August 14th, 2010

she blinded me with science!


This is kind of a sociolinguistics question, aimed especially at speakers of US English.

How do you feel about the use of the word "ghetto" as an adjective meaning improvised, poorly maintained, or of poor design or quality?

please recommend me an audio course of Spanish for beginners

A friend needs to teach himself Spanish.
He needs a good course for beginners (something made in Spain or Latin America but available in the North America would be the best option). He is planning to listen to the lessons in his car.

Also he needs good Spanish textbooks for beginners. I'm sure he will arrange something to practice with the native speakers but for now he just needs basic knowledge.

Please recommend something you've used and liked.
Art - Starry Night

Lay/Lie Help?

Forgive me if this is an absurd question, but I've always wondered and this seems like the perfect place to ask!

I've never managed to get the hang of the difference between 'lay' and 'lie' as present tense verbs (and 'lay', 'laid', 'was laying' and 'was lying' as past tense verbs, for that matter). I know one is a transitive verb and the other is an intransitive verb, as I asked this very question of 63336 and that's the answer I got. However, that doesn't really answer my question because it doesn't help me understand which to use in which situation.

Can anyone explain this to me in very simplistic terms? I normally have no problem with grammatical issues so this is driving me bananas!

Dutch translation?

I have been researching my family background, and I found that my grandfather was involved in an accidental bombing of Nijmegen, Holland. I found a book on the event, and it contains quite a bit of information, but it's all in Dutch. And while I can speak German, and can make out about half of the text, I would like a more proffesional job. The book is about 140 pages long, and there is a version you can read on the internet. If any of you are up to the task, or know someone who is, please contact me.

The link to the web-book is here: