar Check

Is there are any software that can perform a decent grammar check? [more inside]
posted by benji on Jul 17, 2006 - 4 answers

simple spanish language media to increase understanding

I want to practice my spanish. Is there spanish language media that can hold my interest; available solely through the internet? [more inside]
posted by andendau on Jul 17, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me speak Welsh!

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]
posted by amtho on Jul 16, 2006 - 7 answers

reading in Russian

What should I read in Russian and where can I get it? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Jul 15, 2006 - 11 answers

Good, simple blogs in Spanish?

Know of any good blogs in Spanish, written in a pretty simple style? [more inside]
posted by kiwitobes on Jul 12, 2006 - 3 answers

What language is Jeff speaking in episode 5 of Coupling?

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]
posted by handee on Jul 11, 2006 - 19 answers

Is there a word for the study of humour?

Is there a word for the study of humour? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Jul 2, 2006 - 11 answers

Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

Which accent or dialect commonly pronounces "pot-tay-to" as "poh-tah-to"? [more inside]
posted by Jon Mitchell on Jul 2, 2006 - 12 answers

Good places to be in French-speaking Africa?

Where can I safely and productively visit in French-speaking Africa for a few weeks (other French-speaking areas considered)? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jun 29, 2006 - 16 answers

Intensive Japanese language camps in NY metro area?

How would I find a Japanese language "camp" or intensive school in the greater New York metro area? [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems on Jun 29, 2006 - 9 answers

Get me out of language limbo

Learning Italian in the Boston Area [more inside]
posted by ThePants on Jun 26, 2006 - 7 answers

Is the 'th' sound native to any languages other than English?

Is the 'th' sound native to any languages other than English?
posted by airguitar on Jun 24, 2006 - 31 answers

Falemenderit Shume!

Albania - where to stay, what to do? [more inside]
posted by lorrer on Jun 19, 2006 - 4 answers

What does 'Terror' mean?

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]
posted by beniamino on Jun 11, 2006 - 21 answers

Picture-based flashcards for language learning

Are there any websites that will help me make picture-based flashcards for language learning? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose on Jun 5, 2006 - 6 answers

la france!

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]
posted by devilsbrigade on Jun 4, 2006 - 10 answers

Switching keyboard layouts quickly

I need to switch quickly between French and Greek keyboard layouts/character sets. [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos on Jun 3, 2006 - 7 answers

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

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