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Is indirect negative evidence better than direct negative evidence?

It is a tendency among the teachers to correct the students' mistakes directly. For example a student says my father goed to the office. the teachers blame the students. Since it is a sign ...
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How can one learn to be a professional translator on their own time?

Is it possible, with a high-level study of grammar and a deep knowledge of the terminology used in whatever area you intend to translate in (obviously not in medicine or law, where such things are ...
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How important is to find language exchange partner?

Currently, with all social networks and internet, it seems that everybody suggest [citation needed] that the primary way to learn a language is to find a language exchange partner. Beyond the obvious ...
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Why we could say “I did it my way”? [on hold]

I guess we usually say "I did it in this way", but I can find such below: 1. "I did it my way"; 2. "Everthing he achieved in life was earned the hard way". so we can just omit the "in"?
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Polish affricates learning tipps

I find Polish affricates extremely challenging, especially the juxtaposition of non-palatized and palatized affricates, e.g. dżem vs. dźwięk, ćma vs. czas Any learnings tipps, e.g. using a widely ...
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tips to learn Dutch genders

Dutch has 3 genders, which are hidden from the learner in that the definite article for two genders is "de", and the indefinte - een for all genders, however, they are important as one would refer to ...
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Can a baby learn a new language by interacting with a foreign language speaker over skype?

A friend who took a linguistics class in college once told me that an infant can't learn a new language by sitting in front of a TV program because the TV program doesn't react to their facial ...
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Is the core of teaching a second language like English intelligibility or native like fluency? [on hold]

I think the core of teaching English as second language should be intelligibility but not native like fluency. This is not just my personal opinion but it is the opinion of many scholars who make ...
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Why has thou been dispensed with in English? [on hold]

Thou art just You are just I know that there were two numbers for the second person in English. Slowly the use of "thou" has been discarded and "you" is used for both singular and plural ...
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Should a child acquire a language within 12 years of its birth?

One of the professors of linguistics told us (resource persons) that if a child does not live with humans and acquire at least one language within twelve years of its birth, then the child will ...
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Any advice on switching from French to German?

I am an upcoming 10th grader and I was wondering whether it would be easier for me to switch from French to German. My mother tongue is Arabic but I'm fluent in English as well. I've been taking ...
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Is it right to call it Communicative Language Teaching?

Language is primarily spoken or written for communication. Even literature is not without communication, even though it is primarily for writing. All language teaching methods must focus on ...
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Devanagari letter grouping

I'm following a tutorial for learning to read Devanagari, but I'm finding that I'm having trouble. The letters are presented in what appears to be a "standard order" (my apologies, I don't actually ...
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Quickly creating flashcards with sentences for conjugations in Spanish

In the book "Fluent Forever" (related blog post here), Wyner suggests using sentences to learn conjugations of verbs. For example, to learn the conjugation of "to be", for each form of the conjugation ...
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When two people each speak one another's first language as a second language, in which language will they communicate?

Let's take an English-speaking Norwegian and a Norwegian-speaking Englishman as an example. What are the most and least influential variables that influence how they will communicate outside of a ...
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How can one find a conversation partner for a language that is scarce on language exchange websites?

Suppose, for example, that you are a native English speaker who would like to learn Icelandic. There are no Icelanders where you live and the only ones you come across on Italki, Language Exchange and ...
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Are there any online Arabic dictionaries that include diacritics for pronunciation?

Arabic is written in the Arabic alphabet and, like Hebrew and Persian, is written without vowels. This makes it hard for a learner to decipher the exact pronunciation of any Arabic word without ...
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How long between each JLPT level for learning Japanese?

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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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 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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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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Is the use of mother-tongue in the English class a boon or a bane?

I teach English in a government school where the medium of instruction is both English and the regional medium Telugu. The slow learners opt for Telugu medium and they are not able to follow my ...
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Find free dictionary with example sentences (e.g. English - German)

Are there free dictionaries available online for download? For the beginning I am looking for data which provide multiple possible translations and examples, e.g.: Input word: "Nevertheless" Output: ("...
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Is it difficult for the low proficiency learner to learn a second language like English?

