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I need someone to help me recognize this character [on hold]

This is the character I'm interested in. This is what I think it looks like. I want to know the language and the meaning of it. It has been impossible for me to find out.
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Monolingual learner-friendly dictionary for Spanish

The aim of this thread is to compile a resource of suggestions for monolingual learner-friendly dictionaries for present-day Spanish. Please add your suggestions below. Ideally: the definitions are ...
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Monolingual dictionary for learners of French

The aim of this thread is to compile a resource of suggestions for monolingual learner's dictionaries for present-day French. Please add your suggestions below. Ideally: the definitions are written ...
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Should I mix different dialects on minimal pairs deck?

After posting this question, I investigated why I don't understand the sound difference, and I found out that one of the reasons must be the different dialects that exist in the deck. I installed the ...
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Learning correct spelling of Spanish words with or without acute accent

When trying to learn simple vocabulary in a manner similar to that suggested by Fluent Forever, I find that I have difficulties learning to spell words correctly with or without tildes. I've been ...
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Semi automated dictionary application

I asked this question on stackoverflow, and got put on hold; rightfully so. I hope this is a better place. Are there applications, desktop applications, plugins, libraries, etc., dedicated to ...
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How can you understand the pronunciation differences if you don't understand them even on minimal pairs training?

The minimal pair training seems to be the best way for adults to distinguish the sound difference on a foreign language that doesn't exist in his/her native language. According to Fluent: But it’s ...
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Free resources for learning Arabic from English or Urdu

I want to learn the Arabic language starting from basics. My native language is Urdu and I also understand English. Please kindly compare free websites/resources in terms of being user friendly and ...
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Where to find the differences in punctuation between European languages?

The languages that use the question mark "?" seem to do it in a fairly uniform fashion, but I have the feeling that the full stop "." and the exclamation mark "!" are used slightly differently in ...
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Dutch language exams, CNaVT certificates versus NT2 certificates

I am interested in comparing the CNaVT's "Maatschappelijk Formeel (FORM) – B1" certificate to the Nt2's "Programme I" certificate in terms of their difficulty. Moreover, I am interested in comparing ...
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Learning japanese, 1 month progress (Tokyo)

I am a Japanese Language student here in Tokyo. I don't know if I'll get a downvote for this question, but might as well try. I've been studying Japanese for about a month now here in Japan using a ...
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How quickly do western adults learn Kanji?

Learning kanji has the reputation of being among the hardest parts of learning Japanese for many. In order to find a more objective answer to this common question I would like to frame it more ...
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What are the main causes of foreign language anxiety in learners of Chinese?

Wikipedia defines foreign language anxiety as follows: Foreign language anxiety, or xenoglossophobia, is the feeling of unease, worry, nervousness and apprehension experienced in learning or using ...
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Which online English dictionary is good for etymology, British spelling and pronounciation, as well as idioms?

There are several English-English dictionaries online; in addition to Wiktionary and Tatoeba (kind of) and no doubt other folk-edited dictionaries, there seem to be some curated ones: Cambridge, ...
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What resources are there for learning Romanian verb conjugation?

I know this may be not the right type of question for the Language Learning community, but I don't have any other place, as there is no Stack Exchange about Romanian language. Folks on Linguistics ...
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Which Kurdish dialect is the most understandable across the entire Kurdish population?

The Kurdish population is spread across several countries, including Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria, among others. There are multiple dialects, as well. If someone wanted to study a single Kurdish ...
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What is the proper etiquette for a nonnative speaker who wants to practice Mandarin at a Chinese supermarket in the US?

There is a Chinese supermarket in the US I often shop at. I often hear the staff speaking Mandarin or Cantonese, and occasionally Hakka or Fujianese, amongst themselves and to Chinese customers. I can ...
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Transcribing / translating snippet of Burmese (to English)

So I have this picture of Burmese text which I think might be interesting to know the meaning of. I know translation is off-topic here, but I gather that asking which tools are recommended is allowed ...
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How should I decide the order of learning each of languages if you learn all of them in the end?

I wonder if you will have learned multiple languages in the end, the order of learning each of them has any influence and if it does, what is the most effective order to learn. For example, suppose ...
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Should I be learning gender too when learning Russian nouns?

I'm currently just beginning to learn Russian so I'm trying to memorize the top 500 nouns... and then I'll do that same for adjectives and verbs, and everything else (obviously not just that but yeah)....
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Is it true that improving the reading skill also enhances the writing skill and improving the listening skill strengthens the speaking skill?

I am new here. Greetings. We ( in Japan ) have 4 major English tests, which are, Eiken ( Japanese original ), TOEFL, TOEIC, and IELTS. The most popular test among those is TOEIC. However, while ...
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How can I find an appropriate image for a word on SRS?

I'm writing a script that converts my list of bookmarked words into SRS, with audio and image on it. Now, I'm writing a script to fetch an image from Google Image, but the images I got are mostly ...
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How to find the meaning of slangy or misspelled Dogri words?

A friend who speaks Dogri sent me the text: sr peed maay which I think contains a typo. But the text was in his native tongue. When I asked about the meaning, I got the meaning for first two words,...
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Learning the Navajo Language

My colleague is really interested in the Navajo and their language. He is tying to learn the language for some time now and has done all the courses he could find on the internet, only those were only ...
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Does the phenomenon of being able to read related languages have a name?

