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What is the relationship between Greek letters gamma (γ) and nu (ν)? [closed]

Having only a basic grasp of the Greek alphabet (as used in math and physics mostly), I am sometimes confused when looking at Greek spelling of certain proper names or words. The most common source of ...
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How to avoid L1 and L2 interference if learning an L3?

Anyone got any ideas. I primarily speak English, but I know Japanese and French equally well but not as well as English, so they both become muddled when I try to speak either..
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What are the different sanskrit exams like tritiya, bhartiya and vidya bhawan?

I have studied sanskrit till 10th class. I am right now in my final year of graduation pursuing dentistry. I again want to get in touch with sanskrit language. Hence I am planning to appear for ...
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What are the pros and cons of learning Spanish or French? [closed]

I'm a student in the U.S., and it's my time to decide whether I'll be taking Spanish or French. I'm pretty torn, because I know Spanish will be more useful, but French just has a bigger appeal. ...
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What “homework” can I do to benefit more from watching a Chinese movie?

For me, going to the cinemas is enjoyable, there are no distractions, and it's satisfying recognizing something I've worked hard to learn (other benefits are here). It's finally possible to go to the ...
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Reading and Listening Resources for HSK 6 (B2)?

Those who take the HSK 5 (B1-level exam) are expected to be able to read Chinese novels and news articles and be able to watch movies and TV shows in Mandarin. That being so, are there any reading or ...
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Graded watching for Spanish

I'm wondering if there are any resources for "graded watching" in Spanish. I've made a similar post for Korean, my other target language. This is a resource that I saw someone mention ...
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Graded watching for Korean

I'm sure most people here know of graded readers for language learning, but I'm wondering if there are any resources for "graded watching" in Korean. I'll be making a similar post to ask ...
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Are there any languages besides English of which teachers are commonly monolingual?

Many teachers of English are monolingual in this language. In job postings, it is seldom required that they be at all conversational in the language of the country where they are to be employed. If ...
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Are there study methods aimed in particular at Chinese measure words?

Chinese has many measure words(*); in the HSK vocabulary, there are at least: 个 本 次 件 把 只 位 条 张 辆 包 双 层 刻 场 份 遍 台 座 节 趟 篇 棵 所 根 首 片 套 支 群 颗 顿 圈 项 顶 匹 团 幅 批 册 届 朵 壶 卷 艘 栋 枚 幢 束 粒 番 枝 株 (There are ...
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When native speakers encounter an unfamiliar phrase

Have you noticed that when native speakers encounter an unfamiliar phrase, they might distort their mental grammar to arrive at an interpretation they consider reasonable? This is common especially ...
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What are the components of a language lesson?

What I understand is, language teaching has two aims: Skills [Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening] development Linguistic competence development So, each language lesson should cover at least ...
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How can I detect the CEFR level of a resource?

Suppose, I have an English text (poem book, storybook, novel, article, etc.) or an audio or a video in my hand. I want to use it in my lesson plan. How can I detect the CEFR level of this English ...
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Does the similarity between closely related language contribute to the effectiveness of learning them simultaneously?

Basically what I'm interested in is whether there is any research on whether the linguistic similarity of two languages that are learnt simultaneously contributes to the effectiveness of learning them....
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Anki: A LOT of “unseen” cards, is all well?

I am a pretty heavy user of anki (1-2 hours/day), and am confused by a statistic and a behavior. fwiw, I use the templates from Gabriel Wyner/Fluent Forever. OK, here is the question: What is the &...
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Are there books written specifically for bilingual or polyglots (i.e. not for learning the language but for proficient speakers)?

I started an experiment a while back of writing a story with someone who speaks a different native language to me (but we are both able to speak English). I thought the idea of stories where if you ...
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How to find other people to improve English speaking ability?

I'm an intermediate student of English. I would like to improve my speaking skills. How can I join an online group to speak with other students?
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How many words/characters do I need to understand Chinese sitcoms?

I'm not sure how to ask this question since English words and Chinese characters are different, but hopefully someone will understand what I'm saying: basically, I'm wondering how many different words/...
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Negative questions in (English language) listening tests

I work for a company that produces ELT materials. We write various kinds of reading and listening passages, followed by comprehension questions. Our staff writers use the "What is NOT true" ...
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Modern Hebrew: Where can I find a chart of all the verb conjugation rules in a single place?

I have had three textbooks so far (Al Yesod, Brandeis, and one in an ulpan) and they all spread the verb rules across multiple chapters. Hebrew is amazing in how systematized it is. (Of course there ...
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Usage of comma of full stop in direct speech [closed]

My daughter asked me if this is correct or not - "We've first got to put the shelves together, then find a way to put them up," said Hermione, in a matter-of-fact tone of voice. - my answer ...
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Based on research, is it better to learn a new language in your mother tongue?

I live in a multilingual country and often people that visit a language course will have the class in one of the languages spoken here, let's say French. But most of these people do not speak a lot of ...
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Esperanto: English or Spanish

I'm trying to learn Esperanto. I speak fluent English and Spanish and a A2 of German. I was wondering how it would be easier to learn it. Should I translate it to English or Spanish. I guess my ...
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Beginning Turkish reading/listening resources

I have been working through the lessons on TurkishClass101 and Duolingo, but I would love to find resources for learning Turkish from Turkish sources. Are there any famous kids shows or books that ...
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Is the 'Case' in English the same as 'Vibhakti' in Sanskrit?

