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What are some recommended iPhone apps for learning German?

I already use Duolingo, but feel as though it's not enough to propel my language skills and learn even more. Are there any German apps that are more grammar-based than vocab-based in the App Store (...
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How and where can I begin learning grammar and syntax in their most abstract form?

I am interested in learning grammar and syntax. I use those words because that's what I learned in middle school, perhaps what I'm really trying to learn is more aptly described by the term '...
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What are some techniques/methods that you would suggest for an online tandem learning relation to work?

I got to know this guy from the Internet, I'm a Vietnamese living in Germany and learning German; he is a German living in Vietnam and learning Vietnamese. I really want this tandem learning thing to ...
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Combining grammar-translation method and direct method to teach English

Should we use two or three methods at the same time to teach English? For example: Grammar translation method, Direct method, etc. More specifically, is it acceptable to combine the grammar-...
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Does ethnic background affect language learning strategies?

Drawing inspiration from the question Does ethnic background affect the speed of foreign language acquisition?, I would like to ask something more specific: Is there any research on how ethnic ...
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required standards for US domestic foreign language education

In reference to my earlier post, I'm going to be teaching foreign languages in some capacity and was advised by a board of education that I ought to understand and incorporate foreign language edu. ...
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Why do some teach Biblical Hebrew with modern verb tenses?

I have noticed that some instructors teach Biblical Hebrew verbs with modern tenses (avar, atid, hoveh, tsivuy) when really there are only two forms (not tenses), perfect and imperfect. I'm aware ...
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What are Memrise's advantages?

I want to use Memrise to learn languages, but I do not know Memrise's advantages. What are Memrise's advantages? I accepted an answer, but If someone posted a good answer here, I will accept the ...
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Is it useful to learn the International Phonetic Alphabet in order to learn pronunciation? [duplicate]

I have always regarded phonetic transcriptions using the IPA, something only linguists learn and find useful. Would a normal language learner benefit from knowing the IPA when learning a new language ...
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Is there any evidence that vocabulary level is a good measure for predicting high economy income later?

In the Wikipedia page of Johnson O' Connor, there is a sentence says (I add the boldness): A person’s vocabulary level was the best single measure for predicting occupational success in every area. ...
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Accent/Pronunciation Feedback Software for German

Is there software that can listen to a sample of my German speech and give feedback on my accent and pronunciation? I wish to have an impartial party listen to my speech, so that I can determine ...
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How can I roll the Georgian r?

Whenever I speak to Georgians, I always have to try and pronounce 'r' right before I can have a conversation in Georgian. It's annoying but really comical at the same time because I am absolutely ...
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How to enhance the German vocabulary of my six-year-old?

We, the parents, don’t speak much German. Our daughter has been going to a German school for two years (start at 4) and is fluent by now. However, the teachers say that she lacks some vocabulary. She’...
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Should I use original version subtitles or subtitles in my language? [closed]

I watch every TV series and movies in English but sometimes I can't understand some really specific words that are rarely used by the English native speakers themselves. Should I use subtitles in my ...
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Question about Macedonian Grammar

I'm trying to learn Macedonian and one if the resources out there was paraphrased as saying the following about the Macedonian language: Belamaric-Wilsey says that the majority of Macedonian-...
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Acquiring mathematics vocabulary in Norwegian

What are good resources for finding out and learning mathematics vocabulary in Norwegian? How to learn the words to the level of being able to give lecture courses and supervise bachelor's thesis in ...
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How to combine the new Duolingo (with crowns) with spaced repetition?

Duolingo was updated so that the main user interface no longer shows how well Duolingo thinks the user knows the different skills. Furthermore, there is no encouragement (in terms of skills turning ...
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Is it possible to learn grammar through spaced repetition, and if yes, how?

Spaced repetition is mostly used for learning vocabulary, but learning vocabulary is not all there is to learning a foreign language. Grammar also needs to be acquired, one way or another. Since doing ...
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How to determine which of two Danish pronunciations is correct, or if both are?

There is a common word in Danish for which I have encountered two pronunciations in my learning. Both of them sound fairly reasonable. How do I figure out which of the pronunciations is correct and ...
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Is there any evidence that online language courses enable you to speak the language?

Many people try to learn a foreign language through an online language course. For example, FutureLearn hosts courses such as Introduction to Norwegian, Introduction to Dutch (three weeks), ...
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Before visiting Scandinavia, is it better to learn one Scandinavian language to fluency or a smattering of all three?

I have heard that virtually all Scandinavians are fluent in English. However, I would prefer to learn Norwegian, Swedish or Danish before visiting in order to blend in better. I also understand that ...
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Resources for learning Greenlandic?

