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How Hebrew Vowels Work

I am trying to find a document that clearly explains how to apply Hebrew vowels (and what all the combining characters are for Hebrew vowels), but I haven't been able to find anything after a few ...
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Should I correct my grammar mistakes or just ignore them while practice speaking?

While practice speaking a foreign language, I often find myself make a mistake during the speech and correct it immediately. The mistakes usually come from grammar, which I rarely do in writing. For ...
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Simultaneous intensive summer course in German and French? Or is it too much?

I am an unemployed engineer currently, and I have 0 knowledge of French and German (I am Spanish) so I have a lot of time this summer (virtually 100% availability). I can enroll in one or two ...
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Japanese – how to learn it without using SRS?

I hate SRS (spaced repetition system), even though I have used it for more than ten years for various languages. I can’t stand the sight of it anymore, yet, I know of no better alternative for 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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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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What is your best suggestion plays to read to a b1 English student? [closed]

What are the best classical plays to an intermediate b1 English level? Someone told me Bertolt Brecht's plays might make my days.
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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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What resources are there for learning Romanian verb conjugation?

I'm currently learning Romanian language, and I have a question about the right conjugation of the verb 'to work', which is 'a lucra'. On this site, on the first tense, it's 'eu lucru'. But on another ...
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Do most language learners use a tutor/teacher?

I had a language tutor for a number of years and did not progress to fluency. I've seen that many language learners, once they get convinced that they can learn a new language, go on to learn ...
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Accent/Pronunciation Feedback Software for German

Is there software that can listen to a sample of my German speech and give feedback on my accent and pronunciation? I wish to have an impartial party listen to my speech, so that I can determine ...
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What's the most efficient way of improving English listening skills?

I am a native Chinese speaker, and I have lived in Toronto for 8 years since the time I was 18 years old. But my English listening skills are pretty poor. I cannot understand the movies in the theater ...
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How can I avoid the huge gap between paper and oral skills?

I learned four foreign languages but all of them have one thing in common; reading is the best and writing follows it, and then after the huge gap come listening and speaking. My reading and speaking ...
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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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How did Chomsky's Universal Grammar impact language learning theory in the 1950s and 1960s?

Many people nowadays know Noam Chomsky mainly as a social critic and political activist. For those who have a background in linguistics, he is a major figure in twentieth-century linguistics. One of ...
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Is it too late to teach my 10 year old son English now?

I have a 10 year old son who lived in the States until he was about 3 and a half. Then, we moved to my home country (Japan) where my parents are. When we first moved back, he had his American dad in ...
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Cloze card design for root/suffix verb conjugation?

I'd like an Anki cloze card design to learn verb conjugations where I have multiple card fields for: Infinitive Root Suffix: Singular 1st person Suffix: Singular 2nd familiar person Suffix: Singular ...
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Anki question: multiple words on cards or separate cards for each word?

I'm studying German and I feel the need to learn vocab and sentences as well on the same cards. Basically my technique is to find a sentence not so long, break the vocab down and put it all on the ...
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How to learn Malayalam without any resources

I've been interested in learning a language called Malayalam. The problem is though, there is a complete absence of any well-written comprehensive Malayalam textbooks or grammar guides for English-...
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How to learn a language for which very few resources are available?

In the past, people have posted several questions about learning languages for which very few resources are available: How can I learn a language with little documentation/resources (Georgian)? How ...
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Does imitation play any role in child language acquisition?

Does imitation play any role in child language acquisition? In the 1950s/1960s, there was a debate between Skinner and Chomsky, in which Chomsky argued that children also produce sentences that they ...
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Websites to share transcriptions?

I often come across interesting video content on Youtube in my target language (Russian) that don't have transcriptions or at very least only have sketchy YouTube closed caption auto transcriptions. ...
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Does one's target level make a difference?

Learning the script for Arabic, Greek, Russian, etc. seems too expensive an investment if one wants to learn just a little of the language (say A1 in the CEFRL). Likewise grammar beyond the very ...
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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 many words are usually taught per chapter in a textbook

I'm building a language learning app for children in 9th to 12th grade and am collecting the metrics I'll need to test its effectiveness. I'm going to be doing another round of beta testing at local ...
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What's the difference between Duolingo and Duolingo Kids?