At the moment I can read Finnish and English fluently and Swedish, Danish and Norwegian reasonably well. I have also studied and forgotten a little bit of French. When I was actively looking for ...
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Should the answers on SRS also be the target language?

I bookmarked words I didn't know while reading texts in a foreign language, and then created my own Anki deck from the list of bookmarked words. Originally I used English as the answer (translation) ...
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Are there any software tools which can deeply analyse pronunciation errors?

I have only ever seen pronunciation taught in terms of body mechanics, that is, "In language X, the "I" sound is produced with the lips more rounded than the English "I"", for example. There are apps ...
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Anki question: multiple words on cards or separate cards for each word?

I'm studying German and I feel the need to learn vocab and sentences as well on the same cards. Basically my technique is to find a sentence not so long, break the vocab down and put it all on the ...
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Are graded readers with monolingual glossaries commonly available?

I’ve been using the book “Read and Think Spanish” to improve my Spanish, and it’s been a great resource, because it provides information about vocabulary or short phrases, but otherwise is just an ...
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Does one's target level make a difference?

Learning the script for Arabic, Greek, Russian, etc. seems too expensive an investment if one wants to learn just a little of the language (say A1 in the CEFRL). Likewise grammar beyond the very ...
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Rolling the r's that end syllables [duplicate]

I think that I am ok, but not amazing, at rolling rs if they begin a syllable (onset). (For example maybe "red".) However if the r is what ends a syllable (coda) (for example maybe "emperor or ...
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In which languages is the lastname written before the name? [closed]

I would like to know in which languages is the lastname always written before the name. I know Taiwanese people do it. I was reading about the creator of Taekwondo Choi Hong Hi and I wondered if Choi ...
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Learning kanji and vocabulary

Learning vocabulary in Japanese (and I assume Chinese) is a strange feeling since one must also learn how to write that word using Chinese characters. When I started learning Japanese, I learnt words ...
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What's the most complete book on English grammar?

I'm a foreigner who has never studied an English grammar book before and who now has the necessity to not only study the topic, but to know everything a good speaker should know. For this reason I ...
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Is there a book that teaches the main exceptions to English spelling rules?

I've got books on the rules, now it's exception time!
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How can I make sure my pronunciation based on IPA is correct?

I have read this question and answers titled "How can I learn IPA?" and now start to (finally) learn IPA and phonetics. However, while the question asks about the way to learn the IPA, which focuses ...
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Digital dictionaries with sound for French learners

I had been using Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English on a computer app. It was a great experience working with a dictionary that gives you pronunciations, examples with sound, thesaurus, and ...
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Is spaced repetition more “efficient” at creating leeches?

I’ve found spaced repetition a by and large useful tool for memorisation, but I have a suspicion that it does a “good” job of reinforcing memories you “know” are incorrect (you get them wrong when ...
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How can I get over lack of learning resources in “minor languages”

Sometimes I want to learn a language but give up due to the lack of resources available. These languages tend to be the ones that very few people learn using English. In my opinion, one of the core ...
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How to learn the pronunciation of mathematical formulae in Norwegian?

Another question concerns acquiring mathematical vocabulary: Acquiring mathematics vocabulary in Norwegian However, mathematics also includes plenty of formal expressions, such as f(x, y) = (4^x - y^...
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How to continue improving my English despite the lack of immediate need?

I am originally from Russia and I've been living in the UK for the past 5 years. I work in IT so the requirements for English are not very high. I speak and write well enough to be understood by my ...
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How to get started with Ukrainian alphabet?

I want to learn Ukrainian, but I need a tool to learn the Ukrainian alphabet before I get started with Duolingo's Ukrainian course.
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Is there a publicly accessible “Self access language learning center” in or near Washington, DC?

I was recently reading the Wikipedia article on Self access language learning centers, which describes them as ...educational facilities designed for student learning that is at least partially, if ...
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How many people in the world can I speak with if I know three languages?

In order to gather some data that can hopefully give an estimate for the correlation between L1 and L2 languages, please take a moment to take this short 2-question survey. The title might be a bit ...
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Where to find a decent source that tells everything I need to know about german orthography?

So, I've told you I need an orthography source, but what do I want to know exactly? Below is the list. Letter-sound and sound-letter correspondence: Basically, I want to know which sounds each letter ...
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Can I learn Spanish and French at the same time?

I am currently in 9th grade, and am taking 1 year of Spanish. I would like to continue my studies in Spanish next year and also start French. Multiple times, I have heard that it could be very ...
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Which language comes near to English to learn easily?

I want to learn multiple languages but looking out for nearest languages to English, only to speak. I currently speak Hindi, English, Telugu, and Urdu, where Hindi and Urdu are the nearest relatives.
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How to overcome limitations of memory palace?

I frequently use the loci method (memory palace) to learn vocabulary, but I find that after 150-200 words my house is full with words/images and there is no space left. I know of people who can ...
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Are there any Turkish grammar apps/website that allow for more interactive Turkish grammar and translation training?

I have been trying to learn Turkish for a while now. I studied most of my grammar book, made most of the exercises in it and translated all the Turkish sentences I encountered in the book (and ...
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How to be in constant contact with the IPA to improve one's pronunciation of a language?

Recently I've been consulting a few words in the dictionary and after seeing their phonemic transcription I realized how my pronunciation differed from that of natives. The dictionary may then seem ...

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