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by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: spelling -> pronounciation. most fucked up
Replies: 44
Views: 5430

Re: spelling -> pronounciation. most fucked up

From my undertanding, G-breve (Ğ) makes the same sound as the Dutch g (velar fricative /ɣ/)* * just found this on wiki: "The occurrence of [ɣ] is dialectal; for speakers who do not pronounce it as a voiced velar fricative, it may instead appear as the lengthening of the preceding vowel." ...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Overmorrow
Replies: 61
Views: 15643

Re: Overmorrow

Each state has its own, so it's difficult to know.
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Singular "they"; two seperate issues?
Replies: 24
Views: 4249

Re: Singular "they"; two seperate issues?

Freund is male (der Freund), so you'd have to use "he". You would have problems arguing that you were referring to a woman, later, though. Freundin is female.

What do you do in English? My friend ... they ...? I think not.
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)
Replies: 418
Views: 129928

Re: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)

Which debate does this clear up?
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Being too correct?
Replies: 109
Views: 9552

Re: Being too correct?

Compared to English, Dutch is conjugated ;) Compared to English, everything but Chinese is conjugated ;) . Well, while we're on the topic of abusing "nazi", you are too. Nazi refers to a political movement, Namely national socialism. I myself am hence a Nazi in that I am socialist but als...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Overmorrow
Replies: 61
Views: 15643

Re: Overmorrow

Oopsie, I meant to write "no" ... the electrons must have formed to put a 't' after that without my intervention. One can't generally say that German English teachers don't speak English. West German English teachers speak English well and West German states use good English-teaching metho...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: spelling -> pronounciation. most fucked up
Replies: 44
Views: 5430

Re: spelling -> pronounciation. most fucked up

the question is, does any language have as poor a relationship between spelling and pronounciation in English. Either through really seemingly strange and complex letter combinations (Like Gaelic) or through complete and utter inconsistency. Not any language I have learned. German: definite reading...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Singular "they"; two seperate issues?
Replies: 24
Views: 4249

Re: Singular "they"; two seperate issues?

From reading Le-Guin's afterward to The Left Hand of Darkness I got a strong impression that at least part of this extension was a conscious effort by feminist writers to find a gender-neutral way to use human third person reference.She discusses it when discussing the problems with referring to th...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Overmorrow
Replies: 61
Views: 15643

Re: Overmorrow

Recently I discovered the obsolete word overmorrow . I gotta say I'm definitely a fan of it already. It's been almost 500 years and I would say it's about time to bring it back. Also if you have any other useful obsolete words that could do with a revival, bring them to our attention. :wink: Hey, I...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 323383

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

"Jasmine" spelled, she insists, with two 'y's, but I'm not sure how One of Yasmyn, Yasmyne, Yasemyn or Yasemyne ... that was kind of obvious, wasn't it? Okay, maybe not for people who have never heard Jas(e)min(e) pronounced with a starting y sound as in German or Turkish ;) . (Jasmin is ...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Being too correct?
Replies: 109
Views: 9552

Re: Being too correct?

I use the accusative interogative personal pronoun (whom) Isn't this dative? Not that it's easy to tell the difference in English. my grammar nazi friends While we are at the matter of using words correctly: Don't abuse the word "nazi" to mean something half-positive, ironic as in grammar...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 130010

Re: Words you love.

I like the English word "proximity" a lot. It sounds just great and is a big word for such a simple concept :) . Much better than German "Nähe". I still remember from whom I read the word for the first time. Maybe because I had to write it down and look it up the next time I went...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Children's first words
Replies: 72
Views: 11342

Re: Children's first words

My first words were: Mama - mom Putte - incorrect for Puppe - doll Mall or Lall or something like this - incorrect for Ball - ball Mampe - incorrect for Lampe - lamp Make - incorrect for Schokolade - chocolate My mom remembers that pretty clearly, because that was all I could say at age 2. My grandm...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)
Replies: 418
Views: 129928

Re: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)

I don't know about old Dutch, but be aware that the verb form 'wezen', or the imperative 'wees' are sometimes still used in Dutch now, e.g. Wees gerust! Het zal je kind maar wezen. Interestingly, "wees" is also used in Afrikaans for a child with no parents. Is that the same in Dutch? Yes,...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Amusing answers to tests
Replies: 393
Views: 55928

Re: Amusing answers to tests

My physics teacher used to always have questions on his tests like " A 10lb cat falls off a 100 story building, find its kinetic energy 5 seconds before it hits the ground." My teacher really didn't like cats. My teacher did this with Oprah. He would set up problems where Oprah weighed mo...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Amusing answers to tests
Replies: 393
Views: 55928

Re: Amusing answers to tests

Since I was told I had to give a quiz the day after the exam to preserve the integrity of the schedule, I had the following question on my Physics II quiz (note that this is electromagnetism without calculus): Derive, using Maxwell's equations, the speed of light in terms of the fundamental constan...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I don't get HS math oympiads
Replies: 17
Views: 2564

Re: I don't get HS math oympiads

Is it anything like what you could expect to find in a traditional mathematics curriculum, where you are trained to: 1) Learn an algorithm. 2) Apply that algorithm to worksheet, and memorize how to quickly compute that algorithm for a test. Which, if so, brings me to the purpose of the post: what's...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Stupid Math Teachers?
Replies: 135
Views: 31889

Re: Stupid Math Teachers?

