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Expected CEFR level after French In Action

French In Action is probably the most famous course/resource for French produced in the last 30 years and is a beautiful example of a high quality, well-produced language learning course (very similar ...
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How can I sound more 'native'?

I'm fluent in French and Russian - by which I mean that I don't have any trouble reading novels and can easily converse in either without making grammatical errors or feeling uncomfortable - and have ...
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Path for German A1 to B2 certificate in one year

I am looking to take the Goethe Institut B2 test roughly one year from now. I have studied some German in the past, so I'd say I'm at an A1 level and could probably get to A2 quickly. I have never ...
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Learning to read official documents and tables in Danish

In Denmark most of the online tax filing system is only in Danish. The vocabulary is highly specialized and, even if one understands it, the concepts are challenging. A foreigner has to engage with ...
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Source for text + audio books with normal search

I would like to learn language by reading books in it and listen how native speaker narrator reads it. So I need normal source of audiobooks with the following properties: 1) provides both e-book and ...
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Can I understand 95 percent of CNN and talk show, movies, anything just in 3 years?

Can I understand 95 percent of CNN, talk shows, movies and anything? If I listen to English materials (podcasts and videos, …) for three years and I also listen to English materials for 3 hours every ...
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Updated versions of FSI courses

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) courses (found here, here or here) are free, thorough, and an amazing resource for language learners. But they are quite old - many of the courses are well over 50 ...
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What are the most widespread languages besides English, Spanish, and French?

A great inspiration for some language learners is to be able to speak to a large number or wide range of people in more than one country. To that end, a language learner may want to know which ...
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Learning to read handwriting

What are some ways to learn to read anything handwritten in a new language. There are infinite variations and variables, which makes it different. I’m looking for general information, but ...
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How long between each HSK level for learning Mandarin?

A common question among language learners is how long will it take me to learn <insert language>?, and the usual answer, for a native English speaker, is to refer to the FSI list, which divides ...
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Blacked out Memory Glasses

Does anyone know where I might be able to get blacked out glasses? This is what they use in the memory competitions, and it is helpful for memorizing language vocabulary. They block out the ...
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Best way to learn Hebrew verb conjugations?

I am attempting to teach myself Biblical Hebrew, and I have lately been memorizing the verb conjugations for strong verbs. I have found this chart extremely helpful in my endeavor. Through the help ...
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Which Konkani script is most similar to pronunciation?

The Konkani language is one of the official languages of India and is written in 5 different scripts, which are (in alphabetical order) Devanagari, Kannada, Latin, Malayalam, and Persian. For someone ...
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Can passive speakers of a language gain native level fluency when learning it in their teens?

Many immigrant kids grow up understanding a language fluently, but unable to speak it. This is known as being a passive speaker, as far as I know. If they decide later to actively begin learning to ...
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HSK3 written test - what to expect and how to prepare?

It would be useful for beginner Mandarin learners, who want to eventually take the HSK exam(s), to hear success stories and HSK-specific advice. If you have passed the HSK Level 3 written test ...
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Standard Mexican Spanish vs Standard Spain/European/Iberian/Castilian/Peninsular Spanish

What are the major differences between spoken Standard Mexican Spanish and Standard European Spanish? What are the major written/grammatical differences? Is there any reason to think that the ...
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How long between each CEFR level for learning Spanish?

A common question among language learners is how long will it take me to learn <insert language>?, and the usual answer, for a native English speaker, is to refer to the FSI list, which divides ...
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Is thinking speech just in brain less effective than speaking aloud, to improve speaking skills?

I'm struggling with improving speaking right now, which is far inferior to my reading and writing skills. The language is Mandarin Chinese and I live in China and attend language school. But the ...
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Can I read nynorsk due to learning bokmål?

Suppose I learn enough Norwegian bokmål to be able to read books and newspapers well enough to follow what is happening, even if I would miss nuances and occasionally misunderstand something. I'm ...
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What techniques do accent coaches use?

What exactly do accent coaches do to help with your accent? For the sake of this question, let's assume the L2 is English, and the learner wants to sound like a native speaker (or as close as possible)...
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How to overcome hurdles learning Chinese as a vegan?

Chinese seems to have many words indicating, or at least traditionally derived, from the killing of animals. Examples of these are 红, a character for red indicating prosperity, derived from the color ...
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Is it truly possible to learn a language on your own?

I've studied many languages over my life, but the only one I ever really got beyond a beginner level at, was German, and that was because I was able to take classes with a teacher who was from Germany....
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Which constructed language (in spoken form) is most similar to a natural language?

Another way to ask the titular question is: which constructed language could you actually speak and be understood by a speaker of a natural language (who doesn't also know the constructed language), i....
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Which romanization system is closest to native pronunciation of Standard Mandarin?

