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u/juicewaffle · 87 pointsr/funny

It's called "Dirty French". My girlfriend actually got me this book as a gift one year, lol.

u/kuroneko007 · 30 pointsr/LearnJapanese
u/vitaeviridis · 25 pointsr/botany

Good job learning plant families! That's an excellent and valuable start. Next I would recommend finding a taxonomic key (flora) for your area - it's a comprehensive, organized guide to all the species. Learn to identify plants by the key, and you'll be well on your way to being a pro! If a flora is hard to come by, see what kinds of field guides you can get your hands on. Often they are cheaper, but not as comprehensive.
If you don't already grow plants, start a little garden of your own. You can learn different propagating methods (cuttings, layering, dividing rhizomes) as well as seasonal phenology. If this isn't an option, get in the habit of observing the same plant every day (ex: your favorite tree by your house or work).


Keep a journal of phenology events in your garden/routine: when did your tree leaf out in spring? When did it flower? How big were the fruits?, etc. Note how much rain/snow fell, temperature min/max, or what insects you observed. Over time, you'll see patterns develop which will be invaluable to seed collecting, planting cycles, or just damn interesting! There is so much to botany, but being able to see the changes that occur throughout the season is a critical skill. It's all the more personal when you grow your own plants, and if you're into ethnobotany I'd say being in touch (ha!) with the plants is paramount. :)


One more thought: if there are any native plant societies, consider joining. Small, local chapters usually have nominal fees, are a great way to meet other botanists, and depending on the organization you learn some really neat, detailed stuff that you might not get from a book (examples: local uses of plants, genetic diversity of alpine communities, important pollinators in your area).


Check out these resources:

u/justn6 · 21 pointsr/funny
u/CryptidGrimnoir · 15 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Hello, Brother!

Okay, so if it's non-fiction you want, then I know just what you need.

If you want a good overview, Mysterious America by Loren Coleman, who's more or less the godfather of cryptozoology, is a superb first entry for anybody interested in cryptozoology. I especially liked the sections on "Panthera Atrox." There are sections on phantom ships and other more mystical elements of the Fortean, and some might find its focus on North America a bit limited, but I'd still recommend it.

Mysterious America: The Ultimate Guide to the Nation's Weirdest Wonders, Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures

I'd also recommend Coleman's "field guides." These don't go into quite as much detail as Mysterious America, but they do provide a rather intriguing look at the diversity in sightings of animals that do not belong. The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates and The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep are useful, as is the similar, if somewhat dated, Cryptozoology A To Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature.

The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates

The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep

Cryptozoology A To Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature

Coleman's written some other books as well, focused on individual cryptids. Bigfoot: The True Story of Apes in America and Mothman and Other Curious Encounters are among the most notable.

Bigfoot: The True Story of Apes in America

Mothman and Other Curious Encounters

Moving on, I found another book that functions as a good overview of cryptozoology is Jerome Clark's Unexplained!: Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurrences, and Puzzling Physical Phenomena. Clark gets into a bit more Fortean elements than Coleman does, but his book also includes some cryptids that Coleman rarely pays attention to--including living dinosaurs.

Unexplained!: Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurrences, and Puzzling Physical Phenomena

If you have a particular taste for feline cryptids--surviving Panthera Artox, surviving saber-toothed cats, whatever the heck the ones is--then I must recommend the writings of Karl Shuker. Shuker is a prolific writer, and to list his books would take up a lot more space, but if I had to choose one, I'd recommend Extraordinary Animals.

Extraordinary Animals: Revisited

You didn't mention whether you were an American, but Stackpole Books has a "Monsters Of" series that has the folklore of individual states in the United States.

Following up on that, if you live in California, or if you have a fondness for sea monsters, then you may also like the book Mysterious Sea Monsters of California's Central Coast.

Mysterious Sea Monsters of California's Central Coast

Now, I know you said you weren't looking for novels, but if you have kids of your own, or you have younger relatives who might like the material, there's always the works of Roland Smith. Sasquatch and the "Cryptid Quartet" which includes Cryptid Hunters, Tentacles, Chupacabra, and Mutation are all great reads for middle readers, or for the young at heart.


Cryptid Hunters




u/officerkondo · 14 pointsr/LearnJapanese

This is a step up from the other list to the extent that it is sourced from a modern Japanese corpus and mostly is composed of real words, but this still is not very good.

The biggest problem is that the corpus is a single source. A good language frequency dictionary or list will use many sources as its corpus. Newspapers, novels, tv and movie dialogue, and so on. In short, language from fiction and non-fiction writing and spoken dialogue from broadcast and film. The failure of using Wikipedia as a corpus is clear when you see that 放送 is ranked with higher frequency than 行く, even though 行く is one of the most commonly occurring verbs in the Japanese language.

Another problem is that it uses kanji for common words rarely written in kanji such as 成る、有る、居る. What is remarkable is that 居る(いる) is marked as the #1,340th most common word in Japanese. This is ridiculous!

If you want a real and useful Japanese frequency dictionary, here it is - the 5,000 most frequently used Japanese words. Yes, it costs about $45 but at least you are getting something useful. Its corpus is compiled from books, newspapers, official documents, web pages, and spoken dialogue for a comprehensive sample of the Japanese language.

I promise everyone - you are allowed to follow Rule #4.

u/mercsniper · 13 pointsr/LearnJapanese

Not an affiliate link

Dirty Japanese: Everyday Slang from (Dirty Everyday Slang)

u/J0H0NDAR · 12 pointsr/German

I guess it depends on how you want to go about learning.

I can really only offer my way of doing things and that's with flash cards. My favorite program for flash cards is a program called Anki. It's a free opens-source application and it's based on the Spaced Repetition System approach of memorization. There are plenty of pre-made decks available on Anki's website but I prefer to make my own because I am a crazy person.

For books, I use a copy of Barron's English to German dictionary as it includes a very comprehensive digital copy for free and as well as a frequency dictionary. For online sources I really like Wiktionary and Linguee for my translations on the go since I only have the Barron's dictionary on one machine. I find Wiktionary to sometimes offer really useful elaboration on more confusing words but this sub is a really good source too.

German grammar books are a dime a dozen but my favorite is Schaum's Outline thought this is largely up to personal preference. I'd recommend going to a local bookstore if you can and looking through the options.

u/WouldBSomething · 11 pointsr/badlinguistics

> I think too often the linguistic community ignores prescriptivism as a meaningful social construct

Linguists don't ignore prescriptivism; they reject it as being unscientific. Much of what prescriptivists claim we ought to say or write doesn't stand up to scrutiny in the face of the linguistic evidence. That's the point.

It's not true to say that if you a descriptivist, you can't advocate for using formal language in an essay, or advise people on how to deliver a presidential speech. You just do it from an informed scientific point of view. For example, Steven Pinker, linguist and cognitive psychologist, wrote a style guide a few years ago as a modern descriptive alternative to Strunk and White et al.

On Strunk and White, this podcast episode by John McWhorter (Against Strunk and White) will give you more insight into the folly of prescriptivism. Well worth listening to.

u/Auvergnat · 10 pointsr/TheRedPill

> I am Rollo Tomassi now. Don’t worry, I’m not legally changing my name. At first it was a clever online handle for me, and my real name is so white-bread generic it almost serves as a form of anonymity. Now it is me, and I’m okay with that.