So I just read about the category of 'case' in linguistic grammar. I wished to know if this 'case' is the same as 'vibhakti' in Sanskrit, wherein the nouns have to end with a particular sound as per ...
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Do “Subject Matter” and “Pedagogical Content Knowledge” mean the same things in ESL/EFL?

Do "Subject Matter" and "Pedagogical Content Knowledge" mean the same things in ESL/EFL?
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Where to find didactic video stories in simple German

I have troubles to find some bigger resource of German video stories for language begginers. All the resources on Youtube I found are: without video record (just plain talking with subtitles), or way ...
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How do you take a break from languages with minimum memory loss or detriment?

I'm a Sixth Form student in the UK. At the start of July, I have work experience. In mid-July, I have exams. In August, I have coursework and university preparation stuff. All of this is severely ...
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How do you practise a language when native speakers seem uninterested?

I've been learning Korean since the beginning of May and have been really strict with myself every day instead of succumbing to procrastination. For this reason, I would say my reading and general ...
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Where can I find example answers to the Chinese HSK6 test composition 书写 (aka 缩写 or “question 101”)?

The Chinese HSK6 test has a section called 书写 where you're given an ~1000 character passage and 10 minutes to read it. Here's the introduction: 第101题:缩写。(1)仔细阅读下面这篇文章,时间为10分钟,阅读时不能抄写、记录。(2)10分钟后,...
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the Emperor's New Clothes Effect

If you, a language learner, suspect that a famous yet old work contains an error or some outdated usage, is it a good idea to reveal the source to a native speaker while asking them about it? Are they ...
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Anki: Dealing with enumerations

I am learning Anki in order to learn languages. I am reading the article https://www.supermemo.com/en/archives1990-2015/articles/20rules that the Anki Manual says to read, and I am at point #10 where ...
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Anki: Confused about what review ahead is

I am learning how to use Anki to learn Japanese. I want to check that I understand review ahead clearly, since I am getting confused by the manual. Let's say you review ahead by 1 week and you review ...
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Examples of short English presentations about computer science with advanced English

I will have English exam in few days. I am preparing for one part of exam – 12 minutes long oral presentation. Presentation should summarize some text with topic connected to computer science based on ...
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When is it best to add another language to the mix?

Little bit about myself in case that helps: I'm a 17 year old living in England. I'm fluent in English (of course), have a good understanding of several South Asian languages because of my ethnicity, ...
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Studying with reversed flashcards

I've been using my language vocab deck in one direction, by viewing the foreign word and translating it into my language and thinking of the physical thing. I'm wondering if studying the cards using ...
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Why are learning sibling cards not buried?

I am learning how to use Anki to learn Japanese. The Anki manual says that when you rate a card, its new/learned siblings will be buried but not its learning siblings because time is of the essence ...
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Why learn on purpose 'foreign accents' in English?

Today I upgraded to the 'new Microsoft Edge' browser. Fine and dandy, and there are functions for improving the user's reading or listening to texts. In the 'read aloud' function, you can hear ENGLISH ...
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Which methodology is inspired by Chomsky's innatist theory?

I know that the Drilling/Audiolongual method was inspired by the Behaviorist theory. I also know that communicative approach was inspired by Piaget's social-interactionist theory. Which methodology is ...
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How to improve my English skills while using it daily with people who are not proficient in using it, without absorbing their mistakes?

I'm not a native English speaker, and I have been speaking English for 5 years (the university I went to was an English-medium university). Since then, I have been using it for all my academic work. ...
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Anki: Why do learning cards change category when you bury them?

I am learning how to use Anki to study Japanese. In the manual, it says: " If cards were in learning when they are buried, they are moved back to the new card queue or review queue prior to being ...
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Anki Manual Confusion

I'm learning how to use Anki to study Japanese. In the anki manual it says: "Thus, if you select your 'French' deck, the subdecks 'French::Vocab' and 'French::My Textbook::Lesson 1' will be shown ...
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Is there a resource which describes Chinese dynasties which is suitable for HSK6 learners?

I'm working my way through a Coursera HSK6 course. In the first lesson of week 3, Professor Wang Yu offers practical advice about how to answer reading [阅读] questions, and among his advice is to gain ...
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How do I make my Chinese listening robust to unknown words?

From my perspective, when reading sentences in Chinese, I might read: [understandable part] [unknown word] [understandable part]. And I can usually understand the whole sentence to a large degree ...
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English words by CEFR level - open source

Are there any open source data that categorizes English words based on CEFR levl and is available to download? As an example I found https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/wordlists/oxford3000-...
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Going from 9.5/10 to 10/10 in grammatical correctness in spoken English

I speak French natively, with a level of spoken English I would rate at around 9 or 9.5 out of 10, in terms of grammatical accuracy. (My written English is at least as good.) Problems I sometimes ...
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Approaches to conversational practice

I am a intermediate-advanced student in Spanish, B2 ish. I found some really amazing C1-C2 grammar books and I am using that in class with a teacher to study and review topics in order and it's great....
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What are the reasons for learning a foreign language?

With Google Translate (and possibly other translators) becoming both ubiquitous and very good at their purpose, it seems that the problem of getting your message across to a person without knowing ...
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Can you point me to any good resources for learning Sognamål Norwegian?

One of my favorite bands, Windir, are from Sogndal in Norway. For that reason, most of their songs are written in their native dialect, Sognamål. I have heard many Norwegians from other regions say ...
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Is it possible to become fluent in pre-12th century English?

I would really like to learn to speak Old English, but it seems that spelling and pronunciation weren't exactly standardized in the early medieval times. In fact, I'm not sure we know much about Old ...

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