Does anyone have suggestions for resources for learning Vietnamese? The FSI course is very short, and Rosetta Stone is really expensive.
I'm looking for a course that I can recommend to someone.
may I please have a question about the word "awesome"?
Recently - well, maybe a year ago or so, I've noticed that people seem to be using this word a lot, usually in the sense "very cool". Mind you, I am not a native English speaker, so it might have actually started much earlier and I just didn't notice. Anyway, can somebody please tell me why is the word so popular these days?
I've read that it used to be fashionable some 20 years ago and now it has become trendy again. Is that so? Is there some reason why - for example, was it used on some popular TV show as a catchphrase?
Thanks in advance.
ETA: I'd like to thank everybody for their opinions. :)
For Japanese, I've noticed that American actors and actresses (and I assume, all those that are not written in Japanese, for that matter) are all put in katakana. Is this always true? A friend of mine said that that they, instead, tend to mesh the first and last name of the names: like, Brad Pitt, would be Brappie (which she said out loud, search me for the actual romanji to that XP) or is that just for a select few?
Furthermore, is it considered unacceptable to configure your name into kanji? I've seen this done, but I've assumed that it's just for the aesthetic appeal of seeing your name written in full kanji, rather the katakana sounds. And/Or does it present itself as misleading to your origin?
Thank you for your time :)