June 24th, 2008

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Does anyone know how to pronounce the name of the pianist Eteri Andjaparidze? She's Georgian.

Thank you!

ETA: Would also appreciate some guidance on the name of the Czech composer Alexandre Rudajev.
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Latvian question

Is there much difference between letters with a macron (ā, ē etc.) and without it in spoken everyday Latvian? I know the macron makes the vowel longer, but I don't know just how longer.
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Learning a second language while out of school

I'm a recent college graduate who would like to learn Japanese. Ideally, I would take courses at a community college or language institute. Unfortunately, I will be working for a minimum of 50 hours a week. There are some late evening classes that I could theoretically attend, but I run a serious risk of being held back at work and missing them fairly frequently. A weekend course would be nice, but I have yet to find one (I'm in the Washington DC area).

So, if I can't attend an in-person class, would online classes or software like Rosetta Stone be a decent substitute? If so, does anyone have any recommendations? My primary goal is to be able to read newspaper articles and carry on a conversation in a business setting (including business academia).

Thanks!