It's funny to imagine you have another, real name. I can't imagine you as M. Steve Smith or a Thomas Anderson.

Happy to hear you'll be focusing more and more on helping men in this decaying society. I recently heard of a friend of a friend trying to commit suicide, following a nasty divorce, as per usual now. It made my blood boil to think that I have in my possession the (free) cure to that widespread mental illness that is modern men's unhappiness, and to not be able to give it away easily.

I humbly recommend Steven Pinker's "Sense of Style" as a resource to keep improving your writing. It's not that you don't write well; Only that self-improvement never ends.

Happy birthday old man. And thank you again for your insanely positive influence in my life.

u/kaihatsusha · 10 pointsr/LearnJapanese

If you want to avoid affiliate links, stop after the first multidigit number.

u/TomMatthews · 9 pointsr/formula1

Oxford English Dictionary

Here you go mate you could use this

u/Anthropoclast · 9 pointsr/Survival

This is a very broad topic, and difficult to encapsulate in a few lines, but I'll give it a go. I spent about eight years of my life dedicated to this pursuit. I got a degree in bio and worked as a field botanist for years. I tutored it, etc etc.

There is a lot of conflicting information out there, even within the confines of structured and scientific botany. Species aren't neat little packages that many would like to believe, there are hybrid complexes and recent, yet unstable, specialization events that lead to distinct morphologies but the ability to interbreed.

Practically, you want to discern species A from B so that you may harvest one for a particular purpose. Some groups of plants are easy to ID (e.g. Brassicaceae), and relatively safe to utilize, where others (e.g. Apiaceae) contain both extremely beneficial AND deadly toxic species.

Yet, to get to the level of comfort and mastery where you can discern a poisonous plant from a nutritional plant that differs only in the number of stamens or the position of the ovule, it takes years of dedication. Ask yourself how committed to this you are? The consequences of mis-identification can be severe.

Now, past the disclaimer.

To begin this pursuit, you must, odviously, start with the basics. That is learning plant groups. Start coarse and work your way into more fine distinctions. Begin with this text book. It is well written and gives you all of the primary info. It is well written and concise and one of the few text books you that is highly readable. Botany is laden with terminology, and this book is invaluable for that.

Next, you need a flora. Just a quick search (i live in a different biota) yields this website / information. This is a group that you can trust. If you live near, you may attend some of their field trips or lectures. This is the inner circle of botanists in your area and the ones that probably have the info you are looking into. But, most botanists are in it for intellectual masturbation, so keep the uses out of the discussion or you will be shunned (some are more accepting than others).

A couple of other books that are credible, exhaustive, and useful for your purposes are this and this. Lets face it, the indigenous cultures of this continent knew what they were doing long before we Europeanized the landscape. Also try this and this is the definitive guide for European transplants (many of which are naturalized and invasive but nonetheless useful to us).

Any questions, I'd be happy to answer to the best of my ability.

u/Dr_Celsius · 9 pointsr/Esperanto

Komencanto here!

I bought the Wells dictionary recently, and like it quite a bit. It's a decent size (average paperback) and has both Eo-En and En-Eo sections, with a brief reference grammar in the front. It's recent too, so it has terms for things like phones and computers that some older vortaroj might lack.

u/thusly · 8 pointsr/French

I've recently begun to do the same. I'll list off the resources I've come across, and my thoughts on them.

  • Pimsleur French (Audio)

    Great for learning proper pronunciation alongside some basic grammar and common phrases. I am currently using this as my primary source of spoken French, while learning written aspects from:

  • Easy French Step-by-Step (Book)

    I love this book. I looked through a number of different self-study books, and the pacing/order of this one fits me just right.

  • Rosetta Stone: French (Software)

    This was actually my first attempt at learning French. I gave up after a while due mostly to lack of interest and a lack of perceived progress. The combination of the book and audio systems listed above have made me feel more at ease with the language than this ever did.

    With that said, I've found while studying now that it actually did help me build up a decent vocabulary, and aided a bit with pronunciation. If its price doesn't deter you, I'd suggest considering it as a secondary or tertiary learning tool.

  • Anki (Software)

    This is a free, multi-platform flashcard application. As I've been reading through Easy French Step-by-Step, I've been adding the introduced vocabulary, terms, etc. to "decks" in Anki, which I then study until I have them memorized.

    I break up what I study based on the quizzes in the book. I.e., I add everything up until the book provides a quiz about them. Study, take quiz, continue until next quiz adding the newly learned vocab, terms, rules. It has worked well for me so far.
  • A Frequency Dictionary of Core French Vocabulary (Book)

    The authors of this book analyzed a number of written and spoken sources of French to come up with the top 5,000 words used in French. In the book they're listed by order of appearance (e.g., #1 is "le").

    As the book is already sorted by order of appearance, you can slowly memorize larger chunks, starting from the top, and know that what you're learning is what you are most statistically likely to encounter.

    I program for a living, so I went a bit further and bought the ebook, then wrote a script to pull all the info out for me. I'm now able to practice all sorts of things by filtering the data -- "give me the top 50 verbs that end in -re", for example, to practice conjugation.

  • English Grammar for Students of French (Book)

    I haven't read this book, but it's another one that was repeatedly well recommended as I did my self-study research.

  • Rocket French (Audio & Software)

    From what I've read, this course is somewhat similar to Pimsleur French. However, unlike Pimsleur, of which I was able to find numerous legitimate reviews online, the majority of those I found for Rocket French were astroturfing. They've registered a ton of domains and set up fake reviews of their product. Whether or not it's any good, I don't know, as their decision to do so turned me off from the course.

  • To save myself some writing, I highly recommend you read this blog post:
    La belle in France: Essential French Language Tools

    She covers a number of good resources to aid you in learning French. I'd like to single out (as well as its forums) though, as it has been a fantastic reference site. Easily the best online English<->French dictionary I have found.

  • Another good roundup post:
    Online The 50 Best Blogs for French Majors & Francophiles

    I hope that list is of some help.
u/Austinito · 7 pointsr/botany

Taxonomy is the practice of describing, identifying, naming, and classifying life. The best way to start with plants is probably to start learning vocabulary. Plant Identification Terminology is a good book to get started. From there, learning the major plant families and the distinguishing characteristics of each family is great while keeping in mind the orders these major families are in. From there you can start focusing on genera within the families. I took a plant taxonomy course at my university and it was more or less structured in this way.

u/caesium23 · 7 pointsr/writing
u/iago185 · 7 pointsr/japan

Shit, swearing in English is just fucking punctuation these days -- no one gives a crap.

My wife speaks in Japanese and swears in English. My contribution to the blending of two cultures.

Also, Amazon...


u/leather_jacket · 6 pointsr/grammar
u/Orangebird · 6 pointsr/writing

While I'm all for open access to learning, I feel a little hesitant sharing my class notes on the internet without the instructor's permission. However, Steven Pinker's book, The Sense of Style, shares a lot of the same information and is also excellent.

u/naturalborn · 6 pointsr/PublicFreakout

You can probably find a cheaper one at half price books

u/fjollop · 6 pointsr/LifeProTips

I got the Routledge Frequency Dictionary of Japanese. I love it a lot.

