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Are there any studies on whether it is more effective to study a language a bit everyday or have a couple longer sessions?

As with trying to learn anything, language learning obviously takes time and practice, but many people, myself included, have limited time to dedicate to a language learning practice. With limited ...
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How to Know if a Movie/Show is Translated Well Enough to Help in Language Learning?

As addressed in questions like this, watching movies and shows in your target language can be a good way to practice your listening skills, while also being exposed to new vocabulary and spoken ...
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What ways can ChatGPT assist with learning a foreign language?

I believe ChatGPT's strong linguistic capability would enhance language learning. But I think it depends as ChatGPT may sometimes provide incorrect responses with confidence. and language learners may ...
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CEFR-based assessment rubrics

Regarding action-oriented scenarios, I do not know how to create an analytic grid/rubric (that is, a six/five-point Likert rating scale) calibrating CEFR descriptors of the same level, say B1 (...
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What level of schooling does it take for a native-Chinese speaker to understand CCTV news?

One of my iTalki teachers and I study China Central Television (CCTV) news. The hosts are noted for the extremely fast pronunciation (sometimes 280+ characters per minute) and their use of precise, ...
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How does learning math differ from learning second foreign languages (L2)?

Peer-reviewed publications analogize learning math to learning a L2. But what are the DisAnalogies and CounterArguments? How can you distinguish learning math from learning L2? Luciana Oliveira, ...
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Where can I find a collection of synonyms with detailed explanations of their nuances or differences?

Online sources, like some sites, and books both are OK. (English vocabulary) To clarify, I'm not asking for a method to search for synonyms. Rather, I'm finding some sources which I can browse in my ...
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Are there any good resources where I can listen to very casual real English conversations among native speakers?

When watching a video on Netflix or Youtube, I can usually easily understand English conversations. However, when it comes to real conversations among native speakers, I sometimes cannot even ...
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how to acquire a certain sound which lack in my mother tongue?

In my mother language, there is a lack of the N sound as an initial consonant. Every time when I say English words like nature, new, it will naturally or unconsciously be pronounced as lature, lew. ...
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Finding direct translations for foreign words in English

Is there any tool or method of searching for the direct translations of foreign words that have made their way into English? Google translate and other translation services will translate the meaning ...
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How to go about learning a heritage language that I lost as a child?

I used to be bilingual in French and English when I was very young but when I began school in Australia, I stopped speaking French so I could get better at English and now at 16 I can understand the ...
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Does immersion actually work?

I’ve heard people say constantly that “immersion is great and you’ll learn a language that way”. Some even go as far as saying that immersion is the only way to learn a language. But is it really true?...
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Online Portuguese [PT-PT] language course

Duolingo has Portuguese in its program, but is built for [PT-BR], Brazilian Portuguese. I’m looking for quite a while to find an online language course in European Portuguese [PT-PT]. In general, ...
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How does the proportion of Chinese-language students who learn handwriting change with level?

Many students of Chinese as a second language opt out of learning handwriting characters. My impression (from my personal experience) is that the proportion of beginner students who learn handwriting ...
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How can I practice speaking English by myself?

Currently I'm learning by myself with videos but mostly with textbooks. I have no much people to speak with and I'm trying to find some ways to practice conversation. Do someone have any hint?!
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Are there effective ways to improve oral English or a platform which emphasizes students' improvement?

Am I the only one who feels that these English-teaching websites are just a way for teachers to make a few bucks here and there? It seems that the majority don't really focus on the intricacies of ...
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How many words give 98% coverage in Mandarin?

For Chinese characters, Jun Da's dataset implies 1566 characters gives 95% coverage, 2285 characters gives 98% coverage, and 2838 characters gives 99% coverage. I'm wondering if there's a similar ...
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Is it Worth Trying to Learn a Pair of Languages at the Same Time?

Good day, I am focusing on learning Arabic ... but I see that there are many similarities with Hebrew. Would this be a good pair to learn at the same time? If so, why? If not, why not? Thanks.
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Are word translations adequate when starting to learn a new language?

Being a native Spanish speaker, I've learnt English as a second language since I was a child, starting at age 5, (I'm 23), and when I was 14-15 I started to learn German at a language school, with ...
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Is the HSK exam easier outside of China?

It's been known (at least in Confucius institue in my country) if you take HSK test outside of China, it's easier and the grading is pretty lenient. u/Marizza_Tan, comment on "hsk 6", Reddit ...
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Is this a good way to learn English?

In the anime Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai, there's such a scene of a notebook. As you can see in the picture, it's almost barely a list of vocabulary, I mean, there's no example sentence. Besides, ...
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How to learn a niche language, i.e. Kazakh?

I am learning Kazakh. There are maybe a total of 10 teachers of this language with a curriculum and none of them know grammar past declension. Google translate is no help either. I've had to use ...
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Is it possible to learn Hebrew or Greek without a teacher or an online course?

My first is a latin-based language, and I know just the latin script, I have no experience writing in cyrilic script, greek script, and hebrew script. Is it possible to learn Hebrew or Greek from ...
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Vietnamese children's stories with audio and text

I'm looking for children's stories (stories with an easy vocabulary) in Vietnamese, with the text and the audio, so that I can listen to the story and follow the words on the text. An example would be ...
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Is Mandarin and character writing easier for people who know Japanese?

I've been planning to study basic Mandarin for some time. Today I had to write neko (the word for cat) in Japanese using Kanji. I just noticed that Simplified Chinese uses the same characters to ...
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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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What is the output-equivalent of the term "exposure"?

