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What are some techniques to better differentiate between the two languages?

I grew up learning Spanish in school (I'm from Arizona) and became fluent in Spanish. Later, in college, I started learning French. I noticed many of the linguistic similarities between the two ...
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Learning a lot of similar words in a short period of time

I'm currently in a Korean class, and I'm aiming to learn all the vocabulary and phrases before the lesson. Next week we'll be learning the numbers 1 to 10 amongst other things. I've tended to be weak ...
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WebCAPE language exam - how many words do I need to know?

I'm studying Chinese and would like to know if there are any metrics/studies around how many words I should be able to retain to get a high score. The metrics I've seen, such as this Rosetta Stone ...
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Learn a new language in between the non speakers environment (Same native language as mine)

I am planning to learn French as my third language. I am native Hindi speaker and my second language is English. I was going through few websites how to learn. Then I came to this video How to learn ...
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Can a language be improved without further exposure to it by just writing and speaking in that language to others with similar skills?

With "without further exposure," I mean without exposure that contains something you haven't 'seen' before. For example, reading an essay (not written by you) or watching a movie in that language is ...
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Unpredictable multiple homophony of Chinese characters [closed]

I look for a strategy to deal with this lexical issue of the Chinese language, and so memorize the right pronunciation(s) correctly
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How many Languages can we speak fluently [duplicate]

I am speaking many languages but I m pinned down each time and can't speak more than four languages fluently at the same time, I noticed that I can only keep 4 languages even if I try to learn a new ...
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Positive vs. negative reinforcement in Duolingo

I've run into a problem that I imagine most Duolingo users have run into at some point in their language learning experience. Assume I'm in the process of reviewing already learned vocabulary (as ...
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How can I apply the words I learn?

I know lots of words. I know I do because I know so many I have to review at least one hundred every day and it takes ages. I never am able to use these words in conversation though, and I don't ...
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How many new words at a time?

I have a 1000 flash cards of new words. I pick a flash card at random to test if I remember the word. If not, I take a moment to try to remember it. With a 1000 flash cards I feel that I see too many ...
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Is learning a language together with other non-native speakers risky?

My colleagues and I thought about speaking English at the office to improve our skills. I was not so excited about this. Sure, I'm also interested in improving my language skills, but I'm worried ...
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How effective are mobile/desktop apps for learning a language?

I'm not sure this is the right spot for this question but I think it is appropriate and on topic. I speak fluently one foreign language (from here on referred as L2) aside from my own native language ...
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Is it good idea to learn English and German simultaneously?

I'm learning English but considering to improve my German as well. My native language is Ukrainian. I know both languages on the same basic level. Is it good idea to learn English and German ...
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Learning second sign language after first sign language

If I have learned a sign language, will it fasten my acquisition on other sign language? This is because I learned that various sign languages have different syntax and such, and worried if there's ...
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How will learning English at the expense of my native tongue affect the two languages?

A little background: My name is Nick, and I moved to the United States about three years ago. Since my arrival, I have devoted myself to learn and understand as much English as possible--including ...
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Is doing a huge amount of grammar exercises helpful for learning English?

Some books that teach English come with pages and pages of grammar exercises. Are these helpful? I see that a few exercises are helpful to help you understanding the grammar. However, after that, ...
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Effect of trilingualism on babies

I'm interested in how to manage languages with small babies. Is trilinguism problematic as opposed to bilinguism? For example, will the baby take longer to speak than he would if he was bilingual?
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How does the vocabulary learned through immersion compare to vocabulary learned via study?

When reading texts in L2, (sometimes) it can be easy to infer the meaning of a word based on its usage in the text. This can work similarly when listening or conversing. (Of course, to ensure there is ...
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Creating summaries helps us understand a new language?

At school we were "forced" to summarize the text, but does it help in learning a new language?
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How could we know that the pronounciation of an ancient language like Aramaic is correct?

This question is directly related to my former question on Aramaic: How to learn the vocabulary of an ancient language like Aramaic, which is based on scripture only? I'd like to know how and on ...
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Learning the grammatical gender of nouns in languages that have no articles, using non-visual techniques [duplicate]

When learning languages where nouns have a grammatical gender, it is sometimes (or often?) possible to learn the grammatical gender by learning the noun together with a definite or an indefinite ...
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Evidence that learning radicals speeds up character learning in Chinese?

Characters — in Chinese or Japanese (or Korean Hanja) — can be learnt in various ways, and it is plausible that paying attention to radicals helps memorisation and retention. But is there any hard ...
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required standards for US domestic foreign language education

In reference to my earlier post, I'm going to be teaching foreign languages in some capacity and was advised by a board of education that I ought to understand and incorporate foreign language edu. ...
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Which of these is more effective: having a silent period, or speaking from day one?

Nowadays, people usually learn languages in one of two ways: silent learning or speaking the new language from day one. They have their pros and cons but differ from each other greatly. A silent ...
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Why do some teach Biblical Hebrew with modern verb tenses?

I have noticed that some instructors teach Biblical Hebrew verbs with modern tenses (avar, atid, hoveh, tsivuy) when really there are only two forms (not tenses), perfect and imperfect. I'm aware ...
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How to remember words and improve my vocabulary

When trying to learn a new language I keep forgetting words, especially the adjectives. I think the main problem is that I don't use them at all and so after a bit I forget all the words that I don't ...
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How can jokes be studied to provide a benefit to a language learner (if at all)?

