My girlfriend is Korean, and has been living in the US since 2000. Her English is fairly good, but she still makes a few grammatical errors on a regular basis, especially when writing. Can anyone recommend a good, and probably more importantly interesting to read, book on English grammar she could use to get better? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine
on Aug 8, 2006 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
online tutorials (video or still) for learning Flash 8 in a hurry? [more inside]
posted by Grod
on Jun 20, 2006 -
What language/environment would be a good choice now for a 6-year old math whizz to learn the basics of programming? [more inside]
posted by unSane
on Jun 16, 2006 -
Are there any websites that will help me make picture-based flashcards for language learning? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose
on Jun 5, 2006 -
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 -
If I get a Bachelors of Arts from Excelsior University (formerly Regents College), am I going to have a problem getting into a grad school? I was specifically thinking about a psychology major.
posted by bigmusic
on May 25, 2006 -
What are the best books/dvds/cds/websites out there for Turkish learning? What did you use and recommend? Are there any tips or things that helped you? [more inside]
posted by tozturk
on May 19, 2006 -
I’m looking for examples of web-based learning tools, specifically, self-testing tools such as flashcards, multiple choice, and fill-in-the-blank. [more inside]
posted by ijoshua
on May 2, 2006 -
DictionaryFilter: Looking for a good Italian-Italian style/usage dictionary, ideally just like the Duden #3 Stilwoerterbuch for German (Italian examples, simple words, covers questions of usage more than definitions) [more inside]
posted by sdis
on May 1, 2006 -
LinguisticsFilter: There are a lot of resources explaining how to transcribe a language into IPA, but I don't have any that get into the nitty gritty of how one language pronounces a given consonant compared to another. Are there good resources on this front? Are there resources on how to speak in various foreign accents? [more inside]
posted by sirion
on Apr 27, 2006 -
I want to start painting with acrylics. What are good, inexpensive supplies to get? What are some good resources/websites to learn how to start? [more inside]
posted by petah
on Apr 25, 2006 -
I'd like to learn basic 3-d modeling. Right now I have 3-d studio max r4. Are there any good online tutorials or guides that go over the basics. [more inside]
posted by delmoi
on Apr 25, 2006 -
Is there a class that I can take in Los Angeles on taking notes in shorthand? maybe at SMC or Valley College?
posted by joshuak
on Apr 10, 2006 -
DrivingFilter: I want to learn to drive - should I take a short trip somewhere cheap and do an intensive course? [more inside]
posted by spiff101
on Apr 3, 2006 -
What kind of experiences have you had with using online tutorials/courses to help learn common softwear programs, word, quickbooks, elements, datacad and the like. [more inside]
posted by flummox
on Mar 23, 2006 -
I would like to learn about an interesting aspect of history which is new to me. This could be broad ('Ancient Greece') or very specific ('Anarchists in the Ukraine in the Russian Revolution'), thematic ('the Victorian underworld and crime') or about a location ('Venice') - but I'd like to also know why
your suggestion interests you so much. If you can recommend some good books on your suggested topic, that would be just perfect. [more inside]
posted by reynir
on Mar 11, 2006 -
I want to read Plato in the original Greek. Unfortunately, I don't know any. [more inside]
posted by sid
on Mar 6, 2006 -
A kid (12) knows classical piano and has a good teacher for that, but she also wants to learn jazz. Do you have suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pracowity
on Feb 22, 2006 -
I'm about halfway through my first year of college-level Modern Standard Arabic, and would love it if someone experienced in Arabic instruction/linguistics in general could make some suggestions for materials with which I can supplement my textbook. Bonus question if you live in or around Chicago! Look inside! [more inside]
posted by pullayup
on Feb 9, 2006 -
Why do I learn better from a videotaped lecture than from reading a book? They both seem to be passive and linear in thought, but somehow I learn better from the video. Why is that?
posted by mrkohrea
on Jan 17, 2006 -
What skill should I learn next? What should I know? I enjoy learning, so I'm looking for new things to learn -- ideally some kind of skill (ie., not facts about obscure revolutions in the 18th Century). [more inside]
posted by aramaic
on Jan 1, 2006 -
I'm embarking on an intense italian vocabulary learning routine, and I need some advice on how to maximize my effort using lexicons and flashcard software. [più dentro] [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos
on Dec 29, 2005 -
So I got a big bag o' peppermints in my stocking and I've been enjoying them. They've also got me thinking about making my own hard candies (peppermints, cinnamon drops, Worther's-like buttercream, etc..). The only problem is, just about everything I've been able to dig up centers more on chocolate or is shy on the basics. I picked up Candy Making for Dummies, but the closest that it gets is brittles.
Anyone an accomplished or amateur candy maker and can point me to some solid introductory information.
Also, does anyone know if you can use Splenda instead of sugar when making hard candies?
posted by Ikazuchi
on Dec 28, 2005 -
I was brought up in a non-religious family with a vague Protestant background. I'm currently considering converting to Judaism (not because of a relationship with someone who's Jewish, simply for my own reasons.) I know next to nothing about the organised aspects of the religion - I've never even set foot in a synagogue - but I'm interested in learning more. I'm not really ready to approach a rabbi yet to discuss things, I think I need to explore the whole religion a bit more before I consider starting on any possible path that might later lead to conversion. Where should I start?
posted by different
on Dec 19, 2005 -
I'm almost 30 and I can't type properly--that is, I can't touch-type. My problem: I am fairly good (~35 wpm) at the three-finger-and-thumb-vision-assisted-hunt-and-peck. Unfortunately, this goes to heck when I transcribe or read while typing and can no longer glance at the keyboard.
Has anyone out there successfully broken bad keyboard habits? How?
posted by pullayup
on Dec 1, 2005 -
I'm interested in learning more about GIS. I took a few one hour classes using ArcGIS at the university where I attend (Cornell), but the available GIS classes are mounds of work and don't fit into my schedule. Are there any good resources that i could find on the net to self-teach myself? And for that matter, any GIS programs that aren't as expensive?
posted by jare2003
on Oct 28, 2005 -