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Grammar books with exercises and answer key for autonomous study of Italian

I am looking for a grammar book or series of grammar books for Italian that match the following criteria: the book or books must be in Italian, i.e. all grammar rules and instructions must be in ...
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How many Hanzi (Chinese characters) are theoretically possible to learn per day using Heisig's RTH?

I am currently learning three new Chinese characters per day using Heisig's Remembering the Simplified Hanzi (1 and 2) combined with Anki. This leisurely pace suits me because Chinese is not my top ...
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Question about Leitner box. How many cards to study from levels other than 1?

I am trying to learn Tagalog. I have made around 1500 flash cards and I am about to start using the Leitner box. If I choose to learn 10 new words every day (from level 1) when I am in the ...
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Blacked out Memory Glasses

Does anyone know where I might be able to get blacked out glasses? This is what they use in the memory competitions, and it is helpful for memorizing language vocabulary. They block out the ...
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Is it truly possible to learn a language on your own?

I've studied many languages over my life, but the only one I ever really got beyond a beginner level at, was German, and that was because I was able to take classes with a teacher who was from Germany....
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How does one design a language course for people in a specific profession?

I remember in my time as an undergraduate (philosophy and french) that there were at various times language workshops such as "German for philosophers". I have been teaching French and Philosophy in ...
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What types of resources can a native speaker of Dutch use to teach Dutch grammar to non-native speakers?

Most native speakers aren't linguists, so they may get stumped when non-native speakers ask them grammar questions. So what types of resources can a native speaker of Dutch use to teach Dutch grammar ...
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IPA usage and the deaf [duplicate]

I have a friend who is deaf. While I am very slowly learning sign language, we communicate (in Japanese) by writing message to each other. Recently, she has shown interest in learning English. She ...
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What is the difference between a basal reader and a graded reader?

Both basal readers and graded readers are books that contain simpler reading materials to help people develop reading skills. But what exactly is the difference between them?
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Can stressing just on learning vocabulary cause demotivation?

I am studying the German language, I have studied the level B1 with a private teacher and passed the exam, after that period I began studying at home for the next level. But now I am feeling that I ...
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Teaching syllables to three and half year old

Our Finnish child knows the letters by name. Also, when hearing the sounds the letter makes, they almost always can name the letter associated to the sound. They has not figured out how syllables work,...
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Is there a way to find out the IPA of words from different languages?

I want a way to be able to write the pronunciation of different words that are in different languages, does anyone have a suggestion for how to do this?
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How different is Bunjevac speech from standard Croatian?

I'm wondering if someone could put the differences between Bunjevac speech and standard Croatian into perspective -- preferably comparing it to differences between various English or Germanic or ...
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How do I not prioritize pronunciation over comprehension when reading out loud?

When I read an Italian text (this question is about reading out loud), what I focus on dictates how "well" I read it. For example, if I focus on pronunciation, then my pronunciation is flawless, but ...
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Can a language be improved without further exposure to it by just writing and speaking in that language to others with similar skills?

With "without further exposure," I mean without exposure that contains something you haven't 'seen' before. For example, reading an essay (not written by you) or watching a movie in that language is ...
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Take Spanish 3 (university level) or start self-studying?

I only have 2-3 "free" classes (not major-related) able to take before I graduate, and I want to learn both Spanish and Japanese. I'm taking Japanese 1 & Spanish 3 in the fall, but with such a ...
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impredictable arabic broken plurals and verbal nouns (مصدر) from form I

I'd like to know a strategy to deal with this lexical issue of the Arabic language. What strategy should I follow to memorize the right pattern correctly?
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Learning from another student

In this particular question, I'm interested in ASL, but also learning language in general. I've read and heard warning against learning ASL from fellow students. Mainly because when you learn wrong ...
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Homonym Learning Techniques

In vocabulary books, I frequently see lists of homonyms (i.e. words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation, but have different meanings); however, I've wondered what is the best ...
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Recent German novels (and other literature) for level B2

I am looking for recommendations for novels and short stories (and to lesser degree plays and poems) that fit the following criteria: they can be read at level B2 of the CEFR; they were published ...
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How can I learn all the rules and exceptions about the Vowel Reduction in Russian?

I've been trying to find the rules and exceptions about this subject, but I can't really find a good source. At this point, I don't know if I'm supposed to learn this in this way. Sorry, I'm kind of ...
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An article that has no problem, but sounds unnatural to the native speakers. Would non-native readers perceive it unnatural too?

I wrote an article in a L2 (English), with the target in my mind is not a native English speaker. My native English friend proofread it, and after fixing common mistakes like grammar or phrasal verbs, ...
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What are the differences between learning for travel and learning for fluency?

I'm planning on travelling to Mongolia for two weeks in about six months' time. I plan to hire a guide, but I want to learn some Mongolian for two reasons. One is in case I lose my guide (or haven't ...
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How can I find the correct word order for Marshallese sentences?

I am trying to make a set of cards (for the card game "Kloo") in the Marshallese language. It's basically color-coded for noun, verbs, etc... to be placed in a certain order. How do I discover the ...
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Good forums for Thai learners?

