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by dalahäst
Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Omegle!
Replies: 701
Views: 129958

Re: Omegle!

I just had an experiment in international cooperation. I can read and write Korean, and I can pronounce things correctly, but I don't know what any of it means. So I turned on a channel that was showing Korean things, and connected to Omegle once Home Shopping Korea came on. I typed the things at th...
by dalahäst
Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 208420

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

Estoy preparando para mi examen de espanol, y quiero saber cómo se dice: "The horseshoe was bigger than I was. Imagine how big the horse must have been!" Pienso que será: "La herradura era más grande que me. ¡Imaginate cómo grande era el caballo!" pero no estoy seguro. ¿Puedes a...
by dalahäst
Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"
Replies: 24
Views: 3565

Re: The most useful phrase to know: "Language Settings"

Apple's products (iPhone, iPod, Mac) tend to use 設定 instead of オプション、オップション, etc.
by dalahäst
Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I know a spammer
Replies: 19
Views: 1602

Re: I know a spammer

Mailbomb him if all else fails, fill his inbox with "hi" messages. Being annoying is fun anyway.
by dalahäst
Wed May 27, 2009 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: National Spelling Bee 2009 — FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER & news
Replies: 12
Views: 924

Re: National Spelling Bee 2009 — FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER & news

Round Three will be broadcast live on http://www.espn360.com/ at 1:00 PM Eastern time. I'm speller 10, Cory Klingsporn. I'll find out this evening whether or not I made it to the semifinals, in which there are 50 spellers. Those, and the finals, are tomorrow. I will post that on Twitter, and here as...
by dalahäst
Sun May 24, 2009 4:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: National Spelling Bee 2009 — FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER & news
Replies: 12
Views: 924

Re: National Spelling Bee 2009

Thanks again everyone. I'll be leaving in less than a day– getting up early ‘tomorrow’ morning, at around 4:00 AM (04:00 for 24-hour time users). I posted a link to my Twitter account in the original post: http://twitter.com/B3llit0 if you'd like to follow me and get updates on what goes on. There's...
by dalahäst
Sat May 23, 2009 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The ' in Rus'
Replies: 3
Views: 822

Re: The ' in Rus'

Presumably what it is used for in transcribing modern Russian, palatalization. In Russian, the "soft sign", ь, is used. Conversely, there is a "hard sign", ъ, which de-palatalizes, per se.
by dalahäst
Sun May 17, 2009 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 208420

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

stolid wrote:Shouldn't you say me murí?


Simply *muero* would be appropriate.
by dalahäst
Sat May 16, 2009 4:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post and explain your bag!
Replies: 13
Views: 1899

Re: Post and explain your bag!

I'm too lazy to take pictures now (what a shame, my nice new Fujifilm is next to me even), but I'll describe in full. I have a laptop bag from Case Logic that goes pretty much everywhere; it's even gone across the country on numerous occasions. The main compartment has, of course, the laptop, an iBo...
by dalahäst
Fri May 15, 2009 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 208420

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

Dalahast, Ud. tiene que matarme porque esa cancion... ¡Bomba! Para bailar esto es una ¡bomba! Para gozar esto es una ¡bomba! Para menear esto es una ¡bomba! Y las mujeres lo bailan así Así, así Todo el mundo: Una mano en la cabeza Una mano en la cabeza Un movimiento sexy Un movimiento sexy Una mano...
by dalahäst
Fri May 15, 2009 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How Good is Machine Translation?
Replies: 17
Views: 3286

Re: How Good is Machine Translation?

HAMT is useful. As a natively bilingual speaker of English and Spanish, if I have a long-ish text to translate, I can run it through Google and fix its mistakes, and it's faster than translating the entire text unaided. Additionally, that helps Google out because I can put my edited translation into...
by dalahäst
Wed May 13, 2009 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Say something in an Indian language?
Replies: 62
Views: 12929

Re: Say something in an Indian language?

That's way awesome. Another benefit of knowing languages like Tamil– at least in the US– is that almost nobody will understand it, and you can say whatever you want without any fear of repercussions and such. But you never know when you'll happen upon someone who understands you. When I lived in (s...
by dalahäst
Tue May 12, 2009 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Say something in an Indian language?
Replies: 62
Views: 12929

Re: Say something in an Indian language?

That's way awesome.