Note that there are plenty of free frequency lists online, but I was never able to find one that wasn't mixed up with grammar structures, conjugated verbs and the like.

u/MisanthropicScott · 5 pointsr/childfree

> infixing is also a thing and it's fan-fucking-tastic.

Note that fuck is a very special word. It's the only one we can insert into other words in the way you did. It's in-fucking-credible.

Am I missing any other words that we do this with?

P.S. I remember seeing a good video about this. But, searching for fuck in videos is unlikely to turn up the one I'm thinking of. BTW, it's also OK to end a sentence with a preposition. Else you end up with sentences like this:

Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which we shall not put.

Have you read Steven Pinker's "The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century"? You sound like someone who might enjoy it.

u/Bidouleroux · 5 pointsr/Quebec

It will expose you to French and force you to use it, but you won't become fluent in French in five weeks nor will your vocabulary/pronunciation/whatever have time to improve significantly unless you do something pretty drastic.

The thing is, unless you spend six or more months living, working and sleeping in French, immersion alone won't do much. Otherwise you have to take a rational approach to learning and use your five weeks as a kind of real life test or laboratory.

Try this :

  • First, make sure you know at least the 5000 most frequently used words in Quebec French (maybe use something like this and add Quebec slang from something with a word list and examples, like this). Give precedence to the second, spoken Quebec French list as it will be more useful during your stay.

  • When you learn words, learn them with their determinant since you always need one in French anyway (learn "la chaise" instead of "chaise (feminine)").

  • Learn the stupid French grammar and its plethora of exceptions. Just accept it for the pile of shit it is and don't give it too much thought at first. Most of the really stupid parts don't apply to speech anyway.

  • Learn verb conjugation. Concentrate on the spoken forms if you must, they are much easier. What is important : indicatif présent, passé composé, imparfait; conditionnel présent; subjonctif présent; participe passé (usually the same as in the composé). For the future tense, the modern tendency in spoken French is to use "aller", conjugate it in the indicatif présent, then affix the future action verb in the infinitif présent or passé. For example, instead of "je conduirai" (I will drive), you say "je vais conduire", "je vais avoir conduit" for "I will have driven". You can also use "j'allais conduire" (imparfait + infinitif) for "I was about to drive". Btw, "I will go" and "I was about to go" would be "je vais (y) aller" et "j'allais (y) aller" (drop the "y" when making a statement, i.e. "je vais aller à Québec" vs. "je vais y aller à Québec!"). No one says "j'irai".

  • To practice your pronunciation, use some real sentences from French TV (better something real like news even if it's read because it's more natural than most drama dialogues) and shadow them, that is repeat them aloud as the speaker say them, with half a second delay, and try to match the rhythm, pitch and accent (in order of importance). The accent or the actual pronunciation of each syllable in a word in the French way, can be practiced in isolation and differs in every French dialect. You should have already done a lot of that, but if you don't feel confident, practice each word from the example sentence independently before shadowing it.

  • Think reading aloud is hard? Try it in a second (or third) language! Buy both the audiobook and the written version of some modern French or Quebecois piece of literature and try reading it aloud while comparing to what it sounds like when read by a native Frenchman. Or use it as a shadowing tool if you think your pronunciation still sucks too much at that point.

  • Go in the real world and speak some French like a boss (confidence is key).
u/afderrick · 5 pointsr/languagelearning

You can always buy frequency dictionaries. Here is a link for the French one:

They are good, I've used them to help identify the most important words, typically they have the top 5,000 most used words. They will take words and assume you know how to use them, so a while the verb to be comes in mutiple flavors in English it will only be indicated once for an English dictionary in the infinitive. I've also found similar lists for free through Wikipedia of every thing written in wikipedia and each words shows up with how many times it is used across the entire site. Its free but you'll have multiple forms of each verb, present, past, future, etc listed instead of the verb just listed once based on its frequency.

u/LiquidGhost8892 · 5 pointsr/Animewallpaper
u/the5200 · 5 pointsr/writing

In the words of Chuck Wendig, "Finish your shit." Just completing the manuscript will teach you a lot, and it's great experience for you as a writer. If this is your first novel-length work, it will likely be painful to get everything out there, but do it anyway.

Perhaps don't think of it as a trilogy right now, though. Write a complete story, take it where you intend to take it, and just write the best manuscript you can. A novel is stressful enough, so you don't need to add on the idea of writing Book 2 and Book 3 to yourself during this process.

There are good resources out there for showing emotions, etc. You can show it with creative tags, or by the characters' actions. Many writing guides will tell you to at least try to stay away from adverbs. If you feel yourself using too many of those, try to cut most of them out and replace them with something else. Instead of "he eyed him contemptuously" try to show that contempt on his face through a few words of description (jaw tightening, clenched, eyes narrowing, top lips curling up, etc). Here's a decent resource for helping you to describe emotions (a handy tool that might help you out of a few tough spots here and there).

With respect to motivation, I leave you with the quote attributed to R.A. Salvatore: "If you can quit, then quit. If you can't, then you're a writer."

u/invertedjenny · 5 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

I'd like to introduce you to your new favorite series of books. Its not the best at helping with pronunciations, but if you can remember the basics from high school you're all good to go ;)

u/noodles_styx · 5 pointsr/German

Hi! Check out this book dedicated to German swearing. For 9€, you'll get a great kick from it:

Dirty German: Everyday Slang from "What's Up?" to "F%# Off!": Everyday Slang from What's Up? to Fck Off!

u/Hermy_One · 4 pointsr/fantasywriters

A word of caution: while /u/ProbableWalrus has succeeded in making your first few paragraphs more interesting, his version is still error-ridden. You'll need a solid understanding of grammar and punctuation if you want to get published.

I think Martha Kolln's Rhetorical Grammar would help you tremendously. It provides a thorough-but-accessible overview of modern phrase-structure grammar, favoring critical, rhetorical decision-making over rote memorization. If you're interested in something more advanced, Steven Pinker's The Sense of Style is also wonderful. Pinker is on the cutting edge of modern linguistics.

u/AmericanMustache · 4 pointsr/DoesAnybodyElse

It's not suffering, it's evolving. Language is and always has been dynamic.

Check out the opening to this book. Steven Pinker: The Sense of Style

u/Nimblestyx · 4 pointsr/iamverysmart

It already exists: The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words.

There was a thread about it on here not too long ago. Can't find it now. Anyway the book takes your normal intelligible English and shits out incomprehensible grandiloquent sesquipedaloquiaciousness. It's glorious.

u/eightbitlincoln · 4 pointsr/Paranormal

Cryptozoology has always been an interest of mine. I suggest that you check out this book, it's rather good.

u/jwhisen · 4 pointsr/whatsthisplant

Location is really important for this question. The majority of quality books for plant ID are very region or state specific. If you are just looking for terminology and basics like that, they will be a little more universal. For that last one, I'd recommend Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary.

u/keylime227 · 4 pointsr/YAwriters

The Emotion Thesaurus is fantastic for this. It lists, like, 50 different emotions and the body language that goes with them.

u/tea-drinker · 4 pointsr/todayilearned

And the English have a book explaining how to swear in German. And French, Spanish, Italian and Russian. And probably more.

u/ngoodroe · 3 pointsr/writing

Here are a few I think are good:

Getting Started

On Writing: This book is great. There are a lot of nice principles you can walk away with and a lot of people on this subreddit agree it's a great starting point!

