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Questions specifically about learning or teaching the English language. Questions about the grammar or vocabulary of English can be asked on English Language Learners Stack Exchange or English Language & Usage Stack Exchange.

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How do language learners identify "good" language models to imitate?

The company I work for provides educational resources for teaching English in a variety of classrooms across India. Some of these classrooms are in very remote rural and tribal areas. We've seen a lot ...
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Proficiency or competency scale for the learner

There are a lot of ways of assessing verbal proficiency in a language. Unsurprisingly, most of the research and teaching material are for language teachers and researchers. However, I was wondering ...
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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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Negative questions in (English language) listening tests

I work for a company that produces ELT materials. We write various kinds of reading and listening passages, followed by comprehension questions. Our staff writers use the "What is NOT true" ...
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How to understand nested subordinate clauses quickly in oral English? How to avoid getting lost when you are in the middle of a subordinate one?

I am Chinese, and my native language is not English. I have learned the syntax of English, and I can analyze and understand a sentence in reading. However, this is not the case during listening. ...
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How to master English prepositions?

I have been trying to learn English prepositions so many times but so far I have failed. It is the only thing that gives me so much pain. I have watched so many movies or videos and also read many ...
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EFL / ESL language study books based on historical topics

I like history. Is there any EFL/ESL method which teaches English with historical subjects like WW2 or history in general? I am looking for a book that is professionally designed for language learning ...
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How do I improve my English listening and speaking skills?

I am 17 from Egypt have been learning English for like 15 years so its supposed to be similar to my native spoken language (Arabic-Egyptian dialect). During those 15 years, I've been somewhat good at ...
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Are there any languages in the world that contain no sounds foreign to English?

Are there any languages in the world that contain no sounds foreign to English? It need not contain all or even most of the sounds in English. Just no additional ones that native English speakers ...
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English grammar books with exercises and answer key for self study (A2 - B2)

I am looking for a grammar book or series of grammar books for English (as a second/foreign language) that match the following criteria: the book or books must be in English, i.e. all grammar rules ...
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How to predict whether user knows one word knowing another?

I'm creating a web service for learning words and I need to not make a user to see each English word, for example if you know the word "table" you most likely know words "apple", "door", "hi" and so ...
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Resources to learn Legal English or "Legalese"

I generally consider myself a fluent English reader. I can read The New York Times or the latest Harry Potter novel without difficulty, but I sometimes have trouble with so called "Legalese",...
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Why do natural speakers of (predominantly) Indian languages use "the same"

I've noticed that a lot of people who first speak an "Indian" language (I don't know which languages specifically, but from that region) then learn English perhaps as an adult use "the ...
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Website offering simulations of the IELTS test

I'm looking for some website offering simulation IELTS tests. When I was planning to present the TOEFL I found a website called Scorte Nexus, that offers simulation TOEFL tests, and I found it very ...
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Do "Subject Matter" and "Pedagogical Content Knowledge" mean the same things in ESL/EFL?

Do "Subject Matter" and "Pedagogical Content Knowledge" mean the same things in ESL/EFL?
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English -> Tamil, Windows desktop dictonaries available?

Are there any English -> Tamil dictionaries available as desktop software for Microsoft Windows? The following characteristics would be ideal: Freeware No advertisements Available offline
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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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Why don't Chinese people who are eager to practice English simply practice with each other?

If you've ever been a "foreigner" in China (especially in major cities), you may have encountered the intensity in which some Chinese people try to practice English with you. I certainly ...
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Answer key for German Second and Third Years

I am retired and returning to my former (undergraduate) study of German. Currently I am beginning German Second and Third Years by Harry F. Reinert and Walter Kleinmann, Revised Edition (1994 ISBN ...
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How to relearn English grammar

I am learning Arabic grammar as a hobby, and so far I’ve learned how to form simple sentences and phrases, as well as the types of nouns, verbs, and particles. While learning Arabic grammar from ...
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Tool to show how to pronounce words "lexical stress"

I'm looking for a tool that can show how to pronounce words in this style I see that google can do this with words but I would like to get same result for longer texts. I've tried to search but couldn'...
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How to explain certain grammar constructs to ESL students

How do I explain to someone whose first language is not English the following concept: If I want to ask you about something, the phrase is "How does it work?" If I am about to explain how ...
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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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What are the components of English Language teaching?

As far as I understand teaching English means: Teaching how to listen in English Teaching how to speak in English Teaching how to read in English Teaching how to write in English But, what are their ...
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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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Is there search software for text that contains specific words?

To give an example. Here is a list of suggested words and phrases which students should learn: Primary Stage - Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 (P1, P2, P3, P4) (The Portal of National Curriculum, Georgia; Creative ...
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Improving English language at B1 level

I'm an English learner, for two years ago with self-study and how? Just with Google Translate when reading articles and translating words I don't know, and after some time I started to watch tutorials ...
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How do I learn literature and grammar of English, Farsi and Japanese and become fluent?

I'm planning to become a translator and I can already understand, read and write Farsi and English and don't know Japanese. for Japanese, I'm Studying Genki volumes and Japanese from zero books, I've ...
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What is a weekly lesson plan?

What is a Weekly Lesson Plan? The context in Poland, Young Learners of Grade-3. ESL.
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Is learning English as a second language a skill or a knowledge?

I think learning English is not just learning a skill like other skills (for example carpentry) because learning is also knowledge based, like history and physics. Language helps us ...
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