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What strings of text might we use to practice the Open-mid front unrounded vowel "EH" as in "Echo"?

Suppose that students are learning about the vowel e* as in the word echo. The sound is sometimes written as EH or written as ɛ. What strings of text might students use to practice the spoken vowel EH?...
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Is there a precise definition of "sentence mining"?

One of the frustrating aspects of language learning is imprecise definitions; here I'm interested in the definition of "sentence mining". If we google it, we get: Sentence mining is the ...
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Why do people have an aversion to practicing speaking foreign languages by themselves?

I can't think of any other skill than speaking a foreign language where people (despite having no non-mental obstacle to doing so) often choose not to practice by themselves. This doesn't apply to ...
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Is there a customizable Memrise-like spaced-repetition software that lets the user choose an answer from a list?

I use both Anki and Memrise to learn vocabulary but these days I'm getting to think that Anki is not that effective to learn a word, as it is just flipping a card. On the other hand, Memrise lets you ...
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What age group should a 17-year-old man imitate to acquire a General American Accent?

I am a 17-year-old male. I want to learn to speak a general American accent by imitating native speakers with this accent. What age group should I be imitating, so I don't sound weird? Should I ...
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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 to pronounce the cigar brand Cohiba in Spanish [migrated]

Is it Co-ee-va? The h is silent, and the b between the two vowels is a soft b that's in between the sound of b and v?
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Why don't Chinese people who are eager to practice English simply practice with each other?

If you've ever been a "foreigner" in China (especially in major cities), you may have encountered the intensity in which some Chinese people try to practice English with you. I certainly ...
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Difference in acquisition of active vs. passive language usage skills

By passive and active, I mean understanding language when used vs. using it yourself, like in the terms active/passive vocabulary. My experience learning languages is that active skills are much ...
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Publishers of reference-sheet material [closed]

For the purpose of studying subjects of interest (academic, technical, etc) in target language(s), I want to discover other publishers of cheat sheets or reference material similar to those in the ...
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Bukharian language - how to learn [closed]

Is there any way to learn Bukharian language? Is there any textbook for that lesson? I tried to found something in the web, but it failed
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British colonial era English reader's primer

I wonder whether someone knows this material. I have tried to find even pictures on the internet, but to no avail. They were small, thin books called Reader's Primers or something like that. I'm ...
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What is the most efficient set of languages needed to easily become proficient in any language?

I’m not familiar with the terminology to ask this question properly, so I’ll do my best in laymen’s terms. I’m a native English speaker, so I find certain elements of other languages particularly ...
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is it possible to learn English like a native speaker?

I'm Chinese and have been learning English for more than 10 years. As it is a compulsory course in China, so we start learning it from a very young age. I can communicate with others fluently when it ...
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How to be in constant contact with the IPA to improve one's pronunciation of a language?

Recently I've been consulting a few words in the dictionary and after seeing their phonemic transcription I realized how my pronunciation differed from that of natives. The dictionary may then seem ...
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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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Why do days mutate in Welsh when standing on their own, and why does the object of a past-tense sentence mutate when following 'chi'?

Background: The Welsh Duo Lingo course was designed in two parts: the "flash cards" (the things you do in the app) and the accompanying course notes. Unfortunately the notes were never ...
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Find free dictionary with example sentences (e.g. English - German)

Are there free dictionaries available online for download? I have been looking for data which provides multiple possible translations and examples, e.g.: Input word: Nevertheless Output: ("...
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Spanish - German Dictionary under free licence

I am looking for a German - Spanish (or Spanish - German) dictionary, that can be downloaded (if possible for free) in raw-format, to be used in a software application. Does anyone know relevant ...
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Natural method book for Dutch?

Does anyone know of a book for learning Dutch by the natural method or something like it please? I'm thinking of something like Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata or Erstes Deutches Buch.
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How can we help American and British people pronounce the letter "A" the same way that people pronounce the "A" in Spanish?

There exist many European languages, including Spanish, for which the letter "A" is pronounced differently than how the letter "A" is pronounced in the English language. What ...
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What Duolingo-like resources are there for learning Hindi?

I'm looking for free desktop or mobile applications that have an approach to learning Hindi that is similar to Duolingo's, in that it has a primary gamification aspect. I have tried several, but very ...
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Are there any short and entertaining English animation channels similar to GAG Anime that can help improve my listening skills?

I've been learning Japanese by watching anime and YouTube videos (I think this is my learning style), especially from these channels: https://www.youtube.com/@parako https://www.youtube.com/@...
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Learning German language online

I have recently finished B1 online course from Goethe Institut. Now I can not continue B2 course at Goethe Institut for some reasons but I want to continue learning online. I would like to ask for ...
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Anki collection stats is showing reviews from years before I started

When I look at my collection stats, it's showing some reviews from years before I started anki which should be impossible. How can I search for the card causing these phantom reviews and delete them?
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Where can I get Chinese reading materials to copy/paste into LanguageCrush?

