November 21st, 2008

  • oh_meow

Sixth Form Poetry

In British English we have the phrase "Sixth Form Poetry/Prose" for writing that's ambitious with metaphors and ideas, but falls a bit flat on its face due to the youth/immaturity of the writer.

(Sixth form is the section of school for 16-18 year olds. It's entirely optional, you only study the subjects that interest you, you usually don't have to wear a uniform, and you get a lot of personal freedom. People usually use it as a time to try out new fashions and ideas (to varying success) and improve their social life by drinking a lot. When you're 11 and in the first year of Secondary School, 6th formers seem like the coolest people in the world.)

I think I've seen the phrase "Sophomore poetry" in American English to mean the same thing, and of course the adjective jejune to describe anything with the same faults. Is there a similar phrase in other languages?
  • viata

Can you reword this, please?

Hello everybody!
A friend of mine is translating an article on Formula-1 from English, and she got stuck here:

"I suppose it was because I thought nothing of putting a wheel up a bank if necessary"

It's the answer a racer gave when asked how he managed to perform so well on the most difficult circuit in the world. Everybody was surprised and fascinated with the answer, it's said.
The setting is Nurburgring and 50s, if that matters.
Can anybody please explain what it's supposed to mean?

Thanx a ton!

Ham on rye - an idiom?

Dear linguaphiles,

I had a discussion with another LJ-user about "ham on rye" phrase (incidentally, a title of Bukowski's book). He says "ham on rye" is an English idiom meaning something of a botched job, bad deal or something. I have never encountered this idiom before. Is he right? If it is indeed an idiom, what does it mean?

Thanks in advance.

UPDATE: Thanks everybody!

ניסיון / "Nisayon" (Hebrew)

Hi everybody who speaks Hebrew.

Would you please share your thoughts and knowledges (as deep as possible, on any abstract level, anything you may have to say about): the word: ניסיון.
Which is pronounced, as far as I know, as Nisayon, and which is translated (in on-line dictionaries) as:
nm. experience; experiment, test; trial, attempt, try, shot, effort, fling, go, essay, ordeal, probation.

I've already read a wonderful article at comparing nes and nisayon.

This is basically, what I'm most interested in:
different meanings, synonyms and ROOTS!

The context I'm working at is:
Abraham and his 10 nisayons.

Thanks to everybody in advance,
raining totoro

Where to buy books in other languages

I work at a preschool and we recently had a "foreign language" themed week so I had the opportunity to poke around in the children's foreign language section at the library to find some to bring in to school, and I found a book in Norwegian that I'd like to buy a copy of (I live in the U.S.). The problem is, I don't know where I could buy it. I can find references to the book by Googling, but none of them seem to lead to any Amazon-like sites where it's for sale.

The book I'm looking for is "Lange herr Streng og strenge herr lang: og noen vers til som har gått seg vill" by Bjørn Rønningen, illustrated by Vivian Zahl Olsen. The publisher is N. W. Damm & Søn.

I don't speak any Norwegian, but the book still made me laugh out loud...and I want to buy it as a present for someone I know who studies Norwegian.

Any ideas?

Memorising Kanji

Hi everyone!

I'm an English & French speaker who's previously done a few years of Spanish and Russian (all of that is gone, except for my ability to read and write in the cyrillic alphabet :P).
I'm doing a degree in Japanese and I am really struggling with finding the best way to learn how to write kanjis. Well, how to remember all the various transcriptions, rather. I feel completely overwhelmed by them already although we've only been through seventy of them or so. I have the time and I think the dedication to do OK, but I really need a decent methodology.

The material we work with is a print-out she gave us (of hundreds of pages) broken down into numbered lessons. Except there is no theme to each lesson or anything, it's totally arbitrary. And they are no classified by key or anything either.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Also I do not have a photographic memory at all which I think complicates things :/