May 5th, 2009

goat girl

A bit more help with Japanese translations

Hi. I was in here a couple of weeks ago asking for help with a couple of sentences from an interview of a band that I was translating from Japanese to English. I've got a few more questions from the same one, now. Answers this time, instead of questions. Some have me totally baffled. A couple have me going "...I really feel as though I SHOULD understand this, but I just don't". Help would be appreciated immensely. I'm trying to get this done for fans of the band who only speak English, so I want it to be accurate and complete if possible.

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This is probably asking a lot, but can anyone translate the lyrics of the song from this video from Swedish to English? I have been really enjoying this for the past few days, but I have no idea what he's saying or what's supposed to be going on.

The oldest teenager in the world?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1172841/Pictured-Britains-youngest-woman-funeral-director-deadly-career.html refers to a 20-year old woman as "the teenager". She must be the oldest teenager in the world if that statement is correct, but this got me wondering: assuming she had just turned 20, would you still call a 19 year old a teenager? An 18 year old? More generally, which age range maps to "teenager" (or "teen", or any other synonym) in your English dialect? And (for reference) where do you trace your English dialect to?
PONY!

Learning Portuguese

 Hola Linguaphiles!

One of my goals this summer is to learn some Portuguese. I have been studying Spanish for two years and I just completed some intermediate level courses this semester, and Spanish is my major in university. Unfortunately my uni does not offer any Portuguese courses, so I want to try and teach my self some over the summer. 

Do any of you guys know some good books/textbooks to learn Portuguese, websites or podcasts that are helpful?
bourdie

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Hello Linguaphiles, I come with a translation question... about lyrics. Hope that's alright. So, I came across a band called Oomph! and have enjoyed some of their music. But, then I came across a song called Auf Kurs (which, melodically, is quite beautiful... but the video is a little hard to watch for it's grotesque nature). So, my reason for being here is can someone possibly translate the lyrics? I would love to know what Dero's singing about.

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pop-tarts kitty

Is it too late to improve my accent?

I am wondering how late is too late to improve accent in a language that isn't your first. (I'm talking about my accent in Spanish)

Background: I am a Spanish interpreter in my late 20s who started learning the language at age 12. Before I started learning Spanish, I had three (non-consistent) years of French. I think my accent in Spanish is decent as it is, especially considering that I am a non-native speaker and I started studying at the close of the window of opportunity. People have given me some positive comments on my accent, but the comments have mainly come from monolingual English speakers. (One native speaker from Puerto Rico said that I speak Spanish better than he does!)

Is it too late to improve my accent? I think it could improve.
空&鷹

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I'm having my The World's Major Languages' exam tomorrow. However, I'm having problem in finding out the reasons of language death. I tried to google it but no luck. :( Can anyone kind enough to explain to me what makes a language extinct? Or just point me to a source/sources that have better explanation rather than my mere notes which state only four and giving no further elaboration. Any help in much appreciated! Thanks! m(_ _)m
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