August 19th, 2007

GRE

My daughter is preparing for her GRE test. Out of curiosity, I looked through her books. First of all, it is shocking that our institutions of high learning, graduate schools, rely in their selection process upon idiotic monkey-tests. But that besides, the question is, how comes that people who compose these tests obviously do not know the subject? And, a related question: is there a way to access your results after taking an official test and dispute patently wrong grading (I mean, when the presumed "correct" answer is manifestly wrong)?

Specific examples from this textbook (allegedly, sample questions there are from actual tests):

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au revoir vs. adieu

my dad asked me this, and I realized I didn't know, and now I'm curious. native french speakers: what is the semantic/pragmatic difference between au revoir and adieu? when would you use one as opposed to the other? why?

thanks in advance!
Dali lobster telephone

Translation from Farsi (I think) needed

I have on my personal website a translation of Albert Camus' play Les Justes from French to English. While looking at the information tracking visits to my page, I saw that someone had arrived at my translation from http://www.haftan.com/drama/?page=4, and visiting that page (which looks like a blog) I found that 2/3 of the way down there's a link to my translation. I'm guessing that that page is in Farsi because many of the other links are to .ir sites or ones with "persian" in their name, and I'm curious what they have to say about my translation. If anyone could translate the text around the entry with the link to my site (copied below), I'd really appreciate it.

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● عادلها
نمایشنامه‌ی «عادلها»، نوشته‌ی آلبر کامو، اکنون مدتی است که به ترجمه و کارگردانی قطب‌الدین صادقی در تالار اصلی تئاتر شهر بر روی صحنه است. ترجمه‌ی انگلیسی این نمایشنامه را در اینجا می‌توانید بخوانید.
  • mavisol

"brand activation"

How is this different from "brand development"? I'm translating a marketing text into Russian, and there is a phrase listing the departments of a big car maker -- "Finance, Media and Market Research, Brand Development, Brand Activation blah blah blah." Obviously, the brand development department here is different from the brand activation department. Although normally I would never imagine these are two very different things. Are they? How? Thanks!

Portuguese Podcasts

Hey everyone,

Does anyone know of any Brazilian Portuguese podcasts or streaming radio that I could listen to? I lived in Brazil for two years among Brazilians and became fairly fluent, but that was 5 years ago now and when I went to a Brazilian churrascaria last night, I realized my Portuguese has become quite rusty. So, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks :D