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Equivalents of rikaichan for Mongolian

I've read that Rikaichan (and its equivalents) allow you to hover your mouse over a word and see its phonetic reading and translation. What tools like that (just the translation, not the phonetic ...
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Graded readers for Italian?

Extensive reading or reading for pleasure is an excellent way of getting a lot of "comprehensible input" in a foreign language. Graded readers provide this type of comprehensible input. Are there ...
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What are the most effective ways of learning vocabulary of any language? [closed]

Vocabulary is the most important thing to become enriched in a language in my perspective. But for most of the adult learners of a language, memorization process sometimes seems very boring and hard ...
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How do I measure the importance of a language? [closed]

At a couple of bookshops with dedicated areas for language learning, some languages get entire aisles, while other languages get just one or two books. The number of speakers can't be the sole ...
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What are the advantages of using physical materials over electronic materials?

I notice that many language learners have many books with materials for studying languages. This question discusses the advantages of a paper dictionary over an online dictionary, however I want to ...
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How many US 6th-12th grade students are learning a foreign language?

I'm putting together some market analysis for a business plan for language instruction for the demographic of 6th - 12th grade US students (middle through high school). From various sources online I'...
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When two people each speak one another's first language as a second language, in which language will they communicate?

Let's take an English-speaking Norwegian and a Norwegian-speaking Englishman as an example. What are the most and least influential variables that influence how they will communicate outside of a ...
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What's the most complete book on English grammar?

I'm a foreigner who has never studied an English grammar book before and who now has the necessity to not only study the topic, but to know everything a good speaker should know. For this reason I ...
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How can I learn to speak in SOV when my L1 is SVO?

I have been learning Hindi for almost 2 years, and my mother tongue is English. I find that I can understand things in Hindi that I read or hear, and I have a working vocabulary, but I struggle to ...
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Can I learn Spanish and French at the same time?

I am currently in 9th grade, and am taking 1 year of Spanish. I would like to continue my studies in Spanish next year and also start French. Multiple times, I have heard that it could be very ...
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Resources for learning Valyrian besides Duolingo course?

Valyrian is one of the fictional languages in Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire. Duolingo offers a course in High Valyrian; David J. Peterson, who created both Dothraki and Valyrian is said to ...
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What is the significant difference between the Germanic language group and the Romance group? [closed]

People classify English, German and Dutch into Germanic language group and French, Spanish, Italian into the Romance language family. I learned English and the others before, but I still don't ...
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Why retain vocabulary when there are dictionaries?

Usually, when we come across an unknown word, we can guess its meaning based on the text around it (assuming that all the words around are known). However, there are cases that the meaning of the word ...
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Have you any ideas on how I can improve my Russian pronunciation? [duplicate]

I want to practise my speaking skills in Russian but I have no conversation partner knowing Russian pretty well to correct all my mistakes. What should I do?
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Is it necessary to surround yourself with speakers of different dialects to familiarize yourself with slang? [closed]

Say I'm learning Spanish. I'm learning the Latin American dialect so I'm familiar with slang idioms in the dialect. On the other hand, I haven't had much contact with speakers of "Spain" Spanish. Do I ...
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How do I become 'intermediate' Thai level?

I am looking for someone to help me with suggestions to confidently / safely get into the intermediate Thai level and push into the expert level (which I am one year away from). I studied Thai for 9 ...
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Which Portuguese language to be learned when moving to Angola, Luanda

I will be moving to Angola, Luanda very soon. I have heard that the spoken language of Luanda is Portuguese which is different from Portugal-Portuguese. So which language do you suggest to learn ...
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Is teaching how to write a particular language, its character formation etc. a part of language teaching?

Is teaching how to write a particular language, its character formation etc. a part of language teaching as well or not? From a language teaching/learning perspective, is the writing system a part of ...
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Monolingual learner-friendly dictionary for Spanish

The aim of this thread is to compile a resource of suggestions for monolingual learner-friendly dictionaries for present-day Spanish. Please add your suggestions below. Ideally: the definitions are ...
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Mnemonics for learning hiragana and katakana (other than Heisig)?

I'm looking for resources that use mnemonics for the hiragana and katakana syllabaries. I am aware of Heisig's book Rememberting the Kana (about which we already have a question), but this book have ...
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How important is IPA to learn pronunciation for learners with non-roman alphabet

I think there is general agreement that IPA is crucial for learning pronunciation of a language like English, because there are no strict rules of pronunciation, and plenty of exceptions. IPA is ...
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Is indirect negative evidence better than direct negative evidence?

It is a tendency among teachers to correct students' mistakes directly. For example, when a student says, My father goed to the office, the teacher blames the student. Since it is a sign of ...
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Any English learning resources similar to Pimsleur, but suitable for intermediate to advanced speakers?

I like Pimsleur because it teaches you to speak in the context of full sentences and dialogs rather than isolated grammar rules and vocabulary lists. Are there any similar resources for learning more ...
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Does imitation play any role in child language acquisition?

Does imitation play any role in child language acquisition? In the 1950s/1960s, there was a debate between Skinner and Chomsky, in which Chomsky argued that children also produce sentences that they ...
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How can I add an audio to my SRS if it is missing on Forvo?

