March 1st, 2010

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 Poll #xxxx Names

When another person's name is pronounced differently in another language/accent, do you:

Pronounce it in your own language/accent
Pronounce it in theirs

When your own name is pronounced differently in another language/accent, and you are speaking in that language or to someone that has that accent, do you:

Pronounce it in your own way
Pronounce it in theirs
Poll inspired by two things:

- I have an American in-law whose name (Cara) is pronounced quite differently in her accent than it is in mine (Australian). I figured it was polite to pronounce it her way, but my other Australian relatives seem fine pronouncing it the Australian way

- My real name has an 'R' sound in the middle of it that I don't pronounce and Americans do. As a result, about 80% of the Americans I say my name to don't understand it, although it's not an uncommon name. I am trying to decide whether to start saying my name in an American accent when I meet people, although that seems weird, because it's my name and I should choose how to say it!

Has anyone come across this problem? What do you do? 

English usage question

"What [are] you doing, man?"

Would you say this to:

1. An adult male
2. A non-adult male
3. An adult female
4. A non-adult female

What variety of English do you speak?

To set the ball rolling:

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Yes
4. Yes
Wenglish (South Wales English)

ETA: Impressions so far: much as I expected, with some giving the impressioned at being really surprised at the idea of a child, especially a girl, being addressed as "man". Hoping for further responses.
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There's a painting by Viktor Vasnetsov that contains a rock with some Russian carved on it. I love the painting (even got a print of it hanging on my wall), and have always been curious as to what it says. Googling around hasn't been very useful, since every site has it translated differently. Perhaps you guys will be able to help me out? :)

(You can see the painting in its entirety here, if you'd like.)

how do you remember vocabulary?

the best way is to use it all the times, of course (like how i learn my english).
is there any other way that's more convenient or easier?

i remember kanji by burning it into my mind. i close my eyes then see the kanji in my mind. it works better for me than writing it over and over again.

then polish, since the words are usually long and the spelling is foreign to me, i usually read it out loud. well, it pretty much works but sometimes i forgot how it spells 0_0

so what's your trick to remember vocabulary?
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Hey guys! I've started teaching English at my church... Problem is, I still really need to learn more about teaching language. I've taken a 12 hour workshop in order to qualify for the other place I volunteer at, but it was focused mostly on teaching people who I don't share a language with and speak many different languages, and 12 hours is nowhere near enough for anything, haha. I did learn about some good activities though; it was overall helpful, just not enough.

So, they all speak Spanish which I'm fairly proficient in, which on some levels is good because I can explain rules and such, but at the same time it encourages translation and it's really tempting to break into instead of pushing forth with English... and they speak so little English at this point that I'm not sure how much I should be using, when I should just give answers and when I should wait, etc. Aaand, how much should I be explaining grammar? Any helpful links or tips for teaching a language to a group with one language in common? Thanks much!
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American/English enclaves

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this, but I was curious about something and maybe you all could help.  I know there are places all over the world with large immigrant populations who all live in the same area and tend to live in their own cultural bubble.  Here in Jerusalem we have a crazy huge population of English speakers - mostly from the US, but also from Canada, UK, Australia and South Africa - who have a quite strong American/English sub-culture in the city.  This, I guess, is kind of different from other English languages enclaves in other parts of the world, because being Jewish Americans or whatever they are, these people fit in to the larger society both ethnically and religiously - just their culture is a bit different.  I always saw English speaking countries as the place people immigrate to and not emigrate from, except I guess in the case of Israel.  I was wondering where else in the world there are large English speaking bubbles in a greater non-English speaking society?  And where these people come from and why (if there's a specific reason) they moved en masse to this other non-English speaking place?