Lots of Fiction: Nothing beats just reading a lot of good fiction, especially in other genres. It helps you explore how the greats do it and maybe pick up a few tricks along the way.

For Editing

Self-Editing For Fiction Writers: there isn't anything in here that will blow your writing away, land you an agent, and secure a NYT bestseller, but it has a lot of good, practical things to keep an eye out for in your writing. It's a good starting place for when you are learning to love writing (which is mostly rewriting)

A Sense of Style by Steve Pinker: I really loved this book! It isn't exclusively about fiction, but it deals with the importance of clarity in anything that is written.

Garner's Modern American Usage: I just got this about a month ago and have wondered what I was doing before. This is my resource now for when I would normally have gone to Google and typed a question about grammar or usage or a word that I wasn't sure I was using correctly. It's a dictionary, but instead of only words, it is filled with essays and entries about everything a serious word-nut could spend the rest of their^1 life reading.

^1 ^Things ^such ^as ^the ^singular ^their ^vs ^his/hers


Writer's Market 2016: There are too many different resources a writer can use to get published, but Writer's Market has a listing for Agents, publishers, magazines, journals, and contests. I think it's a good start once you find your work ready and polished.

There are too many books out there that I haven't read and have heard good things about as well. They will probably be mentioned above in this thread.

Another resource I have learned the most from are books I think are terrible. It allows you to read something, see that it doesn't work, and makes you process exactly what the author did wrong. You can find plenty of bad fiction if you look hard enough! I hope some of this helps!

u/DennisOswine · 3 pointsr/OldSchoolCool
u/GloryOfTheLord · 3 pointsr/languagelearning

Not OP but for your last question, you can use a frequency dictionary. Here is an example for french.. The only problem is that they're quite expensive, especially if you plan to learn Thai, German, and Filipino.

u/cafemachiavelli · 3 pointsr/learnfrench

> Do you have the French frequency list somewhere neatly structured in a spreadsheet or something with the definitions or do you know of a place where I can find this without needing to look up 2000 words separately?

Not OP, but I spent the day turning this dictionary into a flashcard-friendly spreadsheet. I'm still in the process of collecting decent sound samples, so the last column can be ignored for now.

u/Thelonious_Cube · 3 pointsr/etymology

The older American Heritage dictionaries (red cover) had a marvelous supplemental section on Indo-European roots (which were referenced in the main text) - I still treasure mine for that (and other) reasons.

At some point (the 1990's?) they split that appendix off into a separate book.

There's also this

u/geminijono · 3 pointsr/Cryptozoology

A bit dated, but still one of my favorite books: Cryptozoology A to Z by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark

Nothing too in depth about any one cryptid, but a nice overview of so many you have heard of, and even more that you may not have. Great for being inspired about where to journey next or which cryptid you'd like to investigate further.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession, but about securing a portal.

I need this book because my bf will be so excited when I'll give it to him, he'll make out with me in japanese <3

u/Mistress_Ella_Black · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

So sorry for how long this is... ☹️
4.) I want to gift to u/cera_cyanide cuz they’re super cute & made me giggle when I saw them
5.) because it was my favorite book growing up & the story is so amazingly awesome & captivating!
7.) Super cute!!
8.) I had a stuffed animal Gizmo as a child & this is just adorable!
9.) It is just an adorable older movie (I wanted to link “Unacknowledged” but it wouldn’t let me.
10.) useful for digging yet also sharp to stab zombies in the face with.
11.) My son learned French in school & I would love to surprise him by being able to speak to him in French 🤓
17.) I ALWAYS wanted a remote control car/truck growing up but I never got one ☹️
19.) I love Loki sooooo much 😍 & I need a new purse 😂

u/coachbradb · 3 pointsr/funny


If you are having issues with it perhaps an email to Merriam-Webster would make you feel better.

Here is another...

a. An insect having mouthparts used for piercing and sucking, such as an aphid, a bedbug, or a stinkbug.
b. An insect of any kind, such as a cockroach or a ladybug.
c. A small invertebrate with many legs, such as a spider or a centipede.

Maybe the problem is you have some strange dictionary.

As always I am glad to help out.

u/tehsma · 3 pointsr/botany

There is a book called "Pant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary" which does not identify any plants directly, but does teach you (and show you) how they are described. You will learn leaf shapes, flower types, different kinds of fruit and so on. Knowing these terms makes it easier to identify plants on your own, as you can describe the plant you found using the proper biological terms. It will also serve as a guide to decipher words found in technical botanical texts. I highly recommend this book!

u/lermp · 3 pointsr/botany

Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary


Mabberley's Plant-book: A Portable Dictionary of Plants, their Classification and Uses

They're both nice reference books.

Last Stands and Gathering Moss are fun reads. If there's a particular type of plant you like try finding books that talk about them.

u/CubicKinase · 3 pointsr/whatsthisplant

For about $20, pick up this book:
This will help with a lot of the jargon you will run into when using technical keys.

@OP If you are truly interested in plant taxonomy see about enrolling in a plant tax class at a university. You should also find out a good key for your local flora (if you let me know your area I can attempt a suggestion) and just get out and start keying. At first you will struggle and it will be painful, but as with anything, you get better with practice.

Oh, also consider getting a hand lens. I suggest something 10x or 14x.

u/SickSalamander · 3 pointsr/botany

The botanical definition of fleshy is "thick and pulpy; succulent." Dry is used the same way anyone uses that word (not wet, lacking water).

When a botanist says dry/fleshy they mean "dry/fleshy at the time of maturity." As in right before or right after the fruit would naturally ripen/detach/disperse. Dry fruits are often fleshy when still developing. Fleshy fruits can eventually dry out.

It can definitely be confusing. Legumes (peas, beans, etc) for example are dry fruits. They naturally stay on the plant til the pods dry out, split open, and spread the dry seeds. For eating, people love to pick whole pods off the plant when they are still developing. The seem "fleshy" and are still wet when we get them at the store. However, botanically we classify them based on their natural time of maturity which in this case is when they are dry.


Do you want a database of types of fruits or every single fruit?

A database of every single fruit would would have to include all 250,000+ angiosperms (and possibly many other lower plants and fungi depending on how liberal you are with the word fruit).

A list of types of fruit would be much easier, but dry/fleshy don't cover every possible fruit type.

Botanists would typically use a more speficic fruit type to describe a fruit. Plant Identification Terminology lists "Common Fruit Types."

