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  • Should a Christian greet a Muslim with Salaam Alaikum?

    I'm a Christian and I work in a customer service position. Yesterday it so happened I had to call someone in Morocco. The lady who answered spoke French first. Now I don't have a good knowledge of Muslim culture, but since I was trying to be polite, professional and pleasant all at the same time, the first thing that occurred to me was to say Salaam Alaykum, and she immediately replied with Alaykum Salaam. We continued in English after I asked for her permission to do so. The call went well, so I think I made the right decision.

    Discussing it with a coworker afterwards, however, his opinion was I shouldn't have used that phrase because it's too religious for a non-Muslim to use. I really don't see the problem. I'm just a Christian trying to be polite and showing openness to another person's culture. What's wrong with that?

    8 AnswersReligion & Spirituality6 years ago
  • Why does my dishwasher not work?

    Hi guys,

    A knife fell between the two panels that form the dishwasher door. (The model is Indesit IDL 50, I believe.) We had to disassemble the door to get the knife out, by unscrewing all of the screws on the inside of the door, and then we put it back together, trying not to interfere with the electronic components. It should have been a straightforward thing, but for some reason the dishwasher is not working anymore. (I remember that the two middle lights, on the left of the panel, were lit during the night but the washer didn't do anything at all.) Any ideas why?


    2 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs7 years ago
  • Is the Ancient Greek name Selefkos still in use?

    I only know that Selefkos Nikator was one of the Diadochi, the successors of Alexander the Great. I really love this name and I want to use it for a character in a book I'm writing. And yes, I am looking for a very unusual name for this character. It seems to have fallen out of use, so I'm wondering whether it is still used at all in Greece or Cyprus, and whether Greeks (Cypriots or otherwise) would be particularly surprised by someone with such a name. Ευχαριστώ! :)

    1 AnswerLanguages8 years ago
  • Circadian cycles in outer space?

    Hi everyone, I've been wondering about this.

    A human circadian cycle is 24 hours long because of the way we've adapted ourselves to the Earth's rotation. We sleep 8 hours a day on average, which means we spend the remaining 16 hours awake. Essentially we try to use as much sunlight as possible and sleep while there is no light.

    But imagine that eventually humankind would colonize other planets. Not considering other factors such as atmospheric pressure and gravitational pull, how would this affect human health?

    For example: imagine that we would colonize a planet where the days are 36 hours long. Would humans eventually be able to adapt their circadian cycles to sleeping 16 hours in a row and staying awake for 24 hours non-stop? Or would we have to stay awake for 16 hours maximum, therefore missing much of the sunlight we'd get (which I guess would severely affect most of us psychologically)?

    Please let me know of any sources out there where I might find an answer to this specific question.


    4 AnswersAstronomy & Space8 years ago
  • Emergency scorpion sting treatment in Algeria - how to?

    Hi folks,

    I'm writing a story involving a person who travels to Northwest Africa and, at one occasion, witnesses a local (young adult, mid twenties) being stung by a scorpion, then tries to somehow provide assistance. What I've read about scorpions in Northwest Africa is that they are one of the deadliest types in the world. The main character would have some anti-venom (I know it can be extremely expensive, though, but that is not the main concern at the moment) and a small first-aid kit, and would know how to apply CPR if necessary.

    What I need to know is what exactly must a person do when confronted with such a situation: how to save someone who has just been stung by a scorpion? How soon might the afflicted person suffer cardiac arrest afterwards, if that were the case? Would CPR be the appropriate action in that moment or would it not be enough? And what kind of care would the afflicted person, after surviving the initial sting, need over the next days?


    1 AnswerFirst Aid8 years ago
  • Windows XP Sound Recorder?

    Hi all,

    I am using Vista and would like to use the Windows Sound Recorder exactly as it came in XP. I need it to create .wav files in specific compressed formats, which was possible with "sndrec32.exe" in XP. I really don't know how to do this in any other program, and for some simple mixing tasks I find it actually more intuitive than other more powerful but also more complex programs, so I really would like that specific program.

