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If a language has several dialects, which dialect should I learn?

There is no thing like "should" in the context of learning foreign languages. Each dialect has its own beauty/usefulness, otherwise they were extinct by now. However, learning the standard, official ...
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If a language has several dialects, which dialect should I learn?

It all depends on your goals. If you are going to move to a particular location where the dialect you want to study is spoken (or if you have some other incentive to study that location's dialect), ...
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Does learning a language outside of its culture affect the learner negatively in any way?

This may depend heavily on what your purpose is in learning the language. The pragmatics of using a language are often not covered exhaustively by learning resources, human or otherwise. So if the ...
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Does learning a language outside of its culture affect the learner negatively in any way?

From my Spanish-native-speaker point of view, I think that these kinds of difficulties occur more often when the cultures are more distant: I've got Brazilian friends who speak Spanish very fluently ...
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Does the quality of audio recordings affect their effectiveness in exemplifying pronunciation?

When an audio recording has lower quality, it means two things: some information is lost, and some noise is added. Obviously if enough information is lost, there won't be enough left to represent the ...
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If a language has several dialects, which dialect should I learn?

Thou shalt NOT learn Swabian, the dialect spoken in Berlin, the capital of Germany. EDIT: This is answer has two sides. The serious side is that the Standard German in Germany is not identical with ...
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