August 11th, 2009

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Posted by [LJ2ME (http://www.xfyre.com/sw/lj2me.html)] from my phone.Wordsmythery

What are good books and other resources for gaining higher proficiency in vocabulary use and becoming a master wordsmith in English?
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For example, resources focused on etymological roots of words (e.g. Greek, Latin, etc), without learning those root languages entirely (not feasible), would be helpful.
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For wrangling up new vocabulary, I'd prefer more than just a simplistic listing of words or thesaurus (most thesaruses suck, anway). Something more geared toward learning them. In addition to those, a decent (electronic and/or online if possible) thesaurus would be nice, noting that most suggest basic, obvious words (like the suck that is thesaurus.com).
Middleman

Enchiladas

So, I recently discovered an oddity in my speech patterns. I pronounce the first vowel of "enchilada" with father [a], but I couldn't find anyone outside my family in Wisconsin who doesn't pronounce the first vowel like in "bench." I think we got it from our dad, who's from Ohio, but my mom's from the Dakotas, and she says it the same as we do. Does anyone else here say "ahnchilada"?
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Martin
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Finding content in a particular language

In this comment, akibare shows a trick that she uses to find pages in Japanese (rather than, say, Chinese):

(using the old trick of typing the word and then to avoid the Chinese)

I've seen the suggestion to look for a word plus "kaj" plus "la" in order to find Esperanto websites, and I've used "searchword + hu" in order to find Maltese websites.

In all cases, the additional words are ones that are frequent in the desired language (topic marker in Japanese; "and" and "the" in Esperanto; and "he"/copula in Maltese), while not occurring much in other languages.

Does anyone else use similar tricks? What are your favourite additional words in order to select pages in a particular language if the searchword itself will find pages in more than one language? Or if you haven't used this trick before, what words do you think would work well for particular languages?

Hudson 1

Another one of these 'what is this language' questions

To get citizenship in the UK you have to do a 'Like in the UK' test. There's a study guide that I think is official called "British Citizenship Test: Study Guide". Knowing English is a requirement to get citizenship, and the book is in English, of course.

There is a section called 'Words to Know' and this is a list of words or phrases that might not be familiar to a non-resident (or newly arrived resident) of Britain ... thinks such as 'A Levels', 'Binge drinking', etc.

At the end of this book, they repeat this list in 3 different languages.
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Turkish Names question

Hello,

it would be very kind if someone could tell me how to pronounce the following names:
Volkan (esp: does it start with a V or an F?)
Vargin (esp. the v and the g)

Also, is Vargin a last name/ family name or a first name?
If it is the latter, what would be a conventional Turkish last name beginning with V?

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Thank you!

A question pertaining to Japanese

Hi! I've been seeing this a lot lately, in Japanese language songs especially, and I've been meaning to ask about it. What does it mean when an i-adjective, like utsukushii, has its end changed from i to ku to ki? ie, utsukushii>utsukushiku>utsukushiki? Thanks in advance for the help:)