We often discuss how many "exposures" we need to learn a word (and depending on your style and definitions, it could be 8 to 12 or even 50+). My impression is that we typically envisage an &...
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How long between each TOCFL level for learning Mandarin?

This is the same question as How long between each HSK level for learning Mandarin? but for the Taiwanese test rather than the mainland one. A common question among language learners is how long will ...
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Where to learn Français with certification?

Bonjour, I want to learn Français because my Université requires B2 level Français, I have done a ton of searches and found the following details: Language Levels A1, A2 - DILF B1, B2 - DELF C1, C2 - ...
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Does the usefulness of Anki vary between languages?

This question is motivated by this Reddit comment where the author has had success learning Spanish via Anki: I've been using Anki for about a year (the time it took me to reach C1 in Spanish from ...
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How can a YouTuber demonstrate that they are actually fluent in a language?

There's a bunch of YouTubers nowadays who claim to speak fluently in some second language. Some can; some can't but pretend to. I've noticed some YouTubers use a lot of techniques to inflate their ...
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Swedish vs Norwegian vs Danish. What the easiest language to learn for a native-Russian speaker with C1-level English? [closed]

Swedish vs Norwegian vs Danish, What's the easiest language to learn, overall? I am native in Russian, but pretty good at English (C1). The purposes of learning new language would be to be able to ...
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Controversy & Debate in SLA: Can I ever get concrete takeaways?

I learned Mandarin in high school and later in life (now) started becoming interested in how I was able to acquire it, i.e., the study of SLA. My goal: As of now, I hope to have concrete strategies ...
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How can I improve my native language skills as someone with an immigration background?

My parents immigrated to Germany in the 70's and I was born and raised in Germany. Although I attended German schools like any other German child and even studied in Germany, I do not feel confident ...
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Is there research into the phenomenon of "increased skill leading to decreased attention" for L2 learning, and what can a student do about it?

User phills at chinese-forums.org describes their experience learning Chinese through listening to audiobooks: Paradoxically, I couldn't do these other things before when I was worse at the skill. I ...
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Where can I find "categories" which I can use for L2 practice by listing words in those categories?

A Reddit post has an exercise of listing 5 different things in each category: A1: colors A2: rooms of a house B1: sea creatures B2: chemical elements C1: ways to cook an egg C2/impossible: ...
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Is it common for teachers to take standardized language tests in order to memorize them and post YouTube videos giving their contents?

In preparing for the Chinese HSK6, I stumbled upon videos such as these: 1, 2, 3. In these videos, Chinese teachers take the HSK6, then upload videos describing its contents and giving answers. ...
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Is studying speeches by e.g. Kevin Rudd especially beneficial for improving one's Chinese speaking skills?

On YouTube you can find speeches in Chinese by former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd (Chinese name 陆克文), such as this and this and this. Now I'm tossing up whether or not this (or some similar ...
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How does Anki vocabulary relate to reading vocabulary?

Sometimes I see people online say they have an e.g. 15000-word vocabulary on Anki. It sounds impressive, but it's not clear to me that such a student can utilize that vocabulary for actual reading. ...
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After 6 months of studying German, I still struggle to speak; how do I make progress?

So, It has been 6 months since I started my Journey with German. It's been really fun, and I really like the language, but I am starting to feel like all this time that I have spent isn't giving me ...
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Language activator or conceptual dictionary for French

Is there a language activator or conceptual dictionary for French? I haven't been able to find a printed or online one. More specifically, I am looking for a dictionary that gives related words to a ...
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How to decline Czech words

The following page lists Czech declensions, which can be memorized by heart. Czech declensions However, once I come across a word, and look it up in a Czech dictionary or Czech-English/English-Czech ...
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How long does it take to learn Brazilian Portuguese if I speak Spanish on a B2 level?

I speak Spanish on a B2 level. How many months does it take to learn Brazilian Portuguese if I already speak Spanish?
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Resources to learn Norwegian grammar, conjugation and vocabulary?

I want to learn to write and read Norwegian. And of course to hear and pronounce it. I would like to do this in a safe way, that is to say, to learn Norwegian as it is currently written and spoken. ...
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How developed are Duolingo courses for each language?

Many of the [Duolingo] "courses" are so heavily underdeveloped to the point of being useless. You lucked out that Spanish is one of the actually legit ones (French being the other main one). ...
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Improving English language at B1 level

I'm an English learner, starting from two years ago and with self-study and want to know how? Just with Google Translate when reading articles and translating words I don't know, and after some time I ...
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Tongue positioning for Serbian ć and č [closed]

I know that ć and č are different sounds as ć is softer than č, but do not know how the tongue should be positioned to pronounce them. Is ć pronounced with the tip of the tongue touching the back of ...
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Where can I learn by example how to create custom flashcards using random numbers and persistence

Anki version: 2.1.49 on Windows / Linux / Android I'm following a guide on how to create persistent, random numbers using Anki. The guide is here I can't get it work because the author doesn't tell ...
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How can I practise my French with inaccurate subtitles?

I speak French but want to improve my listening ability and learn some new words (maybe to put into Anki). I decided I would watch one of my favourite Netflix shows in French, however the subtitles ...
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Any apps for "progressive" language learning like Toucan?

What I mean by "progressive" language learning: The student starts by learning a small amount of vocabulary and grammar. When practicing the foreign language, the student replaces the ...
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