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Questions regarding self-learning, i.e. teaching oneself a language with minimal or no prior experience with it.

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I can't get discussion between Jack Reacher and hairdresser [migrated]

That's a discussion: Reacher said, “Five bucks? I remember when five bucks got you two hamburgers and the back row of the movies. Plus car fare for her, if you fell out along the way. A shave and a ...
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Considerations when learning a very similar language

I'm considering learning Danish, while I am native Swedish speaker. The languages are partially mutually intelligible (and even more so in written form). Are there any special considerations to be ...
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How to achieve fluency in 1 month [closed]

I've been practicing English for 5 months because I have to go abroad for some work and for that I want to achieve fluency in English. I can understand what somebody is saying in English, but when I ...
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Looking for language learning app to use on subway/while walking

I'm looking for an app to learn Spanish. I'm not finding enough specific information on all the available apps to know which one is right for me. I have three wishes: The app should focus on fast ...
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How can people with the same native language and target language practice with each other?

In this thread Dr @Rebecca J. Stones raised a very interesting question on the reasons behind Chinese people who are eager to practice English don't simply practice with each other, and I've shared my ...
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Why do days mutate in Welsh when standing on their own, and why does the object of a past-tense sentence mutate when following 'chi'?

Background: The Welsh Duo Lingo course was designed in two parts: the "flash cards" (the things you do in the app) and the accompanying course notes. Unfortunately the notes were never ...
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Learning languages alone

I am trying to learn languages like French, German, Italian and others with the help of dictionaries and books from the English school that I went in the past. I think I have books starting from the ...
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How to Know if a Movie/Show is Translated Well Enough to Help in Language Learning?

As addressed in questions like this, watching movies and shows in your target language can be a good way to practice your listening skills, while also being exposed to new vocabulary and spoken ...
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Are word translations adequate when starting to learn a new language?

Being a native Spanish speaker, I've learnt English as a second language since I was a child, starting at age 5, (I'm 23), and when I was 14-15 I started to learn German at a language school, with ...
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Resources to learn Norwegian grammar, conjugation and vocabulary?

I want to learn to write and read Norwegian. And of course to hear and pronounce it. I would like to do this in a safe way, that is to say, to learn Norwegian as it is currently written and spoken. ...
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Improving English language at B1 level

I'm an English learner, starting from two years ago and with self-study and want to know how? Just with Google Translate when reading articles and translating words I don't know, and after some time I ...
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How can I practise my French with inaccurate subtitles?

I speak French but want to improve my listening ability and learn some new words (maybe to put into Anki). I decided I would watch one of my favourite Netflix shows in French, however the subtitles ...
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What are some effective options for an American with no nearby Korean-speakers to learn Hangul?

After studying the evolution of language at a very superficial depth I've decided that I want to be able to communicate using Hangul at something like the conversational level. There seem to be no ...
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How can I squeeze language practice into small chunks of time?

Since my time is very limited, the most success I have had with learning languages has been with the Babbel app; its focus on small lessons (around 5-7 minutes) works well for me. However, there will ...
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Is there any research on "natural" language learning methods?

All the language learning material I see seems to follow the school example of just throwing information at you. Sure it works but I have seen something that works better. What I mean by better is ...
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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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Minimal pairs for Danish u and ø?

I'm trying to learn Danish [ø] myself. Is there an example of minimal pairs for the Danish vowels [ø] and [u]? By minimal pairs I mean, for example, "beat" and "bit" which exhibit ...
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In what order should English grammar be revised?

I am currently 3rd in my college and I am planning to prepare for competitive exams. I plan to revise my English grammar as I sometimes find sentences wrong, mainly because of grammatical mistakes. As ...
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Which dialect of Coptic makes the most sense to learn?

Recently I've become quite interested in Coptic language. I've done some research and found that, although the language is more or less dead and not used for day-to-day communication any more, there ...
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How can I know that I am making progress?

I learn English everyday. I keep on reading, writing, speaking and listening. How can I know that I am making progress? Is there any quantitative standard?
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Learning a language without studying grammar

I'm more or less capable of explaining my thoughts in English and I've recently started learning Spanish. Of course, there's a bunch of various articles/videos/posts on how to do it. But one thing I ...
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Bibliography for self-study, after having completed Поехали 2.2?

Let's assume I've solved all exercises of Поехали, Поехали 2.1 and Поехали 2.2. What books would you recommend me, in order to continue my studies of the Russian language? So, what's next? I don't ...
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How do I learn to read and write a language I can already speak fluently?

Born and brought up in the city of Kolkata, I've been surrounded by people who speak Bengali almost all my life. We speak a different language at home and my schooling has been in a different language,...
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Spanish verb tenses cheat sheet?

This is rather embarrassing, but I lived in Spain for five years from the age 9 to 14, and I also went through their education system, but I still do not know when to use which of los tiempos verbales....
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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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Russian Book Recommendations - Self Study

I’m looking for books to learn Russian, specifically the overall grammar “rules”: conjugations, declensions, etc. Level: Beginner up to advanced. The books should be for self study. For reference, I ...
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When the Foreign Services Institute says "X class hours" are required, how many hours of self-study are assumed?

