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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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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 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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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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Which is the best book to learn german? [closed]

Your answers are very appreciated.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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English -> Tamil, Windows desktop dictonaries available?

Are there any English -> Tamil dictionaries available as desktop software for Microsoft Windows? The following characteristics would be ideal: Freeware No advertisements Available offline
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Is there a free Hebrew Dictionary/Lexicon/Word List with exact pronunciations available online?

I just found this, and its data looks like this: verb_complement verb_LexiconPointer verb_LexiconItem verb_dottedLexiconItem verb_transliteratedLexiconItem verb_binyan verb_root ...
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Is the number of exposures required for retaining new words related to the teaching method?

Recently, Rebecca J. Stones asked, Does it take “about 50 exposures for most words to be retained in long term memory”? The question was about a claim by Terry Waltz that classroom learners need a few ...
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Does it take “about 50 exposures for most words to be retained in long term memory”?

...per Chinese teacher Terry Waltz, it takes about 50 exposures for most words to be retained in long term memory... The kind of beginner content I'd like to see, u/Elevenxiansheng, Reddit r/...
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Where can I find a list of all existing Hebrew words?

I'm a programmer and right now I'm working on a Hebrew translator. It would translate using google translate and would automatically add nekudots in text. And I'm a bit stuck trying to find a decent ...
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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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Are there any online websites to get Persian exposure or have a discussion with native Persian speakers?

Are there any online websites to get Persian exposure or have a discussion with native Persian speakers? (or maybe find people to exchange languages and practice together)
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Anki: Color cards by tag?

I know how to change the background color of all cards in an Anki deck. What I want to do, however, is to color the cards with a given tag differently from the rest. Does anyone know how one could ...
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Is it more difficult for a native Chinese speaker to learn English, or vice versa?

I am a native Chinese speaker, and it was an excruciating journey for me to learn English. My personal belief is that the reason lies in the linguistics, namely the Chinese language may be somewhat ...
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Looking for a French-Japanese dictionary in text format

Does anyone know where I might be able to get hold of a French to Japanese dictionary in plain text format? I am not looking for a website or an app.
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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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How can I repurpose the time spent reading random stuff on the Internet to improve my Chinese?

This is my situation most days: I'm too tired to study Chinese... ...but it's too early to go to bed... ...I know, I'll read random stuff on the Internet. I feel like I could should be utilizing ...
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How can I learn the pharyngeal ע pronunciation?

The Hebrew letter Ayin (ע) was traditionally a voiced pharyngeal fricative, but has mutated to a glottal stop in Modern Hebrew, merging it with the letter Aleph (א). How can I learn the pharyngeal ...
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How to look up for literary and informal expressions meaning?

I'm using Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary 9th edition as a source for definitions but sometimes it doesn't show informal or literary expressions even if they are very common especially when the ...
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How to look up for Arabic words that have the same roots?

I do usually need words that have the same root "وزن" but I don't have a way to search in the whole language for them.
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Modern grammar theories for serial language learning

When learning multiple foreign languages, would it be worthwhile investing time into mastering modern grammar theories (generative grammars, construction grammars, etc.) or are those too theoretical ...
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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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Getting started with subtitling videos

I would like to practice some of my languages by subtitling videos into these languages. YouTube is the easiest way to consistently do this with a very large supply of possible videos, but I would ...
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How do you learn to read Vietnamese using Chữ Nôm?

I am able to read Chinese characters, and have been exposed to Chữ Nôm, which is derived by amalgamating Chinese characters according to their meaning and pronunciation, so as to represent a Native ...
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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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Source for physical instructions to pronounce Danish vowels and consonants?

I am trying to learn Danish, and I cannot find any instructions on the physical movements necessary to make Danish vowels and consonants. I can find plenty of sources that say this or that letter ...
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Resources for teaching children Chinese

My nine-year-old son is bilingual English/French (British father, French mother) and absolutely devours books for his age in both languages (ie his reading age in both languages seems roughly equal), ...
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Chatbot to practice spoken language?

Are there tools/chatbots/websites to practice spoken language with computer partner? Or any tools to evaluate pronunciation? I know about ELIZA for text chat, running on several websites like https://...

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