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Are idiom expressions and phrasal verbs systematically taught as part of the American/English school curriculum?

Some background information: I am an EFL(English as a Foreign Language learner). I lived for several years abroad and attended English-only schools when I was little but repatriated to find the ...
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How to achieve fluency in 1 month [closed]

I've been practicing English for 5 months because I have to go abroad for some work and for that I want to achieve fluency in English. I can understand what somebody is saying in English, but when I ...
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Customizable flashcard app or site?

Is there a simple flashcard app or site that lets you import and export a spreadsheet of vocab words and their translations? I'm trying to find a good flashcard app, but all the ones I'm finding on ...
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κόσμος meaning difference modern/ancient greek

κόσμος (kosmos) seems to be adapted in modern languages like English or German. It is used in the sense of universe. In Russia, astronauts are called kosmonauts. So I expect the word is based on ...
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How can I learn Chinese language for business as a beginner? [closed]

How can I learn Chinese language for business as a beginner? Any useful links are welcome on Chinese language for beginners.
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What exactly does e.g. "95% comprehension" mean?

I recently browsed the paper Schmitt, Jiang, and Grabe, The Percentage of Words Known in a Text and Reading Comprehension, The Modern Language Journal (2011). Its main aim was to find the relationship ...
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When to use ваш vs Твой vs Твоя?

I'm currently going through Section 2 of Russian in Duolingo, and in one unit, it gave me the two phrases "your guest" and "your life". I'm still struggling to understand how the ...
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How to type Japanese chōonpu "ー" long sound mark on Android?

How do you write the "ー" prolonged sound character (as in コート) on Android? I'm trying to learn Japanese, and I'm using Google's "Gboard" app as my keyboard, and I can't find this ...
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How do you learn Balti?

I am trying to take a trip to Pakistan and I want to learn the local language in preparation. The area I am focused on (Skardu and a few other areas in Gilgit-Baltistan) seems to speak Balti but it's ...
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Looking for language learning app to use on subway/while walking

I'm looking for an app to learn Spanish. I'm not finding enough specific information on all the available apps to know which one is right for me. I have three wishes: The app should focus on fast ...
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what is the difference between always tells and is always telling [migrated]

I was doing Destination C1 and C2 grammar and vocabulay exercises when I came across this: My dad ----- (always/tell) jokes, their mostly rubbish, though I thought the answer is "always tells&...
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How are the regular pronunciation rules of Icelandic applied to compounds? [closed]

There are certain rules on pronunciation provided for learners new to Icelandic, a few examples of which are m/n/l/r devoicing before p/t/k, and t-insertion. These rules apply to most words I have so ...
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Spanish - German Dictionary under free licence

I am looking for a German - Spanish (or Spanish - German) dictionary, that can be downloaded (if possible for free) in raw-format, to be used in a software application. Does anyone know relevant ...
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Dual, double, multiple, parallel language interface display options for digital devices and software

I'm looking for ways to display two languages (English and Polish) together on a user interface (UI) when using cell phones, laptops, desktop pcs, tablets (devices) and operating system GUI's, ...
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Free languages courses

Where or how can I find free language courses? I do not mean just duolingo or some other app, but proper (online) classes with a teacher, homework, etc. It might sound surprising, but it is actually ...
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Sight interpretation as the way to enhance speaking ability

The most effective language learning method is perhaps what the Mormon Church does to train their missionaries. They have traditional lessons and live in the language village where they do daily stuff ...
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How to type the alif waslah on iPhone?

I have been using an Arabic keyboard on my iPhone for a while now, and one thing I can’t figure out how to type is the alif waslah. For other markings above the ‘ا’ I hold down the key and I get ...
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As a lower-intermediate level speaker in a standard dialect, how can I quickly learn to understand a different dialect?

I moved to Sweden in 2022 and am a solid CEFR B1 in Swedish – or at least, I am when I’m talking to people in central Sweden. I'm able to have simple business and social conversations with my ...
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How to end conversation due to my own limitations in Korean

I am learning Korean and I have just about enough knowledge to say greetings and order my food in a restaurant (spoken and written). But sometimes my server will assume I know more and I won't be able ...
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Learning Nynorsk as a non-norwegian speaker

I am a non-norwegian person who wishes to learn Nynorsk. I don't live in Norway and I also don't know the norwegian language except for a few words. I want to learn Nynorsk even before I learn Bokmål. ...
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Are there any services for Audiobooks that have EU languages that work in the US?

Every service I've tried Storytel, Fabel, etc all are blocked in the US. While I'm sure this is because some US company has the rights, the US apps also only have English. Is there any way to get an ...
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Looking for an app/website for shadowing

I am a English learner. Recently I want to practice shadowing. So I'm looking for an app/a website that offers daily tips in English(e.g. usage/phrases etc.)Ideally, the tips shall be read out by a ...
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Low-intermediate graded readers for Latin

Which books can I use to progress in Latin reading once I have finished Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Colloquia Personarum? The degree of difficulty should correspond more or less to the level you ...
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Where should I go for questions about the Finnish language?

I was looking for a site here for Finnish language, because I could nowhere find any hint on how double letters are spoken. Is "tt" spoken as "t" holding not as short as it would ...
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Is there research into language teachers getting comments from students on their appearance?

