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Complete intro to the structure of Tibetan letters

In order to learn the Tibetan language, I would like to learn to write the characters as seen on Wikipedia: I would just use it as a reference and zoom into the characters to learn to draw them, but ...
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Languages that a strictly written top-to-bottom [on hold]

I know Japanese/Chinese/Korean can be written top-to-bottom, but typically these days it is written left-to-right, at least I think for Japanese and Chinese, not sure about Korean. The only other ...
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If Devanagari letter ड or ठ or similar can be written more merged like उ [on hold]

So these letters like ड and ठ have a little "attachment" piece between the top bar and the lower component. I am wondering though if you can remove that attachment in the way you write them, so it ...
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Publicly available reference on Hebrew Alphabet Orthography Rules

I would like to know what a good book, paper, website, etc. would be that describes, for each letter in the Hebrew alphabet, what is and what is not acceptable for the character. I see a lot of ...
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If Hebrew Hei ה‬ character can be written without a space between the lines [on hold]

Wondering if ה ‬Hei can be written without the space between the lines. I know there is the Chet ח‬ character which sort of looks like it with the space closed, but I'm wondering if there is any other ...
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Tongue exercises relaxation (Flap T/D)

I have a question about pronunciation. I've been studying English practically for my whole life, but for some reason I have such a hard time pronouncing the FLAP T. I do know how to make it perfectly, ...
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How to draw devanagari characters Tha, Dha, and Bha [on hold]

Looking here and here, I constructed this list of characters which I can't quiet tell how to properly write: ऋ (not sure what this one is) थ ध भ Without having a book describing the pen motions, ...
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Good reference on Devanagari typography and alphabet learning

I noticed nice fonts such as this or this for devanagari: (Copyright Ananda K. Maharjan; licence: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial) I am used to seeing more curvy fonts such as this: I ...
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How Dalet, Final Kaf, Vav, Final Nun, and Resh (and maybe Yod) are differentiated in print

When either handwritten notes or computer printed documents are read, these letters have a very similar structure ד ך ו‬ ן ר. I guess you could say it is just as similar as ij or il or tf, even qg. ...
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The boundaries of acceptable typography for alphabet letters

I am wondering if there are any "modern" / "minimal" Hebrew fonts out there that demonstrate a different view of some of the letters. Specifically, I have seen quite a bit of variation in how the ...
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Bilingualism in Canada vs the Nordic Countries [on hold]

Is it true that Scandinavians generally speak better English than people from Quebec?
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Is there any evidence that correcting a learner's oral mistakes in class has a negative impact?

In a comment on the question Is there a scientific evidence of class / teacher importance for adult learners? Gavenkoa makes the following claim: There is evidence that certain teaching activities ...
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Is there a scientific evidence of class / teacher importance for adult learners?

The role of a teacher in teaching languages to adults is not clear. By roles, I mean, for example: facilitator, manager, assessor, resources, participant and counselor. Suppose learners concentrate ...
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Is there a Persian Transliteration App

The question says it all... I'm looking for a google translate-type app/website, where I can type in english phrases and have them be transliterated from Farsi :) Right now, I can't read the arabic ...
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How to get most language learning benefits from frequent casual conversations with natives?

I know several languages on various levels: Polish native English C1-C2 German B2-C1 Russian B1 Spanish B1 I have tons of opportunities to speak to natives: English - quite a few people at work (...
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What's the most efficient way of improving English listening skills?

I am a native Chinese speaker, and I have lived in Toronto for 8 years since the time I was 18 years old. But my English listening skills are pretty poor. I cannot understand the movies in the theater ...
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The very beginning of kanji study [closed]

As a beginner I am surfing the internet for some reliable methods for learning kanji and I am curious: is it efficient to learn "2136 jōyō kanji" and 214 radicals from the "Kangxi dictionary"? It ...
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Where could I locate at the suffix reference for the Hebrew word (וּבֵרַכְתִּֽיךָ)? [closed]

Where could I locate at the suffix reference for the Hebrew word (וּבֵרַכְתִּֽיךָ)? וּבֵרַכְתִּֽיךָ found in Exodus 20:24 and found with the translation of "bless you". Upon looking at the root ...
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How does one become an IELTS examiner?

The language tests defined by International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are widely recognised tests of English language proficiency for non-native speakers of English. In one of his videos,...
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What is the better way for structure the learning of 5 languages in 1 year and 6 months?

It's really this, I have a dream to speak Japanese, Korean, Standard Chinese, French and Russian. I know it is hard and very difficult to learn five language at the same time. Right now, this is my ...
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How does the CEFR cater for the abilities of Deaf language learners?

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or CEFR has been the subject of roughly a dozen questions so far (see cefr). The CEFR is best known for its method for defining proficiency ...
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How to start hearing the difference between similar sounds

The question I have is something that every student of a second language should have. That is about not being able to hear the difference between similar sounds, because of the first language. For ...
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Why learn English grammar first? Just gets in the way

I watch Thai kids learning grammar; they can diagram English sentences at age twelve but almost tremble with fear when addressed with "How are you?" (as often as not they say "I am 12 years old.") My ...
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How can I efficiently find lists of chance correspondences?

