January 17th, 2009


Good mono- and bilingual dictionaries and grammar books

I'm getting ready to teach a course on court interpreting that will be language-neutral, and I'm short on recommendations for the following:
  • monolingual general dictionaries
  • monolingual legal dictionaries
  • bilingual general dictionaries
  • bilingual legal dictionaries
  • grammar books (the more prescriptivist the better)
for the following languages:
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic (Modern Standard and Egyptian)
  • Russian
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese
Any suggestions? I particularly need recommendations for prescriptivist grammar books. For Spanish I'm recommending A New Reference Guide to Modern Spanish and the Diccionario panhispánico de dudas, but I really don't even know what's out there in English except the Chicago Manual of Style and MLA handbook, which are more geared towards writing and less towards (formal) speech.

Thank you!!
from a painting

Possession in Finnish

 Are the following all correct to express possession in Finnish?

Tämä auto on minun. (This car is mine.)
Tämä on minun auto. (This is my car.)
Tämä on autoni. (This is my car.)

Tuo talon sinun on? (Is that house yours?)
Tuo sinun talon on? (Is that your house?)
Tuo talonsi on? (Is that your house?)


Edit: after researching a bit more, should the nouns be autoni and talonsi? I think I used the nominative instead of the genitive.
Smiling Usa

Translating a children's story.

I've been studying Chinese throughout college. My friend gave me a children's book after returning from China this week, so I've been busying myself trying to translate the first story. Would anyone care to correct/help with my questions? I've posted the original Mandarin and my (embarrassingly horrible) translation under the cut.

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Hopefully that wasn't too terrible for a first try. I'm sure there's other things wrong, so any help would be appreciated!

x-posted to zhongwen