January 8th, 2009

Russian-English Translations.

Would anyone be able to provide me with the Russian phrases (in the Roman alphabet, please) for:

- "You are here."
- "Please be careful."
- "This is [...]"
- "The nearest city is [...], just head west."
- "Please take these."

Unfortunately, all I get when searching for Russian phrases are either phrases I do not need, dictionaries that do not give me letters I can read, or mail-order bride websites. HOW APROPOS.

Thanks much! ♥
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Barracks Layout//Air Force Scheduling

Hello, first time poster here...

And I need a little help. I'm writing a story where the protagonist wants to become an Air Force pilot (in the present day, United States) and a fellow cadet of his locked himself in the bathroom in attempt to harm himself after an accident during training.
EDIT: Thank you astillac and theguindo for pointing out that my idea of the bathrooms doesn't work (and that there's no way anyone would be able to lock themselves in).

So, here are my two questions--

1) What are the usual layouts for barracks? Based on the information I looked up via google, wikipedia, and several other lesser known sites, I know that barracks aren't any one size or shape, but they all generally incorporate the same features. So, do they have a bathroom or something other than rows of beds? Also, do barracks usually have windows and, if they do, can they be opened?

I've tried to search for the answer to this, but I just keep coming up with descriptions for what barracks are, what they're used for and that barracks aren't uniformly built.

2) I was also hoping to get some help when it comes to the scheduling in the Air Force, and I mean like classes, training, etc. Something to reference or just how they're usually structured is really what I'm going for. I tried looking it up on google but all I got was the basketball team and how to prepare yourself for basic training. xD;

Thanks in advance!

Some help with current kid slang

My setting is modern day America, my characters are kids from San Francisco (ages 11 and 13) white middle class background. 

They are commenting about another character's taste in music, more cheeky rather than offensive, at the moment I have them describing it as 'lame' and saying that it 'sucks' which would probably be the slang I would hear used, but I am based in the UK and rarely interact with anyone under the age of 18. I just want to know if that would be believable terminology they might use, or are those terms hopelessly dated, if so what suggestions would you have?

Thanks in advance

Homosexual couples and surrogacy

I have a homosexual couple who have decided they both want children, and they're both pretty attatched to the idea of having their own children, so I'm exploring surrogacy rather than straight up adoption. However, while google has given me a mass of information on surrogacy, it hasn't been very forthcoming with information on who would go down on the birth certificate. I basically want to know if both of my main characters could go down on the birth certificate from day one, despite being male and naturally only one of them being a genetic parent (although it is unknown which one), or if they would have to adopt after the surrogacy.

Setting: modern day America, specifically Illinois, if possible, though it wouldn't be impossible to have them persue the surrogacy out of state as long as they could move back to Illinois with the children and raise them there.