April 12th, 2007

  • z111

Yes...in Arabic

When I was in Egypt, I picked up a small bit of Arabic. One of the things that boggled my mind is that I was told they had no real word for "yes". "Iwah" was used similarly but that meant something closer to "okay" than "yes." Is this accurate?
  • sifrid

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Hey guys, this is a caption from this article...

"A coyote looks around in a cooler at a Quizno's Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday. The animal lay down in a cooler stocked with fruit juice and soda."

Something about the lay down in this sentence is just... something.

Introduction post

Hi, I'm pretty new. I joined a late night when I was to tired to post. My native language is Swedish, I'm pretty fluent in English and slowly learning German in which my level would be "barely speaking" at this point. I borrowed the "The Rosetta Stone" at the library which has widened my German vocabulary somewhat, I still aren't good at making my own sentences but my understanding of the language has gotten better. I borrowed children's books in German from the library. When I try to string together a sentence there is still a lot of guessing involved. When I got a better grip on German I also want to learn Spanish and perhaps French.
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language in Sweden

OK, so I feel like an absolute idiot for posting a question like this on a community of such intelligent people, but I'm stuck:

I'm going to be in Stockholm on the 21st July this year- incidentally this is the release date for the last of the Harry Potter series!
I am a bit of a fan to say the least... I'm wondering if anyone knows- although it's a long-shot- do the majority of Swedish people speak some English? And would I be safe to say that I shouldn't have too much trouble picking up a copy of the book in English, in Stockholm?

Thanks guys!

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While I know this isn't a word, I have a series of short stories about a girl named "Vivrante". She's very intense, and she lives life as much as she can. I was thinking that to describe her would be to call her "vibrant", and then I was thinking about the verb "vivre", and how it means "to live" in French, so I decided to combine the two and add an "e" to make it feminine-ish.

So now I'm curious. Is "Vivrante" a name and I don't actually know it? Does what I did make sense?

((I figured I'd post here because of the language thing. If this isn't appropriate, let me know and I'll delete it.))
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How not to lose foreign language A while being immersed in foreign language B...?

Hey everyone! :]

I'm off to live in Japan in three months, which I'm very excited about! I really love the Japanese language and am really looking forward to learning a lot more. However, I worry about my Spanish. To give some background, I would say that my Spanish and Japanese are equally advanced - I'm not a native speaker of either, and while I hesitate to call myself fluent in either language, I am able to hold lengthy conversations without much problem and have a good ear for both. (I passed JLPT level 1, if that's any indication?!)

When I went to study in Japan for a year (I just got back last year), my Spanish during that time deteriorated a lot. :( I came back home to discover that I had forgotten a lot of vocabulary, and I had the hardest time trying to speak it again since the first foreign language to come to my mind was Japanese only. After a few months, I pretty much regained what I had lost (I speak Spanish at work with co-workers all the time, heh), but I know that it will happen again - and this time, I will be staying for an indefinite period of time.

So my question is - what are some things that I can do while in Japan to keep up my Spanish? Especially since the chance of finding native speakers to converse with seems slim to none. I'm considering looking online to find a good podcast or radio show to listen to once in awhile, and might try writing Spanish in my journal(I write one in Japanese). Does anyone have any other suggestions? To those who have been in a similar situation - what did you do?

Thanks again! Muchas gracias! よろしくお願いします!
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