As a teacher of English I have observed that any child acquires the first language naturally. But learning a second language like English seems to be very difficult for the low proficiency learners. ...
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Is the word 'home" always a noun? [migrated]

He is home He is at home He went home I know that in the sentence 1 and 3 the word home is considered an adverb and in the sentence 2 home is considered a noun. According to Rod Mitchel, a famous ...
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Is it possible for an adult to learn a language without carrying a foreign accent?

As an adult, I'm working on learning French, coming from a background growing up speaking a few languages natively. According to French friends of mine I practice with, I have a "good" accent, but I'...
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Are learning and acquistion the same?

Many books on English Methodology treat learning and acquisiton synonymously. But I think they are different. Some professors I know say that they are different. Some others say they overlap and ...
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What are the main arguments for and against the critical period hypothesis, and what are alternative explanations?

Why is the critical period hypothesis so heavily disputed, yet widely accepted; what are its major strengths and weaknesses; what other explanations exist for the perceived "critical period", if it ...
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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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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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Teaching the Present Continuous before the Simple Present?

What would be the pros and cons of teaching the Present Continuous before the Simple Present of main verbs? As every teacher and foreign learner of English knows, courses and course books usually ...
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How can I identify a Youtube video URL for a lesson's video from FluentU?

I'd like to track down a URL for a video for one of the lessons on FluentU. What, if any, means exist to find out a video URL for a YouTube video used as a lesson video within FluentU? Thanks,
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How can I be an interpreter? [closed]

I'm Bangladeshi and my native language is Bangla/Bengali. If I can speak English fluently, can I be an interpreter? And is there any course for interpretation?
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1 Month Curriculum For Learning Spanish Conversationally

I have set a goal to learn Spanish at a conversational level in 1 month, with 2 prior years of experience at a traditional highschool, with information retained but still not able to hold a ...
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Graded readers for English?

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 speakers of the target language. We have graded ...
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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 to choose a foreign language to learn based on my interests? [closed]

I already know Russian and Ukrainian, I study English. I'd like to find the next language to learn. In fact, I'd like to know all the Romance languages, but I should start somewhere. To begin with, I'...
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CEFR Frequently Used Words

I want to compile a list of most frequently used 100 words for every CEFR level in English language. Comprehensive word lists for each CEFR level are available online, but how do I select the most ...
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Grammar books with exercises and answer key for autonomous study of Italian

I am looking for a grammar book or series of grammar books for Italian that match the following criteria: the book or books must be in Italian, i.e. all grammar rules and instructions must be in ...
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Which spoken Arabic dialect is the most understandable across the entire Arabic-speaking population?

The Arabic-speaking population is spread across many countries and a couple continents, from Morocco all the way to Oman. There are many spoken Arabic dialects, which are nearly as different from each ...
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How can Greek manuscripts be intelligible with Hebrew characters placed in it?

In certain old fragments of the Greek Septuigent the name of YHWH alone is written in paleo-Hebrew letters. I’m a novice at Greek, but isn’t it necessary for all proper nouns and names to be written ...
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How can I verify my pronunciation without a native speaker?

I've been learning Japanese for a short while, and it uses some sounds that aren't in my native language (English). (For example, the "r" sound, which has been described to me as a combination of "d", ...
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Good forums for Thai learners?

Since "Thai Language" in Area 51 disappeared, I assume that SE does not intend/plan to be a home for questions related to Thai language (I hope I am wrong). I found several forums related to Thailand ...
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Graded readers for Thai language?

We have links to graded readers for many languages, like Japanese, Russian etc, because it is commonly considered an excellent way to improve language skills. Does community has any suggestions for ...
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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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How does language learning in a classroom affect self-learning?

Circumstances require me to take a ~3 month break from my formal/classroom/directed language studies soon. Prior to studying my L2* under a teacher I was learning independently. How will my classroom ...
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Are there any languages in the world that contain no sounds foreign to English?

Are there any languages in the world that contain no sounds foreign to English? It need not contain all or even most of the sounds in English. Just no additional ones that native English speakers ...
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Persian/Arabic/Urdu poetry writing format?

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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anki minimal pairs

I'm looking for a way to practice minimal pairs with anki in a relatively effective way. One of the problems I'm having is the minimal pair cards are not random enough. Also, the cards aren't shown ...
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Swedish diphthongs, occurrence

Concerning Swedish phonology, I am presently trying to determine the form with end article of words. For instance the word kilo I incorrectly determine as kiloett when it is in fact kilot ...

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