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by gaurwraith
Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How to learn Vietnamese
Replies: 11
Views: 5076

Re: How to learn Vietnamese

Ehhh... maybe your girlfriend can teach you??
by gaurwraith
Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best "Self-teaching" courses
Replies: 1
Views: 942

Re: Best "Self-teaching" courses

http://www.Unilang.org The site itself might not be so awesome: you have a forum to write and ask and be corrected et al, but it also has good lists of links to some useful resources One thing that I have learn as of late: sometimes it's less about resources and more about spending actual time to l...
by gaurwraith
Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: لنتكلم العربية (Arabic practice)
Replies: 34
Views: 20712

Re: لنتكلم العربية (Arabic practice)

خفت قليلا في تونس عندما سمعت طلقات في الشارع وبقيت في بيتي خلال أربعة أيام. إن الوضع الان أحسن. أتمنى أن سيقوموا بالانتخابات الحرة وشيئا فشيئا سوف تصبح تونس دولة ديمقراطية. وأفهم قليل من اللهجة العراقية فهي تشبه اللهجة التونسية, مثلا, التونسية تستعمل الكلمة "بس" لتشير على المستقبل... وأشع...
by gaurwraith
Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: لنتكلم العربية (Arabic practice)
Replies: 34
Views: 20712

Re: لنتكلم العربية (Arabic practice)

أسكن في تونس الان وأتكلم العربية قليلا كل اليوم.
أدرس في معهد برقيبة وأتكلم العربية الفصحى مع الطلاب الأخرين في قسمي ولكن في الشارع أحاول أن أتكلم اللهجة التونيسية
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أريد أن أتعلم اللغة العبرية أيضا لأن كل الناس يقولون لي إنها تشبه العربية. سنرى
by gaurwraith
Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: لنتكلم العربية (Arabic practice)
Replies: 34
Views: 20712

Re: لنتكلم العربية (Arabic practice)

لا بد من الممارسة، يا أصدقاءي. إن العربية لغة صعبة ولكن تعلمها ليس مستحيل. فيجب أن نكون صبوراً، سوف نقوم بالتوفيق إذا نحاول الدراسة اليومية والممارسة اليومية وهذه قائدة لكل التوفيق
.أحيانا نشعر بالتكاسل، فلا بد أن نغتفر أنفسنا ونستمر طريقنا دون نعاقبنا به
by gaurwraith
Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages
Replies: 46
Views: 24618

Re: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages

Let's go to the other thread, quick!
The traditional Chinese units of weight were base-16. For example, one jīn (斤) (approximately 256 grams) in the old system equals sixteen liǎng (兩) (16g). The suanpan (Chinese abacus) could be used to perform hexadecimal calculations
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by gaurwraith
Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How do foreign languages use metric?
Replies: 32
Views: 7548

Re: How do foreign languages use metric?

Well, in Spanish you can say "mil metros" and it's just as long as saying kilómetro But anyway, if you use just numbers + meter how can you tell the difference between kilometer and millimeter decameter and decimeter hectometer and centimeter ? weird.. the other synergic thread made me fin...
by gaurwraith
Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How do foreign languages use metric?
Replies: 32
Views: 7548

Re: How do foreign languages use metric?

ummm
So, in Chinese, they have a special symbol for each kind of unit but they don't have one for kilo/ hecto/ giga... ?

How they say Ampere, Ohm, Watt, Byte, Megaton... ?
by gaurwraith
Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How do foreign languages use metric?
Replies: 32
Views: 7548

Re: How do foreign languages use metric?

Quote: meter (3) "device for measuring," abstracted 1832 from gas-meter, etc., from Fr. -mètre, used in combinations, from L. metrum "measure" or cognate Gk. metron "measure" (see meter (2)). Meter maid first recorded 1957. (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=met...
by gaurwraith
Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How do foreign languages use metric?
Replies: 32
Views: 7548

Re: How do foreign languages use metric?

Iulius I think you mixed two responses...
Goofy is saying meter as device to measure comes from anglo saxon, and I say that more likely meter as device to measure comes from the same root as meter (or metre in BrE)
by gaurwraith
Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How do foreign languages use metric?
Replies: 32
Views: 7548

Re: How do foreign languages use metric?

It seems that verb "mete", comes ultimately from the same root. meter (3) "device for measuring," abstracted 1832 from gas-meter, etc., from Fr. -mètre, used in combinations, from L. metrum "measure" or cognate Gk. metron "measure" (see meter (2)). Meter maid ...
by gaurwraith
Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How do foreign languages use metric?
Replies: 32
Views: 7548

Re: How do foreign languages use metric?

