Speaking in Tongues
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What is he known as in your neck of the woods?...Who was Chris Cringle other than in an old movie
I am looking for recommendations for studying French (I am a beginner) in Dakar, Senegal. I want to go for a month, January 2014. I am looking for good French lessons, and suggestions for accommodation.
I'v red the following sentence:
"I won't die, I have a son."
The authors says it's an arab proverb (from Oman?)
Is it ?
Where is it quoted in arab litterauture?
What is the shortest, most succinct, way of posting the warning on a lift or elevator, about how to use the lift/elevator, when there is a fire? No one has got it abbreviated sufficiently yet, it seems...
"in case of fire elevators are out of service"
"in case of fire do not use lift"
"in fire emergency do not use elevator"
"elevators shall not be used in event of fire"
"in case of fire do not use elevators"
"in case of fire do not use lift"
...and it goes on and on...
Is there not a simple English way of phrasing this...especially as the more simple the signing, the better the result, in an emergency?
Dec 4, 2013 8:48 PM
Dec 5, 2013 5:28 PM
I am writing a document to review some projects by analysing the background, what we know, etc.
I've structured each analysis as follows:
What do we know?
What don't we know?
What do we need to do?
One of my co-workers pointed out to me that the second header, 'what don't we know?' is incorrect and should be changed to 'What we don't know'
Of course i wrote this down without even thinking about it but now I have started to wonder...
Surely putting it in a question, as I did, is correct, if slightly more theatrical/dramatic than just writing 'What we don't know'?
When I post about some technical problem TT is having, I have been referring to the people who are setting marmot traps in the server room as "techies," mainly because that's the best catch-all word I know.
Well, it seems that, in San Francisco at least, "techie" has become a pejorative term. Techie term draws derision from tech workers
Somehow, I don't think Lonely Planet would be amused if I started posting "Sorry about the problem. Our hackers are now looking into it."
Yersinia, Thorn Tree Moderator
We all know that women are better at it but does anybody know what the word actually means?
I was watching a TV report on the helicopter crash in Glasgow, the guy being interviewed was speaking English with a local accent. The BBC (?) thoughtfully put an English subtitle across the bottom of the screen. Years ago living in Spain, Spanish TV put subtitles in Castillano(?) whenever someone speaking Basque was on the screen. And yes, I know the Basque language is not an accent.
I was taught it was written Castile (or so I think) but, online, I see it spelled Castille too. Is Castille also correct or is it a widespread mistake?
Thanks in advance.
P.S.: The question is about the English spelling of the word.
Why is the Ł in the name of this song barred?
The L in Arabic names with Abdul is like an English or Polish L, not like a Polish Ł. And I see from the Polish Wiki page oh Gamal Abdel Nasr that hs name is written with a normal L.
Must it be barred because it follows a u?
("Abdul Bey" really isn't a possible Arabic name, but I don't think that matters.)
How do US citizens pronounce Roosevelt? 3 syllables Rose-a-velt or 2 Roos-velt?
Does anyone know whether the Dutch spoken in the 18th century pronounced the "s" in front of the consonants 'p' or 't' like "sh"? German does this today -> spazieren, Spagetti, Stern, steigen, Steuer...
I think so (because of Russian loanwords), but I would like to hear scientific corroboration of my theory.
Just the way she pronounces "design" as "dezaahn" on 5:58 got me curious.
Sorry the video itself is, um, targeted at such a very specialized audience.
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