Greenlandic is an Eskimo-Aleut language with approximately 56.200 speakers (according to a survey dating from 2007). It has several dialects, including West Greenlandic or Kalaallisut, which is the ...
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Brain benefit with respect to age

If someone is past their language-learning prime/"critical period", does the age at which they learn a language affect how much learning that language benefits their brain, and if so, in what ways? ...
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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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What is the most widely spoken L2 (second language) in the EU28, besides English?

Many people are influenced/motivated to learn certain languages by how widely spoken they are. To that end, besides English, what is the most widely spoken language in the EU28? Bonus points for ...
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How to learn correct pronunciation of phrases

Some dictionaries providing transcriptions for some words. Some online dictionaries even provide a sound file for a single word. However it is sometimes useful to have a source of a phrase pronounced ...
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Are there standard verbs that are proven to help learning a new language?

I'm learning Russian and I wonder whether there is a list of verbs that are proven to be essential for learning a new language. I mean "to maintain" is probably less important than verbs like "to ...
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Learning a lot of similar words in a short period of time

I'm currently in a Korean class, and I'm aiming to learn all the vocabulary and phrases before the lesson. Next week we'll be learning the numbers 1 to 10 amongst other things. I've tended to be weak ...
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How should an Indian whose primary language is not English start learning German?

I am an Indian and my primary language is Hindi. English is our secondary language, which we use in college studies and corporate offices. Our daily communications happens through Hindi and our local ...
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Dictionary for learners of modern Greek?

Is there a learner's dictionary for present-day Greek? This would be either of the following: A monolingual dictionary in which the definitions are written in a simpler subset of Greek, many ...
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Does learning a language outside of its culture affect the learner negatively in any way?

As a native English speaker living in America, with little to no funds to travel, I don't have much of an opportunity to actually visit the places where my target languages are widely spoken (in my ...
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How to find Mongolian tutors in Sydney

How do I find Mongolian tutors in Sydney, Australia? I'm trying to find a tutor for Mongolian in Sydney, but haven't had much luck. I managed to find one tutor who is a native speaker, but she'll ...
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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 learn the building of sentences?

Understanding a large number of words, either spoken or written, is one thing, but producing a sentence in a target language is another. I am not referring to understanding how to read/hear a ...
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Transcribing / translating snippet of Burmese (to English)

So I have this picture of Burmese text which I think might be interesting to know the meaning of. I know translation is off-topic here, but I gather that asking which tools are recommended is allowed ...
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Does learning a new language while in the target country instead of learning the current language reach the goal of acquiring both faster in the end?

Here is the situation: I have now been learning French for two months. I will start to stay in South Korea for one month. After staying in Korea, I'll stay in France and attend language school for ...
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How does one become an IELTS examiner?

The language tests defined by International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are widely recognised tests of English language proficiency for non-native speakers of English. In one of his videos,...
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Does memorizing French verb conjugations with its English characters sound have negative impact in the future?

I'm struggling to memorize the verb conjugation in French as different conjugations are pronounced the same but the characters are different. For example, I tend to write the following sentence: ...
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How to look for resources that are available in multiple languages?

In order to efficiently learn multiple foreign languages simultaneously, I noticed that resources provided in multiple languages can act as a big help. I have been using http://www.goethe-verlag.com/...
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How does flow relate to language competency? Can it be taught/learned?

Psychological flow is kind of like going on autopilot, or being completely immersed in an activity, and is also related to high performance levels. I was reading about flow in music, but it reminded ...
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Resources for learning to read Chinese newspapers (in simplified Chinese characters)?

Many textbooks for learning Standard Chinese, e.g. New Practical Chinese Reader, focus on conversational Chinese. In these textbooks, the text in the lessons are always dialogues. This type of ...
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Short poem in Arabic

Is there a classic Arabic poem (irreligious, if it is possible) that resembles the Goethe's "Uber allen Gipfeln..."? By "resembles" I mean it's length and concise style. The reason I am looking for ...
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Does the quality of audio recordings affect their effectiveness in exemplifying pronunciation?

Some of the FSI free language courses are accompanied by audio recordings which were originally on cassette tapes. This means that those recordings are not quite on par with the more modern audio ...
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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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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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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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Does one's target level make a difference?

Learning the script for Arabic, Greek, Russian, etc. seems too expensive an investment if one wants to learn just a little of the language (say A1 in the CEFRL). Likewise grammar beyond the very ...
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Good reference on Devanagari typography and alphabet learning

I noticed nice fonts such as this or this for devanagari: (Copyright Ananda K. Maharjan; licence: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial) I am used to seeing more curvy fonts such as this: I ...
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Texts using all common words

There is this concept of Pangrams or holoalphabetic sentence, that is, a sentence using every letter of a given alphabet at least once. The famous example is: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy ...
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Professional word and sentence list for Spanish

I found this excellent German CEFR level B1 word and sentence list from the Goethe Institut, which is a professional institute that promotes the German language worldwide. Is there a similar free ...

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