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Requests for resources related to language learning or teaching.

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Is there any software for minimal-pair training?

Gabriel Wyner, in his book Fluent Forever, stresses the importance of minimal pair training early in the language learning process. He summarizes the research behind this suggestion in this video. ...
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Do Esperanto audio recordings with English translations exist?

Do you know about any Esperanto audio recordings with English translation? By audio recordings I do not mean language lessons. I would like something more like audio versions of journal/magazine ...
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Can listening during sleep help language learning?

What are the effects of sleep listening on language skills and aren't there any negative effects of it on overall physiological health? Are there any studies or your personal experiences proving that ...
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Resources for finding a word in natural context

Are there any resources for finding examples of texts which use a particular word, in any language? One would think that Google would be fit for this purpose, however with Google I cannot find a ...
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What resources exist for learning Fuzhounese?

For a long time now, I've been attempting to learn Fuzhounese, a specific dialect of Chinese spoken in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, China. However, I've found very few resources. All I have found is ...
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Devanagari letter grouping

I'm following a tutorial for learning to read Devanagari, but I'm finding that I'm having trouble. The letters are presented in what appears to be a "standard order" (my apologies, I don't actually ...
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Where to learn the Spain version of Spanish, rather than Latin American?

I am going to be studying in Spain starting next year. The Duolingo spanish course has more of a focus on the Latin American version. I was wondering if anyone knows of a course/website which uses ...
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How can I learn a language with little documentation/resources (Georgian)?

I've been trying to learn Georgian for almost 9 months now but have got no where. I do know a Georgian, even despite his undeniable skill in English he can't explain Georgian grammar to me. Georgian ...
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Are there learning resources to drill my Dutch?

When I was learning English we used lots of exercises that were referred to as use of English, which help you train some particular grammar. Now, I am learning Dutch and most of the exercises ...
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Open-source English-French Dictionary

I'm looking for an English to French dictionary in a plain text file (.txt for example). I already found some dictionaries but a lot of definitions are wrong or incomplete: know; savons, sache, ...
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Anything similar to Duolingo for learning Tagalog?

I think the way Duolingo executes language learning is great. It's a really fun way to understand the basics/vocabulary and the gamification keeps you interested. Unfortunately, as most users have ...
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British colonial era English reader's primer

I wonder whether someone knows this material. I have tried to find even pictures on the internet, but to no avail. They were small, thin books called Reader's Primers or something like that. I'm ...
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Where can I find swear words?

I have produced a series of word puzzle books for English that I want to translate into other languages. The puzzle books have challenges based on dictionaries that I have sourced from various places, ...
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Where can I find people to practice Scottish Gaelic with?

I'm learning Scottish Gaelic but without anyone to talk to and practice with it's tricky. Are there any free sites where I can chat to people in Scottish Gaelic to improve? NOTE: Free is very ...
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Resources for Advanced Vedic Sanskrit

I have learnt Sanskrit in school from class 5th to class 10th. Now I am in my second year of college and I want to learn Vedic Sanskrit to study some Hindu texts and not their translated version. Can ...
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Seeking sources for learning Aramaic

I am interested in learning Aramaic on my own. I would like to be able to have just a basic working usage of the language. I am more interested in learning its pronunciation than being able to read ...
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Phonetic typing for any language

I have studied a few languages not using the Latin alphabet, namely Japanese, Chinese, and most recently Russian. If you are familiar with Japanese/Chinese, you know that typing on a computer works ...
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Is there an online resource that show which languages share the same alphabets?

Recently I've been to Russia and therefore decided to learn how to read the Cyrillic alphabet. After that I discovered that the Cyrillic alphabet is also used in other languages, like Belorussian or ...
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Is there a web site for minimal pairs in arbitrary languages?

Gabriel Wyner puts a strong emphasis on studying minimal pairs to improve pronunciation. But I have yet to find a good resource for actually finding minimal pair lists. It seems I'm not alone. When ...
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Are there any free online resources for learning Tamazight?

I'd like to learn Tamazight or any related Berber language by self-learning, in a first step. As far as I know they are similar to some extent, therefore I'm not excluding the possibility to use ...
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Good resources for learning Croatian?

I've been looking for years for a good, comprehensive guide to learning Croatian that can take me through all the basic steps and get me started in speaking with my mother in her native tongue. Does ...
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Downloadable recordings of individual Mongolian words

I'm working on an Anki deck for Mongolian. The book "Fluent Forever" suggests including recordings of words if possible. The book suggests using forvo.com for recordings, and it's pretty good, except ...
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Seeking an Arabic dictionary with colloquialisms

There are words in colloquial Arabic that Google Translate won't understand and which are not even an Arabic dictionary! This problem is noticeably worse than for, say, Spanish or English, where many ...
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French Grammar Book B1/B2

Salut! My French is currently around level B1+ and I'm planning on spending 2-3 months in a French-speaking country and fully commit myself to improving my abilities. The goal is to have quite good ...
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Are there any web sites that connect language learners for conversation practice?

I am currently learning Spanish and my teacher has told me that one of the best ways to learn the language is to participate, talk as much as possible, and to commit errors. I have looked online for a ...
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Graded readers for English?

