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Is there a language learning log app? (Strava or MyFitnessPal, but for learning languages)

On Strava, you can log your exercise. On MyFitnessPal, you can log your diet. But I want to log my language learning efforts. I'm learning Chinese so I'd like to be able to: log time spent reading,...
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Which online English dictionary is good for etymology, British spelling and pronunciation, as well as idioms?

There are several English-English dictionaries online; in addition to Wiktionary and Tatoeba (kind of) and no doubt other folk-edited dictionaries, there seem to be some curated ones: Cambridge, ...
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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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Which activities are appropriate for which age group?

When preparing for an ESL lesson various activities are included in various stages of a lesson plan. For instance, milling, drilling, info Gap, Gap filling, and so on. How do I know which activities ...
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How can I differentiate similar characters in languages with large character sets?

Some character sets have very similar characters that are hard to tell apart while studying, near impossible at a later date. For example, there's a lot of Japanese kanji, and they consist of ...
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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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What sequences of learning kanji characters, their readings, meanings, and related vocabulary tend toward longest retention?

In Japanese, many words can be written both with just the kana (phonetically) and with the kanji (Chinese characters). For example, the character 年 (ねん - "nen") means "year". In other vocabulary it ...
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After stumbling upon a word in Chinese, how can I determine if it's worth studying?

Nowadays I'm reading opinion pieces and news articles in Chinese. I'm at a late-HSK5 level. I stumble upon many new words, too many to study them all, so I need prioritize some words and postpone ...
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Is there a similar app to Lernu for learning Korean?

I've recently been interested in Esperanto, and found a highly useful site for learning it. Lernu teaches you Esperanto by telling a story Esperanto with the English translation available by hovering ...
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Improving vocabulary reading foreign language literature on ebook readers, how to export selected vocabulary into a spaced repetition app?

For improving my vocabulary I read favourite novels and short stories, preferredly in the original (target) language. When my level isn't quite up to it, I read a translation (be that English or ...
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How to remember a big list of grammar rules?

So the language I'm learning has a lot of endings. A lot. The suffixes for verbs and persons change based off of the word ending, the pronoun used, the object even, it's complicated. What it boils ...
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For what academic levels are Hemingway's novels considered suitable reading

Note: The following is a "repost" of a question that originally appeared on Literature SE from one JohanL. The two LL SE moderators agreed that it was more suitable for this site, but it is too old to ...
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Is there much point in aiming for the HSK5 or HSK6 Chinese tests (assuming it's not required)?

A lot of Chinese learners aim for passing some level of the HSK tests. Judging from what I've read online, many people become demotivated regarding these tests around the late-HSK4 level (e.g. me), ...
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Should my current translating process be improved and if so how?

Questions regarding specific language learning techniques or resources, and their effectiveness in comparison to others area allowed on this site according to the help center. The following is the ...
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How to learn the pronunciation of ejectives?

As a person native to a language with no ejective-aspirated distinction I don't know how to learn to pronounce the ejective consonants in Georgian. The formal descriptions (e.g. on Wikipedia) are not ...
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Is Duolingo effective in learning to speak languages?

I have been using Duolingo to learn a multitude of languages. I have learned plenty of vocabulary. But is it effective for learning to speak?
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Is there a browser extension to pronounce the words?

I might be missing some cool tools: Are there browser extensions to pronounce the words in some/several languages? I know I can select a word, right-click, search, get dictionary result, and click on ...
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How additionally useful is HSK6 over HSK5 for reading Chinese native news and opinion pieces?

When deciding whether to study Chinese, students often state two goals: (a) to pass a HSK test, and (b) to read Chinese news articles. I'm towards the end of HSK5, and I already read some news-...
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Learning Hindi as a speaker without first learning the writing system

My girlfriend is Indian and Hindi-speaking and I would like to learn some Hindi so to be able to talk with her using basic sentences and improve through speaking. I have been trying using Duolingo (...
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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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Why Is Pronunciation Not Mastered First?

Almost all of the language teachers I've seen place perfect, native-level pronunciation pretty low on the priority list, yet this is the most straightforward thing to learn and will save someone a lot ...
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Modern Hebrew Morphology Reference Book

I am currently learning Modern Hebrew, but I am still a complete novice. I reckon morphological analysis to be a beneficial exercise, yet the lack of resources where I could check my assumptions up ...
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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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Set up Anki for the Assimil method

This past question mentions an approach to using Anki for learning new vocab (as opposed to maintaining existing vocab) that looks interesting. It's apparently based on a system called Assimil and ...
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Why does anki remove 'leeches'?