Another benefit of knowing languages like Tamil– at least in the US– is that almost nobody will understand it, and you can say whatever you want without any fear of repercussions and such.
by dalahäst
Tue May 12, 2009 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Guessing the language
Replies: 27
Views: 3638

Re: Guessing the language

Most languages are easily picked out, and even in the Asian languages, I can do it. You just have to remember that Vietnamese sounds like a redneck speaking any other asian language, Japanese sounds more flowing than Chinese, and Korean is full of words like yung, soon, moon, and other funny sounds...
by dalahäst
Tue May 12, 2009 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1716883

Re: Today I Learned

Alpha Omicron wrote:(Bullshit "snuck" isn't a word... fuck "sneaked".)


Seconded.
by dalahäst
Tue May 12, 2009 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Guessing the language
Replies: 27
Views: 3638

Re: Guessing the language

Meteorswarm wrote:You know what's really hard to tell? Portuguese. It sounds like Spanish, then it sounds like French, then it sounds like Russian, and then back to Spanish and... ugh.


Not if you know a bit. :) I find it pretty easy to pick up.
by dalahäst
Tue May 12, 2009 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Panic about your exam!
Replies: 77
Views: 5360

Re: Panic about your exam!

rubber314chicken wrote:I don't panic before or during. I panic after and then on until I get the grade.


Agreed. *panics* HURRY UP CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, WHY MUST YOU WAIT UNTIL OCTOBER? :cry:
by dalahäst
Tue May 12, 2009 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90172
Views: 9091607

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (now with 20% more fungus!)

Do I have research to do? Yup. Am I doing it? No freaking way, otherwise I wouldn't be nearly as interested in what I'm doing.
by dalahäst
Tue May 12, 2009 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How Good is Machine Translation?
Replies: 17
Views: 3286

Re: How Good is Machine Translation?

Google Translate has gotten pretty good at Spanish recently, though it still does make mistakes. For a while, it insisted that "al" was "andalusia" in English, which resulted in "al mercado" ("to the market") being translated as "andalusia market". I...
by dalahäst
Tue May 12, 2009 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Crucial mistake" and "Fatal error"
Replies: 7
Views: 1659

Re: "Crucial mistake" and "Fatal error"

I've only ever seen "fatal error" in computing, to refer to an unrecoverable error of some kind that necessitates a program, a thread, the OS, etc. halt execution.
by dalahäst
Mon May 11, 2009 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Avoiding ambiguity
Replies: 20
Views: 2915

Re: Avoiding ambiguity

No, what does "represented" mean? When a letter is "represented by one tile", does that mean that letter occurs on a tile (and therefore a blank "represents" 26 letters), or does it mean that a letter occurs on only one tile (like K)?
by dalahäst
Mon May 11, 2009 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Say something in an Indian language?
Replies: 62
Views: 12929

Re: Say something in an Indian language?

Cool, Google Indic Transliteration, that's new! :) Apple licensed Anjal's input method for Tamil, though, so I have the equivalent of that in my menu bar.

பன்னு வேண்டும். It's Lolcat-style "do want". Conversely, பன்னு வேண்டம் = "do not want".
by dalahäst
Mon May 11, 2009 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nature and languages
Replies: 80
Views: 6547

Re: Nature and languages

goofy wrote:Kannada isn't based on Sanskrit. Kannada is Dravidian, Sanskrit is Indo-European. Kannada might have a lot of loanwords from Sanskrit, but that's a different story.


As is Telugu, which is rather similar and even looks similar.
by dalahäst
Mon May 11, 2009 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Guessing the language
Replies: 27
Views: 3638

Re: Guessing the language

Most likely, yes I could. Spanish and English, both of which I know, are by far the most common languages in California, a state with no real majority in terms of ethnicity. I can at least recognize most other Romance languages (Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, French, etc.) and understand them decent...
by dalahäst
Sun May 10, 2009 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Say something in an Indian language?
Replies: 62
Views: 12929

Re: Say something in an Indian language?

