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by shivasprogeny
Mon Sep 21, 2009 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0638: "The Search"
Replies: 139
Views: 35741

Re: "The Search" Discussion

Looks like a lot of people wanted to know more about the Kepler Mission after this comic!

http://stats.grok.se/en/200909/Kepler%20Mission
by shivasprogeny
Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Which language should I learn?
Replies: 24
Views: 3340

Re: Which language should I learn?

I'll second what most people are saying and suggest Japanese or Chinese. I'm a Chinese major and I found Japanese to be considerably more difficult. You have 3 writing systems (4 if you count the romanji) to deal with, complex grammar with lots of particles, and very a complicated system of honorifi...
by shivasprogeny
Sat Sep 27, 2008 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best books for understanding general grammars and IPA?
Replies: 4
Views: 1330

Re: Best books for understanding general grammars and IPA?

Learn the terms... you need to understand the terms before you can understand how the sounds are pronounced. Agreed. "Post-alveolar" and "retroflex" and "fricative" can sound daunting at first, but most all terms in phonetics a re pretty easy to grasp. It also helps to...
by shivasprogeny
Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: dictionary.com throws the IPA out the window?
Replies: 10
Views: 3259

Re: dictionary.com throws the IPA out the window?

What I mean is that with the IPA you can tell anyone who knows IPA how GAE pronounces a word, or how RP pronounces it, or whatever. With a dictionary-specific system, you have to check each system before you know how those words are pronounced. Certainly the IPA is useful, and I'm don't think it wo...
by shivasprogeny
Sat Sep 06, 2008 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: dictionary.com throws the IPA out the window?
Replies: 10
Views: 3259

Re: dictionary.com throws the IPA out the window?

...or has the site redesign merely hidden this beautiful feature? This has completely ruined my day. Can anyone recommend a decent online dictionary with real pronunciation guides? Seriously, as far as I'm concerned, any dictionary without IPA is worthless. There already exists a widely-agreed upon...
by shivasprogeny
Sat Sep 06, 2008 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Similarity to English?
Replies: 27
Views: 3508

Re: Similarity to English?

Frisian is usually considered the closest language to English.

However, it's not spoken by many people so you'd be better off learning one of the other European languages probably. French shares a lot of vocabulary with English and while the grammar is different, it's pretty easy to learn.
by shivasprogeny
Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Emphasis altering word meaning
Replies: 33
Views: 9824

Re: Emphasis altering word meaning

Produce is a common one.
by shivasprogeny
Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: No, no, roll the "R"
Replies: 60
Views: 8601

Re: No, no, roll the "R"

... although I must admit, some Cambodian names are very tough for me! Out of interest, do Cambodians have short nicknames like Thais do? (e.g. Pinit Wichapon is called "Bob" by absolutely everybody) Most ar either one or two syllables. Some of the names in my class: An easy one is "...
by shivasprogeny
Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: No, no, roll the "R"
Replies: 60
Views: 8601

Re: No, no, roll the "R"

I think it really depends on the foreign name. A name very popular like "Juan" is closer to the correct pronunciation than something like Xiaopeng. (The first is usually pronounced "wan," the latter would stump most English speakers.) When I intorduce myself to students in my ESL...
by shivasprogeny
Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: personal alphabet
Replies: 16
Views: 2840

Re: personal alphabet

The problem with most alphabets is that there are usually more sounds in the language than the number of letters.
by shivasprogeny
Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Fuck shit piss goddamn motherfucker (Swearing)
Replies: 82
Views: 17020

Re: Fuck shit piss goddamn motherfucker (Swearing)

The U.S. culturally has been more opposed to swear words in general than other countries. In most of Europe, swear words aren't nearly as harsh or taboo as they are here.
by shivasprogeny
Sun May 25, 2008 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Linguistic survey
Replies: 56
Views: 6982

Re: Linguistic survey

Thanks for your help guys, really interesting!
by shivasprogeny
Fri May 16, 2008 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Linguistic survey
Replies: 56
Views: 6982

Linguistic survey

We're studying U.S. dialects in my linguistics class and we need to compile some data and see how it correlates with the Harvard Dialect Survey. If you wanna help out, just answer these 6 short questions. (a) 50. What word(s) do you use to address a group of two or more people? (b) 65. What do you c...
by shivasprogeny
Thu May 15, 2008 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning an nth language over the Internet
Replies: 14
Views: 5099

Re: Learning an nth language over the Internet

I would say that, yes, it is possible provided you use a combination of resources. And absolutely you need to hook up with another native speaker.