The most commonly used Mandarin romanization systems are Hanyu Pinyin (most common by far), Gwoyeu Romatzyh (GR), and Wade-Giles (more common in Taiwan than China). Based on your experience, and ...
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Has the Brexit referendum negatively impacted British people's motivation to learn foreign languages?

In July 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU in what is known as the Brexit referendum. Even before the referendum, the British—like native speakers of English in general—were not known as the keenest ...
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How does one design a language course for people in a specific profession?

I remember in my time as an undergraduate (philosophy and french) that there were at various times language workshops such as "German for philosophers". I have been teaching French and Philosophy in ...
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How to find correct pronunciations for Portugal-Portuguese words and phrases?

I am going to Portugal soon to live for a couple of months and have a list of key phrases I think I'll be using a lot (a list of about 30 items). However I have been told that Google Translate only ...
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Most efficient order of learning all the Romance languages?

If someone aimed to learn all of the six biggest Romance languages - Catalan, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish - is there a good line of reasoning for which order to learn them? I ...
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Where to learn Trøndersk?

I am about to move to Trondheim, in Norway. The dialects of Norwegian seem to be quite different from each other, so, for the purpose of understanding speech, it seems relevant to get some exposure to ...
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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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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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Are there resources to ask “Check my understanding?” questions not suitable for SE?

I am learning French, and I am at a beginner level. I sometimes ask specific grammar-related questions on french.stackexchange . However, this is not enough help to motivate me for learning French. I ...
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Resources aimed at slavic speakers

Do you know any good resources for learning Russian aimed at (native) speakers of some other slavic language? I have a few yugoslav textbooks, for instance "Ruski u 100 lekcija" (Špis, Gavela) which ...
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Graded readers for Hungarian?

As several other questions already mentioned, 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 ...
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Does living in a country where the language is spoken improve the language skill that much?

It seems quite common among language learners that living in a country where the language you learn is spoken is a very effective way to improve the language skill (especially speaking). However, ...
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Is it possible to archive L2 speaking skills as good as the native speakers?

First, let me restrict the scope to those who started to learn after becoming adult (about 20). Being a native Japanese, I have never met any single non-Asian who is as fluent as an average native ...
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How to overcome language learning fatigue when learning Standard Chinese?

An acquaintance of mine has been learning Standard Chinese in his spare time for a number of years. He passed the HSK3 test with a very high score and started preparing for HSK4. However, he recently ...
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When to start encouraging my bilingual child not to mix languages?

I am a native English speaker and my wife is a native Spanish speaker and we both speak the others' language fluently. We live in a predominently English-speaking country. We have been raising our two-...
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What types of resources can a native speaker of Dutch use to teach Dutch grammar to non-native speakers?

Most native speakers aren't linguists, so they may get stumped when non-native speakers ask them grammar questions. So what types of resources can a native speaker of Dutch use to teach Dutch grammar ...
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Best way to learn Czech noun declensions

This post is about a technique I thought up for learning Czech (čeština) Declensions In an attempt to learn Czech declensions, I wonder whether a web page on the internet or standard Android ...
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How to learn correct pronunciation of phrases

Some dictionaries providing transcriptions for some words. Some online dictionaries even provide a sound file for a single word. However it is sometimes useful to have a source of a phrase pronounced ...
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Using Multiple Languages in your Daily Life or Job [closed]

What are some ways that you can include the languages you have learned in your daily life and job? and what are some job where you could apply all the languages you know? I know spanish(native), ...
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Should I use my second language to learn my third language? [duplicate]

English is my second language (I do not have a good command of it.) while Chinese is my first language. I want to have Japanese as my third language. Can I learn Japanese from books/tutorials ...
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How does flow relate to language competency? Can it be taught/learned?

Psychological flow is kind of like going on autopilot, or being completely immersed in an activity, and is also related to high performance levels. I was reading about flow in music, but it reminded ...
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Efficient way to teach English singular/plurals and verb tenses to Chinese students

Chinese mandarin nouns have no singular/plural forms. Also, the concept of time in mandarin is not expressed by changing verb forms, and other mechanisms are used for this purpose, such as adding '...
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Is it possible for an adult to learn sounds of completely unrelated languages they have never heard before?

I once spent nearly an hour trying to show five Korean and Japanese adults the difference between English… British… European, come to that… “L” and “R” and not one of them could hear it, though we ...
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Learning Mandarin or Japanese First? [duplicate]

I am interested by both Japanese and Chinese cultures and I intend to learn both Mandarin and Japanese at some point (I don't even know if this is realistic as I also intend to learn Spanish and ...
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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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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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Which Austronesian language is simplest to pick up?

I am thinking of experimenting and trying to learn an Austronesian language that my school offers. I have the option of: Hawaiian Maori Tahitian Tongan Samoan Ilokano Chamorro Which one is the ...

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