From the Foreign Language Training website, we find e.g.: The following language learning timelines reflect 70 years of experience in teaching languages to U.S. diplomats, and illustrate the time ...
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How to force youtube site auto-generated to create closed caption for an uploaded video on its site

I have an idea for intermediate language learners who want to improve their languages skills by using video on youtube. Learners could improve listening skill by watching videos in target language. If ...
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Learning to speak without thinking about grammar

I recently started learning (modern) Greek. As this is the first time I've tried to learn a second language, I have a question about learning to speak more naturally. Because Greek has such a ...
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How can one acquire a language just by listening without the visuals?

I have watched Stephen Krashen's talk on language acquisition. And I learnt that according to decades of research and experience, the best way to pick up a new language is to acquire - just like ...
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Struggling with learning, especially without outputting

I'm trying to learn Japanese, and I know quite a bit already (I used rtk to learn the meaning/ stroke order or about 2200 kanji, know over 1700 vocab, listen and watch a lot of videos constantly ...
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Language learning seems tough and a long process

English is not my mother tongue, but in my country it was compulsory for all the schools to teach their students English right from KinderGarten. I remember we used to have a picture book of English ...
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Is there any such paper that shows passive listening helps language learning?

I have been searching on Google Scholar to find a paper presenting research results on whether passive listening helps learning a language, but I could not find any. Is there any such work that shows ...
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How old is too old to learn Japanese?

How old is too old to learn Japanese well enough to have meaningful conversations? I am not even dreaming of learning any language fluently at my age however. In my opinion, 27 is generally too old to ...
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Examples of short English presentations about computer science with advanced English

I will have English exam in few days. I am preparing for one part of exam – 12 minutes long oral presentation. Presentation should summarize some text with topic connected to computer science based on ...
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When is it best to add another language to the mix?

Little bit about myself in case that helps: I'm a 17 year old living in England. I'm fluent in English (of course), have a good understanding of several South Asian languages because of my ethnicity, ...
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Is it possible to become fluent in pre-12th century English?

I would really like to learn to speak Old English, but it seems that spelling and pronunciation weren't exactly standardized in the early medieval times. In fact, I'm not sure we know much about Old ...
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The "fully grammatical" approach towards learning Indo-European languages

I have stumbled upon this video on Youtube (sorry - it is in Russian). Here's a short summary: The spokesperson introduces the following scheme of learning an Indo-European language: "Learn by ...
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Difference between C1 and C2

Lovely community, what's the difference between the advanced and the proficient levels of English (or any other European language)? I have calculated the cumulative hours of my language learning: it ...
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How can I prepare for a discussion involving pre-specified Chinese words with my teacher?

Like a lot of learners, my Chinese reading and writing abilities far exceed my speaking and listening. As a result, my teacher says I should study a certain page (高级口语(I) p.8) in a textbook, and be ...
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French pronunciation

I'm looking for a guide to master my French pronunciation. Ideally, pictures with proper tongue positioning inside the mouth. For now, after 10 years of living in a French-speaking country, I ...
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Why is it that I can understand German when I have had low amount of exposure to it?

I have noticed something interesting to me. Over the past 10 or so years, I have been exposed to German in 2 main contexts, studying German vocabulary and seeing German words in music. This exposure ...
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Resources for self-teaching spanish

I'd like to use free resources learn enough Spanish that I'll be able to understand menus, ask basic questions (e.g., where is the train station, how far is the whatever), not butcher pronunciations, ...
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How important is to find language exchange partner?

Currently, with all social networks and internet, it seems that everybody suggest [citation needed] that the primary way to learn a language is to find a language exchange partner. Beyond the obvious ...
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How can one learn to be a professional translator on their own time?

Is it possible, with a high-level study of grammar and a deep knowledge of the terminology used in whatever area you intend to translate in (obviously not in medicine or law, where such things are ...
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How can I identify a Youtube video URL for a lesson's video from FluentU?

I'd like to track down a URL for a video for one of the lessons on FluentU. What, if any, means exist to find out a video URL for a YouTube video used as a lesson video within FluentU? Thanks,
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1 Month Curriculum For Learning Spanish Conversationally

I have set a goal to learn Spanish at a conversational level in 1 month, with 2 prior years of experience at a traditional highschool, with information retained but still not able to hold a ...
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How to choose a foreign language to learn based on my interests? [closed]

I already know Russian and Ukrainian, I study English. I'd like to find the next language to learn. In fact, I'd like to know all the Romance languages, but I should start somewhere. To begin with, I'...
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When studying Japanese, how much should I be able to retain at the end of a Genki textbook chapter (Self-study concerns)?

I've been studying Japanese since about January using the Genki second edition workbook and textbook. I try to get in an hour session each day but I have been a little on and off with it; I think its ...
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Good text-to-speech resource for learning Hebrew

So I was sent here to ask my question from here. I'm currently into my third month of learning Hebrew. I have been using the very limited text-to-speech dictionary from hebrewpod101.com to look up ...
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