The dry ones are:
achene, caryopsis, capsule, legume, loment, nut, nutlet, samara, schizocarp, silicle, silique, and utricle

The fleshy ones are:
berry, drupe, drupelet, pome, and pepo

The ones that can be either are:
accessory, aggregate, hip, multiple, and synconium

The book itself includes a key, definitions, and diagrams for each type.

u/Chambellan · 3 pointsr/botany

Regardless of what you want to focus upon Plant Identification Terminology will come in handy.

u/kaneblaise · 3 pointsr/writing

I just bought this for myself and I'm loving it.

Emotional Thesaurus

u/beetus_wrangler · 3 pointsr/IASIP

I imagine it's some kind of novelty English phrasebook with funny sayings, sort of the reverse of a book like Dirty Japanese, not a real textbook.

u/DroolingMoon · 3 pointsr/French

This a good book that taught me a lot of naughty French terminology.

u/fruitblender · 3 pointsr/sex

What language are you looking for? Leo has some modern and up-to-date expression in German.

There's also books like this that I've seen in bookstores for German and other languages.

u/xstitch4life · 3 pointsr/Wishlist

I think I also need this book tehehe

u/1369ic · 2 pointsr/writing

I'm reading Pinker's book now and as somebody who works with scientists and engineers, really liked this section. We have this in spades. There's a lot on the web about it, but it might not hurt to buy the book.

u/CockGobblin · 2 pointsr/videos

Maybe you should buy this Official Oxford Dictionary which contains over 120,000 words!

While reading your Oxford Dictionary, you might need to cool down with a nice bottle of Pepsi Next which has 30% less sugar (than the leading cola brand).

After that, consider purchasing Pao Brand Toilet Paper because you are likely going to be sitting on the toilet while reading your new dictionary and drinking your cola.

u/DanCousins · 2 pointsr/PKA

Here you go, friend.

u/Holylander · 2 pointsr/languagelearning

You may consider using the frequency dictionary of German, e.g. this one:

u/PeopleWithoutMatches · 2 pointsr/LANL_German

Your university will probably have a copy of 'A Frequency Dictionary of German', which is about the best and most balanced German frequency dictionary going at the moment. Note, though, that the more common a word is, the more meanings it has. It may seem most efficient to learn the very common verb 'lassen', but you'll have to learn all 13 uses.

u/Arminius99 · 2 pointsr/language

Routledge has a nicely edited frequency dictionary series (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Japanese).
For example A Frequency Dictionary of German: Core Vocabulary for Learners.

However, unless you have a photographic memory or enjoy creating language mnemonics for fun, I wouldn't recommend memorizing frequency lists. I rather use them after I've learned the basics to make sure that I know the most frequent words and then focus on the ones that I don't.

As for Ancient Greek, I liked Learn Ancient Greek by Peter Jones, which teaches just enough Greek to read a couple of carefully selected texts. (It's not a book that teaches you every aspect of the grammar.)

u/gegegeno · 2 pointsr/LearnJapanese

For those interested in something with far fewer issues than this list, I can recommend A Frequency Dictionary of Japanese [non-ref] from Routledge. They use a larger corpus (~100M words) from a more representative sample of contemporary Japanese.

It also has the meaning of each word and usage notes (register and example sentences) It's kinda pricey, but it is a lot better than any of the online frequency lists I've seen - main difference being that this was prepared by language scholars with access to high-quality corpora prepared by other language scholars, not by someone on the internet parsing a random selection of public domain (or possibly illegal) books.

u/Zahz · 2 pointsr/Svenska

Japanska via Duolingo har en väldigt konstig learning curve. Den går från enklare än nybörjare till meningar med kanji utan att ens försöka förklara hur en mening eller kana fungerar i en mening. Rekomenderar att man inte kör med duolingo om man ska lära sig japanska.

Om slutmålet är att man ska kunna prata, läsa och skriva japanska så är det jag rekommenderar:

  1. Att man investerar i en arbetsbok, tex Genki 1 (obs dyr), Japansese From Zero! 1 eller Minna no Nihongo (obs dyr), de ger dig en bra grammatisk grund att stå på. Böcker kan också finnas i en sjörövarbukt i din närhet.
  2. Samtidigt som du använder dig av Anki för att köra igenom Remembering the Kanji.
  3. Antingen medans du går igenom Remembering the Kanji eller efter så börjar du lära dig japanska ord genom att lägga in dem i en Anki kortlek. Finns en del färdiga kortlekar som redan innehåller alla ord från Japanese from Zero! eller från Genki.

    Detta är min strategi. Jag har kört igenom RTK på ca 3 månader och är nu inne på Japanse from Zero! 2, samtidigt som jag håller på och lär mig alla orden från A Frequency Dictionary of Japanese genom min kortlek som jag har postat här: LINK

u/papa_keoni · 2 pointsr/LearnJapanese

There are various JLPT vocab books out there. There is also A Frequency Dictionary of Japanese. If you’re going to learn from a word list, it might be effective to just learn the first few thousand words that way, and then learning words directly from native materials, focusing on a specific genre or author (narrow reading).

The above is merely armchair theorizing on my part, because I did not use these books to learn vocabulary; I simply read as much as I could, for example from older readers such as Modern Japanese: A Basic Reader.

u/vashtiii · 2 pointsr/LearnJapanese

Routledge have just published one of these. Anyone know if it's any good?

u/TortoiseToot · 2 pointsr/soccer

As /u/american_eisbaer said it does depend on the stressed vs unstressed. If the o is unstressed it would be pronounced like an a, if it is stressed it would be pronounced like an o. I would get a good dictionary with stressed syllables while you are learning additional words, it would probably help you tremendously.

I personally use the English-Russian Russian-English Dictionary by Kenneth Katzner, it was a requirement in high school and the teacher thought it was on of the better dictionaries out there. There may have been better ones made in the past decade or so, bu it is still a decent resource. I threw in an Amazon US link there, not sure what country you're in, but I figured seeing the cover might help.

u/whipback · 2 pointsr/Russian101

The New Penguin Russian Course is amazing and includes everything you need to know about Russian grammar. A book I am reading right now for beginners is First Reader in Russian. It is a very basic Russian book that has exercises and a dictionary in the back. The only bad thing about it is the dictionary doesn't include all of the words from the book so I usually have to go to my Russian-English English-Russian Dictionary. This dictionary also lacks many important words, but it hasn't given me any problems. Another good Russian reading source is Russian Stories: A Dual-Language Book. If you just look around on amazon you will find many good resources.

u/iridefixed · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

get this book.

  • Get ready for signs that read no no gaijin,
  • if you go to Roppongi there will be large black man who try to drag you into titty clubs
  • if you get to drunk and miss your train you can stay at a capsule hotel (but you have to find one that allows americans who dont speak japaness)
  • most bars wont close until early in the A.M.
  • family mart has great drunk food

    I lived in japan for some time (06-09), I am sure i can think of a million tips so feel free to ask away
u/cajunsoul · 2 pointsr/biology

Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms

u/Auswanderer · 2 pointsr/ecology

Borror's Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms

It got me through my undergrad, even helped me get a better understanding of the interconnectedness of it all

u/RegalPlatypus · 2 pointsr/ecology
u/molever1ne · 2 pointsr/techsupportgore

More like this one.

u/PageFault · 2 pointsr/MaliciousCompliance

What specific political purpose was it made for?