I don't know, but I've always thought Tamil looks pretty. I've heard it's so nice and round because it was designed to write on palm leaves without breaking them. Too many straight lines caused tears, and it was hard to make lines that were very straight on them in the first place.
by dalahäst
Sun May 10, 2009 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help! I'm trying to get a 14 year old interested in Maths.
Replies: 52
Views: 6824

Re: Help! I'm trying to get a 14 year old interested in Maths.

phi. Again, a very good idea. I knew coming to the xkcd fora would be a good idea! FI. FI, FI, FI. Φφ = fi. We do not use Ancient Greek anymore, in the same way that most people no longer use the imperial measurement system. Math may have its roots in something ancient, but math isn't really ancien...
by dalahäst
Fri May 08, 2009 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Capitalization Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1176

Re: Capitalization Question

If I'm using the word "Seppuku" in a formal business email, should I capitalize it or not? Seppuku is a Japanese suicide ritual similar to Hari-Kari, committed when an actor/artist/anyone fails at something. 1. No, it isn't a proper noun. Italicize it, it's a foreign word that hasn't beco...
by dalahäst
Fri May 08, 2009 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Avoiding ambiguity
Replies: 20
Views: 2915

Re: Avoiding ambiguity

There are tons of these, due to both multiple meanings of a word and to lack of inflection in English. "I saw the boy by the store with the binoculars" has like six separate possible interpretations, depending on who was by the store and who (or what) had the binoculars. 1. I viewed the b...
by dalahäst
Thu May 07, 2009 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English from an Outside Perspective
Replies: 82
Views: 7902

Re: English from an Outside Perspective

Let me tell you a story about how I perceived English as a five-year-old. My brother and I, at that time, knew only a couple of English words. I think all in all they were "yes", "no" and "cat". Seeing, in our infinite wisdom of yore, that "cat" was kinda lik...
by dalahäst
Thu May 07, 2009 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 475249

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

This opens up an exciting opportunity for more generalized locations. For instance, rather than going to the park, you go to the grass.
by dalahäst
Thu May 07, 2009 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English from an Outside Perspective
Replies: 82
Views: 7902

Re: English from an Outside Perspective

If this SAE "standard" is determined by its speakers, what constitutes a speaker? How far must one deviate from your still-unstated norm before they are not considered speakers of this "standard" English? Do speakers of, say, Northeast Pennsylvania English, who consider "The...
by dalahäst
Thu May 07, 2009 12:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Lucid Dreaming Thread!
Replies: 31
Views: 2594

Re: The Lucid Dreaming Thread!

I've done it a few times before. I actually discovered it accidentally when I exerted my mind to avoid a bad dream when I saw one coming, and then did it 3 times in a row. I meditate and can hypnotize myself (and probably others), so I think I could do it if I tried, but as of yet haven't.
by dalahäst
Wed May 06, 2009 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Syntax
Replies: 8
Views: 1455

Re: Syntax

With 15, it was more to do with not liking the other choices. At first I thought it could be the verb phrase of the sentence, but then I thought that "chose to" was the verb phrase instead as it was higher up the hierarchy in the tree diagram. An adverbial, I'm not too sure what it is, bu...
by dalahäst
Wed May 06, 2009 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 745354

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Then perhaps it would be better to simply make no mention of said brand, so that it doesn't detract from the commercial's credibility.
by dalahäst
Wed May 06, 2009 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Knahuxapivehadaj.dll
Replies: 3
Views: 400

Re: Knahuxapivehadaj.dll

Did you remove spyware, a virus/worm/trojan, or anything else similar recently? There are some pieces of malware out there which generate random or random-sounding names to make them a bit more difficult to detect and to make their purpose less obvious.
by dalahäst
Wed May 06, 2009 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 745354

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Phrases like "the leading brand" and "an independent research company" always lead me to suspect something. If you're so sure it's better than "the leading brand", would you mind telling us just what that brand is, so we can tell for ourselves? If it really is an indepe...
by dalahäst
Wed May 06, 2009 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Syntax
Replies: 8
Views: 1455

Re: Syntax

I'm not sure about 11, I definitely agree with gmalivuk about 15.
by dalahäst
Wed May 06, 2009 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: National Spelling Bee 2009 — FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER & news
Replies: 12
Views: 924

Re: National Spelling Bee 2009

I happened to see some spelling bee coverage on a sports network in a bar once. (Yes, a sports network. I find that deliciously ironic.) I find myself utterly baffled as to what benefit might arise from knowing these hopelessly obscure words that practically no one will ever use, much less know the...
by dalahäst
Wed May 06, 2009 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Questions for native speakers of English
Replies: 88
Views: 7833

Re: Questions to the native speakers of English

I've had those Grapplefruit things before, they're actually pretty good. The packaging instructs that it is in fact /ɡɹɛɪ.pəl/ or /ɡɹɛɪ.pəl.frut/.
by dalahäst
Wed May 06, 2009 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Questions for native speakers of English
Replies: 88
Views: 7833

Re: Questions to the native speakers of English

It means something is like an apple.

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