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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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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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Way to learn Persian (Perso-Arabic) alphabet

I'm going to learn the Persian alphabet. I found it very difficult because the letters look different depending on whether they are at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of a word. Is there ...
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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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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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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 master the Hebrew alphabet?

I am trying to learn the Hebrew alphabet (that is, learn the basic letters and letter forms, including final forms). I am finding this much more difficult than it was to learn the Greek or Cyrillic ...
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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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A different way of teaching, via cognates & etymology?

Is there an existing method—published in a book or an article—for teaching languages with cognates and/or etymology? I'm primarily interested in the Indo-European language family, but any of such ...
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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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Why is it that I can understand German when I have had low amount of exposure to it?

I have noticed something interesting to me. Over the past 10 or so years, I have been exposed to German in 2 main contexts, studying German vocabulary and seeing German words in music. This exposure ...
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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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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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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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Are there any online Persian/Farsi dictionaries that include diacritics for pronunciation?

Persian is written in the Perso-Arabic alphabet and, like Arabic and Hebrew, is written without vowels. This makes it hard for a learner to decipher the exact pronunciation of any Persian word without ...
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Is there a dictionary for Transliterated Arabic?

Is there a dictionary for the meanings of transliterated Quarnic Arabic, e.g. "lahu maa fis samaawate wa maa fil arze"? If I was to put in a single word e.g. "lahu", it should give me the meaning.
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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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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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Persian/Arabic/Urdu poetry writing format? [closed]

I have mainly seen three types of poetry writing formats in Urdu. I suppose, Urdu is similar to Persian and Arabic. Examples of formats: All verses centered. Single verse per line. Two columns. Two ...
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Is it possible to learn grammar through spaced repetition, and if yes, how?

Spaced repetition is mostly used for learning vocabulary, but learning vocabulary is not all there is to learning a foreign language. Grammar also needs to be acquired, one way or another. Since doing ...
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Is there data on number of people who do not speak a particular language, or none out of a group of languages?

Similar to this question (What are the most common languages among people who DON'T speak English?), is there any data on individuals who do not speak a language (or none of multiple languages), ...
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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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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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Looking for Personal Lexicon / Dictionary software

I'm trying to find a personal lexicon/dictionary/language study/flash card program - preferably one that makes allowances (ie has a place to enter) all of the forms of a word (noun declensions, verb ...
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What are estimates of vocabulary size for each CEFR level?

The CEFR does not specify a vocabulary list or a vocabulary size for each level. I could find one scientific article attempting this mapping (research paper of Milton J and T. Alexiou (2009), ...
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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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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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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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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 similar app to Lernu for learning Korean?

I've recently been interested in Esperanto, and found a highly useful site for learning it. Lernu teaches you Esperanto by telling a story Esperanto with the English translation available by hovering ...
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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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tips to learn Dutch genders

Dutch has three genders, which are hidden from the learner in that the definite article for two genders is "de", and the indefinite "een" for all genders. However, they are important as one would ...
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Characteristics or Preferences of Age Groups When Learning/Acquiring a Language [duplicate]

I've been looking for some research studies to get into more depth about the characteristics of age groups when learning a language. My main focus is on ages of 17 and 18 (basically, when teenagers ...
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Can Siri be used for foreign-language speaking and listening practice?

Siri seems to understand my Chinese, so I'm wondering if it's possible to talk with her in order to get speaking and listening practice. Currently, all I ever do is ask her for the weather. But it ...
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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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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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Are there any resources to learn Mauritian Creole?

My partner and her family are from Mauritius, and always speak Mauritian Creole when together, so I'd like to learn the language so I can join in a bit. I've been really struggling to find any ...
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What resources are available for learning Marathi in the US?

I am looking for any way to learn Marathi in the US - with online resources, through a college/university, or any other available option. Since Marathi is a regional Indian language, I have been ...
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Which version of the Arabic keyboard on Windows 10 is most like Modern Standard Arabic?

I tried to install the Arabic keyboard on my Windows 10 laptop, but I've realised that there are over a dozen keyboards for different varieties of Arabic. I'm just trying to learn MSA, not a specific ...
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Creating flashcards for grammatical rules that requires a few steps of thought, such as SPOCK versus WEIRDO

If there's grammar rule that requires a couple of steps of thought in order to create the correct output, how do I put it into flashcards? For example, Spanish has (as well as imperative) the ...
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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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Characteristics or Preferences of Age Groups When Learning/Acquiring a Language

I've been looking for some research studies to get into more depth about the characteristics of age groups when learning a language. My main focus is on ages of 17 and 18 (basically, when teenagers ...
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Is there evidence that tongue twisters help with listening and pronunciation?

The motivation for this question is a Chinese.SE answer: Have you tried practicing with tongue twisters (绕口令)? ... They can help with both listening and pronunciation. Repetition is really the only ...
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How can I make sure my pronunciation based on IPA is correct?

I have read this question and answers titled "How can I learn IPA?" and now start to (finally) learn IPA and phonetics. However, while the question asks about the way to learn the IPA, which focuses ...
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Can Speak Chinese; Need Learning Resources to Bring Reading Skill to Same Level (HSK4)

Good Day! I have an interesting conundrum - I can speak Chinese just fine (in fact I just took an HSK placement exam at the local Confucius Centre and was ranked at 4 for listening and speaking). I ...
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How important are tones in tonal languages?

As a native speaker of a Slavic language, I know about foreigners trying (and sometimes failing) to use proper case for a situation, or using wrong gender declension, or an adjective non gender-...
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Is there a better way to memorize the stroke order of 恵, 専, and 敷?

The three kanji 恵, 専, and 敷 share the same first 6 strokes. Using the traditional radicals I could describe them as being composed "一, 日, 丨" at the start and then finishing "...心", "...寸", "...⼂, 方, ...
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Steps for using the natural method/direct method to make a course, how to use it to teach effectively

If I wanted to write a book or a course using the direct method/natural method, how to do it scientifically? Which methodology to use? My question focus about the use of linguistics theories to teach,...

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