April 3rd, 2009

monogram

Quick Greek question - Subordination

Hi there

I've been looking unsuccessfully for a clear explanation (preferably in English) of the different circumstances in which one uses 'pws/oti' for English 'that' and when one uses 'pou'. I'm already aware of the difference between oti and o,ti and I'm aware of the use of 'pou' for o/h opoios/a, and I usually get the pws/pou distinction right instinctively -- but I don't always, and I'm sure there's a clear, straightforward explanation somewhere.

Your own explanation or links to follow... either would be great!
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vizlipuzli

lexical bifurcations

Could everyone please provide examples of cases in which a certain language makes certain lexical distinction which some other language does not make?

E.g.
English (finger/toe), French (doigt/orteil), German (Finger/Zehe)
vs
Ukrainian (палець), Russian (палец)

Just mention a language pair (or more than a pair) and a similar case in them.

I realize that there might be a huge number of such examples, but I just want to gather a few dozens of them, especially in more "exotic" languages.

Thanks in advance.
misc - 月

rhyming question

Does "get" rhyme with "bet"? (I'd recommend putting this into a sentence - I was thrown off at first when reading these in isolation.) And where do you live?
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kitten

Teach Yourself Russian

So I've been looking into learning Russian (I've been wanting to learn it for awhile, just for kicks) and I've come across Teach Yourself Russian for a reasonable price. Does anyone else have any experience with it? By the end of the course, how much Russian should I expect to know?

Also, any advice or free websites that I can look at in the meantime would be welcome. :)

Oh, and just for reference, I'm a native English speaker in year one French and year two Spanish.
Curiosity

Idiomatic Hindi of the most basic kind.

Quick question. There's a word that pops up *everywhere* which seems to mean 'Come on,' or 'Let's go.' I can't find it either in the dictionary or in Google translate, either by meaning or by attempted transliteration. It sounds like "Jalo."

Someone tell me what this actually is?

Many thanks.