November 5th, 2006

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The Speech Accent Archive

Hopefully this isn't a repeat. I just ran across this site and found it to be really interesting to hear all of the different accents.
The Speech Accent Archive

The speech accent archive uniformly presents a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English read the same paragraph and are carefully transcribed. The archive is used by people who wish to compare and analyze the accents of different English speakers.
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Llid Y Bledren Dymchwelyd

german help

Eine Freundin in der Kirche hat mir Etwa geshreiben. Aber, ich kann nicht so gut Deutsch sprechen (oder schreiben, oder lesen hehe ...). Also, ich brauche dass Sie helfen mir! :-) Ich verstehe keinen Satz ... ich weiß alles Wörter, aber ich kann ich nicht entziffern.

Du wirst das hier schon lesen können!

Wissen Sie, was sagt es auf Englisch? Danke schön!

Oh dear, my German ... I'm so embarrassed ... x_X

Interesting article on Slate.

"Let's start with the man himself. Borat is not a Kazakh name (though there is a name Bolat). No one in Kazakhstan greets you with 'Jagzhemash,' which is most likely gibberish or mangled Polish. The official language in Kazakhstan is, not surprisingly, Kazakh, although Russian is widely spoken. Among the country's large ethnic Russian population, Russian is the only language they speak. And, oh yes, khrum is not the word for testicles, in either Russian or Kazakh."

-http://www.slate.com/id/2152789/?nav=tap3
masque

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forgive me, this has been cross posted everywhere, I'm looking for some advice:

I currently have nothing but fluency in english and a lame smattering of phrases in other languages. I studied latin in a classroom for 2 years and have the barest of grasps of its grammar and vocabulary, and my spanish is even worse, though I've taken several years of introductory spanish (due to switching schools a lot...grrr). my ultimate goal is to be fluent in multiple languages, (I'm hoping for spanish, arabic, and russian) but my eyes are bigger than my stomach, so to speak. I've bought books on languages ranging form ancient egyptian to nahuatl to koine greek, and not been disciplined enough to teach myself any of them.

I'm interested in, first and foremost, actual fluency in widely-spoken modern languages, and also some sort of formal training in them...preferably in more than one at once. whatever it is I end up doing, I'd like to travel. I'm not sure which of my interests to follow professionally, but humanitarian aid is one of them, as is history/archaeology (note my attempts at learning a bunch of dead languages)...or perhaps actual professional translation. one of my unlikely goals is to speak (or at least read) all 8 of the languages Plutarch writes that Cleopatra spoke...I've been interested in dead languages since I was about 5. unfortunately I can't think of a more useless thing to be fascinated with. I was a bit of a prodigy with english, but I'm not sure that that ability will carry over into any other tongues.

that said...is there a sort of degree or training that would lend itself to combination with such varied disciplines as social work, political science, economics, and archaeology? it seems that no matter what sort of study I consider pursuing, my plans inevitably involve fluency in other languages. it seems sensible (and interesting!) to make studying them the framework with which any other sort of study could be paired. does a degree in linguistics fit the bill, here? I'm not so much interested in the theory of language as much as actual fluency - though I find things like theory and etymology and all that fascinating as well...I don't want to spend 4 years and a lot of money learning to *think* about languages without actually speaking them as well. Nicole Kidman's character in "the interpreter" is a bit of an inspiration for me. I don't have the diverse background she does (the last person in my family not to exclusively speak english was a welsh immigrant in the 1800s...much to my chagrin, I'm about as anglo-american as they come) but I'm not without intelligence, so I'm holding out hope that I may be able to build up to some kind of fluency. thus far traditional academics hasn't been good to me...I've been in the top 10% of lots of classes, most of which I have dropped out of. I don't necessarily have to have a degree, but I'm thinking its inevitable that I buckle down and finish one some time soon. any advise at all relating to becoming a polyglot, and successfully integrating it with a career, would be more than appreciated.
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I know this isn't a question about language, but I'm sure someone here could help me.

I'm doing a report in Spanish class about my "trip" to Spain. I've never actually been to Spain so I was hoping anyone who has done a home stay in Spain could tell me some of the things you've done. The area I said I was in is San Sebastian. So anything relating to that area.

The time period would be the summer that just happened. So any movies that you watched, games you played, music, anything like that. I've already mentioned the World Cup a million times :D

Also FOOD! if you know a website that talks a lot of food in Spain that would be great. Or if you could tell me your favorite meals.

Thank you so much!

EDIT -
in my "trip" to Spain I am also going to Madrid. Is there an equivlant to Champs Elysées in Spain? Or just a place where a lot of people tend to go? To say...watch the World Cup? Gracias!
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robin

Quick question

I joined this community several weeks ago since I enjoy studying languages, and I am currently taking an Intro to Linguistics class. This is my first post, but I have commented on other people's posts.

I have a huge favor to ask. I'm writing a ghost story for one of my friend's writing communities. It's set in the Louvre and I want one of my character's, a security guard, to say in French, "Hey you! What are you doing there? " Can somebody out there provide me with a translation? Thanks!
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Learning Italian

My family is planning to take a tour of Europe in a year or so. I'm already fluent in Spanish and have already been to Spain, so no worries there. My dad took French in high school and is going to brush up on his French before we go, and I've heard that English is rather prevalent in Germany. This leaves Italy, so I want to take advantage of what knowing Spanish and Latin and learn Italian. So can anyone recommend a good tool for learning Italian on my own, taking into account the fact that I already know Spanish and Latin (which I assume will help me immensely)?

Thanks in advance!
shisha

Posty McPosterson...

So, yeah, this is a "x in all sorts of languages" post, but I'm doing it anyway because you all know you secretly love them.

In English if you want to jokingly (or condescendingly) refer to some attribute of a person you can do it in a few ways. Among the common ones are "Captain Blank" and "Blanky McBlankerson" (fill in the blanks with an adjective of course).

Examples (we'll use snarky):

Captain Snarky

Snarky McSnarkerson

Both could be used to chide some friend of yours who is being snarky.


Arabic uses Abu (father) for the same purpose:

"Abu Wajheyn" (Father Two-Faced), for example, is the first that came to mind. Sometimes you also hear "Muhendis" (Engineer) or Sheikh.

So what's the deal in other langauges? How do you do it?

APPO phrases

A communist friend of mine asked me to translate the following phrases for him (he's distributing flyers or something with them on it). You may wonder why I'm asking for help if I'm a native Spanish speaker. Well, even though I am Cuban (so you'd think I'd know this :P), I'm neither communist nor do I know anything about communist movements in Spanish-speaking countries. So I thought I'd ask for help; surely one of the older members can come up with something. ^_^

Here are the phrases:

"Defend the APPO Commune!"
"Workers of the world unite!"
"Victory to the APPO Commune!"

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If they could be good to go by tomorrow, that'd be great. ¡Muchas gracias! ^^