    Alternatively, if this is truly impossible, is there anywhere I could download an audio program from, as similar as possible to the Windows XP Sound Recorder?

    Thank you.

    1 AnswerSoftware9 years ago
  • How to install audio drivers?

    Hi folks,

    My brother and I have a more or less old desktop computer which got formatted some time ago and we got it back with nothing but Windows XP installed in it. After a while we added lots of stuff and got the Internet running again, but we still can't get the built-in sound card to work and we don't have its original documentation anymore.

    What I need to know is: how do I find out exactly what model is our sound card? Without taking the computer apart, that is. =) After I have that information, I guess it should be no problem finding drivers for it on the net.

    Thank you,


    1 AnswerDesktops9 years ago
  • How to find an apartment in Vancouver, from Europe?

    Hi everyone! I've graduated recently and am planning to immigrate to Canada with a Skilled Worker visa at some point in the future, essentially to start a whole new life on my own, with bigger career plans at long term. Towards that end, I would like to find a normal, affordable place in Vancouver to start with, just for myself.

    Of course, I will only immigrate if I am sure that there are good chances this will work out. I am aware that Vancouver is an expensive city and the economy is not going well presently, but I don't think this is impossible and I would do anything to make this dream come true.

    I'm planning to get a full-time job with a salary not less than 16 Canadian dollars per hour, ideally 20 or more. Financially, I can only count on limited support from my parents back home, which is why I have to make sure I'm making enough money to support myself even without their help. A major part of my salary will therefore be for paying taxes and the rent each month. I don't need a car for now, public transportation will do fine for me.

    As for the details about the house I'd like to find in Vancouver: I don't need anything fancy. I would like it to be in good condition, but I don't need a lot of space; a small apartment with one room, one bathroom and a kitchen would be enough for me. If possible, I would also like to be not too far from Stanley Park.

    But I would also like to know what the average apartment is like in Vancouver, so I can compare... Do they usually have gas plumbing? Are they usually in very tall residential buildings? And how are the heating systems, electric or gas?

    With all this in mind, what I really need to ask is: how to find such a place in Vancouver? Can the deal be arranged before I actually arrive in Canada or does somebody (me personally or somebody for me) need to do it there? And most importantly, what's the average rent for this kind of housing? Will I be able to afford it normally with that salary?

    I know this is a lot of questions all together, but I can't leave anything to chance.

    Thanks to everyone for their attention.


    7 AnswersVancouver1 decade ago
  • What do you call these parts of a room?

    Hey, guys. I'd like to know what are the names, in English, for the parts of a room where the walls meet the ceiling and the floor. I know that the parts where the walls meet each other are called corners, and I think one of the other two is called baseboard. Anyway, does anyone know?

    3 AnswersWords & Wordplay1 decade ago
  • How much money can one make at the Vancouver Aquarium?

    I would like to apply for a job at the Vancouver aquarium. I'm 25 and about to graduate in Linguistics. My work experience (3 years) consists of welcoming visitors of multiple origins (which means having to instantly switch between tons of different languages), checking or selling their tickets, giving them directions and making sure that they follow the rules.

    I like this kind of job and I love languages in general. I can't get enough of learning languages. And I already have three years of experience, so I think this should be a good thing in my favour. I would be willing to take any position where my experience and/or language skills will count, especially in Guest Relations.

    The problem is that I am Portuguese and actually trying to make careful plans towards immigrating, which means that I need to have a fairly good idea of how much money I can expect to make with such a job, because I will have to manage my finances completely alone. My family will support me if I need to go back home, but as you can imagine, what I want after finishing college is complete financial independence.

    I have nothing in Canada yet, not even some friends. My favourite city is indeed Vancouver and I already know that there's no way a newcomer like me is going to get by on minimum wage there. Still, none of this discourages me.

