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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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What are the effective ways to learn and remember any word. And use that in the right way

I am having trouble with picking the right word for the context that I am talking about. To get rid of the problem I practiced to find all the forms of any word that I encountered ever through books, ...
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What are the differences between High German and other dialects? [closed]

I am going to either Germany or Austria to study German. I have been told there are differences in the German spoken in different regions, and would like to know what these were before choosing the ...
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Do any teaching methods explicitly rely on the role of the subconscious in language acquisition? [closed]

It seems like language functions best when it is subconscious, like how people use their native languages. Are there any teaching methods that address this?
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Unpredictable multiple homophony of Chinese characters [closed]

I look for a strategy to deal with this lexical issue of the Chinese language, and so memorize the right pronunciation(s) correctly
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How many Languages can we speak fluently [duplicate]

I am speaking many languages but I m pinned down each time and can't speak more than four languages fluently at the same time, I noticed that I can only keep 4 languages even if I try to learn a new ...
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WebCAPE vs AP Exams for domestic prep

I am going to be teaching a foreign language in some capacity and am not sure if I should teach to prep for the WebCAPE exams or Advanced Placement exams from CollegeBoard. I'll be following ACTFL ...
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Should I learn Russian or Czech when traveling to Czech Republic? [closed]

This question might seem very broad or opinionated but I did not find a better way to put it in short. I like to travel to the Czech Republic and often times my English and German combined help me be ...
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Does this language still exist or is it extinct? [closed]

I found (and bought) a book called "A descriptive phonology of Thaqovelith" but when I search thaqovelith on the internet, I find nothing except the reference to that book. It was published in 1980 so ...
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How to render proper names having a hidden overtone in their semantic structure as it has essential meaning for prose fiction? [closed]

Should a translator create a new name using a potential of the target language and save its meaning, or omit this feature applying method of traditional transliteration?
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Why does learning languages help with averting dementia? [closed]

I heard that several studies (e.g. 1, 2) point out that learning several languages help with averting dementia and Alzheimer's disease, especially when the languages are learned at a young age and ...
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How can I gauge my readiness to start learning a third language? [closed]

Deciding whether to start a third language or continue studying L2 can be completely opinion-based. Some people think English is enough but others don't. But there are always people (For example ...
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Is there a publicly accessible “Self access language learning center” in or near Washington, DC?

I was recently reading the Wikipedia article on Self access language learning centers, which describes them as ...educational facilities designed for student learning that is at least partially, if ...
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Learn Russian very very fast

I know the Russian alphabet, and I know how to present myself in Russian (say my name, say my age...). I have two weeks to have a correct "Russian level" and I can work 1 hour a day. By saying a "...
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Is there a Persian Transliteration App

The question says it all... I'm looking for a google translate-type app/website, where I can type in english phrases and have them be transliterated from Farsi :) Right now, I can't read the arabic ...
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After stumbling upon a word in Chinese, how can I determine if it's worth studying?

Nowadays I'm reading opinion pieces and news articles in Chinese. I'm at a late-HSK5 level. I stumble upon many new words, too many to study them all, so I need prioritize some words and postpone ...
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Is it possible to add HTML when creating cards in AnkiWeb?

I want to add my own HTML to Anki card. For example, front side of the card <div class="word">word</div><div class="ipa">[IPA]</div><br>... Instead of the following (...
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Are vowels more difficult for English speakers than consonants? If so, why? [closed]

When learning Japanese, I didn't often get words wrong, but it felt like when I did, it was the vowels I got wrong, not the consonants. As background, I learnt Japanese using romaji for a while, but ...
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1 Month Curriculum For Learning Spanish Conversationally

I have set a goal to learn Spanish at a conversational level in 1 month, with 2 prior years of experience at a traditional highschool, with information retained but still not able to hold a ...
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Esperanto: English or Spanish

I'm trying to learn Esperanto. I speak fluent English and Spanish and a A2 of German. I was wondering how it would be easier to learn it. Should I translate it to English or Spanish. I guess my ...
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How do you take a break from languages with minimum memory loss or detriment?

I'm a Sixth Form student in the UK. At the start of July, I have work experience. In mid-July, I have exams. In August, I have coursework and university preparation stuff. All of this is severely ...
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Reflexive and possessive pronouns in Swedish [closed]

Consider the following in Swedish: Mannen har en katt. Hans katt äter sin mat. My question is, whose food is the cat eating? Is the cat eating the cat's food, or the man's food? My understanding is ...
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What multi-language translator or dictionary software is it worth to consider? [closed]

I used to use Google Translate (mostly as a dictionary - for single words), but I would wish to know if there's something else worth considering, so I don't miss something better. I concerned if there'...
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Swedish diphthongs, occurrence

Concerning Swedish phonology, I am presently trying to determine the form with end article of words. For instance the word kilo I incorrectly determine as kiloett when it is in fact kilot ...
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When studying Japanese, how much should I be able to retain at the end of a Genki textbook chapter (Self-study concerns)?

