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to Russia with love

Do you know any good videos for young children to learn a little Russian? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on May 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Can anybody help me find TV shows/documentaries/podcasts/literature on doctors and hospitals in Brazilian Portuguese?

Can anybody help me find TV shows/documentaries/podcasts/literature on doctors and hospitals in Brazilian Portuguese? [more inside]
posted by tvdveer on May 16, 2012 - 3 answers

What are the Russian Lyrics to this song?

I'm looking for lyrics (in Russian/Cyrillic) to this song. I'm not familiar enough with russian to do more than pick out a few words. I don't want the English lyrics, I would like to figure that part out myself. :) Any help at all would be appreciated.
posted by subarctic_guy on May 11, 2012 - 2 answers

Crying over spilt milk, or is it spilled?

Do we cry over spilt milk or spilled milk? My spell checker says the latter but I remember the former. [more inside]
posted by patheral on May 9, 2012 - 31 answers

Pardner, I am hopeful that you are fixing to answer my question.

When did the use of contractions become common in American English and/or when did the absence of contractions become an (accurate or not) shorthand for outdated diction? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me find the name of a unique language acquisition method that I've heard about but can't quite identify.

Help me find the name of a unique language acquisition method that I've heard about but can't quite identify. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on May 7, 2012 - 3 answers

That stinks!! No.. it SUCKS!

When, where and how did the word 'sucks' become somewhat inoffensive, mainstream-- a word that can be said on prime time television? Was there at tv show? Is it generational? Or is my perception regional and based on my cohort? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on May 4, 2012 - 43 answers

Learn Spanish while working fulltime

Have you successfully learned Spanish while working and without travel? What was your process? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on May 1, 2012 - 10 answers

How to teach myself Latin?

I want to teach myself Latin. Where should I start? What are some good resources? Is it feasible? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Apr 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Foreign language films

My dad speaks fluent Spanish (and English). I am third-year student of Spanish. Mom and dad know some French. My younger brother (13 years old) only knows English. We all like good plots, good music, and good cinematography. Please suggest some non-English language movies, documentaries, TV series, etc. that we would all enjoy. Bonus points if it's available through Netflix streaming or DVD.
posted by gray17 on Apr 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Is using the phrase "that's retarded" offensive?

"That's retarded." Offensive, or not offensive? Also, if offensive, help me come up with an alternative to my life/work philosophy, which is "Don't Be Retarded." [more inside]
posted by eleyna on Apr 25, 2012 - 85 answers

"Job you qualified for why?"

I got a summer job interview over Skype! Tell me what to expect. The twist: it's in American Sign Language. [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Apr 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Was my grandmother calling me a cup of soup?

What was my Bubbe saying when she said "Teppeleh zoft"? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Apr 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Six mice scared one goose by stepping on it's two feet.

My son has become fascinated with non-standard plurals in English, and I need more examples to feed him. Can you think of more like: Foot --> Feet; Goose --> Geese; Mouse --> Mice. What I'm not looking for is inside: [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Apr 22, 2012 - 20 answers

Did MetaFilter Invent "Plo Chops"?

Did the term "plo chops" originate on MetaFilter? [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Apr 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Are question marks necessary.

Are question marks necessary. [more inside]
posted by man down under on Apr 17, 2012 - 37 answers

How different is different?

English language friends: Why do we use the word “different” when it doesn’t appear to be necessary? [more inside]
posted by bryon on Apr 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Meaning of French election 2012 slogan?

Question about French election 2012 slogan: Prendre le pouvoir! (Hollande) Does it mean We can take it? Or Take it, we can! ???
posted by sparkle55 on Apr 17, 2012 - 14 answers

Why do we write 1st but not 2:00pm?

Why do we write 1st but not 2:00pm? [more inside]
posted by denriguez on Apr 14, 2012 - 19 answers

Giving Directions

Is there a usable generic language or set of instructions for giving directions? Regardless of country language or dialect. Directions that are simple, direct and unambiguous. Ie the way to the bank is up the road for five minutes and then go down to my right. Is that up a hill? Down a hill after turning right? How far up the road do i go? Until i start coming down again? Thank you. [more inside]
posted by terminus on Apr 13, 2012 - 16 answers

¡Mi gramática en español es jodida! ¡Ayudame!

My Spanish grammar is all kinds of effed up. How do I correct this? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Apr 4, 2012 - 8 answers

Vanity? Sizing? Vanity sizing?

Can anyone read this dress label, please? What language, and what does it say? (I'm asking for a friend.)
posted by peagood on Apr 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Sign language

I'm curious to what this sign says and I don't even know whether it's Arabic or Persian. It was posted among hipsterish events posters on a busy Montreal street. Anyone?
posted by zadcat on Apr 1, 2012 - 1 answer

How to obtain recent Foreign Service Institute learning materials?

