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CEFR Frequently Used Words

I want to compile a list of most frequently used 100 words for every CEFR level in English language. Comprehensive word lists for each CEFR level are available online, but how do I select the most ...
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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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Grammar books with exercises and answer key for autonomous study of Italian

I am looking for a grammar book or series of grammar books for Italian that match the following criteria: the book or books must be in Italian, i.e. all grammar rules and instructions must be in ...
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Which spoken Arabic dialect is the most understandable across the entire Arabic-speaking population?

The Arabic-speaking population is spread across many countries and a couple continents, from Morocco all the way to Oman. There are many spoken Arabic dialects, which are nearly as different from each ...
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How can Greek manuscripts be intelligible with Hebrew characters placed in it?

In certain old fragments of the Greek Septuigent the name of YHWH alone is written in paleo-Hebrew letters. I’m a novice at Greek, but isn’t it necessary for all proper nouns and names to be written ...
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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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Good forums for Thai learners?

Since "Thai Language" in Area 51 disappeared, I assume that SE does not intend/plan to be a home for questions related to Thai language (I hope I am wrong). I found several forums related to Thailand ...
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Graded readers for Thai language?

We have links to graded readers for many languages, like Japanese, Russian etc, because it is commonly considered an excellent way to improve language skills. Does community has any suggestions for ...
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How to speak a language that makes phonemic distinctions between /a/ and /aː/ if you're having trouble with /a/ and /aː/?

Title says it all. I'm talking specifically about Central Yiddish אַ = /a/ vs. ײַ = /aː/. My native language is American English.
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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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Are there any languages in the world that contain no sounds foreign to English?

Are there any languages in the world that contain no sounds foreign to English? It need not contain all or even most of the sounds in English. Just no additional ones that native English speakers ...
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Persian/Arabic/Urdu poetry writing format?

I have mainly seen three types of poetry writing formats in Urdu. I suppose, Urdu is similar to Persian and Arabic. Examples of formats: All verses centered. Single verse per line. Two columns. Two ...
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anki minimal pairs

I'm looking for a way to practice minimal pairs with anki in a relatively effective way. One of the problems I'm having is the minimal pair cards are not random enough. Also, the cards aren't shown ...
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Swedish diphthongs, occurrence

Concerning Swedish phonology, I am presently trying to determine the form with end article of words. For instance the word kilo I incorrectly determine as kiloett when it is in fact kilot ...
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Can English people understand my English even if I do not use English grammar, but just words, adverbs and context?

I would say English language is way too difficult because of its grammar. For example, we have to conjugate many different tenses. Other languages such as Vietnamese do not conjugate tenses. For ...
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Which books use etymology and derivational morphology to teach English for L1 Cantonese and Mandarin speakers?

My friend's native languages are Cantonese and Mandarin. She rates herself at B1. Peer-reviewed research substantiates that etymology can assist in learning vocabulary. See Google Scholar. English SE ...
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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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Any English learning resources similar to Pimsleur, but suitable for intermediate to advanced speakers?

I like Pimsleur because it teaches you to speak in the context of full sentences and dialogs rather than isolated grammar rules and vocabulary lists. Are there any similar resources for learning more ...
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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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Is there data on number of people who do not speak a particular language, or none out of a group of languages?

Similar to this question (What are the most common languages among people who DON'T speak English?), is there any data on individuals who do not speak a language (or none of multiple languages), ...
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Find free dictionary with example sentences (e.g. English - German)

Are there free dictionaries available online for download? For the beginning I am looking for data which provide multiple possible translations and examples, e.g.: Input word: "Nevertheless" Output: ("...
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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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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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Teaching the Present Continuous before the Simple Present?

What would be the pros and cons of teaching the Present Continuous before the Simple Present of main verbs? As every teacher and foreign learner of English knows, courses and course books usually ...
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Proficiency or competency scale for the learner

There are a lot of ways of assessing verbal proficiency in a language. Unsurprisingly, most of the research and teaching material are for language teachers and researchers. However, I was wondering ...
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Looking for the best speech trainer capability for Spanish

I'm trying to find the best app (mobile or desktop) with Spanish oral testing capabilities that allow for custom content. I've found that Rosetta Stone's speech recognition is pretty good but there's ...
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Which Arabic dialect is most similar to Modern Standard?

