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by GlottalGreekGeek
Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:33 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: By teaching (or preparing to teach), you learn more.
Replies: 8
Views: 3231

There's a saying which goes something like "You don't know it until you teach it."
by GlottalGreekGeek
Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:53 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: English Grammar Question
Replies: 62
Views: 13852

I don't object to the abandonment of rigid standardization, I'm just puzzled by the spread of narrow regional forms of speech all over the country long after schools stopped trying to impose them. Turn on your television. That should relieve your puzzlement (though television does not stop people f...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:46 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: English Grammar Question
Replies: 62
Views: 13852

But American Standard isn't just a prestige dialect - it needs to be clearly heard on broadcast media. For example, at lot of the lazy glottal stops which is found in most American speech has to be replaced with clear consonants so that they are better heard over broadcast (particularly poor recepti...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:12 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: English Grammar Question
Replies: 62
Views: 13852

...American Standard....textbook English...."standard" written English. Do you mean the same thing with these three terms? And why is it not necessary for most people to know American Standard? Textbook English = Standard English. American Standard is different. It is a ... way of pronouncing Engli...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:16 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: English Grammar Question
Replies: 62
Views: 13852


by GlottalGreekGeek
Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:51 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: English Grammar Question
Replies: 62
Views: 13852

Well, here's my few cents. I merely speak for myself as a native English speaker with idiodialect (yes, I can detect how my use of English is unique to me). I have been educated, and I know "standard" written English (of course, since there is no Academie Anglaise to monitor English, it would be mor...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:56 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: One of the many things I'm doing...
Replies: 0
Views: 967

One of the many things I'm doing...

I recently have discovered a website called "Tomgeeks"

http://www.tomgeeks.com/

I am quite active on the forum (my handle is "glottal"), and I have also contributed a review.

http://tomgeeks.livejournal.com/

It stretches a different part of my nerdity than Textkit.
by GlottalGreekGeek
Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:01 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Stormy weather
Replies: 6
Views: 1476

Stormy weather

This morning, when I felt the house shaking, I thought it was an earthquake. But I checked, and no earthquake had been detected. It was just the wind shaking the house. The tree outside our house literally snapped into two pieces. One of those pieces fell only a few feet away from out car. A big pie...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:47 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Happy New Year
Replies: 15
Views: 3267

Happy New Year, Wait a minute, the party I went to celebrating 2007 as the new year was only two months ago, right? Ah! Where has 2007 gone!!! (this year, instead of spending new year's eve with college buddies, I spent it with my cousin and his 3-5 year-old kids. A very different kind of celebration)
by GlottalGreekGeek
Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:21 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Why an iPod?
Replies: 48
Views: 13940

I used to use an mp3 player with headphones, in Italy back in 2005 actually, and I noticed a distinct loss of my once extremely acute hearing — and that was with extremely moderate use and low volume. I learned my lesson soon enough, but I'd be a fool to repete that event. Did your hearing improv...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Sat Dec 29, 2007 7:01 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Why an iPod?
Replies: 48
Views: 13940

the stereo unit that you would plug the ipod into is much better quality than any computer speakers (I have yet to hear computer speakers that actually sound good). But as far as I know, computers can hook up to any speakers. My dad has his computer hooked up to a high-quality stereo system which h...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:48 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Why an iPod?
Replies: 48
Views: 13940

I feel exactly the same way (except for music in the car — can't an iPod be linked to a car's radio input?). My car doesn't have a radio, a stereo, or any music-playing equipment, so it's a pointless issue for me. This always seems to shock people, since they claim they would die if they couldn't...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Mon Dec 24, 2007 6:39 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Why an iPod?
Replies: 48
Views: 13940

The problem with headphones is that one often has to raise the volume in order to hear it properly, particularly when one is outdoors or in traffic. Thus most people who do use headphones regularly are also listening regularly at dangerous levels - otherwise they wouldn't be able to hear the music o...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:26 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: How fast to be "fluent" in a language?
Replies: 8
Views: 2675

Given your situation, I'd say you could pick it up in 2-3 months.

