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Practice reading Japanese (beginner)

I'd like to start actually reading Japanese. I speak it at a beginner level, but know very few kanji (though all kana). I would probably be able to read something with furigana with a lot of help from ...
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Difference between reading text written directly in language X, and reading text written in language Y and translated into language X?

I'm currently reading the Chinese version of Matilda to improve my Chinese reading skills (and partly because I simply enjoy the book). However, as a native-English speaker, I'm concerned that there ...
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Has anyone successfully learned to read a dead language while skipping the formal grammar study?

I have attended a few traditional masses in Latin. My proposal is to learn the language by reading the bilingual prayers and Bible readings. Since I can already read Spanish and French, I have been ...
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Spanish reading passages with a focus on specific grammar

Is there such a thing as reading passages where the passage has been specifically created with a focus on a specific part of grammar? If so, what are they called, and where can I find them? I'm ...
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Can Speak Chinese; Need Learning Resources to Bring Reading Skill to Same Level (HSK4)

Good Day! I have an interesting conundrum - I can speak Chinese just fine (in fact I just took an HSK placement exam at the local Confucius Centre and was ranked at 4 for listening and speaking). I ...
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Is it possible to learn a language without translation?

Let's assume I have no knowledge in a language I want to learn. I know only some basic alphabet, but don't know any words. Is it possible to learn a language just by watching videos and reading books ...
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How to find the meaning of slangy or misspelled Dogri words?

A friend who speaks Dogri sent me the text: sr peed maay which I think contains a typo. But the text was in his native tongue. When I asked about the meaning, I got the meaning for first two words,...
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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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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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Child recognizing words by first and last letters; what next?

My child, now 4 years old, seems to recognize a number of written names by their first and last letters. They also recognize some other words seemingly by appearance. They can pronounce individual ...
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What are the implications of reading texts beyond my level?

Most texts, articles, books, novels, etc. that interest me in L2 are well above my level, requiring an intimate relationship with a dictionary in order to read. I can painstakingly plod through, but I ...
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What are the benefits of intensive reading?

As a corollary to this question, what are the benefits of intensive reading for acquiring a second language? A reference paper would be nice but is not required. Intensive reading refers to reading ...
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How can I learn reading Telugu texts, if I already know Kannada Scripts?

Is learning Telugu script need any extra effort if I already know reading Kannada script? since both languages are quite similar for reading.
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How can I quickly learn to understand a Latin text if I know Romance languages?

After studying French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and now looking at a Latin text it seems like I’m basically there, I’m just missing things. What are some things I could/should learn to ...
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How to comprehend what we read properly?

I have problems with comprehending sentences. Many times what I understand after reading a sentence or sentences is totally different from what it actually means. I can understand the meaning of each ...
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Learning to read official documents and tables in Danish

In Denmark most of the online tax filing system is only in Danish. The vocabulary is highly specialized and, even if one understands it, the concepts are challenging. A foreigner has to engage with ...
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Learning to read handwriting

What are some ways to learn to read anything handwritten in a new language. There are infinite variations and variables, which makes it different. I’m looking for general information, but ...
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Can I read nynorsk due to learning bokmål?

Suppose I learn enough Norwegian bokmål to be able to read books and newspapers well enough to follow what is happening, even if I would miss nuances and occasionally misunderstand something. I'm ...
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Japanese – how to learn it without using SRS?

I hate SRS (spaced repetition system), even though I have used it for more than ten years for various languages. I can’t stand the sight of it anymore, yet, I know of no better alternative for a ...
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Resources for learning to read Chinese newspapers (in simplified Chinese characters)?

Many textbooks for learning Standard Chinese, e.g. New Practical Chinese Reader, focus on conversational Chinese. In these textbooks, the text in the lessons are always dialogues. This type of ...
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Teaching syllables to three and half year old

Our Finnish child knows the letters by name. Also, when hearing the sounds the letter makes, they almost always can name the letter associated to the sound. They has not figured out how syllables work,...
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Where can I find graded readers for Russian?

Graded readers are a good type of material for extensive reading. But how do you find graded readers in Russian? The English Wikipedia article graded reader has no link to the same concept in the ...
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Online course or resources on speed reading in Chinese

In a comment to my previous question about the transfer of speed reading skills to other languages, someone wondered whether this would be affected by the writing system. This is very plausible. In ...
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Benefits of reading texts one does not understand well

My Danish skills are at the level where I can usually puzzle out the meaning of a newspaper article, even though I won't understand most specialized words. I took a quick look at some pages of a ...
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French subtitles

I have been watching a lot of French-language shows on Netflix lately but with French subtitles. I find that the subtitles rarely match what is actually being spoken! For example someone will say, "...
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Graded readers for Japanese?

