August 8th, 2012

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Little soldier, Russian

While scouring google and yahoo for answers I stumbled upon this community and I'm hoping you can help me.

I've searched 'Russian endearments' 'Russian endearments for females' 'Russian insults' 'Russian insults as endearments' and 'Russian to English dictionary'

The story is set during the present day, at a college somewhere in America. (Haven't really decided where, and really, other than seasonal descriptions, it doesn't really matter). The male is Russian, grew up near St. Petersberg. The female is American, but moved a lot because her father was in the military. Their relationship starts out very rough, with them always fighting, followed by friendship, and eventually love. So, here are my questions.

First, does "moy malinky saldat" (please excuse poor transliteration, I'm doing this by ear) mean "my little soldier"? Would it be used as an endearment? Is their a feminine variation? Like a man calling a woman he's close to that? I know it probably sounds odd for a woman to be called something like that, but it fits her character very well.

Secondly, do Russians ever use insults as endearments, the way an American might call a loved one a fool in an exasperated, yet loving manner? What would be the best way to do that, again male to female? I've found several sites for Russian insults, but I'm a little leery of using them without knowing for certain.

Third, as the female character is a rather defensive character, she tends to address the male character by just about anything other than his actual name, at first rudely, but later affectionately. Would calling him "Red" or "Sputnik" be terribly inappropriate?

Forth, is it true that, due to the way the language can be conjugated and put together, you can literally have an entire sentence made up of nothing but swear words? This last one is more of a perspective thing, as the female is said to be "able to out swear any sailor in the world" by her friends.

Thank you all so much for any help you can give me. I've been trying to find these answers for months now and just haven't had any luck.

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I have searched New York Police dept. Uniform. cop uniforms nypd

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NYPD Police Academy

I am looking for information on the NYPD Police Academy, I am looking for courses and all physical training and information like that. The amount of time it takes to go thru the academy would be helpful also.

Google search: Police Academy, NYPD police Academy

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[ANON POST] Jewish funerals and mourning practices

When: January 1950, slightly alternate history

Where: Syracuse, NY

What: MC is (Conservative) Jewish, 25 years old, and his father has recently died (unpremeditated murder; it's complicated). I'm writing the story in short sections, and I'd like to have a scene set at the funeral, but, in spite of the research I've tried doing, I'm still having trouble getting a coherent picture of the order of events. (Eulogy, procession to gravesite, etc. . . . ?) If someone could give a sort of step-by-step of how the typical smallish funeral would be conducted, that would be great. It would also be great if I could get some suggestions about what would be the best part of the funeral to focus on for the story; for the sake of drama, I'd like it to be some particularly emotional point. (If it matters, he's an only child, there with his mother; other close relatives are either deceased or living too far away to make it in time.)

Also, MC is in a workplace environment where obvious signs of mourning, such as keriah and not shaving or getting a haircut for at least 30 days, wouldn't be very well accepted. I'm guessing that he can get along with a torn ribbon for the former, and that the latter maybe can be relaxed, since he's not Orthodox, although conscientious?

I offer, in advance, thanks for any help and apologies for any ignorance I may have betrayed!

Resources used: search terms such as "jewish funerals," "funerals in judaism"; the Wikipedia page on "Bereavement in Judaism";; the Judaism 101 and Jewish FAQ sites; some eHow pages
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Walking distance between France and Germany 1918

I've used this LJ before for help with my current novel, and since you were all so incredibly helpful I thought I'd impose on your knowledge once again...

A central aspect of my novel, set in the aftermath of the 1918 Armistice, is that the two main characters - one a nineteen-year-old stretcher-bearer, the other a sixteen-year-old soldier - end up trying to make their way to an address in Berlin, Germany. If plausible, I would like them to both be survivors of Verdun. (EDIT: Verdun isn't plausible for my MCs, so changed to the Somme and then Passchendale at the time of the Armistice.) 

Search terms previously used: walking distance france berlin, walking distance verdun berlin, world war one battlefields, world war i battlefields map, stretcher-bearer world war one. 

EDIT: To clarify some details: Both characters will be taking modes of transport at points e.g. hitching lifts, however I need to estimate the walking distance first for the overall plotting. They don't particularly care how long it takes for them to get to the address because they don't particularly want to return to civilian life - as they basically feel there's nothing to go back to (stretcher-bearer) or that they will never be able to adjust back (underage combatant.) 

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