The only reasons I can find are purely linguistic, such as the inclusion of the word "ain't". A focus on how words should be used, rather than how they are used. Basically removing what was considered slang.

The dictionary was introduced in 1969. Is your problem that it was updated in 2016? Because Webster updated theirs in 2016 too. I would be very surprised if their website wasn't updated more frequently than that.

u/Statistical_Insanity · 2 pointsr/PKA

I hear this one is good.

u/ErnestScaredStupid · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Or it can mean marginalized. Buy a dictionary.

Here's a link

u/Jesus_Harry_Christ · 2 pointsr/neoliberal
u/merreborn · 2 pointsr/webdev

You can get a paperback dictionary that will last years for less than $4. $3/month is quite a bit more costly than a physical dictionary.

On the other hand, with all the protesting against ad-based websites and web tracking you see on reddit, you'd think reddit would be a little more friendly to non-ad-based revenue models.

You don't like ad-driven websites? This is one of the only practical alternatives right now, reddit.

u/BloodAtonement · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

For you

For me
such a big fan of Lynn C. Thompson I love him and kevin.

u/supercow21 · 2 pointsr/botany

Botany is incredibly vocabulary heavy so one I really love is the Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary.

It has a ton of botanical terms and is really handy if you have to look something up while keying out a specimen. I didn't know grasses had vaginas before getting this book. Now I do.

u/echinops · 2 pointsr/botany

If you want hardcore stuff, here is what I use:

u/MissesWhite · 2 pointsr/botany

Of course! I really appreciate everyone's replies. You never really know what you are going to be greeted with on reddit in response to questions like this. Wikipedia had been an excellent friend. ;)

I am a botany undergrad, who just recently switched over from art, graphic design, etc. So speaking of friends, this book hasn't left my side. I am working on this paper with a professor and another student. It has been a great chance to get my feet wet, and figure out researching various literature in a way I haven't had to do before.

Anyways, I really appreciate everyone's responses!

u/ScottyBondo · 2 pointsr/writing

Check out the emotional thesaurus. It's not online but used copies are cheap enough.

u/vinkunwildflower · 2 pointsr/FanFiction

The Negative Trait Thesaurus, with the Emotion Thesaurus, Positive Trait Thesaurus and the Emotional Wound Thesaurus.

Also Careers for Your Characters: A Writers Guide to 101 Professions from Architect to Zookeeper which "Provides over one hundred descriptions of occupations that can be used for writing fiction, detailing the daily life, jargon, and salaries of such fields as dentistry, entertainment, law, and architecture."

And The Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook is good for times when I can't get online to find names.

Master Lists for Writing is also a good one.

The Psychology Workbook for Writers

Creating Character Arcs Workbook

Thinking Like A Romance Writer: The Sensual Writer's Sourcebook of Words and Phrases A friend got me this for Christmas, mostly to laugh at, but I thought I'd add it anyway.

u/delightedinsolitude · 2 pointsr/aspergers

I bought this. Helped to come up with some more expressive explanations. It also has helped me to identify my feelings because it describes what’s going on in the body:

u/real_big_words · 2 pointsr/writing

I just posted this on someone's question.

On Amazon, I once found an Emotional Thesaurus I liked being able to pick an emotion (such as wistful) and look at the different words and actions related to it.

Hope that helps!

u/CrazyBohemian · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Some of these aren't on Amazon, but all of them outside of amazon are on my wishlist, is that okay?

1.) Something that is grey.

[This compilation of xkcd comics!] ( Though there aren't any formerly-unseen comics included, this is perfect for the lover of the famous (and always relevant) Xkcd webcomics.

2.) Something reminiscent of rain.

[This t-shirt for fans of Incubus that is apparently out of stock now, but I'm keeping it on my wishlist to gaze wistfully at.] (
Incubus has always been one of my favorite bands, and all art that the lead singer (Brandon Boyd) produces is amazing, so I had high faith in this shirt being wonderful if I had the money to buy it.

3.) Something food related that is unusual.

[So I typed in "candy" and this popped up..] (
I'm not sure what I was expecting.

4.) Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. Tell me who it's for and why.

[My mom has always wanted to learn calligraphy and someone recommended this book to me] (
She paints signs for people, usually featuring newborn babies or pets, and she always has to print out a guide and trace it if her customers request a font for their name.

5.) A book I should read! I am an avid reader, so take your best shot and tell me why I need to read it!

[This compilation of postsecrets-- artistic postcards with secrets written on them-- that are all touching in their own way.] (
If you haven't heard of Postsecret yet, you should check it out [here] (

6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related!

I dunno!

7.) Something related to cats. I love cats! (keep this SFW, you know who you are...)

I have two cats, but I got nothing for this one.

8.) Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it.

[This key from KeypersCove] (
I had a similar one on my wishlist but it's out of stock now.

9.) A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Why?

[Cloud Atlas!] (
Terribly confusing unless you see the [trailer] ( first, it's surprisingly appropriate for this sub.

10.) Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain.

[This climbing pick] (
Ever played Telltale's The Walking Dead? Well, one character had a climbing pick that they used pretty frequently to scale buildings and kill opened my eyes to the possibilities and dual uses of items.

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals.

[This book] ( for my writing skills, I always have trouble finding just the right way to convey the proper emotion, plus I have severe social anxiety so it would help me figure out how to act in real life as well.

[Or this book by the famous Virginia Woolf] ( just the type of writing style I'm aiming for.

[Or this book that I'm sure would help me with my technique.] (

12.) One of those pesky Add-On items.


13.) The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item. Why?

I used to have this on my list, but a [Geiger counter] ( because I'm paranoid about radiation and etc. Deleted it off my list because it's not useful for everyday life.

14.) Something bigger than a bread box. EDIT A bread box is typically similar in size to a microwave.

I got nothing on my list.

15.) Something smaller than a golf ball.

[These socks] ( because they're ultra thin and I'm sure they could be crumpled up that small.

16.) Something that smells wonderful.

I'd put something here, but there's nothing I'm sure of. [This book] ( because it could smell like Brandon Boyd?

17.) A (SFW) toy.

I've got nothing!

18.) Something that would be helpful for going back to school.

[This shirt] ( because I find it amazing, oh my god oh my god.

19.) Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be.

[I've been trying to learn Irish for quite awhile now..] (

20.) Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand.

[This poster, this poster!] ( To see what it's based on, the original comic is [here] (

u/RedditBetty · 2 pointsr/Screenwriting

Amazon Bestseller: The Emotion Thesaurus

u/ckrit · 2 pointsr/LearnJapanese

This isn't an academic source, but it may be interesting nonetheless:

You can find it floating around on the internet as well.

u/Sithoiuz · 2 pointsr/funny

Currently in France. Brought this book with me. For anyone wondering what it is, it's a book called Dirty French

u/korobatsu · 2 pointsr/LANL_German

As for colloquial phrases/slang, I have the book Dirty German.

