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Q: What do I do after I can read kanji, katakana, and hiragana?

I'm starting to learn Japanese but I'm wondering what I do after I can read (know katakana, hiragana, and kanji) and (probably) write Japanese? How do I understand what people are saying and say it ...
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How to write an actionable sentence in the Dutch language?

I'm trying to improve my GTD system and a recurring suggested theme is to make your goals actionable. Things like "Repair laptop, cleanup kitchen, buy milk, call mother' all start with the verb ...
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Tracing in Pre-Literacy/Childcare to Teach Writing Controversy

Teaching writing through letter tracing prompts in childcare/early childhood seems to be quite a controversial topic. I thought the use of tracing prompts with either dashes, faded or outlined letters ...
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Are there writing techniques that can be used to lessen the amount of grammar required?

Are there writing techniques that can be used to lessen the amount of grammar required? I.e. that by using some techniques one needs to consult fewer grammar rules. And also do less checking on them.
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How can I improve my IELTS writing skills?

I have problems with sentence connectors, structure and vocabulary. I need to get IELTS test band 7. Please provide some learning material. I tried to find something on google, but there are many ...
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Looking for a book or class to help me perfect my already fairly good English

I'm really struggling to write properly in English. I'm making a lot of mistakes. Thus, I'm looking for a book to enhance my skills. Unfortunately, everything I found so far explains in detail what is ...
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What languages have words which you can pronounce reliably purely based on the way they are written? [closed]

It appears that Spanish and Chinese (Pinyin) are languages which you can accurately derive the pronunciation of the words purely from their spelling. Whereas English is definitely not that type of ...
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A platform for writing custom text, then hear it and try to write it down without mistakes?

I am searching for a platform where I can add my custom text (1000 words for example) and the platform should hide this text from me and I should be able to hear it only (slowly) and then write the ...
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I have been reading a lot recently but how to improve my writing skills?

I am a working professional and English is my second language. I realised that my vocabulary is very weak so I started reading. I don't have enough patience to complete a novel so I started reading ...
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Usage of comma of full stop in direct speech [closed]

My daughter asked me if this is correct or not - "We've first got to put the shelves together, then find a way to put them up," said Hermione, in a matter-of-fact tone of voice. - my answer ...
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How do you practise a language when native speakers seem uninterested?

I've been learning Korean since the beginning of May and have been really strict with myself every day instead of succumbing to procrastination. For this reason, I would say my reading and general ...
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Is there a Modern Hebrew chatbot that I can practice with?

An article from 2017 mentions that creating a text chatbot in Hebrew is more difficult than for Indo-European languages due to the morphological complexity of Hebrew verbs. The article then proposes a ...
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Translating paragraphs then comparing with an existing translation: is this technique used to improve writing skills?

Basically, this is what I have in mind: Step 1: Buy a book in your target language (the language you want to learn). Step 2: Buy the same book in your source language (likely your native language). ...
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How to learn the building of sentences?

Understanding a large number of words, either spoken or written, is one thing, but producing a sentence in a target language is another. I am not referring to understanding how to read/hear a ...
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Is teaching how to write a particular language, its character formation etc. a part of language teaching?

Is teaching how to write a particular language, its character formation etc. a part of language teaching as well or not? From a language teaching/learning perspective, is the writing system a part of ...
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How do I learn and improve my writing skills once fully immersed in a language?

As the title says, I'm fully immersed in a second language. I use this second language all the time (thinking, reading and writing) but my writing skills aren't up to scratch. Any ideas on improving ...
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How can I come up with words while writing?

I'm now learning Mandarin Chinese and since it reached enough level (should be HSK 6 level on reading), I started to practice writing. However, in so many cases I could not come up with words, ...
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Is there a website that can help with finding the most appropriate word for a sentence?

I assume most writers and translators come across this issue every once in a while: you know what you want to write, but you cannot come up with the best word (usually an adjective or an adverb, in my ...
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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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Research on benefits of writing by hand when learning foreign languages

In the past, I sometimes did Chinese grammar exercises using pen and paper, and sometimes using a computer. In both cases, I wrote out the entire sentences (not just the answers) and had them reviewed ...
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Is it more advantageous to learn the writing system or the spoken form of a language first?

There are several primary aspects of a language, including both the writing system and the spoken form of a language. What does scientific research say about the order to learn these two factors when ...
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Improving my English handwriting in preparation for cursive Cyrillic

I'm currently studying Russian. Currently, our class is only using upright Cyrillic, but I assume that after we learn the whole alphabet, we'll start learning cursive. Unfortunately, my handwriting ...
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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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Is there any evidence that a specific type of writing is more beneficial than others for learning?

Have there been any studies done on if certain types of writing (fiction, personal/diary type, scientific, etc.) benefit a second language learner more than others? To be clear, this would be the ...
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Has a corpus-based unprofessional bilingual dictionary ever been written - how was it received?

I am thinking of compiling a bilingual dictionary (German-English for that matter, but the question may be generalized). I was thinking of using a specific and finite corpus of texts, which should be ...
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An article that has no problem, but sounds unnatural to the native speakers. Would non-native readers perceive it unnatural too?

I wrote an article in a L2 (English), with the target in my mind is not a native English speaker. My native English friend proofread it, and after fixing common mistakes like grammar or phrasal verbs, ...
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What are the most effective ways for learning to write in a language? [closed]

I have been learning from Duolingo, where I can learn by reciting, hearing and typing. However, I want to learn to write the language. So, what are the effective ways for doing it? And, are there ...
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How to improve writing fluency

I have been studying French and Spanish for several years, to the point of passive fluency in both languages. I can speak French (and a little Spanish) but my writing abilities are almost non-existent....
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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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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 ...
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