June 25th, 2008


Quick request

I need a Greek translation for "Friendship: Not alone" or "Friendship: Never alone"

As in the phrase "With friendship one is not/never alone", but it will be the title for an art piece, so I don't want the whole sentence.

Already in Greek characters would be awesome, but I can do that part if you want to write it in the Latin alphabet instead.

I know (or at least think) "friendship is "philia" or some variant, but no one has been able to give me a definite answer, and the only person I found who spoke Greek said I couldn't translate "not alone" without having it in context. Is that true?
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Latin and its daughters

I'd like to find a good book that details the historical linguistics and transitions of Latin into its daughter languages, what the influences were in the geographic areas and how they affected the language, etc. I'm not particularly looking for how it influenced English or anything, just the true Romance languages. Any recommendations? Thanks.
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Linguathon, anyone?

For anyone who may be interested, a friend and I have come up with the idea of a "linguathon" challenge. The idea is to choose a foreign language and study it every day for one month (we've picked July), while keeping logs of what you study and learn each day. And at the end of the month, you can look over your comprehensive log of everything you learned, and find out just how much you can achieve in one month alone. :)

We have a Livejournal community as well as a Facebook group.

We would love to have any of you participate. If you have any questions, please email linguathon2008[at]gmail[dot]com.

Thanks for reading! :)

P.S. If this is not permitted, please do delete, and I apologize.
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TEFL to native Spanish-speakers

Does anyone know where online I might be able to find a list of English words that native Spanish-speakers typically find difficult to pronounce? I´m teaching intermediate and advanced English conversation classes in Ecuador, and pronunciation is one of my students´ biggest concerns. I do of course correct them as we go, but I´d like to do a lesson specifically on commonly mispronounced words.

Alternatively, where might I be able to find a paragraph or page of English that includes many difficult-to-pronounce words?

Finally, can anyone suggest some vocabulary sets that would be appropriate for the intermediate level? In my mind, greetings, seasons, colors, numbers, clothing, family vocab, etc. are all basic topics... what might be good for intermediate? What about grammar topics? (My students have requested irregular verbs and indirect questions.)

Thanks so much!

ETA: Also, what might fellow TEFL teachers recommend I do given that I am completely unable to understand some of my students´ written work? I´d correct it, if only I knew what they were trying to say...

Some Spanish Questions

I'm trying to translate something into spanish for my fiancée and for the life of me I can't figure out how to say the following:

the Fates (as in the mythical beings that determine one's path in life. Los Destinos, maybe?)

art supplies (provisiones de arte?)

blacklight (luz negra?)


dulcimer (musical instrument)

rainstick (you know, that instrument that's a big tube with sand or something inside, and when you turn it over the sand falls and it sounds like rain?)

Any help would be greatly appreciated! ¡Gracias a todo el mundo!
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