I would suggest you look into French in Action (which is availible free at http://www.learner.org/resources/series83.html when you sign up for a free account)
by GlottalGreekGeek
Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:10 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Shakespeare Original Pronunciation
Replies: 9
Views: 3268

Well, at this point, the easiest reform would be to just convert to IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), or a simplified IPA. But when phonetic pronunciation really matters (such as when comparing the features of different dialects of English), we already have IPA. Of course, we could just have mu...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:19 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Shakespeare Original Pronunciation
Replies: 9
Views: 3268

Well, I don't know of any such recording, but much of the original pronounciation can be gleaned from the text through analysis of scansion and historic rhyme. This method is by no means complete, and has an element of subjectivity. For an example of historic rhyme, look at Sonnet 35. There are two ...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Thu Dec 06, 2007 6:51 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: greek lists
Replies: 1
Views: 917

Nope.

From what I understand, the difficulty lay in the transmission of the Greek alphabet. But now Jeff has plenty on his plate, so even if a magical solution appeared, he might not have time/energy to implement it.
by GlottalGreekGeek
Mon Dec 03, 2007 7:47 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Memory improvement
Replies: 14
Views: 3539

In theater, there is a saying - "Memory is a muscle." In other words, the more you use it, the stronger it gets. That said, there are different types of memories, as other posters have already pointed out. I do know, from experience, that trying to remember all dates by memory can be a brain drain, ...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Mon Dec 03, 2007 7:28 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I need help from Christians who like reading
Replies: 42
Views: 9616

Re:Turendil While I do want to give her something stimulating, I don't really want to restructure her beliefs. One of the reasons I asked about this is that, since I am not a Christian myself, I can't be sure of what stirs a Christian (of course not all Christians are alike, and not all Christians a...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Sun Dec 02, 2007 7:24 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Do not scream
Replies: 6
Views: 2337

Why was my first reaction "I have no mouth and I must scream"?

Even I don't know (though I know it's a Harlan Ellison title)
by GlottalGreekGeek
Sun Dec 02, 2007 7:00 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I need help from Christians who like reading
Replies: 42
Views: 9616

Not necessarily in Mountain View, and there's a limit to the distance I'll go over this. Borders is fine for me. EDIT : I checked. The closest Christian bookstore is in San Jose, which is much further away than Borders (and it's easy to get lost in San Jo). I will be visiting San Francisco, and ther...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:23 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I need help from Christians who like reading
Replies: 42
Views: 9616

That "True Spirituality" book is not easy to find. I looked at three bookstores today. Not just any three bookstores - one was a mega used bookstore, and another was a bookstore dedicated to spirituality, and they both had large sections dedicated to Christianity. I checked online, and there's a Bor...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:05 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I need help from Christians who like reading
Replies: 42
Views: 9616

I looked into the "True Spirituality" book, and it looks very cool. The idea behind the book seems interesting enough that I might want to read some of it. I think that's what I'm going to get. I am quite ignorant of Christianity both objectively (well, at least compared to most of the people here) ...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:49 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I need help from Christians who like reading
Replies: 42
Views: 9616

Well, I know she's read Mere Christianity, and I'm pretty sure she's at least heard of the other C.S. Lewis books, so I'm not going to get anything by him. I'm looking towards non-fiction. For example, there's a book which she reads a little from every day called "The Purpose Driven Life". I don't t...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:44 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Taxes
Replies: 1
Views: 883

I don't pay income taxes because, well, I don't have an income (I'm a full-time student, and my parents support me financially). However I do know that there are income taxes. I don't know the rates, aside from my rate, which is 0%. I do, however, pay sales taxes. I forget what the exact local tax r...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:14 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I need help from Christians who like reading
Replies: 42
Views: 9616

I need help from Christians who like reading

I'm participating in a secret santa this year. For those who don't know what a secret santa is, we all put our names in a box, and we each pulled a name out of a box. We have to get a present for the person whose name we pulled. At the holiday party, all the presents are put in one place. As the per...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:06 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Free Rice
Replies: 3
Views: 1114