I've been studying Japanese since about January using the Genki second edition workbook and textbook. I try to get in an hour session each day but I have been a little on and off with it; I think its ...
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Monolingual dictionary for learners of French

The aim of this thread is to compile a resource of suggestions for monolingual learner's dictionaries for present-day French. Please add your suggestions below. Ideally: the definitions are written ...
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How to get started with Ukrainian alphabet?

I want to learn Ukrainian, but I need a tool to learn the Ukrainian alphabet before I get started with Duolingo's Ukrainian course.
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Should I add sentences in puhekieli to Tatoeba? [closed]

If I want to add Finnish sentences to Tatoeba (a database of sentences in different languages and translations among them), then should I stick to kirjakieli, fairly conservative puhekieli, or also ...
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What was the first computer-based spaced repetition system?

According to Wikipedia, SuperMemo has been available since 1985. Due to its age, it may be the oldest spaced repetition system that is still available. However, was it also the first computer-based ...
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Where can I find example answers to the Chinese HSK6 test composition 书写 (aka 缩写 or “question 101”)?

The Chinese HSK6 test has a section called 书写 where you're given an ~1000 character passage and 10 minutes to read it. Here's the introduction: 第101题:缩写。(1)仔细阅读下面这篇文章,时间为10分钟,阅读时不能抄写、记录。(2)10分钟后,...
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Why are learning sibling cards not buried?

I am learning how to use Anki to learn Japanese. The Anki manual says that when you rate a card, its new/learned siblings will be buried but not its learning siblings because time is of the essence ...
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Anki: Why do learning cards change category when you bury them?

I am learning how to use Anki to study Japanese. In the manual, it says: " If cards were in learning when they are buried, they are moved back to the new card queue or review queue prior to being ...
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Anki Manual Confusion

I'm learning how to use Anki to study Japanese. In the anki manual it says: "Thus, if you select your 'French' deck, the subdecks 'French::Vocab' and 'French::My Textbook::Lesson 1' will be shown ...
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How can I learn the pharyngeal ע pronunciation?

The Hebrew letter Ayin (ע) was traditionally a voiced pharyngeal fricative, but has mutated to a glottal stop in Modern Hebrew, merging it with the letter Aleph (א). How can I learn the pharyngeal ...
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Looking for Personal Lexicon / Dictionary software

I'm trying to find a personal lexicon/dictionary/language study/flash card program - preferably one that makes allowances (ie has a place to enter) all of the forms of a word (noun declensions, verb ...
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Has anyone successfully learned to read a dead language while skipping the formal grammar study?

I have attended a few traditional masses in Latin. My proposal is to learn the language by reading the bilingual prayers and Bible readings. Since I can already read Spanish and French, I have been ...
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How can I be an interpreter? [closed]

I'm Bangladeshi and my native language is Bangla/Bengali. If I can speak English fluently, can I be an interpreter? And is there any course for interpretation?
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How can Greek manuscripts be intelligible with Hebrew characters placed in it?

In certain old fragments of the Greek Septuigent the name of YHWH alone is written in paleo-Hebrew letters. I’m a novice at Greek, but isn’t it necessary for all proper nouns and names to be written ...
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Way to prevent speaking fluency of acquired language to be lost or possibly enhance it further

In general fluency, there was a related question: How can I prevent myself from forgetting a language? which suggest speaking to yourself a lot. But how about your general speaking fluency? I have a ...
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Negative questions in (English language) listening tests

I work for a company that produces ELT materials. We write various kinds of reading and listening passages, followed by comprehension questions. Our staff writers use the "What is NOT true" ...
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Usage of comma of full stop in direct speech [closed]

My daughter asked me if this is correct or not - "We've first got to put the shelves together, then find a way to put them up," said Hermione, in a matter-of-fact tone of voice. - my answer ...
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the Emperor's New Clothes Effect

If you, a language learner, suspect that a famous yet old work contains an error or some outdated usage, is it a good idea to reveal the source to a native speaker while asking them about it? Are they ...
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Anki: Dealing with enumerations

I am learning Anki in order to learn languages. I am reading the article https://www.supermemo.com/en/archives1990-2015/articles/20rules that the Anki Manual says to read, and I am at point #10 where ...
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Anki: Confused about what review ahead is

I am learning how to use Anki to learn Japanese. I want to check that I understand review ahead clearly, since I am getting confused by the manual. Let's say you review ahead by 1 week and you review ...
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Which methodology is inspired by Chomsky's innatist theory?

I know that the Drilling/Audiolongual method was inspired by the Behaviorist theory. I also know that communicative approach was inspired by Piaget's social-interactionist theory. Which methodology is ...
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Is there a language learning log app? (Strava or MyFitnessPal, but for learning languages)

On Strava, you can log your exercise. On MyFitnessPal, you can log your diet. But I want to log my language learning efforts. I'm learning Chinese so I'd like to be able to: log time spent reading,...

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