Just a warning that, as could be expected, some words and phrases are regional. My bf is from MV and lived in Berlin for five years, and there are some words and phrases that he says he has never heard in use before. The writer is also not a native speaker, and my bf has laughed at some of his example sentences. But overall, there's a lot of slang to be gleaned from the book in a lot of different categories (friends, the body, sex, partying, etc.).

u/whatrosasaid · 2 pointsr/RandomActsofMakeup

Hey there! Happy early anniversary! I know more about Germany (lived there twice), than I do about relationships, so here are some fun cheap German-y ideas:

u/sproshua · 2 pointsr/Esperanto

komencinte lerni E-on mi trovis cxi tiun vortaron cxe mia publika librejo. gxi estas bonega por paroli kaj skribi E-e. mi havas cxi tiun libron. gxi estas tro simpla, tamen gxi estas helpema.

u/1N9R9G4 · 2 pointsr/linguistics

About Bilingual Dictionaries

Why are some bilingual dictionaries mono-directional and some are bi-directional?

Refer to English-Esperanto-English Dictionary (2010 Edition) by John Christopher Wells (Author). Why is title of this bilingual dictionary only in English instead of English and Esperanto? Does the language of the title mean anything or is it arbitrary?

Refer to English-Esperanto-English Dictionary (2010 Edition) by John Christopher Wells (Author) and Esperanto-English Dictionary: Esperanta-Angla Vortaro (Esperanto Edition) by Paul Denisowski.

Notice that there are parts, which explain the rules of Esperanto. Notice that there are no parts, which explain the rules of English. So it explains Esperanto but does not explain English. It seems that the dictionaries are for learners of the Esperanto language instead of the English language. Is that correct? The pages even mention Esperanto learners and not English learners.

Edit 1: If you can only answer few or some questions, that is better than nothing is.

Edit 2: Links and formatting.

Edit 3: Here is the link for the same question but in /r/languagelearning. It has better answers and more answers.

u/Mahxiac · 2 pointsr/Esperanto

Mondial is a good site to get books from and These books available on amazon are recommended

English-Esperanto-English Dictionary (2010 Edition)

A Complete Grammar of Esperanto

u/hiyayaywhopee · 2 pointsr/Esperanto

The best Esperanto-English-Esperanto dictionary is the one by John C Wells:

In addition to Amazon as canadianguy1234 said, there are some Esperanto organizations that set up their own online bookstores. If you're in the US or Canada, Esperanto-USA's site would be your best bet; a great thing about it is that if you're a member of the organization you get a discount:

u/cbasschan · 1 pointr/cprogramming

In addition to this advice, I've found that people who read (and do exercises from) one of these (or one of these) are statistically unlikely to make this kind of mistake.

> xa = (double pow/SNIP/

You didn't happen to confuse the synopsis for an example when you were reading one of these, did you? "Synopsis" and "Example"... the words are so similar, right?

There should be some take-home point here... like uhh... don't stop reading and start guessing at some arbitrary point... or better yet... read; don't guess.

u/jskoker · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I don't know if it counts as reading, but I've always wanted "The Thinker's Thesaurus". I'm fascinated with language, but common dictionaries and thesauruses bore me. I crave verbosity! Tangible version please. :)

u/TrollaBot · 1 pointr/3Dprinting

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u/Aslanovich1864 · 1 pointr/German

This might sound random, but here's what I did when I was in your shoes:

I purchased the Rutledge German Word Frequency Dictionary:

Every day, I'd write out 20 sentences 3x and read them as I wrote. Did wonders for me....

u/pagoalie · 1 pointr/learnfrench

you chose 2 grammar book. the second book, the "easy" one, might be too simple for an intermediate. if you want simple grammar drills for repetition, then it could still be useful. for vocabulary, I got this workbook-- "frequency dictionary for french: core vocabulary for learners" by deryle lonsdale.

5000 top vocabulary. I want to make an anki deck with it (app flashcard deck)...... I downloaded a vocabulary premade deck-- not french, spanish-- the deck was terrible as flashcards for me..... the entries were so lengthy with sentence structure examples. horrible for speed drills. maybe there are good premade french decks, but I thought I would start off with exactly what I want by building my own.

edit: fluent-forever recommends adding images and sound to basic anki flashcards when building your own deck. I'll see how my basic cards go first. I want to focus on speed drills and skype conversations with an italki professional tutor. here's fluent-forever's anki advice.....

u/MrLucky7s · 1 pointr/DotA2

Also get one of these if from EU or these if from NA.

u/Nink · 1 pointr/LearnANewLanguage

No single item has been more helpful to me in learning Russian than Kenneth Katzner's Russian-English dictionary. It is absolutely unmatched in how comprehensive and easy to use it is, and it is a rare, rare thing I'll think of an expression in English that he hasn't included. Deserving of all the praise and 5-star reviews.

Of course, that's not a first step, you need to get some basic grammar and reading/writing skills first... but to have that dictionary with you, it will be useful at every level, beginner to advanced. Can't recommend it highly enough.

u/thealoof · 1 pointr/languagelearning

I minored in Russian and this is the one we all used.

It's awesome.

u/FronsFormosa · 1 pointr/linguistics

Try to get your hands on a copy of the American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots by Watkins. I used it as one of my primary references for an IE course a while back.

u/xain1112 · 1 pointr/conlangs

I'd recommend getting this book.

u/wataguy · 1 pointr/books

It's missing The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots. I know, it doesn't sound like a pageturner, but it's full of insight into the culture we came from, and the cultures we became. It is by far my most-stolen bathroom book.

u/GoliathPrime · 1 pointr/Cryptozoology
u/mentatmookie · 1 pointr/CapitalismVSocialism

I like to have this handy for that reason. :-)

u/deepsoul13 · 1 pointr/biology

The biggest problem I had with raw memorization was not understanding what the words meant. This book helped me a lot. Helps build a nice basic understanding of everything you'll ever have to learn. There are, cough, plenty of PDF's available online, cough cough.

u/kerpti · 1 pointr/ScienceTeachers

I use this book constantly.

I’ll have a few kids look up each part of a word and announce it out and we break down and build the words and meanings together.

I know it’s not a website but it’s an amazing resource.

edit I did an activity once where the kids had to create their own Genus and species for already existing animal. So like bear could be “brown fur big teeth” but then latinized. To help them, I created my own spreadsheet with words and latin/greek translations that I created from that book I linked and they had access to that through GClassroom.

u/decadentpiscis · 1 pointr/marijuanaenthusiasts

What helped me when learning plant names was learning a bit of Latin along with it. I'll use my dad's old copy of Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms to check out what some of the species names mean. For example, Cornus sericea (Red osier dogwood) is named as such because the leaves are silky. Which I hadn't really noticed before with my run ins with that plant, but more associations makes it easier to remember. Good luck!

u/triloknight · 1 pointr/zoology

This one is pretty solid. It's small but has good coverage. We issue or recommend these to students at the university at which I teach.

u/Baileyjo69 · 1 pointr/Ichthyology

I’d recommend Borror’s Word Roots. It’s $45 on Amazon and it really helps with understanding the Latin used in scientific nomenclature!

u/aedeagus · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

was it "Dictionary of word roots and combining forms", cause that book is badass LINK:

u/PlanetuneJeb · 1 pointr/ShitPoliticsSays

Are you dense or purposely trolling? Only one using "feels over reals" are the morons saying "undocumented" over ILLEGAL ALIEN, and the morons who think ~~"undocumented" ILLEGAL ALIENS have "legal status". No they don't you bleeding heart Marxist. They're criminal garbage as soon as they ILLEGALLY enter/border hop.

