May 20th, 2007


e-mail, particularly in Icelandic...

In German we use the word "e-mail" (or "email") to mean email, like in English. In English we obviously use "e-mail," too.

I know I've seen "e-mail" and "email" in Spanish as well, even though I don't have very good Spanish, it's just from growing up in the US that I've noticed this.

But I recently learned that in French it's "courriel."

So I went down Wikipedia's page about email and saw a lot of languages simply use the English word "email" or "e-mail."

My question is for those people who speak languages that don't use the word...what does the word mean? Does it mean "electronic mail?"

I gather that the Icelandic word is Tölvupóstur? What does that actually mean? Does it have a meaning other than email?
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    The Cranberries, Pretty

Bravi, bravo, bravissimi, bravissimo!

My Italian knowledge stops with musical terms and The Phantom of the Opera. Your help I do implore.

I'm congratulating a theatre company on an excellent show last night. I'd like a one-word ending to my praise. Can I use "Bravi!" "Bravo!" "Bravissimi" or "Bravissimo!" as a solo interjection at the end? Which would be most appropriate? I'm guessing the last two have greater emphasis than the first. Out of those pairs, is there one that is best to for a group of people?

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    "Too Much Love Will Kill You" -Queen
  • foutu

french french french

1. bescherelles. ugh. i bought a larousse conjugation guide and it's the exact same thing. i'd like a similarly inexpensive and pocket-sized grammar guide, though... suggestions?

2. are the following phrases used in european french?
- comment (as-tu dit)?
- moucher le nez
- un nez qui culle
- bonjour instead of bonjournée/salut
- c'est corre*C*
- c'est pas grave
- pis instead of et
- écouter la télé

Talk like a.. pirate?

Ok this might seem like a joke but I've been wondering this for a while now. Especially as the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean 3 approaches *grin* Do any of the languages you know have a pirate vocabulary? I mean in English I imagine it has been augmented by films and recent popular coinages - like "walk the plank"! But many cultures have had long shipping/pirate histories. I realise most languages will have naval words, but what about more slangy or crass piratey words? My Argentine boyfriend claims he knows nothing about a Spanish equivalent but I find this difficult to believe?

So do any traditional pirate type phrases exist in your languages?? Especially amusing ones?? :)

(Btw I found this page with MP3s of Mandarin, German and Swedish down the bottom, and this German page tho I don't know any of these languages well enough to judge how they translate)