Since "Thai Language" in Area 51 disappeared, I assume that SE does not intend/plan to be a home for questions related to Thai language (I hope I am wrong). I found several forums related to Thailand ...
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How can you understand the pronunciation differences if you don't understand them even on minimal pairs training?

The minimal pair training seems to be the best way for adults to distinguish the sound difference on a foreign language that doesn't exist in his/her native language. According to Fluent: But it’s ...
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Anki question: multiple words on cards or separate cards for each word?

I'm studying German and I feel the need to learn vocab and sentences as well on the same cards. Basically my technique is to find a sentence not so long, break the vocab down and put it all on the ...
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Grammar book for Russian B2-C1 exam preparation

I would like to review Russian grammar for passing the entry exams at a Russian university. Can you please suggest books where I can find structured chapters on Russian grammar? UPDATE I can ...
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Professional word and sentence list for French

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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Original source of Arguelles' statement about learning at least six languages

The Reddit thread Alexander Arguelles’ Six Most Important Languages, which started earlier this year ("5 months ago" from October 2018) states that the polyglot Alexander Argüelles once said that an ...
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Are there any series out there like the Living Language books from around 2000?

I still have my old collection. I liked the series, so I decided to buy a new one for the first time over 15 years. The series has changed A LOT. Besides being more expensive, it also seems to contain ...
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Predicting language interference between Danish and Norwegian

I am presently learning Danish, but will soon move to Norway. The languages are very similar, to the level that I can read both without ever having studied Norwegian. Norwegian pronunciation is likely ...
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Should I put more focus on the subtitle or the content when watching a movie to improve the listening skill?

I tried watching a few Chinese movie to improve my listening skill, but I wonder whether I should put more focus on following the subtitle or the content of the movie. When I put more focus on ...
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Graded readers for Swedish?

As several other questions have pointed out, graded readers are a good type of material for extensive reading. Where can I find graded readers in Swedish?
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How to memorize German vocabulary by connecting it to English?

My background vocabulary is English. Can you help me how to memorize German vocabulary by connecting the words with English?
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Japanese language: Exercises for learning adverbs and their usage

I am looking for a book that has plenty of exercises for Japanese adverbs. I already have an excellent book by Taeko Kamiya The Handbook of Japanese Adjectives and Adverbs. While it provides ...
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How did Celine Dion learn to sing in perfect English?

Celine Dion is from Quebec, a predominantly French-speaking province in Canada. English is not her native language, yet in her songs her English is perfect. Is this because she grew up speaking the ...
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What are important external factors in formal language learning?

Language learning is influenced by both internal and external factors. Internal factors include cognitive and affective factors such as intrinsic motivation, intelligence, anxiety, previous language ...
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Measuring syntactic complexity

Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency are used to quantify progress in second language acquisition. I found in this Prezi presentation by Julia Jensen some definitions for syntactic complexity in terms of ...
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Resources for English morphemes

I'm helping a friend learn English, and one of the things I like teaching is morphemes (parts of a word), by explaining the meaning of the morpheme and examples of it being used. What resources are ...
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Can anyone recommend a free and online Greek-to-English dictionary?

The dictionary may optionally render the Greek word with the Roman alphabet but must include one or more definitions in English that explain the meaning. In particular, I am trying to find out why "...
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Where (outside the Rassias Center) can one learn the Rassias method of language teaching?

The Rassias method is a language teaching method named after John Rassias, who used it at Dartmouth College (in Hanover, New Hampshire, in the United States). The Rassias Center there still uses the ...
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tips to learn Dutch genders

Dutch has 3 genders, which are hidden from the learner in that the definite article for two genders is "de", and the indefinte - een for all genders, however, they are important as one would refer to ...
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Proficiency or competency scale for the learner

There are a lot of ways of assessing verbal proficiency in a language. Unsurprisingly, most of the research and teaching material are for language teachers and researchers. However, I was wondering ...
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Learning correct spelling of Spanish words with or without acute accent

When trying to learn simple vocabulary in a manner similar to that suggested by Fluent Forever, I find that I have difficulties learning to spell words correctly with or without tildes. I've been ...
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Which Kurdish dialect is the most understandable across the entire Kurdish population?

The Kurdish population is spread across several countries, including Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria, among others. There are multiple dialects, as well. If someone wanted to study a single Kurdish ...
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Digital dictionaries with sound for French learners

I had been using Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English on a computer app. It was a great experience working with a dictionary that gives you pronunciations, examples with sound, thesaurus, and ...
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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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Publicly available reference on Hebrew Alphabet Orthography Rules

I would like to know what a good book, paper, website, etc. would be that describes, for each letter in the Hebrew alphabet, what is and what is not acceptable for the character. I see a lot of ...
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Tongue exercises relaxation (Flap T/D)

I have a question about pronunciation. I've been studying English practically for my whole life, but for some reason I have such a hard time pronouncing the FLAP T. I do know how to make it perfectly, ...

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