As several other questions already mentioned, graded readers are a good resources for extensive reading, at least for people who are not yet sufficiently proficient to read texts written for native ...
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Where can I find graded readers for French?

Graded readers are a good type of material for extensive reading. But how do you find graded readers in French? The English Wikipedia article graded reader has no link to the same concept in the ...
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Graded readers using traditional Chinese characters?

Graded readers are very useful for practising extensive reading. Extensive reading has several benefits, for example, getting a lot of comprehensible input. I have found several series of graded ...
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Natural Approach text books

I have only found a single example of a Natural Approach text book, Lingua Latina. Are there any other books in this style available for purchase online?
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How do I not prioritize pronunciation over comprehension when reading out loud?

When I read an Italian text (this question is about reading out loud), what I focus on dictates how "well" I read it. For example, if I focus on pronunciation, then my pronunciation is flawless, but ...
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Conditions for successful extensive reading?

According to the literature on second language acquisition, what are the conditions for successful extensive reading? Does the literature provide any suggestions on how many words a learner should ...
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What are the benefits of extensive reading?

What are the benefits of extensive reading? More, specifically, in what ways is extensive reading helpful for learning a target language? Responses based on research would be appreciated.
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How does one go from “understanding each word” to “understanding the sentence.”

I've been learning Italian for the past 2 years, and I've reached a point where in the average sentence (in introductory material) I understand over half of the words. This usually allows me to ...
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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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According to research, how well do speed reading skills transfer to other languages?

According to Wikipedia, speed reading is any of several techniques used to improve one's ability to read quickly. Speed reading methods include chunking and minimizing subvocalization. There are ...
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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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What are all the concepts that you need to understand to become proficient at reading in a language?

Phonics seems to be important. What else is important? Do you need to know the formal rules of grammar? By "reading a language" I mean reading aloud or silently (whichever is better for comprehension)...
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What's the most effective way to learn to quickly read Chinese?

I know enough Chinese characters to read quite advanced texts in this language. The problem, though, is that I'm terribly slow, so slow that reading anything is not a pleasure. This is something that ...
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What do we call reading a word incorrectly as a related word?

I'm a reading tutor. My new student is exhibiting some unsettling reading behavior. As an example, we learned the word "woman" two weeks ago. He sometimes reads that word correctly. However, at ...
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What skills does reading aloud improve?

Have there been any studies about the benefits of reading aloud for language acquisition?
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Can reading aloud be an alternative to practicing speaking skills with other people?

The reason might be that we can not easily find people with the same language that we learn or just feeling more comfortable when we read out loud and try to make correct sounds by ourselves.
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What are the positive effects of reading the same text at different levels?

Have any researches compared reading many texts at the same level vs reading one text at different levels? Would it be effective to read the same book or any text repeatedly, but at different level (...
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How can I decide when to begin reading short stories? [closed]

I just started learning Spanish, and I want to know what criteria I should employ when deciding if/when to begin reading short stories in my target language.
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How can I improve my ability to find the definition of unknown words using the context?

Most people can easily determine the definitions of words they've never seen before in their L1 because of contextual clues that surround the unknown word. I'd like to do the same with an L2 that I'm ...
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Why retain vocabulary when there are dictionaries?

Usually, when we come across an unknown word, we can guess its meaning based on the text around it (assuming that all the words around are known). However, there are cases that the meaning of the word ...
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How can I stop myself from pronouncing abbreviations and numbers in an L2 in my L1?

(The question title is clumsy. Any help to improve it is appreciated.) When reading a text in English, occasionally I will meet a symbol. I of course know how to speak that symbol in English, but ...
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Learning Braille [closed]

I'm trying to learn braille (not yet blind) and decided to start somewhere familiar - the men's restroom (although I could start with physical books, I could not find any at the local public library) ...
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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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What factors affect the ability to read aloud in a foreign alphabet?

What cognitive skills and other factors (types of exposure, practice, knowledge of the language, etc.) affect one's ability to read aloud fluently in a foreign alphabet — or even in one's native ...
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What aspects of “Remembering the Kana” make it effective for learning kana?

While Remembering the Kana is regarded by some as having some flaws (some have criticised how it teaches katakana, and I've noticed a few inconsistencies or errors in the book that a proof-reader ...