Basically, I need two things:
1) What does an American accent sound like in Japanese? And for that matter, what does English sound like? I'd imagine that English sounds a bit "rougher" from all the extra consonants we throw about, but I'm not sure. My first-year Japanese knowledge isn't good enough to make any solid guesses on this subject.
2) What are some common vocabulary/grammar mishaps? For example, I know the て-form for "to enter" and "to throw up" sound similar and often get mixed up. (At least, that's how it works in my particular Japanese class. There's a good possibility we're all just stupid, though.) Are there any other humorous screw-ups that tend to occur?
Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.
(crossposted to multilingual because I'm not sure which comm it should be in. Like I said, it's a rather odd question.
Anything you guys have please tell me, thanks.
There is a CD collection called Great Moments of the 20th Century containing a copy of DiMaggio's announcement upon retiring from baseball. If anyone one knows where to hear this speech online, or if anyone has a copy of this particular clip they'd be willing to send me via YouSendIt.com, I'd be most appreciative--and I promise to use it for research purposes only (because come on, how the heck does one make a Joe DiMaggio techno-remix?).
What does the "welcome to Lexington, Kentucky" sign say? And if nobody knows or feels like fussing about going and looking at one and writing it down, then what do "welcome to such-and-such city" signs usually say (*doesn't pay much attention to such signs*)?
2. So, um, card dealers in casinos. Basically all of the same questions as above, although I'm also interested in working environment; whether or not people usually work there between other jobs or really enjoy working there, and so on. Anything about riverboat casinos would also be appreciated- I'm thinking of the one on the Ohio River, but anything is good.
Any help on either of these would be appreciated so much, particularly the first, since I'm having more trouble finding information.
well, here's the situation.
I'm beta reading a chapter of a fanfic for someone. In this chapter a male character takes a taxi out to a cafe to pick up his kinda-girlfriend so as to take her back to their apartment. They don't have a car.
In this scene, I need to know if taxi cabs would/could have tinted windows OR a tinted glass partition or whatever. All the taxis I've been in had neither, and i can't find any good pictures by googling stuff.
(Background info: Male character, average level of intelligence, no higher education, not overly fond of books/reading, never been to foreign countries prior to emigrating to the US.)
I'm looking for a particular term - similar to the phrase 'Sunday Christian'. It's "palms and *somethingthatIcan'trememberhere* Christian" - or it may have been Catholic, I'm not entirely certain - the basic meaning is 'one who only goes to church to get stuff', on special occasions and feast days.
Thanks. :-) This is making me crazy.