I'm trying out LanguageCrush which tracks your vocabulary while reading and watching videos (kind of like LingQ, but I'm able to use the free version). The feature I like is how it keeps track of how ...
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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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What is the school grade level equivalent of each HSK level?

I am just getting started learning Chinese. My goal is to be able to speak Chinese at the level of a first grader. My plan is to evaluate this by completing HSK course(s). But I do not know which ...
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I need help with reducing my Indian Accent. I want to move toward an American one

This is a sample of my voice: https://voca.ro/1n9yVi2OmlOm English is pretty much my first language and the language I know best. I have an accent and it frustrates me a lot. I want to get rid of it. ...
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What are some good French educational shows for toddlers?

A more colloquial way of phrasing the question is, Is there a French Ms Rachel? J'ai étudié le français au lycée et à l'université. Je l'ai appris à partir de l'anglais, qui est ma seconde langue, l'...
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What is considered the most effective and efficient method for acquiring new vocabulary in a language?

I believe I've formulated a strategy to ingrain English (or any language) vocabulary into memory for effortless and enduring recall. This method mirrors the natural language acquisition process ...
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Are there any web sites that connect language learners for conversation practice?

I am currently learning Spanish and my teacher has told me that one of the best ways to learn the language is to participate, talk as much as possible, and to commit errors. I have looked online for a ...
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Are there any free apps or web sites for learning Hebrew?

I am looking for an app or website for learning basic/beginner Hebrew. Since it's a less common language, Duolingo and other common programs do not have a Hebrew version. I'm looking for a free ...
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Vocabulary app for Dutch

I am looking for a mobile app or website that I can create personal vocabulary list for a Dutch. Among my searches in Google Play, I see several apps for language learning, but didn't find a good app ...
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Considerations when learning a very similar language

I'm considering learning Danish, while I am native Swedish speaker. The languages are partially mutually intelligible (and even more so in written form). Are there any special considerations to be ...
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If an experiment is conducted on 1 class of 30 students, is that 1 data point or 30 data points?

Academic papers report language-learning experimental results using methods like those described here. Often they take a class of students (say, 30) and randomly assign some task for one half, and ...
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What input doesn't count as "comprehensible input"?

I was perusing Reddit's r/languagelearning, and this comment by u/whosdamike piqued my curiosity (especially the parts I highlighted in bold): Here is an update I made about learning Thai via pure ...
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Do Krashenian-educated language teachers struggle to answer common student questions?

The Krashenian school of language learning emphasizes comprehensible input and values implicit (subconscious) knowledge far above explicit (conscious) knowledge. Let's imagine a student who has ...
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Am I using the right approach to expand my english vocabulary?

The process of acquiring new English words, idioms, phrases, and expanding one's vocabulary is most effectively achieved through a method known as contextual learning. This method involves learning ...
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How has iTalki, etc., been impacted by the advent of ChatGPT?

I'm curious as to how foreign-language online teaching sites/apps like iTalki have been impacted by ChatGPT and generative AI. Question: How has iTalki, etc., been impacted by the advent of ChatGPT? A ...
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Does research account for improved efficiency due to novelty when comparing language-learning methods?

The papers I look at in language-learning research often take a group of students and tweak their class in one way (like as explained here). Perhaps half will continue as usual (a control), and the ...
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Coming from Spanish, where do I start learning English?

Is there any manual or website that you recommend for starting to learn English? Honestly, with my mother tongue (Spanish) I have forgotten and sometimes left without understanding, some concepts that ...
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What is my first language?

I'm very confused as to whether 'mother tongue' and 'first language' mean the same thing. Considering the first three years of my life, I was surrounded by Hindi-speaking parents, so that makes Hindi ...
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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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Recommended Language Learning Method to Write Poetry & Songs

If I am primarily interested in learning a language to write poetry and songs in it, in addition to reading poetry and listening to music, is there a recommended way to build writing skills? I imagine ...
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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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How can I improve the sophistication of my Chinese grammar usage?

I'm starting to become aware of a weakness in my Chinese grammar. While in my speaking and writing I'm generally grammatically correct (of course, not always), I don't often use more sophisticated ...
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Pronounciation of final -k in Azeri

So I read that, in Azeri, K can either be pronounced as [c] (in Azeri words) but also [k] (in loanwords). However, in the word "çörək", it turns out that the final -k can either be ...
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How important is anecdotal evidence when comparing L2-learning-method effectiveness in language-learning research?

When perusing language learning articles, I see experiments where a small number of students learn words that don't exist (pseudowords) which they are subsequently tested on. Researchers then ...
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How to improve my usage of vocabulary

I have been having trouble recently, related to my vocabulary. While writing essays or whatever writings in English, I recognized that my sentences were mostly consisting of 'simple' words. Such as '...

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