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  1. Never mind. The web site AsiHablamos.com already does a very good job at this. To go the other direction, i.e. given an English word, find the Spanish word in different Spanish speaking countries or regions, Wordreference.com more or less meets this need.
  2. The multilingual idioms project is quite successful. We should start some other projects which other language forums don't do. An interesting one I can think of is Spanish words in different regions of the world. As of today, to find regional differences of a Spanish word, we have to google for its meanings scattered in various forums. But it would be nice to have one single table that contains most such words. (Is there any way to remove the embedded page preview? It's distracting. But I want to reference that page, as a link only.)
  3. Yeah, I know. That's the problem of blindly trusting the Internet. Hopefully Google has some kind of algorithm to avoid this kind of mistake.
  4. Google Translate started to provide frequencies for translated words probably in late 2019. Given a single word, the translated words are given 1 to 3 bars of frequency, which "Indicates how often a translation appears in public documents". It's a great feature! If anybody knows another dictionary that ranks the frequency of translated words, please let me know. Here's my question. What does it mean if the translated word is not the most frequent and yet it's given as the default translation? For example, Source language: French. Target Language: English. French word: froisser. In the Eng
  5. Come on, you don't need to feel depressed on the limit of human language that our ancestors have used for thousands of years! Seriously though, there's no way to precisely express what you want. A natural language is not a computer language, which *can* be extended logically. In your case, you either just continue to use "had stolen" with one "had", and let the reader infer from the context, or break the sentence up.
  6. gaspiller to waste. Uncertain etymology. According to one theory, it is cognate with spill. Use a mnemonic such as “Look, gas (gasoline) spills. You’re wasting it.” or “Gas spillage is a waste.” béquille crutch; (bicycle or motorcycle) kickstand. From bec (“beak of a bird”). The crosspiece on top of the crutch resembles a bird’s beak. bourguignon Burgundian. From Latin Burgundionem, where the -ndi- group easily lost d. If we trace to Proto-Indo-European, the name Burgundy is cognate with burg and borough, which are part of the names of many US towns.
  7. '"economic" as a verb'? '... economic, is used as a noun'? The word economic is neither a verb nor a noun.
  8. It would be nice to allow visitors see what's in there without signing up. Otherwise people just leave without leaving a word.
  9. Not sure how to use it. Why not give clear instructions on the homepage? Spanish is fine. But without instructions, first-time users quietly turn away.
  10. It depends on the age of the learner. For young children, at an age generally considered younger than 7, assimilation is the way to go. For adults, you have to consciously learn a foreign language. Assimilation won't work. (Picking a few words and expressions doesn't count.) If there's a successful story about assimilation alone, I'd love to know.
  11. I agree. Both are correct. But (1) is more common. (2) is correct because the answer can be "Such and such are the major differences ..." English uses the same word, "what", to start the clause regardless whether it acts as the object or subject in the clause.
  12. Many people have suggested listening to native speakers and living in the country where the language is spoken. Note that as an adult, we have largely lost the innate capability of learning the native accent by listening. This loss is said to start around the age of 7 (but various researches say it differently). Being able to discern the difference in other people's pronunciation is always easier than being able to utter it yourself, even for a child. Although some adults have remarkable talent in mimicking unfamiliar sounds, many don't. For example, many Chinese Americans still pronounce "mug
  13. I agree with both linguaholic and Xequeo. My suggestion is to just change to an easier and more interesting book. I always wonder if there's research to prove my hypothesis, i.e. if the study material can be understood about 70 or 80%, you'll have the highest efficiency and make the fastest progress. This is about both reading and listening. Nowadays I don't allocate large chunks of time studying languages. I mostly read one page of Facebook newsfeed from Le Figaro, Der Spiegel, ... sometimes plus readers' comments, and memorize a few words or expressions I didn't know or know well.