How do I obtain newer Foreign Service Institute language learning coursework and education materials? [more inside]
posted by andendau on Mar 31, 2012 - 3 answers

Where does protest live online (I'm not Putin, honest)

I am an English speaker learning Russian. I am also interested in the recent protest movements in and around Moscow. Where are the forums/twitter accounts/facebook accounts/blogs where opinions are being formed? They will be used as a resource in learning the language and understanding contemporary russian politics.
posted by 221bbs on Mar 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Do Latino immigrants to the U.S. use browsers configured to request Spanish?

Can I trust a web browser's language preference setting to determine whether to provide Spanish-language content to Latino immigrants to the U.S.? (NB: This isn't a technical question, it's a social question.) [more inside]
posted by waldo on Mar 31, 2012 - 10 answers

What does "yah soosah" and "yah habibti" mean in Arabic?

My dear Egyptian friend calls me "Yah Soosah" and "Yah Habibti." What does this mean? I'm pretty sure these are terms of endearment, but what do they mean? She said "yah soosah" is an old Egyptian word. Help me figure out the meaning of my new pet names. Thank you!!! : )
posted by thatgirl1985 on Mar 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Word sans-prefix is word no more?

What are some English words that contain a prefix, but the root is either not a word or is substantially unrelated to the prefixed word? [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Mar 23, 2012 - 36 answers

Examples of other words like "Cineaste"

A cinephile is someone who loves movies, but a cineaste is someone who uses her love of movies to inform and inspire her own filmmaking. Do other disciplines have a similar term? [more inside]
posted by beautifulstuff on Mar 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Sanskrit 101 Online

Are there any reputable online equivalents to a university level "intro to Sanskrit"? [more inside]
posted by eric1halfb on Mar 20, 2012 - 3 answers

What's Koorkka in Karnataka

Question for Kannada speakers. [more inside]
posted by nangar on Mar 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Can you recommend passages to memorize?

Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Significant Iraqi number?

In Iraqi culture, does any whole number between 20 and 50 have special significance or associations (positive or negative)?
posted by kalapierson on Mar 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Help!

How can I overcome my introversion, social anxiety and supposed language barrier and bond with my SO's friends and family? [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Mar 6, 2012 - 14 answers

Does self publishing hurt your mainstream publishing chances?

Does self publishing hurt your mainstream publishing chances? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Mar 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Is he or ain't he?

Batman is a Superhero. I just know he is. But now I'm having an argument with a friend over whether he's technically a Superhero. Details of the argument within. [more inside]
posted by madred on Mar 3, 2012 - 59 answers

Translate this word/concept in your other language(s)

I need a succinct translation for "advocate" or similar term in as many languages as possible . [more inside]
posted by mynameismandab on Mar 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Complementary research meaning

What does a candidate having a research program "that complements the department's existing strengths" really mean in a job announcement? [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech on Feb 26, 2012 - 14 answers

Write the number dow-uhn

Why the two-syllable pronunciation of "nine" for the telephone? [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Feb 24, 2012 - 12 answers

What are common pronunciation mistakes English speakers make in other languages?

I just found a list of common pronunciation mistakes English learners make depending on their first language background. What are typical pronunciation mistakes English speakers make when learning other languages? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Feb 22, 2012 - 44 answers

The death and life of languages

Help me sort out the best way to approach language preservation, as an academic interest and as a guideline for volunteer work. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Feb 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Must I Holler? Must I Shake 'Em On Down?

Calling Bluesologists and/or Language Historians: Want interpretations of the meaning of a song, or more specifically, a specific phrase used in that song. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on Feb 21, 2012 - 5 answers

How would you describe Cutty Ranks to a deaf person?

Is there a technical terminology that could describe different styles of popular singing, in the same way that linguists might describe accents? Try your hand at a couple of examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for the name of most languages in every language

ShotInTheDarkfilter: I need the names of the top 60 or so most common languages in each of those languages. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Feb 16, 2012 - 7 answers

I want to communicate with everyone!

Best (and preferably cheapest!) way to learn a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Feb 14, 2012 - 32 answers

Go get 'em, Tiger! -- more like this plz

What are some "pet" names that empower or show confidence in the named party? [more inside]
posted by fake on Feb 14, 2012 - 63 answers

Le souris est sur le table... la chat est sur la chaise... le sange est sur la branche. Et je suis le président du Burundi.

DILF? DELF? DALF? Which French foreign language exam is right for me - and how should I prepare for it? [more inside]
posted by jph on Feb 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Cultural values affecting foreign policy?

To what extent do cultural values affect foreign policy making between U.S. and China? [more inside]
posted by espada0 on Feb 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Quiero aprender español. Es LingQ.com un buen sitio web para eso?

Have you used LingQ.com to help you learn a language? What did you think of it? Do you have any other recommendations for paid language learning sites that cost no more than $15 per month? (I am learning Spanish.) [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Feb 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Awesome ESL Projects

I'm looking for a fun medium to long term project for an advanced ESL student. [more inside]
posted by one little who on Feb 8, 2012 - 8 answers

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