I like to have an audio file play automatically on my SRS. In fact I found out that most words I have trouble in memorizing lack the audio file, and thus I always add the audio file which I download ...
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Spanish-English downloadable dictionary

I'm looking for a Spanish - English downloadable dictionary, similar to CC-CEDICT for Chinese. CC-CEDICT is a continuation of the CEDICT project. The objective of the CEDICT project was to ...
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Difference between reading text written directly in language X, and reading text written in language Y and translated into language X?

I'm currently reading the Chinese version of Matilda to improve my Chinese reading skills (and partly because I simply enjoy the book). However, as a native-English speaker, I'm concerned that there ...
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Resources for learning Zürich German

I have recently become interested in learning the German language as spoken in Zürich. As far as I am aware, there are genuine differences in how the cases are used, the standard word order, etc. ...
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What strategies there are for learning a Romance language when I already know a Germanic language?

In a comment on another question, What is the difference between Germanic and Romance languages?, Robert Columbia wrote: There are actually known strategies for learning a language from one of ...
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Is the core of teaching a second language like English intelligibility or native like fluency? [closed]

I think the core of teaching English as second language should be intelligibility but not native like fluency. This is not just my personal opinion but it is the opinion of many scholars who make ...
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Any advice on switching from French to German?

I am an upcoming 10th grader and I was wondering whether it would be easier for me to switch from French to German. My mother tongue is Arabic but I'm fluent in English as well. I've been taking ...
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Semi automated dictionary application

I asked this question on stackoverflow, and got put on hold; rightfully so. I hope this is a better place. Are there applications, desktop applications, plugins, libraries, etc., dedicated to ...
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Which online English dictionary is good for etymology, British spelling and pronounciation, as well as idioms?

There are several English-English dictionaries online; in addition to Wiktionary and Tatoeba (kind of) and no doubt other folk-edited dictionaries, there seem to be some curated ones: Cambridge, ...
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Learning kanji and vocabulary

Learning vocabulary in Japanese (and I assume Chinese) is a strange feeling since one must also learn how to write that word using Chinese characters. When I started learning Japanese, I learnt words ...
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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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Of the following which would you consider the most common Arabic form of language used [closed]

I am in need to translating a site of mine and I need to add Arabic. According to the language code there are several forms. Which of these would you consider to be the most "common" type? ar-AE ...
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I find myself saying things that get misunderstood due to ambiguity. How can I train myself not to? [closed]

I find myself saying phrases in a non-native language that are ambiguous, and often get understood differently from what I meant to say. This can result in what I say being interpreted as the exact ...
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Must we start teaching reading and writing with the Alphabet?

It is common practice to start with the Alphabet of a language while teaching reading and writing. But some linguists I know say that we need not begin with the Alphabet but ...
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How can I identify a Youtube video URL for a lesson's video from FluentU?

I'd like to track down a URL for a video for one of the lessons on FluentU. What, if any, means exist to find out a video URL for a YouTube video used as a lesson video within FluentU? Thanks,
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anki minimal pairs

I'm looking for a way to practice minimal pairs with anki in a relatively effective way. One of the problems I'm having is the minimal pair cards are not random enough. Also, the cards aren't shown ...
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Image cloze deletion for declension tables

I'd like to learn the declension tables for Russian and I use Anki to learn vocabulary. Does anyone have any advice for learning these tables, and do you think there is a better way to learn the ...
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How to learn Malayalam without any resources

I've been interested in learning a language called Malayalam. The problem is though, there is a complete absence of any well-written comprehensive Malayalam textbooks or grammar guides for English-...
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Are graded readers with monolingual glossaries commonly available?

I’ve been using the book “Read and Think Spanish” to improve my Spanish, and it’s been a great resource, because it provides information about vocabulary or short phrases, but otherwise is just an ...
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How to learn the pronunciation of mathematical formulae in Norwegian?

Another question concerns acquiring mathematical vocabulary: Acquiring mathematics vocabulary in Norwegian However, mathematics also includes plenty of formal expressions, such as f(x, y) = (4^x - y^...
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How Dalet, Final Kaf, Vav, Final Nun, and Resh (and maybe Yod) are differentiated in print

When either handwritten notes or computer printed documents are read, these letters have a very similar structure ד ך ו‬ ן ר. I guess you could say it is just as similar as ij or il or tf, even qg. ...
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How can I efficiently find lists of chance correspondences?

Where can I find such compilations or lists systematically? This Japanese-English example is from John McWhorter PhD Linguistics (Stanford)'s The Power of Babel (2003), pp. 226-227. I'm aware of r/...
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What is the easy and effective way to learn in tandem live, when speaker A has B1 and speaker B barely has A1 in the language of A speaker?

I learn German (~B1), my friend learns Russian (~A1, just a little bit of the vocabulary and ability to pronounce the text). Mainly we communicate through English. Next couple weeks we live together, ...
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How do I learn and improve my writing skills once fully immersed in a language?

As the title says, I'm fully immersed in a second language. I use this second language all the time (thinking, reading and writing) but my writing skills aren't up to scratch. Any ideas on improving ...
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how can I structure my plan learning korean?

I am not a native speaker of Korean and not-native speaker English. I want to make a plan for learning Korean well and maybe arrive to B2 in July 2019. I do not have a lot time because I get up 6 Am, ...
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Are there any studies on the effectiveness of school trips abroad on language learning?

In the UK, stricter health and safety regulations have made school trips abroad harder to organize and this has reduced the number of opportunities for British children to experience a foreign ...

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