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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

Help me translate a first name in a foreign language

Looking to have a name written in various languages. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 8, 2012 - 6 answers

I speak with 2 accents at the same time!

What is it called when you have two accents in a second language? Your native accent and the local accent of the region you learned language #2. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Feb 7, 2012 - 40 answers

What's the next step after writing a book?

I wrote a good book. Now what? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Feb 7, 2012 - 13 answers

SMURFY SMURFISH SMURFINGS, BY SMURF

Is there a single word in any language that can successfully be substituted for all instances of the word "smurf" within the Smurf universe? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Feb 6, 2012 - 22 answers

Translate something that could be any language spoken in India!

What do the (Hindi? Kannada? Tamil? Sanskrit?) words on these shirts mean? They look to me like different scripts, and they were probably bought in Bangalore. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Feb 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Sœur/sûr/sieur/cire/sueur

Are there online equivalents of FSI's "Introduction to French Phonology" for other languages? [more inside]
posted by jweed on Feb 1, 2012 - 1 answer

Speaking Russian in Asia

Why are there so many Taiwanese, Japanese, and S. Koreans learning Russian as a foreign language? My American-bred stereotype is that Asians tend to study topics which are industrial and "useful": engineering, English. So is there something I'm missing here if it's for personal pleasure? Or if it is just for business, what are the specific industries, commodities, and companies that make Russian applicable in that region of Asia? [more inside]
posted by peachtree on Jan 31, 2012 - 17 answers

Please make me happy by transcribing this piece of spoken Chinese!

Can someone identify the words spoken at the beginning of Ground Zero's “Revolutionary Pekinese Opera” (“Opening ~ Flying Across The J.P.Yen”)? You can here the phrase spoken on youtube here. I'm reasonably sure the voice is speaking Chinese.
posted by nfg on Jan 25, 2012 - 2 answers

Synonym for satisfying?

Is there a single word for finding pleasure in well done formulaic stories not because they are doing something new or even being particularly clever, but because they hit the notes well, manage the tropes, and deliver what they promise? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jan 22, 2012 - 34 answers

Pessimism, optimism, realism and ...

I need a word. Imagine two axes "risk" and "optimism" and two states "high" and "low", thus four states. lo optimism lo risk = pessimism, hi optimism lo risk = optimism, lo optimism hi risk = realism, hi optimism hi risk = ??? [more inside]
posted by falcon on Jan 22, 2012 - 23 answers

Tenses without English equivalents?

Tenses without English equivalents? [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Jan 20, 2012 - 25 answers

well these subtitles don't do a damn thing!

I kindly seek free online video content in Spanish with Spanish subtitles. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jan 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Are ten-year-olds everywhere tormented with spelling tests?

Do spelling bees or tests exist in languages other than English? [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Jan 16, 2012 - 19 answers

What does the word "abstract" mean?

What does the word "abstract" mean? [more inside]
posted by internet_explorer on Jan 16, 2012 - 11 answers

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