December 5th, 2007

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How to learn from a textbook?

Does anyone have any tips for studying from a textbook?

My old way was to use flashcards, but I am sooo sick of them. They can take hours to make, especially if I need a couple hundred of them and it's in a non-Latin script, like Cyrillic.

I think covering up parts and then trying to fill in the blanks could be useful. I've also tried making copies and cutting up different parts, then re-arranging them to make them more meaningful. But neither of these is a very organized way to go about it.

Does anyone have any tricks they've developed?

Thank you all for your ideas!! I'm looking forward to trying them out!
  • foutu

french & god

seigneur = god (dieu), or jesus?

why are seigneur "tu" and jesus "vous"? or did i hear wrong? these questions arose during a funeral, i was a bit distracted... :/ (and it's also the reason i didn't ask anyone these things in real life)
  • pgadey

Magnetic alphabet letters?

Hi there, I live with a couple language nerds, and since I put up my roughly one and a half alphabets of roman magnetic letters on the fridge, they've been a big hit. I was wondering if anyone has seen these in: Greek? With Accents (For Esperanto, French, German, Spanish)? And if you live in a country that has these, would you be willing to send me a set?

And just so everyone knows what I'm talking about, I'm referring to magnets like these.
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  • daev

Oxford University Press Language Book Sale

I saw over on sci.lang that Oxford is having a ridiculously low-priced sale on a bunch of good language and linguistics books.

The standout in that list is the beautiful and comprehensive encyclopedia The World's Writing Systems, normally $175, now $46. That's one of my favorite books. They also have Greenbaum's Oxford English Grammar, Comrie's World's Major Languages, several foreign language courses, and something called The Oxford Guide to Word Games.

These OUP sales come along rarely and don't last long, so it's usually worth the trouble to jump on it if they're offering something you find interesting.

"I wish I weren't" (French)

I have a phrase I want to use in my paper journal and I wanted to check it against you folks before I commit it to ink and paint.

The phrase is meant to mean: I am American, but I wish I weren't. The French I have deemed most correct is: Je suis americaine, mais je souhaite que je ne serais pas. I'm not sure whether I should use conditional (serais) or subjunctive (sois). Which do you think is better?

Thanks very much in advance.
Stephen Colbert

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Hello, I have a favour to ask: could someone who is fluent in a Chinese language (I'm not sure which one this is written in) please translate this for me? It was carved into the desk I sat in in Spanish class, and with the semester almost over, I'm curious to know what it says after all these months of noticing it. I wrote it down on my notebook, then redrew it in Paint, so I apologize if it is hideously butchered. :P

Crappy Paint rendition