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Is there an observable Dunning-Kruger-style effect whereby the most difficult languages for a student to learn are initially considered easy?

When I started learning Chinese, overconfidence led to me thinking it was "easy". However as I progress, I realize not only how little I know, but also how ignorant I was early on: I was ...
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Pun of the word “fall” [closed]

Is this sentence sound native to English speakers? Fall falls on falls. Which I intended to say "Autumn comes to the waterfalls." If this does not sound native, how would you use the word &...
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What are some effective methods for improving one's accent?

I am a non-native English speaker. I've started learning the language roughly ten years ago, and have been practicing it ever since, be it through exposure to English-spoken content (movies, music, ...
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What is a weekly lesson plan?

What is a Weekly Lesson Plan? Can anyone supply me with some authentic resource that helps to understand how to plan a weekly lessons? The context in Poland, Young Learners of Grade-3. ESL.
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Can't find books to learn Romanian

I'm looking for books to learn Romanian. I have used searches such as "Romanian A1", "Romanian verbs", "Romanian vocabulary", but nothing. I mean, there were pages of ...
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How can one acquire a language just by listening without the visuals?

I have watched Stephen Krashen's talk on language acquisition. And I learnt that according to decades of research and experience, the best way to pick up a new language is to acquire - just like ...
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Is Italian best suitable for study as a foreign language for school students?

From this year, school students in Iran could choose Italian as their foreign language. In the past, they only could choose English, French or German, but from this year they also can choose Spanish, ...
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The correct pronounciation of ᙯ (q) in Inuktitut?

According to wikipedia and various internet source the consonant of ᙯ (written "q" in latin script) is pronouced [q] (IPA notation), but when I hear it spoken in songs or videos (for example ...
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Is it worth learning modern conversational Greek to help with learning classical and/or Attic Greek?

I currently have only a small amount of Greek learning and most of it is Homeric Greek with a little bit of Attic from reading the New Testament. Modern Greek is classified as a "Level IV" ...
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Plural usage (Cats are animals vs Cats are animal) [closed]

What is the difference between: Cats are animals. Cats are animal. Are they both grammatically correct? Are there any difference in terms of meaning?
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B2 level requirements for English

I would like to find the requirement for level B2 level (CEFR) for English. I am mainly interested in the grammar requirements, but also in the other requirements. Are there any details like that? I ...
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Struggling with learning, especially without outputting

Im trying to learn japanese, and i know quite a bit already (Used rtk to learn the meaning/ stroke order or about 2200 kanji, know over 1700 vocab, listen and watch alot of videos constantly everyday ...
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Can we define a Process describing the way we discover and learn new words in our mother tongue?

Can we define a Process describing the way we discover and learn new words in our mother tongue? This could apply to a child who is learning to speak as well to an adult. Consider that you discover a ...
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Low frequency words: native language vs second language

It is easy to explain why one has better proficiency in common vocabulary in one's native language than in one's second language. But when it comes to low frequency words, why does the native language ...
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What are the most authoritative descriptive grammars of Spanish, written in French?

Namely, what authoritative descriptive grammars do Francophones (like French learners of Spanish) use for Spanish? Please DON'T recommend anything written in English.
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Language learning seems tough and a long process

English is not my mother tongue, but in my country it was compulsory for all the schools to teach their students English right from KinderGarten. I remember we used to have a picture book of English ...
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I have been reading a lot recently but how to improve my writing skills?

I am a working professional and English is my second language. I realised that my vocabulary is very weak so I started reading. I don't have enough patience to complete a novel so I started reading ...
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Are there any apps for learning Uyghur?

I am looking for apps or possibly websites (if they feature gamification) for learning basic Uyghur. Do such apps/sites exist?
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How shall a kid learn poetry?

My kid is almost 7 years old, that is to say he just enrolled in Y2. His English is ok -- he's read some Roald Dahl's beautiful stories (Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, BFG etc) and quite ...
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Reverso web site speaks too fast

Reverso has a play feature that plays a voice saying the selected text. I am using this for learning Russian but find that the playback speaks so fast as to be useless. Is there a way to slow it ...
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What's the meaning of Modality in Simple English? [migrated]

I was recently applying for Admission to my desired college and they released a PDF called "Admissions Modality". Dictionary shows the meaning of Modality as the quality of being "modal&...
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Is “know the drill” used in American English as well as UK English in a daily conversation? [migrated]

Some of my American friends say this is truly American expression. And I found this comment; “Get prepared and ready for your punishment” (especially if you have already been punished before) either ...
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Problems teaching the 'gn' and 'gh' to an English learner

I'm teaching a French girl English (I'm not a qualified teacher, I'm more of a language assistant, I'm an English native, I'm at university at the moment). She is having trouble with pronouncing words ...
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Should I learn Japanese pitch accent right from the start?

I just started learning Japanese regularly, and I was wondering if it's worth it to work on pitch accent while learning grammar and vocab or forget it for now and start working on it when I can speak ...
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Is there any such paper that shows passive listening helps language learning?

I have been searching on Google Scholar to find a paper that it has got results on passive listening helps learning a language but I could not find one. Is there any such work that shows passive ...
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What are some good Spanish board games for beginners?

