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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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Is Ekapeli useful for an adult learner of Finnish?

Ekapeli is an educational game intended for children, especially those with problems with reading and writing Finnish. There are different versions for native Finnish speakers and for immigrants. The ...
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How to cope with noise in the background?

I find that my ability to understand speech deteriorates rapidly when there is noise in the background. The effect seems to be more pronounced the weaker the language is for me - English is fine even ...
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Difference in acquisition of active vs. passive language usage skills

By passive and active, I mean understanding language when used vs. using it yourself, like in the terms active/passive vocabulary. My experience learning languages is that active skills are much ...
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Japanese: Are there computer games that support learning the Genki I and II textbook vocabulary?

Are there computer games that use the Genki I and II textbook vocabulary? Sometimes playing a game allows for better memory formation of vocabulary compared to straight memorizing lists and viewing ...
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Which linguistics professors, with a PhD in linguistics, have written on how they personally acquired second languages?

Please recommend books or publications by legitimate linguistics professors (anyone with a teaching position), at an accredited university with a PhD in linguistics detailing their own SLA process. ...
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Is it best practice for a L2 textbook passage to re-use vocabulary from previous passages?

Almost all L2 textbooks contain passages which use new vocabulary. There seems to be two ways to go about this (both with pros and cons): The vocabulary of every passage is independent of previous ...
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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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Is there research into the phenomenon of "increased skill leading to decreased attention" for L2 learning, and what can a student do about it?

User phills at chinese-forums.org describes their experience learning Chinese through listening to audiobooks: Paradoxically, I couldn't do these other things before when I was worse at the skill. I ...
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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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