January 22nd, 2009



This actually has nothing to do with Bush. Since before the ex-prez was in the public eye, my dad has insisted that the correct pronunciation of the letter 'w' is 'dubbuya.' Can anyone tell me where he got this idea and how prevalent it is? He's a baby boomer raised in Connecticut, if that helps.

British accent samples

A while ago somebody posted a link to a website that had samples of different English accents from across the English-speaking world.

I'd really, really like to find that again.

Essentially, I'm teaching A Kestrel for a Knave to one of my classes, and I want them to become a bit more familiar with the Barnsley accent/dialect.

Any suggestions? Thank you!
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  • alirose

Small rant

(I'll delete this if it is too off topic)

The college I work at (in the USA) uses Moodle, a course management system that was developed in Australia, so the default spelling for things is not American English, and see as we are an institution of higher learning, I would think people could just accept that and move on with their lives. But instead we (academic technologists) are constantly listening to complaints about words being spelled "wrong". It drives me up a wall to have to explain this over and over to educated adults.
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Russian: У and Он

 What does У mean?

У него собака. He has a dog.
У неё собака. She has a dog.
У них собака. They have a dog.

Why is it the verb (at least, I think него, неё, and них are conjugations) conjugated by gender, where in other cases you can say Он/Она пьёт ?

I'm trying to learn Russian by virtual immersion, but this one got me really confused.

  • kalagni

Naming Question

Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I figured it is worth a try (sorry if it's not allowed, this post can be removed if so).

In the west you have your given name, and your family name, in that order. Some cultures do it the other way, family name, then given name.

I'm specifically curious about Tibetan culture. I know China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam put the family name first, but I was wondering if it is done that way in Tibet or not (as while I know it is a distinct culture, it is none the less surrounded by cultures that proceed the given name with the family name).

For example Tenzin Wangyal, is Tenzin the given name, or the family name? I for some reason thouht that the family name was last in Tibetan, but I can't remember if I read that, or if my mind is playing Eurocentric tricks on me.
mugen *gloom*

My French teacher is driving me nuts!

Dear my always truthful Linguaphiles,

I took French as an elective in my university this semester and it's completely a basic class for beginners. However, after four lessons (which today is the fourth), I found that my passion and interest for French is diminishing gradually or I might be just too dumb for French. Last week, I was taught 1 to 20 in french and this week I've been taught 20 to 100000 and in half an hour, the teacher started randomly picking up a student and asked questions like "how to say 1325 in French?". Since the class starts at 10am and ends at 12pm, supposedly we'd be taught 2 hours but the lecturer always comes late and leaves early, resulting only an hour for lesson. He didn't pronounce it clearly enough for me to grasp the pronunciation before going to the next, I ended up being a jerk in the class when he randomly picked me up and asked, "what's 2309 in French?". Today, he scribbled the followings on the whiteboard:

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I'm not sure where I would look this up, so this seems like the right group to ask.

Which is correct:

A) I have utter contempt for hoi polloi.
B) I have utter contempt for the hoi polloi.

I figure it is pretty useful to know when an elitest jerk is using bad grammar. ;)

ETA1: I should probably leave it up to you to figure out whether I meant to say elitist or elitest.

ETA2: I meant to say elitist.

ETA3: D'oh.