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How do I deal with an incident of screwed-up spelling?

How do I deal with an incident of screwed-up spelling? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Jan 21, 2013 - 13 answers

I had some really encouraging fellowship last night...

Despite having no ties to the community beyond a few old facebook friends and the blogs they link to, I'm fascinated by the language quirks of modern conservative Christianity. Less so the specifically theological terms (washed in the blood, new life, etc.), but more how particular words and turns of phrase mark the speaker as belonging to the community even when they are not talking about premillenialism. [more inside]
posted by heyforfour on Jan 17, 2013 - 49 answers

Simple French-language fiction?

I spent 4 years learning French in high school, and have retained just enough since then to vaguely eavesdrop on a fellow commuter's French novel the other day. I would like to brush up on my reading comprehension, and could use some suggestions for some simply written fiction to pick up. [more inside]
posted by thirdletter on Jan 16, 2013 - 25 answers

What does this bar of soap say?

My mom has a bar of soap that I probably gave her as a gift several years ago. We're trying to figure out what language, if any, the logo/brandname are in and what it means. It could be mirrored or upside down but it still doesn't look like any character set I recognize. The soap was probably purchased at a fair trade store so it could be from anywhere.
posted by ChrisHartley on Jan 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Japanese Name Pronounciation

I'm giving a talk tomorrow where I will be covering the work of typographer Eiichi Kono. So my question is pretty simple: how does one best pronounce his name?
posted by garius on Jan 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Are there any two-letter acronyms that are pronounced as words?

I'm looking for any examples of two-letter acronyms that are pronounced as words in English (IT wouldn't count because it is pronounced as two individual letters). Due to the fact that the word "acronym" is widely used to refer to any abbreviation based on initial letters this seems to be quite difficult to search for. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by tomcooke on Jan 7, 2013 - 25 answers

Would a time-traveling Plato be understood in today's Greece?

What languages have seen minimal linguistic drift over the last few centuries, or even millennia? Which ones have changed dramatically? I'm also hoping for accessible, layman's answers rather than deeply technical resources. Help? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Jan 7, 2013 - 23 answers

Dê o dom da linguagem.

Interesting Portuguese-language shows on DVD? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jan 4, 2013 - 8 answers

It's an honor to be born in Sampencisco.

What is the native San Francisco accent? That is, the accent that San Franciscans had in the middle of the 20th century. Was it as distinctive as a Boston or New York accent? This is a question that I've pondered on and off for a while... [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on Dec 31, 2012 - 15 answers

What are some good books or articles on second-language acquisition?

What are some insightful well-written books or articles, academic or otherwise, on the mechanics of how we learn second-languages and anything about the application of linguistics to learning languages? [more inside]
posted by pynchonesque on Dec 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Does any language lack a word for beak?

Which languages, if any, have the same word for "beak" and "mouth"? Or: which languages lack a specific word for referring only to a "beak" (aka the hard, pointy, front end of a bird)?
posted by Greg Nog on Dec 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Parlez vous éducation?

I am in Seattle. I'd like to learn French, to the point where I could (in 6 months, say) carry on a rough conversation with someone in Québec or France. I have knowledge of a few words but would essentially be starting from scratch. With which group/center/school should I take classes, but most importantly: why? (In other words, what would make that class better than those offered through alternatives?)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Dec 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Foreign Language Dictionary App for iPhone?

Any good dictionary apps for foreign languages on the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah on Dec 19, 2012 - 8 answers

How to pick up vocabulary in a foreign language?

I need help in acquiring a lot of a vocabulary for a lot of languages. How can I best proceed and what should be my expectations and timetables be? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Dec 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Would Chalky White really have sounded like that?

Does anyone have any resources to find historical forms of Ebonics? [more inside]
posted by patricking on Dec 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Ich weiße nicht!

What is this greeting?/ Was dieser Gruß? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Dec 13, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I find a quality language tutor for myself in NYC?

How do I find a quality language tutor for myself in NYC? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Dec 9, 2012 - 7 answers

I don't get French prepositions!

Dear French speaking Mefites: I am an idiot. I can't get the prepositions down! Knowing when to say "au" or "du" is KILLING me. I've made cheat sheets and have memorized most of the set phrases I can, but when I'm writing on my own I inevitably foul it up or blank. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Dec 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Grammatical gender consistency across languages

Are grammatical genders, as a rule, consistent across the Indo-European languages which use them? [more inside]
posted by obloquy on Dec 4, 2012 - 30 answers

Book Reviews All The Way Down

"Book review" typically refers to the review of a single book. Is there a term for a single article that reviews the collective works of an author?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Nov 30, 2012 - 13 answers

AskMezza

What is the etymology of British nicknames ending in -zza/-zzer? [more inside]
posted by catlet on Nov 30, 2012 - 21 answers

Passion for learning languages

How can I find a passion for language learning? [more inside]
posted by querty on Nov 27, 2012 - 21 answers

Overuse of the word "that" in casual conversation

Linguists, is there a name for this annoying trend, and can we point to where/when it originated: Overusing the word "that" without first defining what you are talking about? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Nov 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Best way to learn French in my spare time?

Hi everyone, I am a 24 y/o English native about to start a PhD in London. During the next 3 years, I would very much like to begin learning French alongside my doctoral studies, and I am interested in finding out the most effective and efficient way of going about this. Realistically I will probably be able and willing to dedicate between one and two hours a day to studying French. I am interested in learning to both speak and write the language in equal measure. Any advice is much appreciated.
posted by FuckingAwesome on Nov 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Invented language vs. familiar words in fiction?