Prefixes for the metric units usually come from greek, so every language tries to adapt to the greek. (The word meter comes from the greek for "measure") I don't know about Chinese or Japanese, but usually non-latin alphabets, transcribe the sound into their own characters. When they don't...
by gaurwraith
Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Parkour
Replies: 111
Views: 23804

Re: Parkour

I guess you have to build up strength in your legs, knees, before getting to serious business,
but theres a lot to do without being batman, just check how you feel, slowly.

there are some videos on building strength for parkour around here, you might want to watch then
by gaurwraith
Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Run 10,000 miles
Replies: 1340
Views: 316244

Re: Run 10,000 miles

I don't think it's unrealistic. And the more people join the more easier it'll be. But what if we start lying
But no, what would be the point in lying...
I will try as soon as the protests in Tunisia come to an end.
Just one thing, how you measure your distances?
by gaurwraith
Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Three sentences in as many languages as possible
Replies: 77
Views: 21911

Re: Three sentences in as many languages as possible

أين ألمك؟ a-na almuk? Where is your pain? كم من الوقت أنت لألم؟ kam min alwaqt anta leealam? How long you have the pain? عندك قريب يتكلم الألماني؟ aandeek qareeb yatakal-lam alalmanee? Do you have a relative that speaks German? For pronunciation, this link can be helpful http://www.acapela-group.co...
by gaurwraith
Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: No access to gym, muscle training
Replies: 8
Views: 2694

Re: No access to gym, muscle training

Strength training for parkour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X15VRzQHq2U I posted this in the parkour thread, I think theres a lot of bodyweight excersises (and threads) explained in this forum and so, but I had never seen a vid. There's something about watching it done that is more compelling than ...
by gaurwraith
Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Parkour
Replies: 111
Views: 23804

Re: Parkour

by gaurwraith
Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mistranslations...
Replies: 26
Views: 4409

Re: Mistranslations...

My Nestle-Aland reads kamelon, and notes the variation kamilon in only two manuscripts, 579 from the 13th C. and 1424 from the 9th or 10th C., although those are both noted as "consistently cited witness[es] of the second order." You mean that maybe this mistranslation is just a myth? I d...
by gaurwraith
Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mistranslations...
Replies: 26
Views: 4409

Re: Mistranslations...

Doing a translation degree, I've heard this story from many a teacher: Speaking of this comparison: "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than..." , they say its origin would be that the original Greek tells not of a camel, but a rope (kamilos). When it was translate...
by gaurwraith
Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Theory of word frequency in different languages
Replies: 8
Views: 2847

Re: Theory of word frequency in different languages

I would think that in the definite articles group, each item will have a frequency of apparition too close to the other's to be able to respect that ratio. But maybe as the op said, they count them as one item. edit: This would happen also with different gender / number endings in words. (in Spanish...
by gaurwraith
Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Theory of word frequency in different languages
Replies: 8
Views: 2847

Re: Theory of word frequency in different languages

It seems odd to me that languages with a single definite article (English, Arabic) can have the same apparition ratios than languages that use different definite articles based on number and gender (Spanish or German..)
by gaurwraith
Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Punnilingus
Replies: 135
Views: 67994

Re: Punnilingus

ah ye, thaere's the same in Spanish, I was thinking of that in Spanish...
but that "beaver rhyme" comments made me doubt
by gaurwraith
Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Punnilingus
Replies: 135
Views: 67994

Re: Punnilingus

For the love of god, someone say the original saying of Klotz's pun
Spoiler:
Is it "better now than never" ???
by gaurwraith
Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Knocked up" meaning "exhausted"
Replies: 35
Views: 5752

Re: "Knocked up" meaning "exhausted"

Maybe, as Velifer said, it should be marked as archaic, or obsolete
My dictonary is "contemporary" but it's from 1981. 30 years back... Also it's the 8th entry for that verb
by gaurwraith
Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Knocked up" meaning "exhausted"
Replies: 35
Views: 5752

Re: "Knocked up" meaning "exhausted"

to add something more worthy, my Longman dictionary of contemporary English says this:

8 [T1 Usu. pass.] BrE Infml to tire (someone): The long journey knocked the old lady up
by gaurwraith
Thu Aug 19, 2010 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Knocked up" meaning "exhausted"
Replies: 35
Views: 5752

Re: "Knocked up" meaning "exhausted"

