August 12th, 2007

  • laudre

Dialect Questions

This is mostly for USians. Just the first reaction that pops into your mind.

1) What do you call the kind of sandwich that is served on a long, narrow bun, sold nationally by such chains as Quizno's?

2) What do you call a retail establishment that engages in the sale of liquor? (They may also sell beer and/or wine, but the place you go to specifically to buy liquor.)

3) What do you call the government agency that issues driver's licenses? If it is not the same, what do you call the agency that issues license plates?

4) What do you call the road that runs alongside an interstate or other limited-access highway?

5) What do you call carbonated soft drinks, when speaking generally?

If you could also include where you grew up and anywhere else that would exert a significant influence on your thought or speech patterns, that would be appreciated :).

(For the curious, I'll be posting my own answers in a comment.)

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french or german
Would you say that french or german is harder to learn? My 15 year old sister wants to take one or the other (her high school offers only spanish french and german and she doesn't want to take spanish). She asked me and i told her that's not the best criteria for studying a language, but that's her criteria. she'll have to take two years

I'ce only studied French, but i remember it was exceptionally hard to pronounce.

I apologise for this post since I know there were a few like it some months ago but I cant find them in the memories. if you can direct me to them, i'd be glad.

thank you! =)

Ray and Lazarus

learning latin alone

My dad just got really interested in the Latin Mass, and wants to learn Latin. He knows a few places where he can get books that teach Latin, but he wants one that will have a CD with it. He has problems with pronunciation; he was talking about double vowels, and when two vowels touch each other, and become a single letter. I said we could probably look up this sort of information somewhere, but he is intent on hearing it (and not from me, apparently =P).

So, if anyone knows a good program where he can get a good book and CD set for Latin, please let me know! Thanks =)


One of the first things you learn about Asian culture (that you consistently get reminded about if you happen to not accept it) is that if you're not born in X country you'll never be from there, no matter how much you may master its language, customs, etc. However, some people seem to work around this. I've seen Japanese be in utter shock that a someone they thought was Japanese turned out to be a Chinese or Korean person who'd near-mastered day to day Japanese.

Similarly, I tend to get people thinking I'm a native Spanish speaker when I stick to stock phrases, or sometimes I even get strangers who just start speaking to me in Spanish because they assume by the way I look that I know it.

Guess this question sort of has 2 parts.

1) How easy is it to develop enough of a linguistic façade to fool native speakers of a language you meet on a passing basis?
2) Do you employ any methods for telling people who are native speakers from those who just learned the language really well?

Any language is fair game, just curious is all.
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Does a phrase "Indian summer" exist in your language?

And if so, could you give me the translation? I'm trying to have this phrase translated into as many languages as possible - at the moment, I only have English, Spanish ;) and Polish name for that natural phenomenon. I'm not sure every language has it since it may not occur in every country but if anyone reading this could be of any help, I'd really appreciate it.

Mandarin--Chinese Pod(podcast)

This might have already been posted, so sorry if it has!!

For those of you learning Mandarin Chinese, I just found an excellent site to help with pronounciation and vocabulary, called ChinesePod.

It is a Mandarin Chinese podcast aimed at helping with spoken Mandarin.

They offer free lessons, vocabulary (in pinyin, traditional, and modern Hanzi), and tests, along with a few other features!

check it out!
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Clearly as a cruel punishment for some past sin as yet undiscovered by yours truly, I'm reading Tom Jones for my summer reading assignment (the last in my life, it seems). For context, the text of this book comes from 1750. I noticed that the author has used "eat" in the context of a paragraph that was otherwise in the past tense, and was wondering if "eat" at one point acted like "read" in that the distinction between the present and the past was only obvious when spoken. I'm sorry if this is a stupid question, but does anyone have the answer?
indoor kids

re: frontage

as an expansion on the american english dialect questions from yesterday, i'm wondering if 'frontage' is a common word, in general, wherever people tend to say 'frontage road' for the road that runs parallel along a highway.

it seemed like people who didn't have a lot of these roads around their highways seemed more likely to call them 'frontage roads' (if anything) and that seems strange to me since frontage isn't a word i have ever used, and if something was uncommon, i would think the term would have a more common phrasing, like 'side road' or something, if not one of the other terms like access and service.

so yeah, i'm wondering a- if you have a word for this but the roads themselves are uncommon, do you say frontage road or something else? and i'm wondering if that is the case, do you say 'frontage' in other contexts?
baby and me

Curious of a pronunciation

My husband and his friend...debate a lot about how they say things all the time. My husband is from CA, and his friend from GA.

One of the things they've been discussing lately is how to say the word "warm."

My husband and I (I'm from UT) both pronounce it with the warm rhyming with harm or arm, with more of a short o sound.

Our friend from GA and his wife (who is from ID)both pronounce it with the o part sound more like the o in storm, more of a long o sound.

I'm not sure how to type it with linguistic terms or the IPA to make easier, so my apologies there.

My question is, where are you from and how do you pronounce it? I had never heard warm with a long o sound before, and thus it sounded odd to me. So it got me curious to see if one pronunciation is more dominant than the other in different parts of the world.

Japanese writing on a shirt

If this isn't allowed, let me know and I'll delete it.

I just got back from an anime convention (during which i started spouting off "water" in as many languages as i could think of in a fit of delirium)- and I bought this shirt.

I mostly got the shirt for the little sootball at the bottom because they just make me entirely too excited- however, I have no idea what the text is. Yes, I know, unwise to get foreign language -especially asian- stuffs without knowing what they say first, but hey, it was cute. Every time i walked past the table after I got the shirt, I kept forgetting to ask the shopkeep what it said. So i get to ask you guys.

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Pronouns in Subjective Case?

Ever since senior year, I regretted not paying enough attention in English classes. So I bought A Grammar Book for You and I (..Oops, me) to make up for all the slacking in the previous years. In this book, it says that pronouns in the subjective case are: (First person) I, we; (Second person) you, you; (Third person) he, she, it, they. It also says that in the pronouns replace nouns in the subject complement, which follows the verb to be.. I don't see how this works. 

Do these sentences make sense? I feel like the pronouns should be in the objective case.
1. The monster is I. (me?)
2. The monsters are we. (us?)
3. The monster is you. [singular, 2nd person]
4. The monster is he. (him?)
5. The monster is she. (her?)
6. The monster is it.
7. The monsters are they. (them?)
8. The monsters are you. [plural, 2nd person]