April 29th, 2009

joe the cat - amish farmer/rabbi

Colm Tóibín

I'm very bad with accent marks in languages other than English.

Lately, I've been reading and admiring short stories by Irish author Colm Tóibín, and I'd like to be able to pronounce his name correctly.

Is the first name like "comb" but with an "l" in it? And is the surname pronounced like TOY-bin, or some other way?

feel bad or feel badly?

I have heard that "feel badly" is the correct wording, but it infuriates me. If I dance badly, it means I need to improve my dancing skills. Wouldn't "feel badly" then imply that I suck at feeling? However, I don't know if that's a faulty analogy, since "dance bad" would be a grammatical error.

Thanks :)
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I've noticed an interesting phenomenon among some of my college friends. Most often, my roommate from New Hampshire says "Are you done your project yet?" As a Californian, this sounds odd. I would either say "Have you done your project yet?" or "Are you done with your project yet?" I've only noticed this recently, as earlier I think I was filling in the "with" in my mind. How common is this variant? Of course, if you would say it, give your variety of English.


Thank you for all your contributions to my previous post! They're fascinating :) I'm a future ling student (if I get accepted, but I should be) and passionate about language.

My next question is about how everyone pronounces 'dachshund' and where everyone's from. I always used to say either DAWXund or the original German pronunciation, but I've heard DAWSHund and DASH-hound - and likely a few others as well. heh :)

Thanks! :)

edited to add: I'm in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and my mom moved over from Germany at the age of 3, hence the familiarity with the native German pronunciation :)

Den milao ellinika.

Found this mysterious dedication in one of the Berlitz phrasebooks I have on my shelf. The book is titled "Hebrew for Travelers", and I have no recollection of where I got it from. The inscriptions says ... well, I haven't got a clue. Looks a bit like Greek to me. Any ideas?