Free Rice

I discovered, well, yesterday, the following website http://www.freerice.com/ I can't swear that they actually donate 10 grains of rice to hungry people around the world each time you get a word right, but it's great if they do. In any case, one can brush up on vocabulary. And knowledge of Latin and...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:35 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I have an Ailment. I Therefore Seek a Remedy.
Replies: 17
Views: 4584

Motivation, for me, is like friction in some ways. It takes a build-up of force to overcome static friction (when the object to be moved is still), but past that build-up, it's smooth going for a while since sliding friction is lower. If you don't get the physics analogy, suffice to say that the har...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Tue Oct 23, 2007 3:09 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Is it too early to discuss politics?
Replies: 143
Views: 25730

rhuiden was obviously right that our economy is doing great! :roll: Dollar value vs. other currency is only one of the many indicators of economic health, and in fact, a lower-value dollar vs other currency can boost the economy in certain ways (for example, it increases the number of tourists comi...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:03 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Is it too early to discuss politics?
Replies: 143
Views: 25730

I don't have the time now to give an intelligent and well-thought out response to your points, Kopio. Merely as a tangent, there is a fascinating video about what people (don't) learn in science class which had a big impact on the education world called "A Private Universe". It's only twenty minutes...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Sun Oct 21, 2007 10:31 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Is it too early to discuss politics?
Replies: 143
Views: 25730

But just teaching information based on scientific tests - such as the fact that the big bang is the only scientific theory we have thought up which explains certain phenomena in the universe, ..... is not a violation of religious beliefs. I like the way you put this "fact"; Something we have though...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:12 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Is it too early to discuss politics?
Replies: 143
Views: 25730

This reminds me of an anecdote I heard from one of my science teachers. She had a student who considered herself to be a fundamentalist Christian. She felt extremely resistant to learning about things such as the theory of evolution because she had heard, from the media, that there is some kind of w...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Sun Oct 21, 2007 1:44 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: religion
Replies: 58
Views: 11123

So, if everything can be expressed in Latin that can be expressed in Greek, tell me how to say "The Word," "not a/the Word," but "The Word." Do you believe that the Greek of Homer is inferior to later dialects of Greek? Oh but of course. At least later dialects had an article. Modern Greek naturall...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:10 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Is it too early to discuss politics?
Replies: 143
Views: 25730

But according to some people, the public school system does "impose or empower a particular religious view", or at least a worldview; that of secularism. I can't say that these people are wrong, at least as long as attendance is virtually compulsory for those who can't afford private schooling. I d...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:07 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Is it too early to discuss politics?
Replies: 143
Views: 25730

Isn't that quite a stretch into the .... errmm ... penumbral region, unless the privileges and immunities protected can be construed to include the right not to be offended? They felt they were just doing what the majority of the taxpayers wanted, which was education of their children in various ar...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:51 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Is it too early to discuss politics?
Replies: 143
Views: 25730

Ah, but the 14th amendment says that "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdic...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Sun Oct 14, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Is it too early to discuss politics?
Replies: 143
Views: 25730

my bad. It just seems to me that marriage has historically been more about economics and raising children to pass property onto than love or anything else. Well, there is truth in what you say, but it's more complicated than that. For example, in societies with communal property (i.e. very little i...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Fri Oct 12, 2007 5:18 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Is it too early to discuss politics?
Replies: 143
Views: 25730

Turendil wrote::lol: no and I wouldn't say anything like that to any woman. :lol:
So you think only men are reading this discussion? :P
by GlottalGreekGeek
Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:41 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Is it too early to discuss politics?
Replies: 143
Views: 25730

I have followed this discussion with interest. I would like to point out that the creators of the Constitution did not trust voters. That's why Senators were originally not voted directly by the people. That's why the President is still not voted directly by the people. That's also why they did not ...
by GlottalGreekGeek
Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:46 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: What about this word?
Replies: 4
Views: 1256

(Note : the computer I'm using has no Greek unicode, so I'm going to transliterate with Betacode) au)twi the the same as au)tw| - the iota subscript just isn't sub. It's dative singular of au)tos. It appears this way in all of the main dialects. The iota subscript was only really added in the age of...