Are grammatical genders, as a rule, consistent across the Indo-European languages which use them? [more inside]
How can I brush up my language skills, given I seem to have a difficulty with rote learning? [more inside]
Are grammatical errors more frequent in English than in other languages? What about spelling? Do foreign language have as many substitution errors as English? Do ewe speak a pear of foreign languages or more and what are you're experiences of these kinds of errors? Watt do there grammar Nazis do? [more inside]
I'm looking for resources that document the matching Korean grammar rules for Japanese grammar patterns and vice versa. For example: ～ている = ~고 있다; は＝은・는, が＝이・가 (for the most part, right?) [more inside]
Hawaiian has only eight consonants. Pirahã purportedly has even fewer phonemes and no numerals. What other languages have properties which would be considered unusual by Indo-European language speakers?
How do I learn what goes on "under the hood" of programming languages? [more inside]
Languages: I would like to teach myself a foreign language with the primary motivation of reading literature written originally in that language. (Italian, in this case.) For now, speaking and pronunciation are not as important as learning grammatical rules, sentence construction, and growing my vocabulary. Ideally, I would like to learn at my own pace, without having to hire a tutor or enrol in language classes, and I would prefer to skip general phrasebook greetings. Apart from a dictionary, what should I arm myself with? Are there any good resources on the web for this? How should one go about teaching oneself to read a foreign language? Thanks!