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How to get most language learning benefits from frequent casual conversations with natives?

I know several languages on various levels: Polish native English C1-C2 German B2-C1 Russian B1 Spanish B1 I have tons of opportunities to speak to natives: English - quite a few people at work (...
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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 does one become an IELTS examiner?

The language tests defined by International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are widely recognised tests of English language proficiency for non-native speakers of English. In one of his videos,...
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What is the better way for structure the learning of 5 languages in 1 year and 6 months?

It's really this, I have a dream to speak Japanese, Korean, Standard Chinese, French and Russian. I know it is hard and very difficult to learn five language at the same time. Right now, this is my ...
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How does the CEFR cater for the abilities of Deaf language learners?

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or CEFR has been the subject of roughly a dozen questions so far (see cefr). The CEFR is best known for its method for defining proficiency ...
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How to start hearing the difference between similar sounds

The question I have is something that every student of a second language should have. That is about not being able to hear the difference between similar sounds, because of the first language. For ...
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Why learn English grammar first? Just gets in the way

I watch Thai kids learning grammar; they can diagram English sentences at age twelve but almost tremble with fear when addressed with "How are you?" (as often as not they say "I am 12 years old.") My ...
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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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Best way to improve your ability in a language post A-Level (Exams at age 18)

It is fairly clear how to get your standard of language up to an A-level standard (exams taken at age 18 in the uk) due to clear syllabi and textbooks up to this standard. However, I find that past ...
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kannada learning - beginner's way

I am a native Marathi (Maharashtra, India) speaker and I wish to learn Kannada. These 2 languages are totally different except for a few words in common. To start with, I would like to learn basic ...
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What is the easy and effective way to learn in tandem live, when speaker A has B1 and speaker B barely has A1 in the language of A speaker?

I learn German (~B1), my friend learns Russian (~A1, just a little bit of the vocabulary and ability to pronounce the text). Mainly we communicate through English. Next couple weeks we live together, ...
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Do gender differences affect language learning strategies?

As far as I know, there have been many discussions and a considerable amount of research about differences in learning between boys and girls, or men and women. See for example: Gender differences in ...
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How do I learn and improve my writing skills once fully immersed in a language?

As the title says, I'm fully immersed in a second language. I use this second language all the time (thinking, reading and writing) but my writing skills aren't up to scratch. Any ideas on improving ...
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High-qualilty videos for New Practical Chinese Reader

新实用汉语课本 or New Practical Chinese Reader is a series of textbooks for learning Standard Chinese published by Beijing Language and Culture University Press. There are six textbooks, containing 70 ...
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How do natives write without knowing grammar rules?

Grammar is boring, but how can native speakers write academically, without mistakes, without knowing the grammar rules they learnt in high school? Most natives learn grammar when they are in school, ...
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Is it a good idea to practice American English by listening to radio from the USA?

While I was looking for a better way to practice American English I found a website, where you can find radio channels from all over the world. Do you think it is a good idea to practice your ...
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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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Graded readers using simplified Chinese characters?

Graded readers are very useful for practising extensive reading. Extensive reading has several benefits, for example, getting a lot of comprehensible input. The majority of speakers of Standard ...
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Can adults learn grammar like 5 or 6 year old kids?

As the title said. Learning a language is complicated, but children can easily pick up any languages around them. Can adults learn grammar like toddlers? and How?
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how can I structure my plan learning korean?

I am not a native speaker of Korean and not-native speaker English. I want to make a plan for learning Korean well and maybe arrive to B2 in July 2019. I do not have a lot time because I get up 6 Am, ...
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Does memorizing French verb conjugations with its English characters sound have negative impact in the future?

I'm struggling to memorize the verb conjugation in French as different conjugations are pronounced the same but the characters are different. For example, I tend to write the following sentence: ...
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Is passive learning effective for learning pronunciation?

Background I am currently trying to learn new languages. Question I've heard of this method calling passive learning for language learning. However, there are many articles that say it's useless (...
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How can I improve my ability to understand posts in social networks?

I've started learning English at secondary school. First topic I learned is the grammar rule. I did a lot of assignments about it likes doing the math. I think that I can do it well (I got a 600 ...
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Texts using all common words

There is this concept of Pangrams or holoalphabetic sentence, that is, a sentence using every letter of a given alphabet at least once. The famous example is: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy ...
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Is it generally better to learn Latin first? [duplicate]

Is it generally better to learn Latin first then deductively learn french, spanish, etcetera or to go vice versa and inductively learn latin? Please provide a reason why, as I seek to decide on a ...
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Should I not speak spanish with my children and my future wife?

I speak Spanish, because is it my mother language, and I go out with a Korean girl. It is possible that we have a friendship love. She does not speak Spanish, only English and Korean, while I speak ...
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Are there any studies on the effectiveness of school trips abroad on language learning?