    However, obviously, I would feel very uncomfortable asking my potential employers about how much money I'd be making. I don't want to be disrespectful. But it's a catch-22 for me, because I'm going to be immigrating and I don't feel completely confident applying for this job if I'm not certain that it will allow me to make enough money to establish myself economically and thus build a normal, decent life to start with in Canada. If I don't have at least a fair idea of it, then it'd be like "shooting in the dark", as we say here.

    I don't want to create unnecessary hardship for myself (or for anybody else) in Canada, namely poverty or illegality, but I'm not scared of challenges or changes in my life. In fact, I feel I actually need a change of such magnitude as leaving Portugal to live in Canada.

    I don't mind the routine, I don't need to get rich overnight, I won't get homesick and I'm not intimidated by taxation. I just need to know which way I'm going and where I'm setting my feet as I go, that's all. My objective is to start a good life in Canada; that's what really counts for me.

    So if you can give me a good estimate on how much money I can expect to be making with such a job, please let me know. I'd be grateful to you.

    Best wishes.

    3 AnswersVancouver1 decade ago
  • How to get a job in Canada (coming from Europe)?

    Hi, guys. I'm Portuguese, 25, and I want to start a life in Canada. I would like to know how (and where) I can find a well-paid full-time job somewhere in Canada, but preferably in a zone where the cost of living can easily be compensated for by my salary alone. I plan to keep my monthly expenses at a decent minimum, possibly renting a room with shared bathroom and kitchen, and using public transportation only.

    I have three years experience in Public Relations at the Lisbon Oceanarium (that is, welcoming visitors, answering their questions, giving them directions, checking their tickets and making sure they respect all of our rules).

    I am about to get a first degree in Linguistics, though I am willing to do most any kind of work outside this area if I am needed. Possibly, I will continue my studies later on, when I can afford it.

    I speak European Portuguese and American English fluently, I also have some knowledge of French, German, Russian and Spanish, and I am strongly willing to develop my skills in all possible languages, particularly French and also Asian ones such as Japanese and Korean.

    I am also interested in software development and I would like to enter this industry eventually, possibly with an entry-level job such as Quality Assurance.

    I believe that my language skills and my work experience are the most important points I have in my favour. Like I said, I am willing to work anywhere, for as long as necessary, and in any kind of job. All I need is for it to be paid well enough to allow me to make some savings and not fall short of money every month. That is to say, all I need is a place to start from in Canada.

    I also need to know what kind of qualifications are currently most in demand for well-paid jobs, and what kind of jobs I could get with my qualifications and experience. And, of course, I need to know in which city or state these jobs are available.

    I am not intimidated by the weather or by not being around any of my friends or family. I think this might be a relevant thing to say, since I will be going alone and my native country is quite warm... =)

    Even despite the recession in Canada, I believe there can be a chance for me somewhere. So I need to know as much as possible before making a definite decision.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks for your attention.

    4 AnswersOther - Careers & Employment1 decade ago
  • Living in Vancouver (compared to Lisbon)?

    Hi, Canadians. =) I've been doing some research on prices in Vancouver, especially house prices, because I would like to immigrate from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Now of course buying a home is not how I plan to start my life there, I haven't won the lottery yet... But in the long term, I'm considering all of my options, depending on how my career goes. But for now, I need to think in practical terms and decide whether I can establish myself economically. I hope you can help me figure this out.

    Fact number 1: we use the Euro in Portugal. Accordingly:

    C$1 = €0.63

    €1 = C$1.59

    Fact number 2: the current monthly minimum wage in Portugal is €426 (C$677), while in Vancouver it's almost double. It has been said some time ago that it might go up to €450. What can I say? We are hardly a rich country.

    Fact number 3: here, we generally consider taxes to be heavy and wages to be objectionable, since we note that we always have enough money to last us for at least a month but it's very hard to make real savings. We pay a 21% tax (called IVA) on basically everything we buy. Like I said, this is hardly a country of the rich.