Where can I find such lists systematically (that obviously help learning new vocabulary)? This Japanese-English example is from John McWhorter PhD Linguistics (Stanford)'s The Power of Babel (2003), ...
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Best way to improve your ability in a language post A-Level (Exams at age 18)

It is fairly clear how to get your standard of language up to an A-level standard (exams taken at age 18 in the uk) due to clear syllabi and textbooks up to this standard. However, I find that past ...
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kannada learning - beginner's way

I am a native Marathi (Maharashtra, India) speaker and I wish to learn Kannada. These 2 languages are totally different except for a few words in common. To start with, I would like to learn basic ...
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What is the easy and effective way to learn in tandem live, when speaker A has B1 and speaker B barely has A1 in the language of A speaker?

I learn German (~B1), my friend learns Russian (~A1, just a little bit of the vocabulary and ability to pronounce the text). Mainly we communicate through English. Next couple weeks we live together, ...
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Do gender differences affect language learning strategies?

As far as I know, there have been many discussions and a considerable amount of research about differences in learning between boys and girls, or men and women. See for example: Gender differences in ...
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How do I learn and improve my writing skills once fully immersed in a language?

As the title says, I'm fully immersed in a second language. I use this second language all the time (thinking, reading and writing) but my writing skills aren't up to scratch. Any ideas on improving ...
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High-qualilty videos for New Practical Chinese Reader

新实用汉语课本 or New Practical Chinese Reader is a series of textbooks for learning Standard Chinese published by Beijing Language and Culture University Press. There are six textbooks, containing 70 ...
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How do natives write without knowing grammar rules?

Grammar is boring, but how can native speakers write academically, without mistakes, without knowing the grammar rules they learnt in high school? Most natives learn grammar when they are in school, ...
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Is it a good idea to practice American English by listening to radio from the USA?

While I was looking for a better way to practice American English I found a website, where you can find radio channels from all over the world. Do you think it is a good idea to practice your ...
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How did Chomsky's Universal Grammar impact language learning theory in the 1950s and 1960s?

Many people nowadays know Noam Chomsky mainly as a social critic and political activist. For those who have a background in linguistics, he is a major figure in twentieth-century linguistics. One of ...
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Graded readers using simplified Chinese characters?

Graded readers are very useful for practising extensive reading. Extensive reading has several benefits, for example, getting a lot of comprehensible input. The majority of speakers of Standard ...
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Can adults learn grammar like 5 or 6 year old kids?

As the title said. Learning a language is complicated, but children can easily pick up any languages around them. Can adults learn grammar like toddlers? and How?
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how can I structure my plan learning korean?

I am not a native speaker of Korean and not-native speaker English. I want to make a plan for learning Korean well and maybe arrive to B2 in July 2019. I do not have a lot time because I get up 6 Am, ...
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Does memorizing French verb conjugations with its English characters sound have negative impact in the future?

I'm struggling to memorize the verb conjugation in French as different conjugations are pronounced the same but the characters are different. For example, I tend to write the following sentence: ...
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Is passive learning effective for learning pronunciation?

Background I am currently trying to learn new languages. Question I've heard of this method calling passive learning for language learning. However, there are many articles that say it's useless (...
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How can I improve my ability to understand posts in social networks?

I've started learning English at secondary school. First topic I learned is the grammar rule. I did a lot of assignments about it likes doing the math. I think that I can do it well (I got a 600 ...
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Texts using all common words

There is this concept of Pangrams or holoalphabetic sentence, that is, a sentence using every letter of a given alphabet at least once. The famous example is: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy ...
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Is it generally better to learn Latin first? [duplicate]

Is it generally better to learn Latin first then deductively learn french, spanish, etcetera or to go vice versa and inductively learn latin? Please provide a reason why, as I seek to decide on a ...
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Should I not speak spanish with my children and my future wife?

I speak Spanish, because is it my mother language, and I go out with a Korean girl. It is possible that we have a friendship love. She does not speak Spanish, only English and Korean, while I speak ...
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Are there any studies on the effectiveness of school trips abroad on language learning?

In the UK, stricter health and safety regulations have made school trips abroad harder to organize and this has reduced the number of opportunities for British children to experience a foreign ...
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If you don't speak your native language (e.g. Spanish) can you lose your native accent?

I am practising several foreign languages, i.e. Japanese, Korean, Standard Chinese and Russian (I am A1 in the first three) and my question is what will happen if I don't speak my native language (...
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Learning Persian with Latin alphabet

Is there any free online resource for learning basic Persian without learning arabic script? I tried several online courses but they all begin with teaching script first. This is very demotivating to ...
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Resources for learning the Silbo Gomero (Gomeran Whistle)

Here's a fascinating video on the Silbo Gomero, or whistled tongue of the island of Gomera in the Canary Islands of Spain. Today, it's essentially used as an encoding of Spanish that can be carried ...
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Is learning Attic Greek a good thing at the same as learning Modern Conversational Greek?

I'm currently reading Plato, Homer, and others in their English translations. I also currently am learning how to speak modern conversational Greek. I also want to learn Attic Greek in order to better ...
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Resources for learning Medieval Latin from scratch?

Medieval Latin is somewhat different from Classical Latin because it had ceased to be a living language. If someone who never learnt Classical Latin wants to learn Medieval Latin on their own, which ...
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How to look for resources that are available in multiple languages?

In order to efficiently learn multiple foreign languages simultaneously, I noticed that resources provided in multiple languages can act as a big help. I have been using http://www.goethe-verlag.com/...
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The “gaps” between words in English

I am currently learning a language that does not have "gaps" in between words (Telugu). What is a "gap"? Many Telugu speakers, and Spanish or Italian speakers, perceive gaps or stops in between the ...

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