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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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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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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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Graded readers using simplified Chinese characters?

Graded readers are very useful for practising extensive reading. Extensive reading has several benefits, for example, getting a lot of comprehensible input. The majority of speakers of Standard ...
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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 long between each HSK level for learning Mandarin?

A common question among language learners is how long will it take me to learn <insert language>?, and the usual answer, for a native English speaker, is to refer to the FSI list, which divides ...
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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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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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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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A different way of teaching, via cognates & etymology?

Is there an existing method—published in a book or an article—for teaching languages with cognates and/or etymology? I'm primarily interested in the Indo-European language family, but any of such ...
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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 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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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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Is there a better way to memorize the stroke order of 恵, 専, and 敷?

The three kanji 恵, 専, and 敷 share the same first 6 strokes. Using the traditional radicals I could describe them as being composed "一, 日, 丨" at the start and then finishing "...心", "...寸", "...⼂, 方, ...
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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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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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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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Looking for something like Babbel.com's vocabulary trainer

Babbel.com used to have a great vocabulary trainer. They still do, but you can't add your own words anymore. I used to create my own lists. Such as "colors", "days of the week" or whatever. However, ...
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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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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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