    Fact number 4: as examples, here are the prices of some basic stuff. (I hope these values are accurate.)

    - 1kg of bread = 3.75€ (based on a 40g bun at €0.15)

    - 1l of water = €0.40 (average)

    - 1kWh of electricity = €0.1011

    Fact number 5: the cost of the middle-class apartment me and my family are living in (and still paying for, of course) is €175K. That's C$278K. It's an OK home - but really just OK, I think, and not in a very friendly part of town either. Normal rents seem to usually range between €500 and €800 - already well above the minimum wage. And that basically means that with the job I have now, all of my full-time salary would go to the rent; good thing I don't live alone.

    Fact number 6: The two most expensive luxury homes that I could find in Lisbon cost a whopping six million Euros (C$9.5M) and 5.5 million Euros, while I expect the cheapest luxury homes to be around €300K and the average around €1M. These two values are just guesses, though.

    I consider life in my own country to be slow, tiresome and very expensive, under these conditions. Suffocatingly expensive. Even though it's actually improving massively from the way it was 40 years ago. But that's another story.

    My questions: how does all this compare to Vancouver? And in the short term, what kind of monthly expenses, including taxes, am I to expect if I earn at least C$1920 per month (that's C$23,040 per year, before tax deductions), renting a simple room with shared bathroom and kitchen at around C$400?

    I already know that my salary will go to:

    - room rent (C$400);

    - taxes (if it's 20%, then it's almost another C$400);

    - public transportation fees;

    - electricity (just for the lights and the computer);

    - food and water (that's decently feeding myself; neither starving, nor going to a fancy restaurant every day);

    - all other everyday stuff such as clothes and hygiene products.

    How much money will I have left at the end of each month? Will it at least be enough? Or will I fall short instead?

    Thanks for your attention. (Please, detailed answers.)

    4 AnswersVancouver1 decade ago
  • I want to live in Vancouver. What's it like there?

    I'm Portuguese, 25, and I've contacted the Canadian embassy regarding the immigration process. I'm about to finish university and I want to find a job in Canada and get a visa to immigrate as a Skilled Worker. I'm going totally on my own for now. My favourite city so far is Vancouver, because they say that the weather is not so extreme and it ranks as one of the very best cities in the world to live in - but most importantly because there seems to be a job there similar to the one I have now. It can be a golden opportunity for me.

    I would like to know more about Vancouver in general, particularly about the cost of living. Everybody here says Canada is expensive, but this is a vague statement and I want to think practically and make sense of this. I know the minimum wage is C$8 per hour (which is C$1280 per month working 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 4 weeks a month). Is this enough to pay for stuff like a room rent, food, water, electricity (for a computer and kitchen appliances), simple clothes, public transportation and possibly also a gym?

    What kind of public transportation is there in Vancouver, and how costly is it? What's its frequency? Does it consist of skytrains, a subway, buses, ferries...?

    Also, is it possible to find reasonably-priced rooms for rent, just for one person, not too far from Stanley Park, to stay indefinitely until I buy my own home later on, when I can afford it? Or, alternatively, small communities such as student residences? And what's the cheapest option?

    I need information as detailed as possible, please. This is very important to me. I know I'm asking a lot of things at the same time, but I'm really excited about this opportunity in my life and I don't want to lose it. I want to do everything wisely - and, of course, legally. Thanks for your attention.

    4 AnswersVancouver1 decade ago
  • I have a friend with low self-esteem. How can I help and encourage her?

    My friend is a teenage immigrant, she's been through a lot and I can see it in her that she resents her situation every day. She can't get a lot of the things she wants, because she doesn't have much money. And the memories that she has don't help her; people calling her names, her father mistreating her mother, she and her family coming all the way across Europe and then getting all sorts of bad jobs and health problems... She hates my country, and I can't blame her...

    But I really care for her, and I've constantly tried to show her that I'm on her side. I'm trying to help her get a job, to help her take care of her health, and to spend time with her so she isn't lonely.

