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Does the phenomenon of being able to read related languages have a name?

At the moment I can read Finnish and English fluently and Swedish, Danish and Norwegian reasonably well. I have also studied and forgotten a little bit of French. When I was actively looking for ...
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How can I get over lack of learning resources in “minor languages”

Sometimes I want to learn a language but give up due to the lack of resources available. These languages tend to be the ones that very few people learn using English. In my opinion, one of the core ...
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Are there any Turkish grammar apps/website that allow for more interactive Turkish grammar and translation training?

I have been trying to learn Turkish for a while now. I studied most of my grammar book, made most of the exercises in it and translated all the Turkish sentences I encountered in the book (and ...
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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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Effect of trilingualism on babies

I'm interested in how to manage languages with small babies. Is trilinguism problematic as opposed to bilinguism? For example, will the baby take longer to speak than he would if he was bilingual?
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How does the existence of a separate present progressive tense affect the learnability of a foreign language?

In English, the present progressive tense has its own distinguished syntax. For example, the present progressive I am writing differs from the simple present tense I write. On the other hand, in ...
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What are all the concepts that you need to understand to become proficient at reading in a language?

Phonics seems to be important. What else is important? Do you need to know the formal rules of grammar? By "reading a language" I mean reading aloud or silently (whichever is better for comprehension)...
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Where can I find lists that rank the difficulty of learning other languages based on your native language?

I found a language learning difficulty study/grouping for native English speakers by the US Foreign Service Institute copied all over the web. Do you know of something similar for native speakers of ...
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Creating flashcards for grammatical rules that requires a few steps of thought, such as SPOCK versus WEIRDO

If there's grammar rule that requires a couple of steps of thought in order to create the correct output, how do I put it into flashcards? For example, Spanish has (as well as imperative) the ...
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How can the natural approach to language acquisition work for L2?

So, I was seeing a video today where the narrator brought this approach as the best for L2 acquisition. I believe it can be useful, that's how we all learned our L1 after all, but I wonder how it can ...
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Learning japanese, 1 month progress (Tokyo)

I am a Japanese Language student here in Tokyo. I don't know if I'll get a downvote for this question, but might as well try. I've been studying Japanese for about a month now here in Japan using a ...
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What resources are there for learning Romanian verb conjugation?

I'm currently learning Romanian language, and I have a question about the right conjugation of the verb 'to work', which is 'a lucra'. On this site, on the first tense, it's 'eu lucru'. But on another ...
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How should I decide the order of learning each of languages if you learn all of them in the end?

I wonder if you will have learned multiple languages in the end, the order of learning each of them has any influence and if it does, what is the most effective order to learn. For example, suppose ...
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Grammar books with exercises and answer key for autonomous study of Dutch

I am looking for a grammar book or series of grammar books for Dutch that match the following criteria: the book or books must be in Dutch, i.e. all grammar rules and instructions must be in Spanish (...
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Is there a website that can help with finding the most appropriate word for a sentence?

I assume most writers and translators come across this issue every once in a while: you know what you want to write, but you cannot come up with the best word (usually an adjective or an adverb, in my ...
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Learning to read official documents and tables in Danish

In Denmark most of the online tax filing system is only in Danish. The vocabulary is highly specialized and, even if one understands it, the concepts are challenging. A foreigner has to engage with ...
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What are some tactics to incentivising my friend to learn my native language? [closed]

My bestfriend doesn't like learning languages because, well, a lot of it doesn't make sense to her. I've been occasionally sneaking in little mini-lessons to subtly teach her, but she doesn't quite ...
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Book or other resources on activities for teaching Chinese grammar?

I am looking for a book or other resources about tasks and activities for teaching Chinese grammar. There are book on teaching English grammar, e.g. Task-based grammar teaching of English by Susanne ...
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Evaluating incorrect answers in a language learning app

I'm currently working on developing a language learning web app that provides the user with better feedback. One of the things that I'm looking into right now is evaluating wrong answers. I'd like ...
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Any tool to highlight collocations

It is believed that learning collocations is an effective way to enhance fluency. I wonder if there are any tools that, when provided with a text, can highlight its collocations? It would be great if ...
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Conditions for successful extensive reading?

According to the literature on second language acquisition, what are the conditions for successful extensive reading? Does the literature provide any suggestions on how many words a learner should ...
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Language Acquisition: What's the very first step (and the steps that come after that) in language learning?

If I need to teach a child English without the use of any other language, how and where should I start? Alphabets* Words Pronunciation? Nouns? Tenses? Sentences? Repeat 2-6? I need an order that ...
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WebCAPE language exam - how many words do I need to know?

I'm studying Chinese and would like to know if there are any metrics/studies around how many words I should be able to retain to get a high score. The metrics I've seen, such as this Rosetta Stone ...
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Modern grammar theories for serial language learning

When learning multiple foreign languages, would it be worthwhile investing time into mastering modern grammar theories (generative grammars, construction grammars, etc.) or are those too theoretical ...
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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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Spanish reading passages with a focus on specific grammar

Is there such a thing as reading passages where the passage has been specifically created with a focus on a specific part of grammar? If so, what are they called, and where can I find them? I'm ...
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How important is to find language exchange partner?

