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How do keyboards work in general across different language scripts?

For example, these are some scripts: Arabic for Arabic/Persian/Urdu Devanagari for Hindi Tamil Kanji/Kana for Japanese Tibetan Hebrew with Niqqud Amharic Sinhala etc. How do you typically write ...
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I would love to make my English conversational

I've been self studying English and I'm pretty good in reading and listening. I do have a good pronunciation, but well I have to pause a lot when speaking. Not because I don't know what to say or what ...
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Can you derive the pronunciation of Hebrew words from their Hebrew spelling?

I would like to find and/or create a pronunciation dictionary of Hebrew words. I can find a frequency list of 400,000+ Hebrew words on Wikipedia, but there are no pronunciation guides. Is it possible ...
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Combining two mismatched Anki decks

I have been working my way for several months through an Anki deck for a foreign language. The deck is for level A1 of the foreign language and, because I have been using it for some months, it ...
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How to explain certain grammar constructs to ESL students

How do I explain to someone whose first language is not English the following concept: If I want to ask you about something, the phrase is "How does it work?" If I am about to explain how ...
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Is Quizlet's “Learn” algorithm the same as Anki's Spaced repetition?

Is Quizlet's “Learn” algorithm the same as Anki's spaced repetition? If not, how does it differ?
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How can I internalize the gender of nouns in languages that have grammatical gender?

As we know, many languages have grammatical gender for every noun, and the gender of a noun requires agreement from adjectives and sometimes verbs and requires the use of the correct pronoun for its ...
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Automatically create a list of new vocabulary from an eBook

I thought of an idea for a software that I would find useful as a foreign language learner, and I am wondering if something similar already exists. The software would (more-or-less) automatically ...
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When the Foreign Services Institute says “X class hours” are required, how many hours of self-study are assumed?

From the Foreign Language Training website, we find e.g.: The following language learning timelines reflect 70 years of experience in teaching languages to U.S. diplomats, and illustrate the time ...
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How could I most efficiently get myself up to decently literate/articulate level in Hindi as an L1 Marathi speaker?

I speak Marathi natively, but being born and raised in the US, I haven't been exposed to Hindi very much, if at all. What kinds of resources or approaches to learning ought I to use when learning ...
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What is the optimal order in which to learn languages?

The general principle of this question is "If you could only speak n languages, which languages would those be to maximize the number of people that you could speak to?" For example, if n = ...
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Is there a resource for finding interlinear translations of books in EPUB format, and if so, what is it?

I would like to read texts (books, articles or any other kind of reading content) in interlinear translation (where a sentence, or segment of a sentence, is spatially positioned above its translation, ...
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Is learning Sanskrit more difficult than learning Hebrew or Latin?

Sanskrit is pluricentric to all the Indian languages. Is teaching and learning Sanskrit more difficult than teaching and learning other reconstructed and revived languages like Hebrew and Latin?
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How to help a beginner with speaking?

I am going to help a student with speaking in my native language who is at beginner level. How would we have the conversation such that the student can take the most out of it? Some points I made up ...
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Sanskrit language learning resources and tools

What are some free and open-source online (or offline) Sanskrit learning resources and tools?
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Usefulness of Literacy concept in Language Learning and Teaching

I have been struggling with literacy, both as a concept and theory. The literature on literacy is very broad, it seems quite all-encompassing, so I am struggling to make sense of literacy in any ...
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How to force youtube site auto-generated to create closed caption for an uploaded video on its site

I have an idea for intermediate language learners who want to improve their languages skills by using video on youtube. Learners could improve listening skill by watching videos in target language. If ...
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Is there some research comparing the results between grammar, text comprehension and vocabulary exercises for language learners?

I want scientific ressources of why some exercises are good for learning language. Any ressource will be useful for the literature I am collecting.
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A platform for writing custom text, then hear it and try to write it down without mistakes?

I am searching for a platform where I can add my custom text (1000 words for example) and the platform should hide this text from me and I should be able to hear it only (slowly) and then write the ...
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Learning to speak without thinking about grammar

I recently started learning (modern) Greek. As this is the first time I've tried to learn a second language, I have a question about learning to speak more naturally. Because Greek has such a ...
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What are some of the best ways to get a toddler started learning Chinese in a non-native home?

We have a 1.5 year old boy in an English-only household. We'd like him to learn Chinese (Putonghua / Mandarin) over the next ten years or more. What are some of the best ways to get him exposed to ...
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Is there an observable Dunning-Kruger-style effect whereby the most difficult languages for a student to learn are initially considered easy?

When I started learning Chinese, overconfidence led to me thinking it was "easy". However as I progress, I realize not only how little I know, but also how ignorant I was early on: I was ...
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What are some effective methods for improving one's accent?

I am a non-native English speaker. I've started learning the language roughly ten years ago, and have been practicing it ever since, be it through exposure to English-spoken content (movies, music, ...
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What is a weekly lesson plan?

What is a Weekly Lesson Plan? The context in Poland, Young Learners of Grade-3. ESL.
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Can't find books to learn Romanian

I'm looking for books to learn Romanian. I have used searches such as "Romanian A1", "Romanian verbs", "Romanian vocabulary", but nothing. I mean, there were pages of ...
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How can one acquire a language just by listening without the visuals?