What benefits does studying jokes in your L2 provide? I'd think that it would only provide you with a better understanding of culture, puns, or wordplay, but is there something beyond that?
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Is it necessary to learn the characters of a language that uses logograms [Japanese]?

I want to learn Japanese and most books or guides begin with how to draw an logogram and to repeat the process of "writing" and single character dozens of times. And learning hundreds of those signs ...
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Does the law of diminishing returns apply to language practice?

Have there been any studies supporting the idea that the longer you practice a language each session, the less benefit you yield from it? I've always thought this was true, and thus I always tend to ...
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Additional sentences for language deconstruction (CEFR levels A1-A2)?

Tim Ferris' blogpost How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour (Plus: A Favor) describes a "language deconstruction technique" to help people find out what a foreign is like before deciding ...
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Has the “direct method” of language learning been shown to be superior to translation-based methods?

The textbook I'm using to learn Latin, called Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, is an example of the "direct method" of language instruction. The text is entirely written in Latin, and progresses ...
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Is recall study more effective than recognition study for learning vocabulary?

According to Tim Ferris, If you train for recall, you get recognition automatically; if you train for recognition, recall is terrible, or as slow as molasses. (See The Time Ferris Show, 19 June ...
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What are Memrise's advantages?

I want to use Memrise to learn languages, but I do not know Memrise's advantages. What are Memrise's advantages? I accepted an answer, but If someone posted a good answer here, I will accept the ...
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Repetition interval during initial learning within a day

I found that some words hard to recall after several minutes or on next day when learned them from flash cards. With longer period of time between recalls (5/10/60 min) and after working with another ...
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How to manage learning many languages at the same time?

Being interested in learning 2 or 3 languages at the same time, I wonder if there are some best strategies to use for better results (regarding time management, things that we should focus on more, ...
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How to practice speaking a language with no speakers?

How can I practice speaking, and hopefully eventually become fluent in, a language with no fluent speakers, either native or otherwise? (I'm interested in the constructed language Glosa, but this ...
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My L2 and L3 are similar, will using L2/L3 flashcards increase or reduce the possibility of mixing them up?

Here's a follow-up to this question. I'm afraid that learning L3 may interfere with my L2. I'm wondering about a good strategy for making the two languages separate if I use flashcards. How to avoid ...
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Is it better to use different study methods for different languages?

Are there any studies done to see if the same learning methods can provide different results depending on the language being learnt? Are there certain methods that have been proved better for certain ...
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How can I avoid confusion or interference when studying two similar languages?

For example, consider Tamil and Malayalam. They are two very similar languages with many similar words. The point is I get confused by the minor differences as I cannot remember them. I usually ...
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Pros and cons of reading the same book in each language I learn

One of my language learning strategies is to read the same book in every language I learn (in my case, the Book of Mormon). I know this book quite well, having read it several times in English and in ...
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Does writing out by hand generally strengthen retention better than computerized memorization methods?

Language learning (well, in my experience) involves a lot of review. A LOT. Pounding that vocabulary into my brain again and again; over and over. I spend a lot of time on the computer, so, naturally,...
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Is SRS more effective than traditional study for vocabulary augmentation?

Spaced Repetition Software (SRS), such an Anki, has become somewhat popular in the language-learning realm for increasing one's vocabulary and similar reasons. However, is there any evidence that ...
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How can flashcards be made using only the target language?

Usually, language flashcards are made with a word on the front and its translation on the back. This happens to work well with nouns like apple and most colors because, well, fruits and colors usually ...
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How does learning vocabulary through sentences compare to learning with words alone?

When learning vocabulary, especially with the use of SRS (Spaced Repetition System), it is interesting to use flashcards. A commonly encountered problem is how to formulate those for maximum ...
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How do I lose an accent in a foreign language?

Sometimes, an accent just doesn't go well with a language you are trying to speak. This means that the accent is probably going to go bye-bye. Except losing an accent is really hard. Gaining one is ...
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Learn languages by memorizing rhymed poems

My native language is Portuguese and I had the initiative to read and memorize Os Lusíadas by Camões, the principal literary work in Portuguese. So I started to memorize the Divina Commedia by Dante ...
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Efficient techniques to use songs to learn and retain vocabulary

I'm learning a language that is morphologically rather unrelated to my native tongue. I find great difficulty in retaining vocabulary in this new language, to the point where I have reached something ...
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Is it beneficial to learn vocabulary by words by lexical class?

Is it beneficial to learn vocabulary by words by lexical class? For example, learn a list of nouns first, then a list of verbs, then a list of adjectives. (There are, of course, more classes). I've ...
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At what level of Chinese or Japanese should one start learning the writing system to avoid a plateau?

In my answer to the question Is it necessary to learn the characters of a language that uses logograms?, I pointed out that there are universities that teach Chinese or Japanese where the writing ...
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How should someone with an undergraduate major in linguistics approach second language learning?

This question assumes that the learner of a second language (hereafter abbreviated as L2L): has at least an undergraduate Major in linguistics. is learning, from scratch, a common language such as ...