Questions tagged [self-learning]

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

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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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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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How can I improve the listening and speaking skill as a self-learner?

I learn any languages mostly alone, without any school or tutors (as it is insanely expensive and also quite inflexible). I learn it mostly online, starting wit apps like Rosetta Stone and Memrise as ...
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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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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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Improving a language at B1 level

I am learning Russian and English. I speak in English and understand everything most of the time when my friends talk. I understand about 60% of the words in movies and news. I also struggle with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I prevent myself from forgetting a language?

Many people forget languages entirely after enough time. I've become fluent in Spanish, but I haven't used it in over a year, and most of my family and friends don't speak it fluently. With all the ...
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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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Grammar and language learning books/software for Irish

I am currently learning Irish with the help of the Android application "Duolingo". It doesn't teach me the grammar; it works with translating sentences. I don't think the app is very useful; ...
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Improving my English Skills (CAE) without a language trip

I'm learning English in my 8th year now and want to take the CAE exam (Cambridge, level C1) in one year. I am already taking an extra course at school; in normal lessons we are between level B1 and B2....
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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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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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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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Learning Persian with Latin alphabet

Is there any free online resource for learning basic Persian without learning arabic script? I tried several online courses but they all begin with teaching script first. This is very demotivating to ...
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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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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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How does language learning in a classroom affect self-learning?

Circumstances require me to take a ~3 month break from my formal/classroom/directed language studies soon. Prior to studying my L2* under a teacher I was learning independently. How will my classroom ...
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How can you verify your grammar during self-study?

This similar question regarding pronunciation made me think about verifying other aspects of language when you do not have access to a native speaker frequently or at all. I have many self-...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to learn grammar through spaced repetition, and if yes, how?

Spaced repetition is mostly used for learning vocabulary, but learning vocabulary is not all there is to learning a foreign language. Grammar also needs to be acquired, one way or another. Since doing ...
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How can I make sure my pronunciation based on IPA is correct?

I have read this question and answers titled "How can I learn IPA?" and now start to (finally) learn IPA and phonetics. However, while the question asks about the way to learn the IPA, which focuses ...
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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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How much time will it take a beginner to reach a B2/C1 level Russian language proficiency by self-learning?

Is it possible to reach a B2/C1 in Russian in 4~5 years, when I have no prior experience with Russian or any related language? I'm studying Russian 1 hour a day every single day. Is this enough? I'm ...
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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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Latin, Italian, or French?

(I hope this is on-topic.) I am deciding which language to learn next. I am a native Spanish and fluent English speaker. My three options are Latin, Italian, and French. I would like to receive your ...
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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 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 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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How can I verify my pronunciation without a native speaker?

I've been learning Japanese for a short while, and it uses some sounds that aren't in my native language (English). (For example, the "r" sound, which has been described to me as a combination of "d", ...
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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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How can I efficiently find lists of chance correspondences?

Where can I find such compilations or lists systematically? This Japanese-English example is from John McWhorter PhD Linguistics (Stanford)'s The Power of Babel (2003), pp. 226-227. I'm aware of r/...
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How did Cardinal Mezzofanti learn foreign languages?

Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti (1774-1849) was an Italian cardinal who also became famous for his language skills. According to his biographer Charles William Russell, he spoke at least 30 languages very ...