> wishing

Do you seriously think that someone who border hops and enters he country ILLEGALLY is anything other than an ILLEGAL ALIEN. Words have meaning. You should invest in a dictionary instead of donating to Bernie. You can get a Merrian Webster dictionary for $6 with tax on amazon. It'll be very useful for you. Perhaps then you can understand meanings of words instead of making them up.

u/samuraiarumas · 1 pointr/news

Ahh, I see your problem. I highly recommend picking up one of these.

u/InSOmnlaC · 1 pointr/news

Holy fuck. You do not know words.

Go buy this. You need it.

u/giannini1222 · 1 pointr/politics

Am I posting fake social media news to push an agenda?

Seriously though, PM me your address and I'll ship you a copy.

Maybe check out some logic 101 courses too. Tu Quoque is important.

u/crypto_amazon · 1 pointr/litecoinmining

If you give me your address, I'll send you a free one of these, on the house: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary New Edition (c) 2016

Focus on your contractions too. Something we learned in the 1st grade over here. Good luck.

u/Eluvyel · 1 pointr/wow

I would advice investing in this

u/Totalweirdo42 · 1 pointr/unpopularopinion

I’m so sorry you are feeling this way and that you don’t know any other words. If you won’t get help how about at least getting a thesaurus so you can use other words?

The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus

u/KingOfTheP4s · 1 pointr/MurderedByWords
u/cfanotes · 1 pointr/CFA

Hawking snake oil implies fraud, directing people to a great study resource is not fraudulent. Perhaps you should also pick up a copy of one of these:

u/zaphod_beeble_bro · 1 pointr/politics

here, you should buy yourself one of these since you don't word so well.

u/Skylighter · 1 pointr/Games

You could do for some light reading as well.

u/ShirleySchmidt · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Yeah....I think your comment just summed up the heart of self-righteousness. Bless your heart!

Only 6 bucks on Amazon -

u/neelhtaky · 1 pointr/botany

The link didn’t load for me. Is it this book by James Harris?

u/InsufferableTemPest · 1 pointr/biology

If you are interested in Botanical Terminology (in terms of identification) I would recommend Plant Identification Terminology An Illustrated Glossary which you can get for fairly cheap off of Amazon. Any Peterson Field Guide in regards to plants would also be good as they have good descriptions and pictures. I'd say that learning to identify plants is just as important as learning about how they work. I'll edit this post later, however, to post a few plant biology
books I've read that you might be interested in.


  • Economic Botany is an interesting textbook. It deals with the more cultural aspects of botany as it describes how different cultures use plants. The first chapter is a brief primer on the basics of botany which is enough to understand the terminology, naming conventions, and inner workings of the plants mentioned. It's not an easy read but it isn't too dry either.

  • Botany is a good botany textbook. It, again, isn't an easy read while still being interesting. The only thing I would note about this book was that it was published in 1995 so it while not contain any of the newer theories that u/Shilo788 talked about. Other than that I'd say the material within it is fairly up to date and is a good introduction to botany.
u/billB31 · 1 pointr/acting

building on thesaurus resources:

This one gives a variety possible actions related to an emotion. Might help you find a new direction (or calm you down). It's a writing resource mostly but I think it may be applicable in what you're trying to accomplish.

u/OfficerGenious · 1 pointr/writing

There's a book called the Emotional Thesaurus that might help. I hear good things about it and I see articles reference it everywhere. It might be really good for you.

u/Sylverstone14 · 1 pointr/funny

My favorite HS teacher (French teacher) loaned me that book once.

It was a hilarious read.

(For anyone looking, here it is.)

u/risjinalosnvai · 1 pointr/French
u/alexaxrossiya · 1 pointr/germany

Maybe pick up this book.

u/s-ro_mojosa · 1 pointr/Esperanto

I personally use John C. Wells English-Esperanto-English dictionary. It's extremely handy for looking up words. It's much less handy for figuring out how to translate shades of meaning because there are no definitions just a list of equivalent words in the target language.

You may also want to pick up PIV 2005 for more in-depth definitions.

Honorable mentions:

  • ESPDIC an open source Esperanto dictionary — a text file really — which is easy to search.
  • PMEG probably the most authoritative book on Esperanto grammar there is. Though, I should also mention Being Colloquial in Esperanto as well.
u/watso4183 · 0 pointsr/GooglePixel

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, New Edition (c) 2016

u/your_real_father · 0 pointsr/funny

I don't think that word means what you think it means.

edit: might I recommend this to avoid future snafus with the language?

u/nshaz · 0 pointsr/PoliticalHumor

How good does it feel to slam the down vote button on my posts? You're totally the best at making your point clear and concise. I can see you've upped your game and are totally not repeating yourself like a broken record.

>How much does the person engage in broad generalizations, saying that all Muslims are X or Y? (Less is better.)

To say that we will not let Muslims into the country temporarily is nothing against the group as a whole, that's simply a statement of physically what will happen. Since your grasp of words is not the greatest, you might want to think about buying that dictionary.

I suppose I would care a lot less about the country if I just sat around and made videos of me playing old video games. Moms basement is already pretty safe so who cares about our borders.

u/PM_ME_UR_LOLZ · 0 pointsr/DebateReligion

your supporting "argument" says a lot about this subreddit and the religious debate in general. irl, not so much.

read a book:

u/Lawama · 0 pointsr/islam

You sound like someone who needs a dictionary.

u/Mudlily · 0 pointsr/writing

Someone in this forum recently recommended this series of books. They give lists of physical and behavioral signs of emotions and personality traits. I bought all three, and I've never looked back. They don't have every single emotion, but are still a boon.

u/aucinoche · 0 pointsr/French

Bonsoir ! Tu dois acheter ce livre pour apprendre des bonnes phrases sales:

C'est vraiment super ! Je l'appartiens.

u/vj88 · 0 pointsr/brisbane

Yea my French is still very basic. I need to set more time to learn. If you want to learn a few more important statements like j'aime gros Seins, check this book out

Honestly when in Quebec City I always like the simple tu es tres jolie when striking up a conversation with a female.

u/notacrackheadofficer · -1 pointsr/worldnews
u/pentad67 · -4 pointsr/linguistics

Try this.

u/Keats_in_rome2 · -9 pointsr/BurningMan

Actually I literally poured it down a drain last time since I had to do it in a parking lot and it was too much water to put on the ground without causing a mini-river. And also, maybe check out Pinker's guide to style. You can get a copy here:

In it, you will learn that texts, internet comments, and tweets are commonly referenced using the "said" indicator, something that most mainstream news sites do too.

So congrats, you played yourself.

u/purplecrowbar · -16 pointsr/CringeAnarchy

Infanticide definition
“Infanticide (or infant homicide) is the intentional killing of infants.”

Abortion definition
“Abortion is the ending of a pregnancy by removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus before it can survive outside the uterus.”

Dictionary on Amazon, great read, I’d recommend trying it