Currently, with all social networks and internet, it seems that everybody suggest [citation needed] that the primary way to learn a language is to find a language exchange partner. Beyond the obvious ...
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Quickly creating flashcards with sentences for conjugations in Spanish

In the book "Fluent Forever" (related blog post here), Wyner suggests using sentences to learn conjugations of verbs. For example, to learn the conjugation of "to be", for each form of the conjugation ...
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Are there any languages in the world that contain no sounds foreign to English?

Are there any languages in the world that contain no sounds foreign to English? It need not contain all or even most of the sounds in English. Just no additional ones that native English speakers ...
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Is there data on number of people who do not speak a particular language, or none out of a group of languages?

Similar to this question (What are the most common languages among people who DON'T speak English?), is there any data on individuals who do not speak a language (or none of multiple languages), ...
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Good text-to-speech resource for learning Hebrew

So I was sent here to ask my question from here. I'm currently into my third month of learning Hebrew. I have been using the very limited text-to-speech dictionary from hebrewpod101.com to look up ...
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Which books use etymology and derivational morphology to teach English for L1 Cantonese and Mandarin speakers?

My friend's native languages are Cantonese and Mandarin. She rates herself at B1. Peer-reviewed research substantiates that etymology can assist in learning vocabulary. See Google Scholar. English SE ...
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Can Speak Chinese; Need Learning Resources to Bring Reading Skill to Same Level (HSK4)

Good Day! I have an interesting conundrum - I can speak Chinese just fine (in fact I just took an HSK placement exam at the local Confucius Centre and was ranked at 4 for listening and speaking). I ...
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Learning to use articles correctly when your L1 does not use them

I have a friend who is Russian and has used German for day-to-day matters for the last two years. He is very well able to have detailed conversations in German. However, his use of articles is often ...
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Websites to share transcriptions?

I often come across interesting video content on Youtube in my target language (Russian) that don't have transcriptions or at very least only have sketchy YouTube closed caption auto transcriptions. ...
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Should I mix different dialects on minimal pairs deck?

After posting this question, I investigated why I don't understand the sound difference, and I found out that one of the reasons must be the different dialects that exist in the deck. I installed the ...
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Dutch language exams, CNaVT certificates versus NT2 certificates

I am interested in comparing the CNaVT's "Maatschappelijk Formeel (FORM) – B1" certificate to the Nt2's "Programme I" certificate in terms of their difficulty. Moreover, I am interested in comparing ...
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How can I find an appropriate image for a word on SRS?

I'm writing a script that converts my list of bookmarked words into SRS, with audio and image on it. Now, I'm writing a script to fetch an image from Google Image, but the images I got are mostly ...
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Can adults learn grammar like 5 or 6 year old kids?

As the title said. Learning a language is complicated, but children can easily pick up any languages around them. Can adults learn grammar like toddlers? and How?
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Is it generally better to learn Latin first? [duplicate]

Is it generally better to learn Latin first then deductively learn french, spanish, etcetera or to go vice versa and inductively learn latin? Please provide a reason why, as I seek to decide on a ...
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If you don't speak your native language (e.g. Spanish) can you lose your native accent?

I am practising several foreign languages, i.e. Japanese, Korean, Standard Chinese and Russian (I am A1 in the first three) and my question is what will happen if I don't speak my native language (...
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Italian professional word and sentence list

I found this excellent German CEFR level B1 word and sentence list from the Goethe Institut. Is there a similar free file available for Italian? Anywhere from A2-B2 would be appreciated.
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How to cope with noise in the background?

I find that my ability to understand speech deteriorates rapidly when there is noise in the background. The effect seems to be more pronounced the weaker the language is for me - English is fine even ...
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How many languages did Vera F. Birkenbihl know?

Vera F. Birkenbihl (she insisted on the "F.", which stands for Felicitas) was a German management trainer and author. She coined the term "gehirn-gerechtes lernen" as a translation of "brain-friendly ...
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English grammar books with exercises and answer key for self study (A2 - B2)

I am looking for a grammar book or series of grammar books for English (as a second/foreign language) that match the following criteria: the book or books must be in English, i.e. all grammar rules ...
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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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Sufficient grammar for a particular purpose

When I travel I enjoy trying to learn as much of the language as possible before I go. However, I often focus strongly on vocabulary, since I find that it's the most useful if I only have a short ...
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How to avoid burnout in the first place?

People commonly get burned out when studying foreign languages, therefore it would be good to know strategies for avoiding burnout in the first place. What are known preemptive practices, mental ...
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In Anki, do you have any effective methods for learning words with multiple meanings? [duplicate]

I have been learning English for over a decade now, and my ultimate goal is to reach level C2. With that in mind, I use Anki as my base of vocabulary. A very specific problem has been haunting me ...
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Expected CEFR level after French In Action

French In Action is probably the most famous course/resource for French produced in the last 30 years and is a beautiful example of a high quality, well-produced language learning course (very similar ...

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