July 13th, 2009

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Advanced French Grammar Resource

Does anyone know of an advanced French grammar resource? I've been studying French for five years, and a year ago I had to give up my French classes for a few reasons, but I've still been studying using online resources, like Le Monde and Euronews. I haven't however, yet found a more complete reference of advanced French grammar, and perhaps with vocabulary resources. Any recommendations.

P.S.: here's a complete German grammar guide I've found: http://german-grammar.de
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Question - Korean Address

Hi. I have a quick question.
I'm writing a letter to my friend who moved to Korea. She sent me her address in Korean and also in English. I would like to try and write the Korean address on the letter.
The problem is I don't have much experience with actually writing Korean by hand. The extent of my knowledge of Korean is limited.
Should I just try my best or write the address in the original Korean?

EX: writing Suwon-si vs. 수원시

Thank you! Sorry if this is totally out of place.

Learning Azeri

My cousin is visiting for a month and he only speaks Azeri. My father speaks Azeri as well, but he's not willing to teach me the language.

1) Does anyone know of some resources that could assist me in learning Azeri beyond a phrasebook?

2) How similar is Azeri to Turkish or to Farsi? When they talk I can sometimes hear Farsi words that I recognize. I don't know any Turkish at all, but I can find quite a few books to help me learn.
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Another One of Those Posts--Latin This Time... Or Ancient Greek, or...

This isn't for a tattoo; it's for an engraving, a free-of-charge engraving. :)

I would like to know how to say (or, more specifically, write) in Latin "I listen to you"/"I'm listening to you"... If it matters, the you is of undetermined (unknown) gender but singular. I think I'd prefer the you to be informal, unless that would look really bad in Latin. (Does the gender of the subject, I, matter in this case?)

OK, it doesn't even have to be Latin, but I would prefer it to be a dead language and one that can be reasonably easily written (or at least transcribed) using only the characters found in English.

To be perfectly honest, ancient Greek would actually be the most appropriate language because the name of the item I want engraved is in many languages directly inspired by ancient Greek, but I'm unable to use the Greek alphabet, and I suspect that a reasonable attempt at transcription would require extra characters, too.

I highly appreciate everyone's patience with me!

P.S. I don't have a preference for a particular form/version/incarnation of Latin (or ancient Greek), as long as it's easily written (or transcribed) into English.
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Hi all.

I learned quite a bit of basic French by listening to Daran's album Pecheur de Pierres a few years ago. Now I'm studying Italian and I'm looking for recommendations of Italian popular musicians people like. Right now I'm working through a Jovanotti playlist after my prof played a song in class today ("Canzone Piccola").

Recommend away!

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Is it true that Eskimo have 300 words for snow? Some people say that it's true, some people that that it is an urban myth.

Which words in your language do you have for

- a bribe payed to a train's conductor to travel long distance without a ticket in a luggage compartment?
- a bribe payed to a policeman so he will not give a speeding ticket?
- a bribe payed by bottles of vodka instead of cash?
- a bribe payed to a police inspector to give a local registration which is necessary to find a job?
- a bribe payed to the university admission commission so your daughter will get good marks and will be admitted to the university?
- a small bribe payed to the medical doctor so he will provide you a good service instead of "a standard one"?

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As I was walking home tonight, I was talking with my brother about his recent experience in Times Square wherein, most unfortunately, he got scammed out of a wad of money. My reaction: "Ay yi yi!" (Amongst other words of distress and sympathy, of course.)

I got off the phone, and started wondering about 'ay yi yi' (or, if you're really ferklempt*, 'ay yi yi yi yi yi yi!'). How widespread is its usage? Does it go beyond Yiddish & English? Do other languages have equivalents? (Maybe 'oh la la (la la la)' for French?)

For these answers, I turn to you. Thanks in advance!

[*I used this mostly because I didn't want to clog up the sentence with exasperated/frustrated/annoyed/distressed, etc. Although I grew up in the Borscht Belt of New York, it's not really a word I use regularly! It just seemed appropriate.]
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Norwegian Music/Film

Hello fellow linguaphiles!

I'm currently learning Norwegian (for just a little under a year now), and I've found that for me personally one of the best tools in learning a new language as well as the respective culture is to listen to music and watch films in that language. Anyone have any good recommendations for Norwegian? I've been listening to a lot of Kaizers Orchestra, Gåte, and Odd Nordstoga (though people have told me that he has a "crappy accent" and that I shouldn't base the way I speak off of him...). Film-wise, all I've seen are Mannen Som Elsket Yngve, Elling, and Insomnia.

Any help at all would be much much MUCH appreciated! :)
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