February 25th, 2008

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Hello there, linguaphiles.

I am looking for someone who has experience with Southeast Asian languages and, if possible, anyone who has any resources or perhaps can give a few pointers about  Burmese and Tibetan languages.  If there are some of you out there, is there anything you could tell me about how to begin or where to begin studying these languages, what college programs offer decent classes, and also, does anyone have experience teaching English to speakers of these two regions?  (Grant it, extremely unlikely)

I am currently looking into volunteer prospects and experience in public health and also TEFL, and I have a sincere interest in learning more about the cultures and languages of this part of of the world (also including Thai, Vietnamese, and Khmer) and am trying to find a good starting point (and am getting a little lost in the lack of good learing material here).  Also, I am curious as to how a background in Chinese might help while learning one of the above mentioned languages (for example, Vietnamese)

I know that SEAsian languages are far less commonly taught... and also not as often discussed in this community, but I was just hoping someone out there might have some information (textbooks/grammar guides would also be great).  Thank you!

Czech translation, please?

I'm looking for someone who speaks Czech and can possibly help me with a translation? The phrase is, "Follow your bliss," and when I type it into a translator online it comes out as, "Doprovázet tvůj blaho." Obviously I am wary of trusting an online translator, so any help would be greatly appreciated! :]
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"Esto es por los comicos de Espana"

In Javier Bardem's Oscar acceptance speech, he dedicated his award to his mom and "los comicos de Espana" who have, like his mom, "brought dignity and pride to our work." (please excuse me if my transcription or borrowed translation are inaccurate.)

What exactly is meant by "los comicos" here? Was Bardem's mother in fact a comedian, or does "comicos" refer to all actors in a popular tradition (as opposed to classically-trained tragedians) and even more broadly to TV and movie actors in general?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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Have been on quite the hunt for some Tamil resources in the past couple of months..can someone give me a translation (& source, possibly?) for '[to] rebel'? In Tamil script as opposed to Romanized, please..

Thanks in advance! :)
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Miles Prower

Shaw Alphabet

Somebody, the other day, in another post, was talking of the Shaw Alphabet - i was looking back, and I cant find it. But I was wondering, since it is merely a phonetic representation of English, is it easy to learn? Is it well known? Said poster was talking of being a distributor of the Androcles and the Lion books that are printed in both Latin and Shavian. "/

I'm Tadeusz

Sorry to inflict another how-do-you-say on you, but at least this one is quick. I can't find my basic Polish textbook anywhere and have forgotten almost all I knew of the language. I have a character who needs to introduce himself in Polish; I can remember how to say hallo, but he needs to say "I'm Tadeusz". How do you say that, please?


ATTN Latin Speakers!

I'm looking to translate a few phrases from Latin to English!

Here they are:

Hodie Proponitur Quem In Sacrae Mensa Coenae
(i know Hodie is Today, Quem is Man, and Mensa is Table but I'm not certain about the rest)

Regem Adoremus Dominitem

Tantum Aude, Quantum Potes, Quia Major Omni Laude

Laudis Thema Specialis Panis Vivus et Vitalis
(I'm assuming Panis is Bread, Vivus is Life, and Vitalis is Vitality)


Duodenae Datum Non Amibigitur

Any help, even if you can only give me a few words, would be greatly appreciated!

Useful Portuguese phrase(s)

My sister's fiance is from Mozambique, and has recently been granted a visa to travel here as long as he promises to marry her within a certain time frame. I've never met him before, but in my capacity as "the one in the family who knows a whole heap of languages", I'm apparently expected to say something suitable to him when I'm introduced in a couple of weeks.

I think the Portuguese for "congratulations" is "felicitacoes" or something like that, but I've got no clue where the diacritics go and how to pronounce it, so if any of you could give me a useful sort of canned phrase along with some kind of indication of how to say it (my sister doesn't speak Portuguese well either, so he's presumably not expecting anything too spectacular), I'd be very grateful indeed.

The sort of thing I'd want to say is something like "Congratulations on your visa" or "...on your arrival", or even potentially "...on your recovery" (he's been ill for a while) or "Welcome to the family". If there's a brilliant idiomatic phrase people say on this sort of occasion in Portuguese, I'm all ears.
I don't imagine anyone here would know anything in the Mozambican dialect, but all the better if you do.


I am attempting to get information about the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Japan, as I'm hoping to travel abroad and there is a small possibility that someone I would very much like to study with teaches there. Unfortunately, their entire website is in Japanese characters and I'm not having any luck finding information elsewhere. Can anyone help me?

I need to know if a woman named Keiko Abe teaches there, if they have a true percussion program and what it's like, and basically anything else you can tell me. I know this is probably a lot to ask and I wouldn't post this if I didn't really need help.

The link to the website is http://www.tohomusic.ac.jp/