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Interested in English and French, education as a teacher for English and French, for some years a private teacher for adults, now no teaching activity. I have taught Latin to pupils and have had a look into several languages, eg Dutch, Afrikaans, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Hungarian, Sanskrit, and Esperanto. I would like to know a bit more about Chinese, Japanese, some other languages of South East Asia, and Suaheli, but time is lacking. I have great interest for etymology, which I have been interested in for 50 years, and often my views differ from those in etymological dictionaries. I'm interested in the mysteries of grammar, in idioms, in new methods of teaching languages and I am enthusiasted by the possibilities the Internet offers and modern electronic devices such as electronic dictionaries. A pity that Youtube has not discovered yet that videos are an ideal means for language learning, but they don't seem to have any interest in this side of videos.


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answered Where did the L in talk go?
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answered A coffee to go…( for syntax experts)
Nov
25
comment The word for a man who hunts a dangerous mountain cat without prophylactic?
I think if there were special words for such things as you describe the OED would have five volumes instead of one.
Nov
24
comment Parts of Speech and Grammar Point for -ing
@Anonym - What is your explanation for the shortened formula "How about doing something"?
Nov
23
comment What is the meaning of “40 leagues and 2”?
Tolkien might have written "42 leagues", but that is too moodern. An older formula would have been "40 and two leagues", but he decided for "40 leagues and 2".
Nov
23
revised Putative should - what time does it express?
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Nov
23
revised Putative should - what time does it express?
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Nov
23
answered Putative should - what time does it express?
Nov
21
comment Is “Helper Verb” Old School?
Obviously here is no difference made between auxiliary verbs and modal verbs.
Nov
21
answered Metaphoric language
Nov
21
comment What does “what for” mean and where did it come from?"
There should be a source where "one four" is from.
Nov
20
revised Mnemonic for parallel
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Nov
20
answered Mnemonic for parallel
Nov
14
answered Using “skies” instead of “sky”
Nov
14
comment Is there a word or phrase for someone who works hard at night and does not sleep?
Or night worker, night ghost.
Nov
14
comment What's a modern equivalent of “fie on thee”?
@medica As others I don't know anything of the original meaning, except that it is an expression of disgust and displeasure.The German equivalent is pfui. German DWDS which contains the etymological dictionary of Pfeiffer only gives the information that the sound existed already in Latin and Old Greek. Pfeiffer takes it the expression is "lautmalend", onomatopoetic, imitating a sound. But that doesn't tell much. What kind of sound is there to imitate?? I always guessed the word had the meaning "(it) stinks", maybe said to a dog meaning don't eat it. Only a guess.
Nov
14
revised What is the difference between 'decrease' and 'reduce' in the context set out below?
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Nov
14
revised What is the difference between 'decrease' and 'reduce' in the context set out below?
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Nov
14
comment What's a modern equivalent of “fie on thee”?
I think a more modern equivalent is "Shame on you".
Nov
13
comment How to analyse/parse 'come what may'?
In German: Komme* was mag. (Komme* = subjunctive)