Hey there, peoples.
I come with a question, which probably doesn't surprise you in the least. Alright, so, I want to start learning a language. Easy, right? Well, not exactly. I find (or will find) myself in an interesting set of circumstances that involves being away from home and not having steady access to the internet. I hope to be headed off to Job Corps this coming spring and I likely won't be able to use sites like Live Mocha. So, this leaves iPhone/iPod touch apps, podcasts, and plain language 101 sites. I've been digging about to find something, but I would like some suggestions. I'm not above spending money, but I'd like to keep it reasonable ($10 is reasonable, more than that starts heading into the realm of unfeasible).
I've never studied Japanese formally but I find it fascinating how their sense of aesthetics, especially involving the abstract, really seems to shine through their language. I wanted to know if anyone had good resources about where I could find out more about the history of Japanese. Also, is there a particular reason for the invention/utilization of three scripts? I know WHY each is used, and in what circumstances, but I'm intrigued to know why the Japanese felt the NEED for three scripts, if that makes sense...after all, most languages use one form of reading/writing the language, so I'd be interested in learning more about this.
Lastly, I'm curious to know - if I wanted to study Japanese, what would be an ideal way of going about doing so? I"ve always believed in full immersion as being the best way, i.e. a way of spending some time in Japan, but it seems like in Japan, (or from what I've heard, anyway) the cost of living is very expensive, and I'd thought about teaching English abroad there, but it doesn't seem like the jobs in Japan are very easy to come by these days.
What options worked best for those of you who have studied/are currently studying Japanese?
What does it mean when a Armenian person doesn't call you by your first name but refers to you as "boy" or "girl"? Is it even more affectionate to call someone "child"?
Thanks for the help!
Quick Spanish question that I can't answer with my knowledge -
How would you say 'schnapps'? And is it different if it referring to something such as the peach variety?
I've had a look around, but want to make sure it's correct.
I'm currently taking a class in Old English and loving it. I've tried to teach myself the language a number of times, but it's so nice to finally have the structure of a class to finally keep me on track and actually get me learning things. I find, though, that one thing which helps me the most in learning (especially ancient) languages is practicing writing in them, since actually being able to produce forms reinforces them and makes recognition when reading much, much easier. So I'm looking for suggestions for a good English—Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, since many of the ones I find seem to be only Anglo-Saxon—English (as are the glossaries in the backs of my textbooks, obviously). Any suggestions? Thanks!
How do you pronounce the initial vowel in Florida? Is it the same as you would pronounce the word 'florid'?