Try http://www.italki.com/
by shivasprogeny
Mon May 12, 2008 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Wordless songs
Replies: 65
Views: 6549

Re: Wordless songs

Do you mean classical music or modern music without words?
by shivasprogeny
Mon May 12, 2008 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Wikipedia: the MOST reliable source?
Replies: 36
Views: 4342

Re: Wikipedia: the MOST reliable source?

You shouldn't use any encyclopedia as a source for a paper. You probably also shouldn't use joeschmophysics.

That said, Wikipedia has been shown to be as credible as Britannica.
by shivasprogeny
Sun May 11, 2008 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Traditional vs Simplified Characters
Replies: 4
Views: 1970

Re: Traditional vs Simplified Characters

If you can read traditional, you can read most simplified characters too, but it doesn't work the other way around. Since you're learning to read traditional, you might as well go ahead and learn to write them at the same time. From there it's a personal decision to learn to write simplified. I woul...
by shivasprogeny
Tue Apr 29, 2008 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The difference between a gate and a door
Replies: 27
Views: 10259

Re: The difference between a gate and a door

For me a gate implies that it is supposed to keep something out of some area.

A door on the otherhand intended to be freely opened and closed.
by shivasprogeny
Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Word Etymology & Origins, &c., &c.
Replies: 88
Views: 15659

Re: Word Etymology & Origins, &c., &c.

Assassin has a cool etymology. In Arabic some 700 years ago hashshasin meant literally someone who ate hashish. How it came to mean killer is an interesting story. In the 3th century, a fringe group of Muslims began to execute people of high profile. In order to recruit killers, the leaders used has...
by shivasprogeny
Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Correct Pronunciations for Internet Slang
Replies: 30
Views: 5203

Re: Correct Pronunciations for Internet Slang

I say lol like "loll" and "pwnd" like poned. But I only say either of them in jest.
by shivasprogeny
Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0037: "Hyphen"
Replies: 77
Views: 44616

Re: "Hyphen" discussion.

Today in my anatomy class:

Professor: The inferior gluteal nerve only innervates the gluteus maximus. I say "only" hesitantly because gluteus maximus is a big-ass muscle. Er...I mean a big muscle. Well actually it is a big ass-muscle...
by shivasprogeny
Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Looking to improve my language skills as a whole...
Replies: 4
Views: 1804

Re: Looking to improve my language skills as a whole...

There are many, many Romance languages, you'd probably never learn them all! But the main 5 (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, and Romanian) would be manageable. In order to get better you have to practice using the languages which is hard unless you are surrounded by it. You might try finding s...
by shivasprogeny
Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Pimsleur Courses...
Replies: 5
Views: 2089

Re: Pimsleur Courses...

The courses are probably the best audio courses out there because they drill the sentences by breaking them into words and then progressively larger phrases. It gives you time to really focus on pronunciation. However, you certainly can't learn a language from the course alone as the back of the CD ...
by shivasprogeny
Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Wanting to learn German again . . .
Replies: 25
Views: 5096

Re: Wanting to learn German again . . .

You could use mango languages:

http://www.mangolanguages.com/
by shivasprogeny
Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: To have to ~ Must, Got? what's up here?
Replies: 22
Views: 3651

Re: To have to ~ Must, Got? what's up here?

Interestingly I can I say "I got to go to Florida" expressing permission or ability to do something, or I can say "I['ve] got to go to Florida" expressing an obligation. It depends on context and tone of voice.
by shivasprogeny
Sat Feb 23, 2008 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: War and Peace
Replies: 14
Views: 2740

Re: War and Peace

But that requires finding a copy; there aren't any at any public library within an hour's drive of my house. Gutenberg has a translation by Louise and Aylmer Maude though. Any commentary on them? I currently have no unread books, so I guess I might try to read this over the coming week of break jus...
by shivasprogeny
Sat Feb 23, 2008 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)
Replies: 162
Views: 47731

Re: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)

One of the more disturbing books I've read was the nonfiction Cannibal the story of the Armin Meiwes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armin_Meiwes
by shivasprogeny
Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 9058

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

Side note: Doesn't Chinese have genders (noun classes) at least so far as quantification is concerned? E.g. you have a different agreement particle for things like "five papers" vs "five people"? Sort of. What you are referring to are "measure" words. In English we use...

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