In the UK, stricter health and safety regulations have made school trips abroad harder to organize and this has reduced the number of opportunities for British children to experience a foreign ...
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If you don't speak your native language (e.g. Spanish) can you lose your native accent?

I am practising several foreign languages, i.e. Japanese, Korean, Standard Chinese and Russian (I am A1 in the first three) and my question is what will happen if I don't speak my native language (...
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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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Resources for learning the Silbo Gomero (Gomeran Whistle)

Here's a fascinating video on the Silbo Gomero, or whistled tongue of the island of Gomera in the Canary Islands of Spain. Today, it's essentially used as an encoding of Spanish that can be carried ...
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Is learning Attic Greek a good thing at the same as learning Modern Conversational Greek?

I'm currently reading Plato, Homer, and others in their English translations. I also currently am learning how to speak modern conversational Greek. I also want to learn Attic Greek in order to better ...
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Resources for learning Medieval Latin from scratch?

Medieval Latin is somewhat different from Classical Latin because it had ceased to be a living language. If someone who never learnt Classical Latin wants to learn Medieval Latin on their own, which ...
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How to look for resources that are available in multiple languages?

In order to efficiently learn multiple foreign languages simultaneously, I noticed that resources provided in multiple languages can act as a big help. I have been using http://www.goethe-verlag.com/...
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The “gaps” between words in English

I am currently learning a language that does not have "gaps" in between words (Telugu). What is a "gap"? Many Telugu speakers, and Spanish or Italian speakers, perceive gaps or stops in between the ...
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Italian professional word and sentence list

I found this excellent German CEFR level B1 word and sentence list from the Goethe Institut. Is there a similar free file available for Italian? Anywhere from A2-B2 would be appreciated.
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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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Professional word and sentence list for Spanish

I found this excellent German CEFR level B1 word and sentence list from the Goethe Institut, which is a professional institute that promotes the German language worldwide. Is there a similar free ...
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Resources for autonomous study of Ancient Greek, especially from the Classical period?

Unbeknownst to many, Ancient Greek, spoken roughly from 9th century BCE to the 6th century CE, can be subdivided into several periods, i.e. the Archaic period, the Classical period and the Hellenistic ...
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Professional word and sentence list for French

I found this excellent German CEFR level B1 word and sentence list from the Goethe Institut, which is a professional institute that promotes the German language worldwide. Is there a similar free ...
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How to cope with noise in the background?

I find that my ability to understand speech deteriorates rapidly when there is noise in the background. The effect seems to be more pronounced the weaker the language is for me - English is fine even ...
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How can I come up with words while writing?

I'm now learning Mandarin Chinese and since it reached enough level (should be HSK 6 level on reading), I started to practice writing. However, in so many cases I could not come up with words, ...
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Coming from Spanish, where do I start learning English?

Is there any manual or website that I recommend to start learning English? Honestly, with my mother tongue (Spanish) I have forgotten and sometimes left without understanding, some concepts that are ...
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Resources for learning Texas German

The German language arrived to Texas in the 1840s, and, amazingly, the language has stuck around with a few thousand people. Here is a fantastic video of a woman speaking Texas German for six straight ...
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Resources for learning Greenlandic?

Greenlandic is an Eskimo-Aleut language with approximately 56.200 speakers (according to a survey dating from 2007). It has several dialects, including West Greenlandic or Kalaallisut, which is the ...
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Child recognizing words by first and last letters; what next?

My child, now 4 years old, seems to recognize a number of written names by their first and last letters. They also recognize some other words seemingly by appearance. They can pronounce individual ...
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Question about Macedonian Grammar

I'm trying to learn Macedonian and one if the resources out there was paraphrased as saying the following about the Macedonian language: Belamaric-Wilsey says that the majority of Macedonian-...
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What are the characteristics of the Macedonian language in this quote referring to? [closed]

I'm trying to learn Macedonian and one if the resources out there was paraphrased as saying the following about the Macedonian language: Belamaric-Wilsey says that the majority of Macedonian-...
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Is there any vocabularies or best practices for a technical support how to communicate in multiple languages?

I am a technical support engineer. My mother tongue is not English, I still write and speak with a lot of mistakes, constantly improving my English skill, please do not judge me strictly ;) In my ...
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What are the effective ways to learn and remember any word. And use that in the right way

I am having trouble with picking the right word for the context that I am talking about. To get rid of the problem I practiced to find all the forms of any word that I encountered ever through books, ...
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What are the implications of reading texts beyond my level?

Most texts, articles, books, novels, etc. that interest me in L2 are well above my level, requiring an intimate relationship with a dictionary in order to read. I can painstakingly plod through, but I ...

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