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 speakers of the target language. We have graded ...
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Seeking West Punjabi learning resources

I wish to learn the Punjabi language. From what I understand, Western Punjabi (spoken in Pakistan) is the traditional Punjabi language that Punjabis spoke before the Partition of India (which ...
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Rigorous Hebrew course for an independent study?

I'm a high-schooler looking to take an independent study course in Hebrew. My previous request was turned down due to not being rigorous enough (Ulpan-Or specifically). Can anyone recommend a decent, ...
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Is there a typing tutor for Modern Hebrew?

Is there a typing tutor program for Modern Hebrew on the PC that is friendly for Hebrew learners? I would like to learn to type on the Standard Israeli Hebrew keyboard layout, the one that starts ...
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What Duolingo-like resources are there for learning Hindi?

I'm looking for free desktop or mobile applications that have an approach to learning Hindi that is similar to Duolingo's, in that it has a primary gamification aspect. I have tried several, but very ...
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Are second languages processed the same way as first languages?

Everyone who is cognitively normal is capable of learning a language natively. The fact that humans seem to have an innate capacity to learn any natural language is one of the underlying principles of ...
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How can I learn to read and write Spanish in Aljamiado (Arabic) characters?

The Spanish language has a Arabic orthography due to hundreds of years of Moorish rule. How can I learn to read and write Spanish in these characters, assuming that I can already read and write modern ...
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Is there a website to practice grammatical gender of nouns in German?

Recently I started learning German and I was wondering if there is an online tool where you can practice German grammatical gender, since it is something that you just have to remember. For example, ...
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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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Is there a reference that classifies books on grammar according to the major type of grammar the authors espouse?

Is there a comprehensive reference that classifies books on English grammar according to the major type of grammar (reference, transformational, relational, head-driven case structure ... ) the ...
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Are there any free apps or web sites for learning Hebrew?

I am looking for an app or website for learning basic/beginner Hebrew. Since it's a less common language, Duolingo and other common programs do not have a Hebrew version. I'm looking for a free ...
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Online platform for learning Greek

I'm searching for an online platform for learning the Greek language. It's important for me to learn spelling and writing with both the old and new Greek alphabets. Is there a platform for this? And ...
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Are there any online Persian/Farsi dictionaries that include diacritics for pronunciation?

Persian is written in the Perso-Arabic alphabet and, like Arabic and Hebrew, is written without vowels. This makes it hard for a learner to decipher the exact pronunciation of any Persian word without ...
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Are there any online courses for learning Slovenian?

I am trying to learn Slovenian as I have family who speak it and in all my time visiting them I've never picked up more than a few words. I'm looking for some online courses that teach Slovenian. It ...
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Is there a list of generic English sentences to practise translation?

I am currently learning a couple of languages (Welsh and Icelandic, among others) and am looking for some generic English sentences to practise my translation into other languages. I'm not ...
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Is there a dictionary for Transliterated Arabic?

Is there a dictionary for the meanings of transliterated Quarnic Arabic, e.g. "lahu maa fis samaawate wa maa fil arze"? If I was to put in a single word e.g. "lahu", it should give me the meaning.
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Are there any tests or certifications in Old English or Middle English?

Are there any formal assessments (e.g. tests or exams) or certifications in Old English (e.g. Beowulf) or Middle English (e.g. Chaucer)? By Old English and Middle English, I am talking about the ...
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What free, high-quality, mobile course apps are there for learning Icelandic?

As far as websites go, I was definitely able to find some, e.g. https://icelandiconline.com/, https://www.101languages.net/icelandic/, etc. However, I am having a hard time finding a decent, free (if ...
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Are there any online Arabic dictionaries that include diacritics for pronunciation?

Arabic is written in the Arabic alphabet and, like Hebrew and Persian, is written without vowels. This makes it hard for a learner to decipher the exact pronunciation of any Arabic word without ...
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Can I measure my Chinese proficiency without taking an HSK test?

Is it possible to measure my proficiency on Mandarin Chinese without taking an HSK exam? I recently took a brief exam on EasyMandarin website but it is only about a brief grammar and vocabulary test, ...
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Is there an online resource to exchange grammar corrections in one's native and target languages?

I have a text written in English (scientific). I want to ask somebody to give me some advice in writing and grammar. I have time to do the same for other persons in Spanish, my native language. Is ...
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Spanish audio or video resources to practise shadowing

I am looking for audio and/or video resources in Spanish (as spoken in Spain, not Latin America) to practise shadowing. Shadowing is a technique that involves listening to audio and simultaneously ...
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Learning Indonesian (bahasa Indonesia) on my own

I have decided to try to learn Indonesian on my own, so I have a couple of questions. For starters, what (ideally free) resources are available to one who wants to learn Indonesian to college class ...
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Dictionary for learners of modern Greek?

Is there a learner's dictionary for present-day Greek? This would be either of the following: A monolingual dictionary in which the definitions are written in a simpler subset of Greek, many ...
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Happy Thai videos?

Since there doesn't seem to be a Thai group, perhaps someone here is aware of something for Thai similar to "Happy Chinese." That's a series of fifteen minute videos that are somewhat entertaining ...