There are several major dialects of Arabic, including Gulf Arabic, Iraqi Arabic, Levantine Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, and Maghrebi Arabic, as well as many more smaller dialects. Which of these dialects, ...
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Which Kurdish dialect is the most understandable across the entire Kurdish population?

The Kurdish population is spread across several countries, including Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria, among others. There are multiple dialects, as well. If someone wanted to study a single Kurdish ...
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How can I learn to speak in SOV when my L1 is SVO?

I have been learning Hindi for almost 2 years, and my mother tongue is English. I find that I can understand things in Hindi that I read or hear, and I have a working vocabulary, but I struggle to ...
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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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Predicting language interference between Danish and Norwegian

I am presently learning Danish, but will soon move to Norway. The languages are very similar, to the level that I can read both without ever having studied Norwegian. Norwegian pronunciation is likely ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of direct methods (using only the target language)?

Native speakers do not learn their native language with the help of an other language. Maybe direct methods are better to reach similar level of proficiency. But books that use a direct method are ...
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Which Portuguese language to be learned when moving to Angola, Luanda

I will be moving to Angola, Luanda very soon. I have heard that the spoken language of Luanda is Portuguese which is different from Portugal-Portuguese. So which language do you suggest to learn ...
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Specific techniques for learning Danish and Norwegian at the same time

I am presently living in Denmark and will soon move to Norway. My Danish is at A2-B1 level, depending on the task and the subject matter. I also remember some remnants of Swedish from my school years. ...
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Before visiting Scandinavia, is it better to learn one Scandinavian language to fluency or a smattering of all three?

I have heard that virtually all Scandinavians are fluent in English. However, I would prefer to learn Norwegian, Swedish or Danish before visiting in order to blend in better. I also understand that ...
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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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Free resources for learning Arabic from English or Urdu

I want to learn the Arabic language starting from basics. My native language is Urdu and I also understand English. Please kindly compare free websites/resources in terms of being user friendly and ...
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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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How can I progress from A1 to B2 on listening skills?

My written Mandarin Chinese is likely B2 while speaking and listening are practically useless, likely A1 on CEFR scale. I'm now trying to improve the listening and speaking fluency, but for me it is ...
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Is there a Russian language equivalent of dict.cc?

I am starting to learn Russian and I am looking for a good dictionary to use. When I learned German, dict.cc was my bible. Along with long lists of every possible meaning for given a given word in ...
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Please suggest me an application like Cambly to excel Russian speaking

I am hardly trying to find an application platform for conversation in Russian language with some tutors form Russia or eastern Slavic countries. I need an application like Cambly to exchange some ...
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Grammar book for Russian B2-C1 exam preparation

I would like to review Russian grammar for passing the entry exams at a Russian university. Can you please suggest books where I can find structured chapters on Russian grammar? UPDATE I can ...
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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 ...
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Helping a Chinese native improve her advanced-level English

I'm helping a middle-aged, college-educated woman from mainland China improve her English. This is a hard-working, well-educated, highly-self-motivated student. She has lived in the USA for many years....
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Image cloze deletion for declension tables

I'd like to learn the declension tables for Russian and I use Anki to learn vocabulary. Does anyone have any advice for learning these tables, and do you think there is a better way to learn the ...
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Learning correct spelling of Spanish words with or without acute accent

When trying to learn simple vocabulary in a manner similar to that suggested by Fluent Forever, I find that I have difficulties learning to spell words correctly with or without tildes. I've been ...
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Is it possible to add HTML when creating cards in AnkiWeb?

I want to add my own HTML to Anki card. For example, front side of the card <div class="word">word</div><div class="ipa">[IPA]</div><br>... Instead of the following (...
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Online resource to study Russian language vocabulary

I'm looking for a website to study new Russian vocabulary. Not any site teaches the right vocabulary for russian language. I speak Russian a little bit and a lot of sites tend to translate wrong. ...
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Way to prevent speaking fluency of acquired language to be lost or possibly enhance it further

In general fluency, there was a related question: How can I prevent myself from forgetting a language? which suggest speaking to yourself a lot. But how about your general speaking fluency? I have a ...
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Is it possible to learn a language without translation?

Let's assume I have no knowledge in a language I want to learn. I know only some basic alphabet, but don't know any words. Is it possible to learn a language just by watching videos and reading books ...

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