  14. Someone brought to my attention the book CHINESE IDIOMS AND THEIR ENGLISH EQUIVALENTS (https://www.amazon.com/CHINESE-IDIOMS-THEIR-ENGLISH-EQUIVALENTS/dp/9620700430/) It cannot be previewed on Google Books or Amazon. But one reader's review on Amazon tells us how the entry looks like. It's a wonderful dictionary. The authors did exactly what this Multilingual Idiom List does, limited to Chinese-English only but with a far greater number of entries. It may be the only Chinese-English idiom dictionary ever created if we emphasize the word "equivalents" in the title. I don't know if there're othe
  15. " a current " -> "the current" (if I understand you correctly) "The speed" -> "Speed" (just to be consistent with the other subtitles) " , everyone " -> ". Everyone" or "; everyone" " , all passengers" -> ". All passengers" or "; all passengers" " Passengers health" -> "Safety of the passengers" (I don't think you're talking about people's health here.) " , we still have not enough" -> ": we still don't have enough" or "is that we still don't have enough" " railway ... that" -> "the railway system ... than"
  16. Regarding "the younger the better", I've always wondered if that claim is only valid for certain modes of language capability. (Mode refers to reading, listening, writing, speaking, etc.) For example, it's extremely difficult for an adult to learn a foreign language and be able to speak with no accent. It's also difficult, at least compared with a child, for an adult to learn to speak and listen. But an adult can learn to read with probably the same difficulty or ease as a child. I occasionally check the latest research on Second Language Acquisition on various websites but don't recall seeing
  17. More sample words: inhabituel unusual, uncustomary. Since habituel means “usual”, “customary”, “habitual”, this word with the in- prefix means exactly the opposite. Just don’t confuse it with English inhabit (which would be habiter in French) or its related words. The key to remember is that English prefix in- here means “in”, “within”, “inside” while French in- signifies negation. Thus, for instance, English inhabitable is French habitable, English uninhabitable is French inhabitable. épater to amaze, to flabbergast. épatant amazing, stupefying, splendid. The root is patte (“animal’
  18. That's indeed a great idea. I can see the value in language studies. But I wish the books they publish were originally in more diverse languages. I mean, look at the selection of the titles. Most were written in English, and then translated to other languages. I would love to have e.g. Don Quixote in Spanish and English, Madame Bovary in French and English, Calvino's novels in Italian and English, etc. I recently read Le Petit Prince in French, English and Chinese (a trilingual book) and noted quite a few differences or even errors in the English and Chinese translations. It was fun.
  19. I'm a little surprised too. But note that the poll creator has both Mandarin and Chinese. If you add the two together, Chinese will be lower than Russian but higher than Portuguese. It's still lower than what many people would expect. The reason may be that this poll is about people's free choice of languages to study, not really out of usefulness to their career or work. Secondly, the members of the Polyglots group are probably concentrated in Europe. (I'm guessing. I don't have the stats.) It makes sense for Europeans to study Europeans languages more than non-European languages.
  20. Everything "linguaholic" said. But it really depends on your personal interest. I choose languages to study 99% out of interest and 1% out of usefulness. I happen to know a big poll about what other polyglots are studying and I saved the result as follows I happen to be studying the top few languages. Not a pure coincidence! You listed "Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Greek" as possible languages to study. They are all good. But I heard that the Dutch people don't appreciate much if you study Dutch; they may ask "Why do you study that?"
  21. It means, if the OCS skills (not sure what it is) are mastered earlier, then when these kids grow up, their skills are more relevant or (simply) more useful in a complex environment.
  22. It would be better to allow people to see what's going on first. The link forces visitors to sign up.
  23. I have completed writing my book, Learning French Words Through Etymology and Mnemonics: A New Approach to Vocabulary Study. Please see http://yong321.freeshell.org/lfw/ for details. Unfortunately, I was not able to convince a publisher to have it published. In the meantime, I can accept donation for a free copy of the book, on the condition that the book is not shared beyond your immediate family. Any comment or critique or correction is very welcome.
  24. I replied to you and the message disappeared, and got an email in my Yahoo email account: Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address. <[email protected]>: 550: No Such User Here --- Below this line is a copy of the message. ...[some crypted text snipped]... ------=_Part_2105749_1282543207.1548198877556 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Yes I tried that, many times. I would never try other means without going = to that first.
  25. Finally logged in, after months of this error Sorry, there is a problem Something went wrong. Please try again. Error code: 2S119/1 and not being to able to contact any admin, including [email protected] and [email protected]
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