Ok,
let's draw a veil over my posts
by gaurwraith
Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Knocked up" meaning "exhausted"
Replies: 35
Views: 5752

Re: "Knocked up" meaning "exhausted"

What I mean is, to non English speakers, when they first hear the word knackered, they are most likely to make up any word in their head, because that is a word that you seldom seen written. So, I find to be the easiest explanation, that someone around your parts was convinced when someone said knac...
by gaurwraith
Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Knocked up" meaning "exhausted"
Replies: 35
Views: 5752

Re: "Knocked up" meaning "exhausted"

Hehe I think the OP means knackered...
Up until this thread I always thought it was "naked", a slang use of the word
So, it's quite possible that someone thought knackered was knocked up
by gaurwraith
Sun Aug 15, 2010 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Importance of Semantics
Replies: 27
Views: 9979

Re: The Importance of Semantics

I would posit to suggest that any discussion on god is a discussion on semantic
by gaurwraith
Sun Aug 15, 2010 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Who ate who?
Replies: 39
Views: 6767

Re: Who ate who?

To me (non native) it goes like this:

The cat the dog ate: The cat that the dog ate
The cat, the dog ate: The cat ate the dog (otherwise no comma needed)

But in the end it seems to me that this is a linguistic equivalent to that "which way is the dancer spinning" gif
by gaurwraith
Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Expanding my vocabulary in another language
Replies: 22
Views: 4553

Re: Expanding my vocabulary in another language

You can do that card thing... cut some small color cards and write on one side the word in your language and on the opposite side, the word in Hebrew (or whatever). You may use the color as word type indicator, I mean, yellow for sustantives, red for adjectives, blue for verbs, or other classificati...
by gaurwraith
Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: OT and Asimov
Replies: 8
Views: 1935

Re: OT and Asimov

The article seems to be talking about good old Logic, but calls it Optimality Theory ?
by gaurwraith
Sat Jul 17, 2010 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: لنتكلم العربية (Arabic practice)
Replies: 34
Views: 20712

Re: لنتكلم العربية (Arabic practice)

من اللغات العامية، أعرف المغريبية الدارجة ا فقط لأن المغرب قريبا من إسبانيا وأنا أسكن فيها. سكنت واحد سنة في المغرب أيضا الدارجة مختلفا جيدا من الفصحى ولكنها مهما لأن الناس يتكلموها أتمنى أن نتكلموا العربية قليلا، هي منسية في هذا المكان From dialectal languages, I only know the Moroccan dialect, bec...
by gaurwraith
Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Has anyone ever heard of Earth Minimal?
Replies: 22
Views: 6111

Re: Has anyone ever heard of Earth Minimal?

language where the consonants of a word make the general meaning and the vowels and tones show the specifics and grammar That is pretty much Arabic. I don't know about the "categorical" part though. KaTaBa: to write KiTaB: book KaTiB: writer maKTaBa: library maKTuB: letter, written Maybe ...
by gaurwraith
Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Has anyone ever heard of Earth Minimal?
Replies: 22
Views: 6111

Re: Has anyone ever heard of Earth Minimal?

this has been posted in another post, but I thinks belongs here too:

http://www.alamut.com/subj/artiface/lan ... lkins.html
by gaurwraith
Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: basketball
Replies: 5
Views: 1940

Re: basketball

Dunno... but last year I used to go play to the public basketball places, where people play on just one basket. I didn't know anyone but I went there to shoot a bit, then someone started a game and invited me join, and I ended up playing for hours. There were a lot of good players and you learn from...
by gaurwraith
Sun Jun 20, 2010 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: basketball
Replies: 5
Views: 1940

Re: basketball

I once asked how to train to being able to dunk, and they told me to run up stairs...
by gaurwraith
Sun Jun 20, 2010 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Orient/Occident
Replies: 7
Views: 2394

Re: Orient/Occident

right, thank you!
guess it's time for a little find and replace
by gaurwraith
Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Orient/Occident
Replies: 7
Views: 2394

Orient/Occident

Hi, i'd like to know how this words, Orient and Occident, sound to a native ear. Because I've been using Orient/Occident untill I realized that East and West are the common words. Great battles have marked the difficult relationships between East and West Great battles have marked the difficult rela...
by gaurwraith
Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: soft for translations
Replies: 3
Views: 878

Re: soft for translations

The ones I mentioned are software to help you translate, not translators. These ones divide your text in segments, which you translate, and then create translation memories, so whenever a segment shows again later in the text, or it's similar, the program lets you replace with your ready made transl...

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