June 28th, 2008


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Can anyone tell me, what is some good folk music from the Scandinavian area? I've found a couple Norwegian groups/bands and would like to find more from that general area. Also, does anyone know of an singers who sing in old German? :D
Vielen dank
Tusen takk
Kiitos paljon
Muchos gracias
joe the cat - amish farmer/rabbi

text for public speaking course

I'm going to be teaching a public speaking course to college students, this fall. I taught the same course last year, replacing someone who couldn't fulfill their commitment, but I inherited their crappy, overpriced textbook. Because a textbook really doesn't need to be used much for a speech course, I don't want to make students pay much for one. Any recommendations, especially if you've taught a public speaking course in the U.S.?

One I've found at Amazon and then investigated a bit further at the publisher's website is this one. I'll call them on Monday and ask for a desk copy. In the meantime, click on that link, if you're so inclined, and let me know what you think.

Russian-English Dictionary?

Hello all, hoping someone can help me with this. I work preparing for web publication audio interviews with Holocaust survivors. The interviews are conducted in English, but the interviewees often use foreign phrases, which we transcribe and, if possible, translate. While we have plenty of resources for translating various phrases from Hebrew/German/Polish/Hungarian/Yiddish, and so on, we cannot find a Romanized  Russian-English dictionary. Because we have to transcribe as we hear the phrases we need to be able to look up the words as they would be written in the Roman alphabet. And because we have no way of looking up Russian words, we have to skip them entirely, making for some fairly large gaps in many of our interviews.
We don't have a Russian speaker in the office, and really need to be able to look up these phrases. So if anyone could point me in the right direction, I'd truly appreciate it.
bitty bee

Welsh to English & back t'other way 'round. OR NOT!

I just ran across a folk song title... Bugeilior Gwenith Gwyn (Watching the White Wheat) and what came to me was the English word BEGUILE...

I suppose there's a ton of Welsh words that share origins with ME Middle English... but I delight when I find them...

That is all. You may now resume your weekend stroll through LJ. Cheers :)

[EDITED LATER: Thanks to the comments below I am corrected.... this is why I post here!]
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A word, for an emotion

Hello there!

I'm trying to locate a word, or possibly a phrase, that refers to a nostalgia a person feels for a past that they never actually experienced. I feel like at some point I had stumbled onto that phrase and was happy to know there's a specific term for that emotion.

I'm tempted to say the phrase was either French or German, but that might be just my general knowledge of the German language having fantastic compound words, and the fact that the French already have specific terms like "l'esprit d'escalier" assigned to particular emotions or situations.

It's not nostalgia, and it's not saudade, and it might very well *not* exist at all, but I thought I'd try and ask here.

Thanks so much!


Edit: Thanks for all the comments! Right when I make a post and read all of your lovely feedback, the Internet delivers. I was wrong - "saudade' is the word I remember not remembering. It's still not *exactly* the term I was looking for, but it's close. Going to the Wikipedia listing for it led to a couple of more interesting versions of the word in other languages. Thought I'd share:
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