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How to remember words I never use

How can I put words I don't often use into my long term memory? I have trouble doing this, as I think I know them, and a few weeks later I can't remember them. For example, a word I am trying to ...
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How can I remember the pronunciation of Danish words?

I've been studying Danish for 6 days. I can have an easy conversation and ask some basic questions like: hvad koster det? (How much does this cost?). Anyway, I have a big problem: I can't remember ...
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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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Where to learn the Spain version of Spanish, rather than Latin American?

I am going to be studying in Spain starting next year. The Duolingo spanish course has more of a focus on the Latin American version. I was wondering if anyone knows of a course/website which uses ...
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Learning the grammatical gender of nouns in languages that have no articles, using non-visual techniques [duplicate]

When learning languages where nouns have a grammatical gender, it is sometimes (or often?) possible to learn the grammatical gender by learning the noun together with a definite or an indefinite ...
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Is there a site with video-based language courses? [closed]

I would like to know a site like Udemy but with language courses. Are there any sites like that?
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What is the name of this particular language learning class (technique)?

Back in 1988 or 1989, I took a three month French immersion program at the University of Tours. We had classes in reading, grammar, writing, etc. Amongst the various classes there was one that stood ...
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How can lay teachers help migrants learn a new language?

Due to the increasing number of migrants and refugees (e.g. over 1 million refugees in Europe in 2015), there is a higher need for people who can teach their language to migrants. This raises two ...
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How can I decide when to begin reading short stories? [closed]

I just started learning Spanish, and I want to know what criteria I should employ when deciding if/when to begin reading short stories in my target language.
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Is there any research on the effectiveness of learning verb tables?

I own books with verb tables for French, German and Spanish, i.e. for several languages with rather elaborate verb conjugations. At school, I was made to learn such conjugations for French verbs and ...
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What are the benefits of augmented reality for language learning according to research?

Augmented reality is being used for games, navigation, task support, the visualisation of building projects etc. I can imagine applications related to language learning, such as labelling object ...
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What are the main foreign language teaching methods?

Recently I have been wondering what methods and techniques for learning and teaching foreign languages exist. My quest is to re-evaluate my views on foreign language acquisition, and maybe make some ...
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Could somebody share a thematic link or post a text of an interview with project manager? (For programmers) [closed]

Could somebody share a thematic link or post the text of an interview with a project manager? The context is job interviews for programmers.
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How does the ILR scale testing work?

I've heard a little about this scale, but how are you graded based on knowledge of the language? To put it more precisely, if there are any formal tests, what are they like?
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How to remember words and improve my vocabulary

When trying to learn a new language I keep forgetting words, especially the adjectives. I think the main problem is that I don't use them at all and so after a bit I forget all the words that I don't ...
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Is the “T-Coding Method” a reliable method to learn vocabulary?

In Iran someone named "Mr Taraghghi" has imported a method for learning English vocabulary called "Vocabulary Coding" for Persian native speakers that works like this example: Consider the word "...
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Can one become fluent in a language without studying it formally?

I ask myself if it's possible become fluent in a language without studying it. When you are 1/2 years old, you learn a language without studying it. You need just to listen and listen. So, is it ...
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“Means” versus “can be translated as (in some cases)”

A word represents a concept. Different languages sometimes use different concepts to describe the same matter. In such cases (my impression) the word of one language is often said to "mean" the ...
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What is the most efficient way to learn how to write kanji?

Learning kanji is an important part of learning Japanese but what is the most efficient method if I want to be able to write them on the spot? Muscle memory can certainly be useful but writing them ...
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What's the name of this non-IPA phonetic notation?

In The Free Dictionary you usually see definitions extracted from several sources. Usually the first one uses a phonetic notation which is unknown to me. What's the name of that phonetic notation ...
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British colonial era English reader's primer

I wonder whether someone knows this material. I have tried to find even pictures on the internet, but to no avail. They were small, thin books called Reader's Primers or something like that. I'm ...
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Can Esperanto speakers more easily learn Swahili, or other agglutinative languages?

This video explains how single words in Swahili are constructed from many different parts: The Swahili Language My conclusion was that it must be much easier to learn that when one can speak ...
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Is it better to use different study methods for different languages?

Are there any studies done to see if the same learning methods can provide different results depending on the language being learnt? Are there certain methods that have been proved better for certain ...
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Resources for finding a word in natural context

Are there any resources for finding examples of texts which use a particular word, in any language? One would think that Google would be fit for this purpose, however with Google I cannot find a ...
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Does watching movies improve language skills?

