April 17th, 2008

Japanese Question

I'm studying in Sapporo, Japan next fall and am writing a letter (the first of several, I hope) to my host family. I'm only a first year student, so I don't have a whole lot of background into this and am wondering if there are greetings or goodbyes that are simple (I don't want to give them a false sense of my skills) and appropriate for both the written word and the fact that this is our first introduction? Can I use spoken greetings for this?

Thanks for the help!
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Nuxálk clips?

Does anyone know where I can find samples or clips of Nuxálk (also known as Bella Coola)?

After reading this I want to hear what that (or something like that) sounds like.

I remember a while back there was a link to a clip of a Ubykh speaker (I think, or some other Caucasian language with hella phonemes) reading a short paragraph. That was insane; if anyone else has it I'd appreciate that too.

American English Word Lists

I am hoping I can find some help here.

I have a project at work in which we are trying to design some ELD (Early Language Development) Web apps. Right now we're looking for some good word lists as our base. I tried to find some online and I came up dry checking state education sites and came up against copyright issues at other sites.

Here is a general example:
http://www.manythings.org/vocabulary/lists/c/
It says there that their work is copyrighted so using it in a business context isn't safe.

Do any of you know where I could find word lists safe for reuse? If they are used by a respected source (state education board) it would be a bonus but just a plethora of ones free for reuse is great.

"accountants BDO"

Does it refer to a counceling firm named BDO or mean something different? If referring to the firm, then why "accountants"? The phrase:
"A recent survey by accountants BDO and the UK’s Commerce and Industry Group (in-house lawyers association in England & Wales) found that 82 per cent of in-house counsels believe that hourly billing provides no incentive for firms to be efficient."
Thanks!