July 24th, 2008

thoughtful | catbear

Egyptian Arabic

Good morning, I have a request for a little something from Egyptian culture, particularly (if there's someone here who knows the differences) that which would be appropriate for someone decently educated around the beginning of the 19th century.

The year is 1798, and I have a character living in Alexandria, an educated young man. I'd like for him to use an appropriate idiomatic expression meaning "don't judge a book by its cover".

I don't actually need it in Arabic, as such - the book on which I'm working is in English - just looking for something that might reflect someone rendering a saying from their own language into a new one, and wanting to get that little touch of verisimilitude.

Anyone have any suggestions that'd be culturally appropriate?
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Rosetta Stone

I need some opinions on the Rosetta Stone language learning software.

First some quick background:
I am learning both Japanese and Chinese. I've only studied Chinese for four months, since spring, in Taiwan and I will be going back in August for another four months. With Japanese, I've studied for a year 1/2 in college but have forgotten a lot since going to Taiwan. In January I will be starting at my new college in Japan finishing up my bachelors. So basically, I am learning these two languages first hand.

However, I am still considering getting Rosetta Stone. I am hoping it might help me with my tones in Chinese.
So my question to you is, is it worth it? What are the pros and cons?
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Celtic languages

I've been really interested in Celtic languages lately, and I have a few questions. First off, how much of a difference is there between Irish and Scottish Gaelic/Gallic? (Forgive my ignorance if I'm wrong. I've only just begun to research them.) Also, being a native English speaker and with conversational ability in French, how much of a stretch would it be to try to tackle this? Also, do any of you know of good resources I can use to help me learn?

I don't want to become fluent (yet anyway), I just think it would be a fun and interesting language to study.

[I found out recently that my heritage is German, French, British, and Scottish/Irish (typical American mutt). That's what sparked the interest]

EDIT: Based on a few constructive criticisms, I've made a few revisions to reduce confusion and/or my chances of offending someone.