In anki the strategy when a word is being continously mistranslated is to mark the word as 'leech' and remove it from future repetitions. In contrast - Memrise will offer a special cramming sessions ...
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How could we know that the pronunciation of an ancient language like Aramaic is correct?

This question is directly related to my former question on Aramaic: How to learn the vocabulary of an ancient language like Aramaic, which is based on scripture only? I'd like to know how and on ...
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What are the components of English Language teaching?

As far as I understand teaching English means: Teaching how to listen in English Teaching how to speak in English Teaching how to read in English Teaching how to write in English But, what are their ...
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Learning through videos: what makes a video easy to understand for learners?

How can you tell if a video is easy to understand for learners? What are the important factors for a video to be easy? I guess slow and clear pronunciation is important. But also the usage of common ...
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Is there any universal or extensive tool for estimating your vocabulary size in a language?

If I just wanted to quickly assess roughly how many words I know in German, Chinese, French, Arabic and so on, is there any single tool or website which offers such tests extensively? If not, how else ...
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How can someone already well read in English improve upon the language?

I am an Indian who has studied in English medium schools all my life. I have a strong grasp of basic English but still face difficulty sometimes. Be it phrasing some ideas into words or pronouncing ...
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Looking for a chat website for improving Spanish

Is there any chat website for Spanish learners to improve their Spanish? (But please If they strictly prohibit annoying content)
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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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Is there a better way to memorize the stroke order of 恵, 専, and 敷?

The three kanji 恵, 専, and 敷 share the same first 6 strokes. Using the traditional radicals I could describe them as being composed "一, 日, 丨" at the start and then finishing "...心", "...寸", "...⼂, 方, ...
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Why is Icelandic considered harder to learn for English speakers than other North Germanic languages?

Multiple sources, including this website, claim that Icelandic is a particularly difficult language to learn for native English speakers. Of particular note, this source claims Icelandic is ...
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Is it easier for someone who has a background in physics, mathematics, etc. to learn Greek?

My probability professor once told us that he had been able to identify a pharmacy (φαρμακείο) during a trip in Greece simply by using his knowledge of greek letters. (In case you didn't know, math ...
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Good strategies to improve vocabulary when at C2 level?

My level of English is at the C2-level (I have passed the Cambridge Proficiency in English exam, CPE, and according to https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/cefr/ that equals C2). Even ...
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How can flashcards be made using only the target language?

Usually, language flashcards are made with a word on the front and its translation on the back. This happens to work well with nouns like apple and most colors because, well, fruits and colors usually ...
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How can the natural approach to language acquisition work for L2?

So, I was seeing a video today where the narrator brought this approach as the best for L2 acquisition. I believe it can be useful, that's how we all learned our L1 after all, but I wonder how it can ...
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Hebrew vowels. Are they deterministic?

I know Hebrew for some years and am looking to write an algorithm that can add the vowels in the right place. My question is, are the vowels deterministic. Is there a set of rules that will allow me ...
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How can I learn where a word begins and ends in Quranic Arabic?

Assalamualaikum. I know the entire Arabic alphabet, the 4 different shapes of letters. I have begun grammar but it is difficult. Remembering vocabulary is also difficult. But I have seen many people ...
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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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Which SRS algorithm yields greatest evidence-based remembering

Spaced Repetition Systems (SRS) such as Anki, SuperMemo, Mnemosyne, Memrise, etc, use their own specific algorithms for increasing your ability to remember new words and sentences. Is there evidence ...
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How to find Mongolian tutors in Sydney

How do I find Mongolian tutors in Sydney, Australia? I'm trying to find a tutor for Mongolian in Sydney, but haven't had much luck. I managed to find one tutor who is a native speaker, but she'll ...
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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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Make existing custom Anki cards reversible

I have had a long discussion with the Anki support asking how I can make some of my existing cards reversible and well, to put it mildly, they are less than stellar when it comes to being pedagogic. ...
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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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How can I efficiently find lists of cognates and false friends?

I'm referring to cognates and false friends of two languages. Books list some of them, but usually not exhaustively.

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