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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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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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What is your best suggestion plays to read to a b1 English student? [on hold]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How quickly do western adults learn Kanji?

Learning kanji has the reputation of being among the hardest parts of learning Japanese for many. In order to find a more objective answer to this common question I would like to frame it more ...
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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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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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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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Which Kurdish dialect is the most understandable across the entire Kurdish population?

The Kurdish population is spread across several countries, including Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria, among others. There are multiple dialects, as well. If someone wanted to study a single Kurdish ...
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What is the proper etiquette for a nonnative speaker who wants to practice Mandarin at a Chinese supermarket in the US?

There is a Chinese supermarket in the US I often shop at. I often hear the staff speaking Mandarin or Cantonese, and occasionally Hakka or Fujianese, amongst themselves and to Chinese customers. I can ...
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Transcribing / translating snippet of Burmese (to English)

So I have this picture of Burmese text which I think might be interesting to know the meaning of. I know translation is off-topic here, but I gather that asking which tools are recommended is allowed ...
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How should I decide the order of learning each of languages if you learn all of them in the end?

I wonder if you will have learned multiple languages in the end, the order of learning each of them has any influence and if it does, what is the most effective order to learn. For example, suppose ...
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Should I be learning gender too when learning Russian nouns?

I'm currently just beginning to learn Russian so I'm trying to memorize the top 500 nouns... and then I'll do that same for adjectives and verbs, and everything else (obviously not just that but yeah)....
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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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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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How to find the meaning of slangy or misspelled Dogri words?

A friend who speaks Dogri sent me the text: sr peed maay which I think contains a typo. But the text was in his native tongue. When I asked about the meaning, I got the meaning for first two words,...
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Learning the Navajo Language

My colleague is really interested in the Navajo and their language. He is tying to learn the language for some time now and has done all the courses he could find on the internet, only those were only ...
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Does the phenomenon of being able to read related languages have a name?

At the moment I can read Finnish and English fluently and Swedish, Danish and Norwegian reasonably well. I have also studied and forgotten a little bit of French. When I was actively looking for ...
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Should the answers on SRS also be the target language?

I bookmarked words I didn't know while reading texts in a foreign language, and then created my own Anki deck from the list of bookmarked words. Originally I used English as the answer (translation) ...
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Are there any software tools which can deeply analyse pronunciation errors?

I have only ever seen pronunciation taught in terms of body mechanics, that is, "In language X, the "I" sound is produced with the lips more rounded than the English "I"", for example. There are apps ...
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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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Are graded readers with monolingual glossaries commonly available?

I’ve been using the book “Read and Think Spanish” to improve my Spanish, and it’s been a great resource, because it provides information about vocabulary or short phrases, but otherwise is just an ...
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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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Rolling the r's that end syllables [duplicate]

I think that I am ok, but not amazing, at rolling rs if they begin a syllable (onset). (For example maybe "red".) However if the r is what ends a syllable (coda) (for example maybe "emperor or ...
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In which languages is the lastname written before the name? [closed]

I would like to know in which languages is the lastname always written before the name. I know Taiwanese people do it. I was reading about the creator of Taekwondo Choi Hong Hi and I wondered if Choi ...
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Learning kanji and vocabulary

Learning vocabulary in Japanese (and I assume Chinese) is a strange feeling since one must also learn how to write that word using Chinese characters. When I started learning Japanese, I learnt words ...

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