    I constantly try to encourage her and to show her that she's not as bad as she says she is. She doesn't like her body, her situation, not even her personality... But maybe she would be more optimistic if she and her family would be in a better situation, with better jobs and a better home... Any ideas, people?

    3 AnswersFriends1 decade ago
  • I'm in love. How should I express it?

    Hello, everyone. I'm in a complicated situation and really need some advice on this. I've met a girl, about four months ago, and I think we already have a beautiful story together as friends. I fell in love with her completely, but she doesn't love me, no matter how good friends we are.

    It is far too complicated to explain here what we've been through... I've been completely honest to her, tried speaking to her in an flattering and encouraging way, dedicated A LOT of time and money to her and she knows it, given her lots of flowers and gifts, held doors open for her and gave her my seat in the subway, and I kissed her many times already. She still says I can't make her happy.

    The thing is I've been hurt in my past and it's hard getting over it. She's been hurt too, and now she's cautious of anyone who tries to get near her - understandably. All of my success seems to be in making her feel a tremendous amount of pressure. I want to be less emotional... And I don't want to give up.

    2 AnswersSingles & Dating1 decade ago
  • Do you wish to exchange language skills?

    Hi! I'm a college student in Lisbon and I am very interested in improving my language skills in several foreign languages, namely English, German and Russian. Towards that end, I would like to find people living in or near Lisbon which might be interested in exchanging language skills - I can teach them Portuguese, my native language, in return.

    I feel very comfortable with English, but I still feel the need for some practice, to get rid of my accent and thus perfect my English. As for German, I've been studying it for two years and feel moderately comfortable with it. And as for Russian, I've started learning it only a few months ago and know very little.

    I am especially interested in these three languages; however, I believe that all languages are worth learning. So if you are (or know of anyone who is) living or staying in Lisbon and need to practice Portuguese by casually studying and conversing with a native speaker, just e-mail me; I'd be glad to help.

    Best wishes,


    4 AnswersLanguages1 decade ago
  • Pop quiz! Fastest correct answer gets 10 points! Do you know...?

    OK folks, let's play a little game! I'll ask a question and the first answer that I consider correct, clear and complete gets 10 points. Even if there's a better answer afterwards, the fastest one still gets the 10 points. But the answer HAS TO BE complete and clear. (Of course I already know the answer. XD)

    OK, those are the basic rules. You can do your own pop quizes too, if you want, with more interesting questions... :P

    Can anybody tell me what's the difference between Simple and Perfect verb forms? For example:

    "I saw." / "I have seen."

    "I was seen." / "I have been seen."

    Can both forms be used as synonyms in any case, or are there any particularities which we have to pay attention to?

    Be quick about it... ;)

    11 AnswersLanguages1 decade ago
  • How does nitro boost work?

    Hi, people. :) We've all seen movies such as The Fast and the Furious, where tuned cars use boosts of bottled nitrous oxide gas for added acceleration and top speed. What I'd like to know is just how it works. I've heard that it basically consists of cold gas being injected into the engine, presumably to cool it, but is it involved in some kind of chemical reaction?


  • Let's start a new language! Who wants to help?

    Recent social, political and economical developments have made it increasingly clear that an international language is necessary, to be studied and spoken throughout the entire world, in every city, in every home, in every family and group of friends. It is to have a vocabulary rich and powerful enough to express every feeling and reality that the human mind can experience and remember, and it is to have a grammar simple enough to leave no room for ambiguity whatsoever and to be easier to learn and to use, and its functions and methods easier to understand and to master, than any of the already existing languages. Its phonetic system is to make use of every sound of speech that a human can voluntarily produce, and yet it is to remain easy to learn. The language itself, ie the way it works, is to be fully understood by all speakers, thus minimizing errors and doubts.

    How far do you agree with this view?

    And if you agree, how would you contribute for the creation of such a language?

    7 AnswersLanguages1 decade ago