I doubt that films will help people who are watching in a language that they are entirely foreign to or are already adept in, but if someone already knows a language but is not adept will watching ...
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Is there a known limit to how many languages a person can be fluent in? [duplicate]

I wonder this because I'm not sure whether it'd be too hard to separate all the languages at a certain point.
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Would ASMR improve language learning?

I find ASMR (Autonomous sensory meridian response) interesting, and I sometimes use it to relax at night. Now I am wondering if the "sensation" that ASMR provides can be beneficial to memory retention....
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Does learning the stroke order in Chinese help with learning that language?

In Chinese, there are several different strokes, and they should be written in a specific order. For example, you write a horizontal stroke first, then a vertical stroke. When there are characters ...
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Is it useful to learn the International Phonetic Alphabet in order to learn pronunciation? [duplicate]

I have always regarded phonetic transcriptions using the IPA, something only linguists learn and find useful. Would a normal language learner benefit from knowing the IPA when learning a new language ...
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What are the most common languages among people who DON'T speak English?

My aim in language learning is to communicate with the most people. I want to learn a new language and thought to learn Mandarin Chinese, because it's the most common language. But I figured if a lot ...
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Which is the more efficient method to improve the listening of the american english? [closed]

For some years now, I've been trying to get better in English and especially in terms of grammar, but my listening comprehension is still very low. I try to watch movies or series but listening ...
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Does dreaming in the target language speed up the learning process?

If so, is there a way to "learn" how to dream in another language? For example would thinking in 'language X' for one hour before going to bed help? Or does dreaming in another language only occur ...
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Which language is most similar to Esperanto?

I'm just curious about which languages Esperanto is closest to, in order to know for whom it would be easiest to learn this language! For example, could a Spanish speaker learn it more quickly than a ...
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If a language has several dialects, which dialect should I learn? [closed]

Most language-learning resources seem to focus on dialects spoken in a capital city or some similar commercial hub. Is this always the best starting point, or are there other factors that should be ...
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Are there any online resources for practicing spoken Esperanto?

There are already a number of resources online to help learners improve their Esperanto reading, writing and aural comprehension, such as Duolingo, but I want to increase my confidence in speaking ...
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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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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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Does this language still exist or is it extinct? [closed]

I found (and bought) a book called "A descriptive phonology of Thaqovelith" but when I search thaqovelith on the internet, I find nothing except the reference to that book. It was published in 1980 so ...
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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 resources are there for learning Toki Pona?

I recently started using Memrise to learn Toki Pona, because I find that language to be very interesting. Memrise is indeed useful regarding vocabulary, but I think it is not enough. Are there other ...
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Explaining the difference between 'very' and 'too' to native Chinese speakers

The Indo-European languages that I know (Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish) all make a distinction between "too" (meaning "to a higher degree than is desirable, acceptable or allowed") and "very"...
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Downloadable recordings of individual Mongolian words

I'm working on an Anki deck for Mongolian. The book "Fluent Forever" suggests including recordings of words if possible. The book suggests using forvo.com for recordings, and it's pretty good, except ...
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Open-source English-French Dictionary

I'm looking for an English to French dictionary in a plain text file (.txt for example). I already found some dictionaries but a lot of definitions are wrong or incomplete: know; savons, sache, ...
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Is there an assumption you've learnt something before putting it on Anki?

I'm putting vocabulary on Anki, using the "Add" option, and I just add the material without trying to memorise it first. (I'm using the deck created for "Fluent Forever") When I go to study it with "...
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How do I measure the importance of a language? [closed]

At a couple of bookshops with dedicated areas for language learning, some languages get entire aisles, while other languages get just one or two books. The number of speakers can't be the sole ...
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What makes a language propaedeutic?

Learning any language helps learning another language after faster. This propaedeutic value is found in all language, but is more noticeable for some languages and combinations. For exemple, for ...
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What are the benefits of learning Slovianto or Interslavic as an introduction to Slavic languages? [duplicate]

I don't plan to learn a specific Slavic language, but I want to be able to grasp the subject of any text written in any Slavic language. The constructed languages Slovianto and Interslavic look ...
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Image search for languages with a weak internet presence

I'm setting up flash cards with the word in the L2, and an image of the object, as suggested in "Fluent Forever". The book suggests doing the search in the L2: If you’re actually learning a word ...
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Minimal pairs for Mongolian

What minimal pairs are available for a native speaker of English learning Mongolian? Ideally, they should be based on real words, have spelling in Mongolian Cyrillic available, and have pronunciation ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks to using subtitles when you have a reasonable proficiency in a language?

I'd like to know whether there is any known benefits or drawbacks in watching movies with subtitles, considering movies spoken in a language you're learning. I mean, subtitles in the movie language ...

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