I am about to start a Spanish Learners club and I am looking for fun board games. I remember playing apples to apples in English sometime ago and I loved it. Is there a Spanish version? Are there ...
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Problems pronouncing Arabic vowels correctly

As a native English speaker (from Australia) I've recently started to learn new languages using Mondly, but I'm having troubles with Arabic, specifically vowels. As a couple of examples, 'ana (أنا) ...
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How old is too old to learn Japanese?

How old is too old to learn Japanese well enough to have meaningful conversations? I am not even dreaming of learning any language fluently at my age however. In my opinion, 27 is generally too old to ...
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What is the efficiency of memorizing pieces of text? How much time does such activity have to take?

It is common task to memorize word by word lines from verses and prose for toddlers, schoolchildren and even students for their L1 and foreign language. I've noticed that such activity put lots of ...
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Is it more productive to speak 2 hours with a student who is learning the same language, or 1 hour with a native speaker?

When people find a language exchange partner (such as via Reddit's r/language_exchange), they often seek out a native speaker. However, this typically comes at a cost: spending time teaching them ...
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Are there language textbooks which include an epilogue which is understandable once the textbook's contents are mastered?

In a computer RPG game, the character levels up and begins to effortlessly kill monsters that were once a major challenge. It's a satisfying feeling of progress. I'm studying Chinese, and no textbook ...
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Best teaching method for student with minor Aphasia

What would be the best way to teach a student a secondary language if they have minor aphasia? The aphasia isn't bad enough that they are losing their first language, but it's making standard learning ...
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Is there any evidence based on research that reading certain types of texts can be harmful to your language learning?

I've been learning Italian for some years (at present my level is C1): during that time I've been essentially a self-learner, with the exception of a few months, and I've been a quite active user of ...
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What is the relationship between Greek letters gamma (γ) and nu (ν)? [closed]

Having only a basic grasp of the Greek alphabet (as used in math and physics mostly), I am sometimes confused when looking at Greek spelling of certain proper names or words. The most common source of ...
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How to avoid L1 and L2 interference if learning an L3?

Anyone got any ideas. I primarily speak English, but I know Japanese and French equally well but not as well as English, so they both become muddled when I try to speak either..
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What are the different sanskrit exams like tritiya, bhartiya and vidya bhawan?

I have studied sanskrit till 10th class. I am right now in my final year of graduation pursuing dentistry. I again want to get in touch with sanskrit language. Hence I am planning to appear for ...
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What are the pros and cons of learning Spanish or French? [closed]

I'm a student in the U.S., and it's my time to decide whether I'll be taking Spanish or French. I'm pretty torn, because I know Spanish will be more useful, but French just has a bigger appeal. ...
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What “homework” can I do to benefit more from watching a Chinese movie?

For me, going to the cinemas is enjoyable, there are no distractions, and it's satisfying recognizing something I've worked hard to learn (other benefits are here). It's finally possible to go to the ...
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Reading and Listening Resources for HSK 6 (B2)?

Those who take the HSK 5 (B1-level exam) are expected to be able to read Chinese novels and news articles and be able to watch movies and TV shows in Mandarin. That being so, are there any reading or ...
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Graded watching for Spanish

I'm wondering if there are any resources for "graded watching" in Spanish. I've made a similar post for Korean, my other target language. This is a resource that I saw someone mention ...
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Graded watching for Korean

I'm sure most people here know of graded readers for language learning, but I'm wondering if there are any resources for "graded watching" in Korean. I'll be making a similar post to ask ...
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Are there any languages besides English of which teachers are commonly monolingual?

Many teachers of English are monolingual in this language. In job postings, it is seldom required that they be at all conversational in the language of the country where they are to be employed. If ...
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Are there study methods aimed in particular at Chinese measure words?

Chinese has many measure words(*); in the HSK vocabulary, there are at least: 个 本 次 件 把 只 位 条 张 辆 包 双 层 刻 场 份 遍 台 座 节 趟 篇 棵 所 根 首 片 套 支 群 颗 顿 圈 项 顶 匹 团 幅 批 册 届 朵 壶 卷 艘 栋 枚 幢 束 粒 番 枝 株 (There are ...
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When native speakers encounter an unfamiliar phrase

Have you noticed that when native speakers encounter an unfamiliar phrase, they might distort their mental grammar to arrive at an interpretation they consider reasonable? This is common especially ...
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What are the components of a language lesson?

What I understand is, language teaching has two aims: Skills [Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening] development Linguistic competence development So, each language lesson should cover at least ...
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How can I detect the CEFR level of a resource?

Suppose, I have an English text (poem book, storybook, novel, article, etc.) or an audio or a video in my hand. I want to use it in my lesson plan. How can I detect the CEFR level of this English ...
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Does the similarity between closely related language contribute to the effectiveness of learning them simultaneously?

Basically what I'm interested in is whether there is any research on whether the linguistic similarity of two languages that are learnt simultaneously contributes to the effectiveness of learning them....
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Anki: A LOT of “unseen” cards, is all well?

I am a pretty heavy user of anki (1-2 hours/day), and am confused by a statistic and a behavior. fwiw, I use the templates from Gabriel Wyner/Fluent Forever. OK, here is the question: What is the &...
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Are there books written specifically for bilingual or polyglots (i.e. not for learning the language but for proficient speakers)?

I started an experiment a while back of writing a story with someone who speaks a different native language to me (but we are both able to speak English). I thought the idea of stories where if you ...
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How to find other people to improve English speaking ability?

I'm an intermediate student of English. I would like to improve my speaking skills. How can I join an online group to speak with other students?

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