August 17th, 2007

Books hazy

Arabic translations

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for the Arabic translation of several short phrases - I want to use them in a story I'm writing. For my purposes, it's only important what they sound like, so a phonetic transcription or approximation would be perfect. Also, any Arabic dialect will work well! I have no preference. :-)

In my story, a man who doesn't speak Arabic is being addressed by an older woman, who is saying:

"Is that you?" (here, she believes she might be addressing her son)
"Who are you?"
"I need to go home, my sisters are waiting for me."

A somewhat formal register would be best, since the speaker is a well-bred, decorous and old-fashioned lady.

Thank you!
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Pronunciation dictionaries

Does anyone happen to know of any machine-readable pronunciation dictionaries out there? I'm breaking my head trying to find any traces of them online, the only ones that came up so far are these: German lexicon, Spanish lexicon (it's *okay*, not the best, but works in lieu of NOTHING), and CMU's Enlglish dictionary. I'm looking for more European languages. I'd imagine something should exist for French, for example, but can't seem to find anything, grr :-(

I don't care that something's not free, usually large dictionaries like that aren't. It just needs to be a good source...

Thanks! :-)
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Typing in Korean

I'm starting Korean classes this fall, and I'd like to be able to type in Korean. I have Korean Unicode support installed already--so that I can read Korean, assuming that I learn anything--but of course that's not the same thing.

I'm using Windows XP. What do I need to do to be able to type in Korean?

Also, if anyone has a recommendation for a linguistic introduction to Korean, I'm interested! I find such things useful for clearing up the types of questions that instructors often can't help me with.