I have watched Stephen Krashen's talk on language acquisition. And I learnt that according to decades of research and experience, the best way to pick up a new language is to acquire - just like ...
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Is Italian best suitable for study as a foreign language for school students?

From this year, school students in Iran could choose Italian as their foreign language. In the past, they only could choose English, French or German, but from this year they also can choose Spanish, ...
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The correct pronunciation of ᙯ (q) in Inuktitut? [closed]

According to Wikipedia and various internet source the consonant of ᙯ (written "q" in Latin script) is pronounced [q] (IPA notation), but when I hear it spoken in songs or videos (for ...
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Is it worth learning modern conversational Greek to help with learning classical and/or Attic Greek?

I currently have only a small amount of Greek learning and most of it is Homeric Greek with a little bit of Attic from reading the New Testament. Modern Greek is classified as a "Level IV" ...
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B2 level requirements for English

I would like to find the requirement for level B2 level (CEFR) for English. I am mainly interested in the grammar requirements, but also in the other requirements. Are there any details like that? I ...
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Struggling with learning, especially without outputting

I'm trying to learn Japanese, and I know quite a bit already (I used rtk to learn the meaning/ stroke order or about 2200 kanji, know over 1700 vocab, listen and watch a lot of videos constantly ...
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Can we define a Process describing the way we discover and learn new words in our mother tongue?

Can we define a Process describing the way we discover and learn new words in our mother tongue? This could apply to a child who is learning to speak as well to an adult. Consider that you discover a ...
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Low frequency words: native language vs second language

It is easy to explain why one has better proficiency in common vocabulary in one's native language than in one's second language. But when it comes to low frequency words, why does the native language ...
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What are the most authoritative descriptive grammars of Spanish, written in French?

Namely, what authoritative descriptive grammars do Francophones (like French learners of Spanish) use for Spanish? Please DON'T recommend anything written in English.
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Language learning seems tough and a long process

English is not my mother tongue, but in my country it was compulsory for all the schools to teach their students English right from KinderGarten. I remember we used to have a picture book of English ...
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I have been reading a lot recently but how to improve my writing skills?

I am a working professional and English is my second language. I realised that my vocabulary is very weak so I started reading. I don't have enough patience to complete a novel so I started reading ...
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Are there any apps for learning Uyghur?

I am looking for apps or possibly websites (if they feature gamification) for learning basic Uyghur. Do such apps/sites exist?
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How shall a kid learn poetry?

My kid is almost 7 years old, that is to say he just enrolled in Y2. His English is ok -- he's read some Roald Dahl's beautiful stories (Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, BFG etc) and quite ...
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Reverso web site speaks too fast

Reverso has a play feature that plays a voice saying the selected text. I am using this for learning Russian but find that the playback speaks so fast as to be useless. Is there a way to slow it ...
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Problems teaching the 'gn' and 'gh' to an English learner

I'm teaching a French girl English (I'm not a qualified teacher, I'm more of a language assistant, I'm an English native, I'm at university at the moment). She is having trouble with pronouncing words ...
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Should I learn Japanese pitch accent right from the start?

I just started learning Japanese regularly, and I was wondering if it's worth it to work on pitch accent while learning grammar and vocab or forget it for now and start working on it when I can speak ...
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Is there any such paper that shows passive listening helps language learning?

I have been searching on Google Scholar to find a paper presenting research results on whether passive listening helps learning a language, but I could not find any. Is there any such work that shows ...
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What are some good Spanish board games for beginners?

I am about to start a Spanish Learners club and I am looking for fun board games. I remember playing apples to apples in English sometime ago and I loved it. Is there a Spanish version? Are there ...
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Problems pronouncing Arabic vowels correctly

As a native English speaker (from Australia) I've recently started to learn new languages using Mondly, but I'm having troubles with Arabic, specifically vowels. As a couple of examples, 'ana (أنا) ...
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How old is too old to learn Japanese?

How old is too old to learn Japanese well enough to have meaningful conversations? I am not even dreaming of learning any language fluently at my age however. In my opinion, 27 is generally too old to ...
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What is the efficiency of memorizing pieces of text? How much time does such activity have to take?

It is common task to memorize word by word lines from verses and prose for toddlers, schoolchildren and even students for their L1 and foreign language. I've noticed that such activity put lots of ...
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Is it more productive to speak 2 hours with a student who is learning the same language, or 1 hour with a native speaker?

When people find a language exchange partner (such as via Reddit's r/language_exchange), they often seek out a native speaker. However, this typically comes at a cost: spending time teaching them ...
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Are there language textbooks which include an epilogue which is understandable once the textbook's contents are mastered?

In a computer RPG game, the character levels up and begins to effortlessly kill monsters that were once a major challenge. It's a satisfying feeling of progress. I'm studying Chinese, and no textbook ...
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Best teaching method for student with minor Aphasia

What would be the best way to teach a student a secondary language if they have minor aphasia? The aphasia isn't bad enough that they are losing their first language, but it's making standard learning ...
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Is there any evidence based on research that reading certain types of texts can be harmful to your language learning?

I've been learning Italian for some years (at present my level is C1): during that time I've been essentially a self-learner, with the exception of a few months, and I've been a quite active user of ...

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