March 8th, 2011

Winner 2011

Old English help?

This is probably one of the most frivolous posts you'll see here, all day. ^_____^

So, having no knowledge of Old English, myself, I turn to you lovely people for help! ^..^ I'm in the middle of a costuming project, preparing for the final Harry Potter movie opening (because, I'll admit it, I'm a massive geek). My friends and myself will be going as the four Founders, but I want them (more or less) historically accurate. Anyway, the Ravenclaw costume includes an inscription on her diadem, which is in (plain old, modern, Queen's) English in the books, but which I want to be in Old English, instead, since the Founders were supposed to have lived some time between 900-1100AD (and I totally don't buy the "but it's a magic self-translating diadem!" explanation one of my friends tried to use). Ravenclaw was from Scotland, according the the HPWiki, and I've found some mixed accounts of what was actually spoken there, and when, but I'm pretty sure that Old English is acceptable. Of course, if you happen to know otherwise, I would highly appreciate your input!

The inscription in question is this: "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure." If possible, I'd very much like to retain some rhyme and rhythm in the translation. I completely lack the skills to translate this, myself, as I've typically been more interested in the languages of East Asia (though I've just launched myself into Welsh, recently, so that's a massive change for me...! Lol.).

So, a huge "thank you!" in advance for indulging me in geeky pastime! <3

Recs for a good Arabic-English dictionary for Arabic speaker

My Arabic-speaking neighbour is desperately wanting a hard-copy Arabic-English dictionary in order to learn more English. She does not have constant internet access, so we are not looking for online sources.

What would be a good, easy-to-use Arabic-English dictionary for someone who speaks and reads Arabic fluently but is not very good at English? ETA: If the dictionary translates both ways (Arabic to English AND English to Arabic), even better! /ETA

So far I have looked at:
-- Arabic-English Dictionary: The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic
-- Al Mawrid Al Waseet : A Concise Arabic to English Dictionary (Arabic-English)

Thank you in advance!

Bachelor's in a foreign language vs in linguistics?

 Hi everyone,

I'm currently an undergrad studying Chinese and Italian who's applying to transfer schools (for a number of reasons).  I'm applying to my state's university, which doesn't have degrees in either Chinese nor Italian, so I'm applying as a linguistics major.  The other school to which I'm applying has what looks like a good Chinese program, so I'm applying as a Chinese major.  Right now I don't know which degree I'd rather have, so I'm just going to wait to see which school I get into and look at financial aid and other details like that.  But this has made me curious and I figured that this community was a good place to ask a few questions of you guys.

First, has anyone ever gone from a foreign language program to a linguistics one?  Which one did you prefer?  Has anyone studied both?  What jobs are available to people who have degrees in linguistics versus in a foreign language?

Thank you guys!