Sometimes I encounter in online or in-person Chinese classes, students who comment on their teachers appearance. Typically it's a female teacher, and the student will say something like 她很美丽 or 她很漂亮 (...
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Correct way to use the Articles: a, an, the

So, is there any way to master the use of articles. I do basically know where to use them but I think I might be overusing. Is there a way to limit the usage -- basically, I want to know where not to ...
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Pronounciation of final -k in Azeri

So I read that, in Azeri, K can either be pronounced as [c] (in Azeri words) but also [k] (in loanwords). However, in the word "çörək", it turns out that the final -k can either be ...
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What are the grammatical similarities between Mongolian and Japanese?

Are there any native speakers of Mongolian that have learned Japanese, or vice versa? Any tips on learning the grammar would be appreciated. I'm not expecting anyone to have learned both languages but ...
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How can ESL students improve their pronunciation by using technology?

Can ESL students improve their pronunciation by using technology? Are there any specific applications for pronunciation assessment and improvement?
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English short grammar books recommedation

I hope this message finds you all well. I want to study English grammar, but I could not find good resources for me, I want to study shorter books before the longer ones, but I could not find any ...
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How can I improve the sophistication of my Chinese grammar usage?

I'm starting to become aware of a weakness in my Chinese grammar. While in my speaking and writing I'm generally grammatically correct (of course, not always), I don't often use more sophisticated ...
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Where can I get Chinese reading materials to copy/paste into LanguageCrush?

I'm trying out LanguageCrush which tracks your vocabulary while reading and watching videos (kind of like LingQ, but I'm able to use the free version). The feature I like is how it keeps track of how ...
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Need help in improving my spoken English

English is my second language and I had a weak foundation in my childhood. Now, I am having trouble in building long conversations with people as I have very limited vocabulary. I would like to ...
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What is the anticipated usage of this Chinese textbook's long lists of questions and answers?

The Chinese HSK6 textbook series 《HSK规范教程 6上》 by 王璕 has many pages like the following wherein there are many listed questions and answers, such as 最近一年你身边有什么灾难发生吗? In the previous year, has a ...
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How can I improve my listening for a selection of Chinese HSK6 words?

I downloaded Mandarin Corner's mp3s where, for each of the 2500 Chinese HSK6 words, Teacher Eileen says the word twice, then its example sentence twice. I note down the words which I don't near-...
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How can I find the meaning of a sign language sign that I don't know the meaning of?

If I have a sign language (specifically, American Sign Language) sign which I don't remember the meaning of, how can I search online to find its meaning? I've tried describing the sign in Google, but ...
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How can I go from "I can express myself" to "I can express myself in multiple ways"?

Most of the time, I can express myself appropriately in Chinese (speaking and writing). The catch is, my language would sound more fluent if I were able to say essentially the same thing in multiple ...
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Two common ways to increase vocabulary -- which is more efficient?

I just wondered how I can increase vocabulary to be able to communicate better and enjoy magazines, books and news programs in English.I have two vocabulary workbooks that contain around 2000 words ...
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How can people with the same native language and target language practice with each other?

In this thread Dr @Rebecca J. Stones raised a very interesting question on the reasons behind Chinese people who are eager to practice English don't simply practice with each other, and I've shared my ...
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Software for Windows and/or Android that has built in dictionary when reading PDF's

Is there any type of pdf(possibly others) readers that can translate in real time and/or have dictionary access to look up unknown words? E.g., if I want to read a book in Latin it would be nice if I ...
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Are the highest language levels (eg: CEFR C1+) unnatural?

I am learning German, and I find many of the concepts taught in C1 very unnatural. For example Partizipialsatz, konsekutive Konnektoren (folglich, infolgedessen etc) seem to be almost never used in ...
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transfering my B1 DELE skills to quickly pass italian CILS?

can having passed B1 in Spanish SIELE or DELE language exam help me pass B1 in Italian exam(CELI, CILS ,PLIDA) with MINIMUM amount of study? does the knowledge of Spanish somehow transfer to Italian ...
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What topics should I have knowledge of when teaching ESL?

I am someone who's been learning English as a second language from a very young age, through consuming A LOT of American media, as a result, I grew up to be very fluent in it, and because I pretty ...
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Equivalent of interlinear for audio?

I'm interested in learning a foreign language by audiobook format where the sentence is read once in English, then a second time in the foreign language. Does this have a name? Do any resources like ...
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Measuring distance between languages, including grammatical differences. Maybe the minimal size of an auto-encoder?

This question is similar to this one; the difference is that I'd like to find out about quantitative measurements that are not based solely on the vocabulary. Are there any such objective quantitative ...
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Struggling with voicing an alveolar trill

I was hesitant to post this question, as I imagine a ridiculous amount of people post here asking about it, but I can't find help with this specific issue. After some time and tutorials, I'm able to ...
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Is translation a more relevant skill when learning a foreign language more closely related to your native language?

Anecdotally, I've encountered people online who consider language learning closely related to translation. This took me by surprise, since I consider learning foreign languages to be weakly ...
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Confused by the capitalisation of titles when they are plural

Worked on a project with General Managers be capitalised. If I had written Chief Executive Officer, then I'd say yes as it's clearly referring to a person. However, in this case I'm referring to ...
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Protracting vowels during speech

I would like to know why protracting vowels during speech, even in languages that do not have the distinction between short and long vowels, even, perhaps, protracting vowels excessively, even, at ...
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Would it be easier for someone who speaks Farsi to learn English or Arabic?

Since English and Farsi are both Indo-European languages, one might think English is easier. But Farsi and Arabic have similar systems of writing, and I would guess they've had influence on each other,...
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