December 26th, 2008

  • solri


Does anyone know what dialect the term "matey-boy" originates from? The first time I heard it was when my boss used it to address me the other day. I thought he was conflating "mate" and "sonny-boy" but googling shows references to it in South London and Cumbria.

Romany dialect?

Okay, this is an incredible long shot and I really doubt anyone is going to know the answer, but I'll never know if anyone does if I don't ask. So a few years ago I saw the movie The Fearless Vampire Killers (or rather, it was on in the room I was in while I was doing something else). At one point, the main characters go to visit some Rom to get information, and even though I was heavily focused on some assignment for another class and was listening to a Hindi song on my iPod, I realized that I could semi-understand the Romany that was being spoken without looking at the subtitles (nothing too fancy and I don't remember the words now, but I definitely got it at the time). Nothing too special, since I know that it's related to Hindi, but I was wondering first if anyone's seen the movie (it's up on YouTube, but for some reason I can't seem to find the part I'm talking about even though I know it exists) and if so if anyone either knew or had suggestions on how to find out what dialect the Rom in the movie use. My guess, based on Wiki, would be either Balkan or Carpathian Romany (and I'm leaning toward Carpathian because Stoker's Dracula lived in the Carpathians), but I'd really like to know for sure and apparently both are spoken in parts of Romania.

I will be forever grateful if anyone will tell me.
Eric Northman from True Blood (Alexander

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I'm a relative noob to languages other than my native American English.
(Slight but almost insignificant experience in Korean slang and high school Spanish.)

I want to get a new tattoo.

I want it to be in Latin script.

I want it to say:

"Remember, we all submit to death"

What I've gotten from free online translators is:

"commoneo omnis cedo mortis"

Can anyone let me know if I've got it, if I'm close, or terribly off please?

I honestly appreciate any assistance.


gaga: want your bad romance
  • rmg7

"even" in French.

Hi, I just have a quick question about French.

In colloquial French, how does one express a phrase like, "I don't even know." or "He can't even say anything." How does one say the same idea? So what's an equivalent to the way we'd use 'even' in those phrases in French? 

If anyone can answer this, it'd be very nice of you. :)

most quickest way to become fluent in Spanish?

ok i know this question sounds ridiculous because i know it takess yearrs to become fluent in spanish or in any other language. but im trying to go through it the quickest way that is also the most inexpensive way. (of course i can make myself live in a latin american country for a year and become fluent at it) but im just curious what are the methods behind this fast route .... im thinking of taking a "language reading course in Spanish" which supposedly helps students read Spanish fluently and prepare translation skills etc. you think that would be a good way to start? i have many Spanish lessons on and off and I just need to stick with one skill at a time (reading first, then writing, speaking + listening) ... these language reading courses are usually offered in graduate school ... and i am a graduate student but not in a field that requires Spanish language ... but i see myself needing that language in the future for another subject area. thanks.

  • mavisol

"public, industry and governmental agencies"

I used to think that "public agencies" and "governmental agencies" are close synonyms. However, here I see a phrase where they appear to be mentioned as different entities. Could anyone explain please what the difference can be? What is a public agency and what is a governmental agency? Or is this just an example of logorrhea :)))))?
The phrase: Non-profits are connected to public, industry and governmental agencies in numerous different ways, largely determined by their agendas..."

Please help me find a language to learn x)

Okay, I have made a pact that I would take up another language beginning in the new year and I am having great difficulty deciding which one to commit to!

Currently I live in Australia, speak English at home and have 8 periods of Japanese a week at school. 

Some idea's for languages I have tossed around include:

French:  I could take it up as an ab-initio IB unit beginning in 2010

Spanish: It's one of the most spoken languages in the world "seems" relatively simple compared to other considered languages.

Chinese: It's super useful with China's economic rise and could lead to future career opportunities

However I am open to any suggestions :) I'd prefer it to be a relatively main language with as many speakers as possible. I'm just interesting in hearing feedback and opinions on learning specific languages.

Any input will be appreciated! :)