As a reader, how do you feel about invented language versus familiar words in imaginary worlds? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Nov 21, 2012 - 67 answers

please help my create a spreadsheet from a list of links.

I want to create a spreadsheet from the hyperlinks and words in a word list on Wiktionary. Please take me through the steps. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Nov 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Modern doublethink?

What are some actual (non-fictional) modern, Orwellian / dystopian phrases? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 12, 2012 - 58 answers

What and how to learn on a commute?

What is a good skill to learn on a commute? 90-120 mins each day, subway/bus, mostly sitting without a table. Kindle/IPod/iPad available. Preferably looking for NON-language suggestions. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Nov 7, 2012 - 16 answers

I write sentence as well as responses await.

What's with the language in Spartacus? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Nov 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Philately is to Stamps as ____ is to Rocks.

Stamp collecting is philately. Coin collecting falls under numismatics (perhaps as a subdivision). Rock collecting is not really geology in the same way as the above terms are used. Is there a similar term for rock collecting?
posted by Jahaza on Nov 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Egyptian Arabic Song Translation Needed....Haty Bosah Ya Bet

What does this Egyptian Arabic song mean in English? Listen to the song here. Thanks! : )
posted by thatgirl1985 on Nov 2, 2012 - 4 answers

like using roman text to indicate italics in an italicized passage

Looking for scenes (television or film) in which an actor plays a character with a different accent and then that character puts on the actor's native accent. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 2, 2012 - 27 answers

Is there a design term which describes the aesthetic, "things which show the details of their construction".

Is there a design term which describes the aesthetic, "things which show the details of their construction". Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Oct 31, 2012 - 10 answers

Why have case endings and gender endured in language?

Case endings and gender in language: why? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Oct 23, 2012 - 29 answers

Trees Don't Molt, Do They?

Is there a verb in the English language that describes the process of leaves changing color, withering and falling? [more inside]
posted by shew on Oct 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Our neural pathways have become accustomed to your sensory input patterns.

What does a "robot voice" sound like in languages other than English? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Oct 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Hosting a guest with limited English?

We're hosting a grad student from Thailand tonight who speaks very little english and has some trouble following conversation. What do we do to be good hosts? [more inside]
posted by elvissa on Oct 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Everything about (first/bilingual) language acquisition

Tell me everything about teaching kids how to speak and read and write. [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Oct 16, 2012 - 19 answers

Which languages is claimed to have switched families?

Which language is claimed to have shifted between language families? [more inside]
posted by Jehan on Oct 14, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I learn Spanish by immersion inexpensively?

Year off between undergrad and dental school. Optimally, I would like to go to South or Central America for the purpose of learning Spanish. Best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by mellosphere on Oct 11, 2012 - 13 answers

This language is not what I think it is, but is it art?

What is a good resource for understanding art theory - book recommendations, websites, things of that nature. I keep finding myself realizing that there's uses of language in art that doesn't match up with what I think it should be. [more inside]
posted by mephron on Oct 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Hablo un poquito, pero solo apprendando.

Best structured cheap or free Spanish conversation classes in Toronto (better yet, at the University of Toronto)? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Oct 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Can you share ways of sounding less direct and polite while contradicting / disagreeing / sharing ideas in a business context?

Can you share ways of sounding less direct and polite while contradicting / disagreeing / sharing ideas in a business context? For example in a scenario where one wants to say : Why don't we have a website for this product a more polite way of saying the same thing could be: I am new here and was wondering if there would be any value in having a website for this product. I would love to hear ideas around how individuals can sound polite and make their point in business setting where often times you need to make your point to senior management. Also, Any books or websites that can help with this?
posted by r2d2 on Oct 7, 2012 - 13 answers

comment dit-on?

is there a sophisticated word for altering your partner's appearance? [more inside]
posted by skwint on Oct 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me find the right "learn Spanish" app!

I spend a lot of time sitting around waiting, with my iPhone. I also spend a fair amount of time having very similar conversations, in my very poor conversational spanish, with native-speakers who (usually due to tragic life circumstances) lack education in their own language. What I don't do is expand my vocabulary or learn proper grammar. As a consequence, while I can usually understand the gist of what people say and make myself generally understood, I don't understand the details, can't express myself precisely, and I'm not getting any better at any of those tasks. [more inside]
posted by Nx on Oct 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Suggestions for 2D man/woman animation toolkits/software

I am looking for a 2D animation toolkit that helps me animate various actors, like man, woman, cat and helps in realising various actions like sleeping, running, etc. with programmatical ease. I have looked into processing.org and started to toy with simple geometric shapes, but yet to stumble across an animation with man/woman actors. Could you help me find some good resources where I could learn to animate such things? TIA.
posted by godugu on Oct 4, 2012 - 3 answers

Best Spanish language tv/radio/podcasts?

Recommend some good Spanish language media (TV series, online radio, podcasts etc) for my girlfriend to immerse herself in while she learns Spanish. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Oct 2, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me get this linguistics joke?

Linguistics! Can you guys explain the joke in this image, which represents how different languages get from point A to point B? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Sep 30, 2012 - 13 answers

The beeping, incidentally, means he's speeding.

Tell me a little bit about this recording I made in a taxi in the UAE. I think it's in Urdu. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Sep 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Is there a term for this kind of punning word play?

Attention, language types of MetaFilter: The Russian word poshlost' is roughly equivalent to the English "banality" or "self-satisfied mediocrity." Vladimir Nabokov wittily rendered it as poshlust ("posh" + "lust"), and described it as "not only the obviously trashy but mainly the falsely important, the falsely beautiful, the falsely clever, the falsely attractive." Is there a specific term for this kind of word play? [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Sep 27, 2012 - 4 answers

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