Argeed. Every time I complain about pre-college mathematics education, I feel like a hypocrite. I am good at math, but I am not planning to become a math teacher. It is at least in part because of people like me that math education is bad in the first place. I tend to think that the best maths teac...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Stupid Math Teachers?
Replies: 135
Views: 31889

Re: Stupid Math Teachers?

[threadjack] The New Math was an educational movement in the sixties which was supposed to revolutionize the way math was taught in public schools. The big emphasis was on set theory, which is a great idea on paper. In practice, though, you end up with teachers across the country, most of whom were...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0468: "Fetishes"
Replies: 163
Views: 43973

Re: "Fetishes" discussion

I got the Godel Incompleteness Theorem joke when i read the comic, but ¿Cantor? Can someone explain? Cantor's proof that number of fractions is equal to the number of natural numbers goes by means of representing the fractions as pairs of natural numbers, then representing these pairs in a table - ...
by Monika
Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0468: "Fetishes"
Replies: 163
Views: 43973

Re: "Fetishes" discussion

"Gödel, Escher, Bach ein Endloses Geflochtenes Band" has been lying around on my bookshelf for so long. I guess I should read it. But then, I already understood this comic without. I am modestly surprised this conversation has yet to devolve into a listing of fetishes. I would have volunte...
by Monika
Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Stupid Math Teachers?
Replies: 135
Views: 31889

Re: Stupid Math Teachers?

What's a New Math-style class and why is Ben Affleck responsible for it?
by Monika
Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: When did physical pain become the the ultimate "bad thing"?
Replies: 47
Views: 5058

Re: When did physical pain become the the ultimate "bad thing"?

This is little more than wild speculation on my part but... ...I think it could have something to do with the increasing influence of women and traditionally female values in western society in the last... oh.. 100 years or so. Most women have very different attitudes towards physical violence than...
by Monika
Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy in Education
Replies: 119
Views: 10807

Re: Philosophy in Education

Anpheus wrote:Think the entire universe around you is illusory but you don't feel like acting on that information? You're covered.

You have a problem with that? Well, I guess then you shouldn't try to take part in philosophy classes. This is the core of (one of the cores of) philosophy: What can be known?
by Monika
Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: When did physical pain become the the ultimate "bad thing"?
Replies: 47
Views: 5058

Re: When did physical pain become the the ultimate "bad thing"?

I don't know where you live, but here in Germany I have the opposite feeling. Property crimes like stealing are kind of major crimes. But beating or raping someone? Sometimes doesn't even seem to get people into prison. I read once that this was caused by much of our law being still from the end of ...
by Monika
Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Stupid Math Teachers?
Replies: 135
Views: 31889

Re: Stupid Math Teachers?

In my grade 10 Math class today, we were learning about finding the size of angles on a Cartesian Plane in excess of 360 degrees. Pretty basic stuff, as most grade 10 Math is. Our math teacher decided to go off on a tangent (pun definitely intended) about how you should always make sure your calcul...
by Monika
Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0464: "RBA"
Replies: 118
Views: 56508

Re: "RBA" discussion

vsync wrote:So... I feel dumb.

Why is the glass on the floor and they are in the other room?

I think she walked out, he then began to understand, was shocked, dropped the glass, and ran after her to ask her if she was serious.
by Monika
Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legal Voting Age (UK)
Replies: 41
Views: 3585

Re: Legal Voting Age (UK)

At the time of writing, the legal voting age of citizens of the UK is 18 or older. Currently there are debates in the house of commons as to whether the age should be lowered to 16. Personally, as a 16 year old with strong political views and opinions, I feel it is a violation of my rights as a mem...
by Monika
Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russia. Again. But now Poland
Replies: 66
Views: 9732

Re: Russia. Again. But now Poland

Recently, Australian news has reported that Russia has now threatened Poland with a major (likely nuclear) offensive. Now this is because Poland has agreed to allow America to stage a Missile Defense facility in their country, with a number of 10 missiles. Before desicions are made on right or wron...
by Monika
Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: God, as the idea of a supreme being
Replies: 65
Views: 6055

Re: God, as the idea of a supreme being

The principle being used is that of questioning your assumptions. Assume that God exists, find a logical contradiction and then you find you have to drop the idea that god exists. This is wrong. You should drop the weakest and preferably the newest assumption, which in this case is that you have th...
by Monika
Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DINOSAURS!
Replies: 31
Views: 4610

Re: Dinosaurs all a lie?

I watched a trailer a few years ago that stated some poeple say dinosaurs didn't actually exist but were created by hollywood to... Well... Be awsome? I dunno. The thing is that I wasn't able to watch the program for some reason. This theory just sounds so weird. Though this is also the only time I...
by Monika
Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russia. Again. But now Poland
Replies: 66
Views: 9732

Re: Russia. Again. But now Poland

On Russia: I think that Russia is doing poorly in the world, and the only hope they really have left is their strong military. They have not, lately and on the past, done a good job using their natural resources to their benefit. This leaves them in the position of getting left behind in the world ...
by Monika
Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0464: "RBA"
Replies: 118
Views: 56508

Re: "RBA" discussion

So, can anyone tell me what "/b/" stands for, what every other person seems to be using in this thread? Firstly, sigh... I had this whole really good explanation typed out but it took me SO LONG to forumate it that I was auto-logged out of the forums and LOST IT ALL. SO, this time, it mig...
by Monika
Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0464: "RBA"
Replies: 118
Views: 56508

Re: "RBA" discussion

The Bel-Air is when you tell a really serious story but then finish it unexpectedly with the last half of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. This is the "Reverse" Bel-Air because she *starts* with the *first half* of the Bel-Air theme song and then leads in unexpectedly to something ...

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