November 1st, 2007

tired, bored
  • azazel

Helping out.

Why do we say "help out"? We never say "help in".

My completely uneducated guess is that it's about helping others, and they're outside our own personal area - no matter how small it might be.

Help with Japanese for someone else

My brother is taking Japanese this year and he's having a hard time studying. I've never formally studied Japanese--only Spanish and French--so I don't know if my tips for studying are of any use to him. He says that the vocabulary isn't important in his class, just the pronunciation, but that doesn't sound right to me. Of course, that could just be because I've never taken a class in a non-Romance language. Can anyone offer advice to help him? I'm looking for subtle stuff here; I don't want to act like I know the whole language when I don't. Thank you!

EDIT: He's in a high school level Japanese I class. Sorry about that.
book and tea

How do you say...

Yes, it is one of those how-do-you-say posts.  After looking back a little ways through the archives, I have not found exactly what I want in exactly the languages I want (if I did not look back far enough, I apologise for being so repetitive!).  If anyone could help me out, that would be wonderful and much appreciated.

I am making a birthday card for my friend, and thus I would like to know how to say "happy birthday" and/or "best wishes on your birthday" in the following languages:

Ancient OR Modern Greek (or both!) -- and preferrably in the Greek alphabet, of course
and last but not least (this is her first language) -- Tamil.

Thanks all!  You were a great help with regards to my last question and I know you won't disappoint me here.

'Elephant' in an Indian language?

So I'm naming my my car. A friend recently brought back a lovely blue-green elephant ornament from her trip to India, which is hanging from the rearview mirror. Since it's almost the same shade as my Saturn ION, I'd like to name the car something like 'elephant' or even 'green elephant' in one of the languages of India. I'd particularly like to know how this translates in Hindi, Bengali/Bangla, Nepali, Punjabi, Sanskrit, and Tamil.

However, if you have a translation in the following, I'd be interested as well: Assamese/Asomiya, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri (also Meitei/Meithei), Marathi, Oriya, Santhali, Sindhi, Telugu, or Urdu.

A transliteration (phonetic spelling) would be best, but it would also be neat to see it in the original. Many thanks.