I've recently come across "Duolingo Kids", an app designed for kids learning foreign languages. I tried finding information online about the difference between Duolingo and Duolingo Kids, but couldn't ...
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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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Young kids learning L3 (and L4)

I have been trying to locate studies on language learning and younger kids (2 y.o. to 5 y.o.), but so far have only found studies that deal with L2 learning (e.g. https://sites.ualberta.ca/~jparadis/...
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Are there any studies on the propaedeutic value of international auxiliary languages other than Esperanto?

One of the reasons why experts recommend learning Esperanto is its propaedeutic value, which has been the subject of several studies. However, Esperanto is not the only (international) auxiliary ...
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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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How can you understand the pronunciation differences if you don't understand them even on minimal pairs training?

The minimal pair training seems to be the best way for adults to distinguish the sound difference on a foreign language that doesn't exist in his/her native language. According to Fluent: But it’s ...
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How to maintain three foreign languages (polyglot)?

For the sake of this question, assume that you have reached CEFR level B2 (basic fluency) or higher in four languages (one of which is your L1). What sort of daily/weekly techniques and time ...
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How can I add an audio to my SRS if it is missing on Forvo?

I like to have an audio file play automatically on my SRS. In fact I found out that most words I have trouble in memorizing lack the audio file, and thus I always add the audio file which I download ...
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How can I describe my language proficiency in an internationally recognized way?

I speak three languages to varying degrees of fluency. English is my native language. "Native fluency" is pretty easy to describe. I speak Spanish fluently, among friends and family, and in social ...
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How can I find an appropriate image for a word on SRS?

I'm writing a script that converts my list of bookmarked words into SRS, with audio and image on it. Now, I'm writing a script to fetch an image from Google Image, but the images I got are mostly ...
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Monolingual dictionary for learners of French

The aim of this thread is to compile a resource of suggestions for monolingual learner's dictionaries for present-day French. Please add your suggestions below. Ideally: the definitions are written ...
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Monolingual learner-friendly dictionary for Spanish

The aim of this thread is to compile a resource of suggestions for monolingual learner-friendly dictionaries for present-day Spanish. Please add your suggestions below. Ideally: the definitions are ...
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Should I mix different dialects on minimal pairs deck?

After posting this question, I investigated why I don't understand the sound difference, and I found out that one of the reasons must be the different dialects that exist in the deck. I installed the ...
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Semi automated dictionary application

I asked this question on stackoverflow, and got put on hold; rightfully so. I hope this is a better place. Are there applications, desktop applications, plugins, libraries, etc., dedicated to ...
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What are the main causes of foreign language anxiety in learners of Chinese?

Wikipedia defines foreign language anxiety as follows: Foreign language anxiety, or xenoglossophobia, is the feeling of unease, worry, nervousness and apprehension experienced in learning or using ...
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What is the fastest known time a person went from not knowing to fluently proficient in a language?

I'm wondering what statistics, if any, are available about some of the fastest known times for the acquisition of a 2nd+ language (from zero knowledge, to some "average" level of fluency and ...
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Is it true that improving the reading skill also enhances the writing skill and improving the listening skill strengthens the speaking skill?

I am new here. Greetings. We ( in Japan ) have 4 major English tests, which are, Eiken ( Japanese original ), TOEFL, TOEIC, and IELTS. The most popular test among those is TOEIC. However, while ...
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Learning japanese, 1 month progress (Tokyo)

I am a Japanese Language student here in Tokyo. I don't know if I'll get a downvote for this question, but might as well try. I've been studying Japanese for about a month now here in Japan using a ...
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What differences are there in the difficulty of learning Ukrainian and Russian to a very basic level?

I'm considering learning either Russian or Ukrainian to a very basic level. Basically, to be able to read out loud written text (at least that written in print), and learn a few phrases. I've already ...
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Where to find the differences in punctuation between European languages?

The languages that use the question mark "?" seem to do it in a fairly uniform fashion, but I have the feeling that the full stop "." and the exclamation mark "!" are used slightly differently in ...
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Why retain vocabulary when there are dictionaries?

Usually, when we come across an unknown word, we can guess its meaning based on the text around it (assuming that all the words around are known). However, there are cases that the meaning of the word ...
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Dutch language exams, CNaVT certificates versus NT2 certificates

I am interested in comparing the CNaVT's "Maatschappelijk Formeel (FORM) – B1" certificate to the Nt2's "Programme I" certificate in terms of their difficulty. Moreover, I am interested in comparing ...
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Which online English dictionary is good for etymology, British spelling and pronounciation, 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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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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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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