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You should never avoid speaking your own language to your child. Especially if it's globally useful language like English or Spanish. In fact it will do your child a huge favour to be raised multilingual. Some children raised in multilingual environments get fluent a little later, but when they do they are in much better position than their monolingual peers....


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There are many varieties of English, not just British English (UK) and "American English" (USA) but also Canadian English, Australian English, New Zealand English, Indian English etcetera. Which variety of English you decide to learn mainly depends on where you live, which variety of English you will need to interact with and the availability of learning ...


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Being a native speaker of US English, I would recommend either a New York City or Philadelphia accent as having more-than-average phonological diversity. New York City and Philadelphia accents typically distinguish: Mary/marry/merry (merged nearly everywhere outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, New Orleans, and Boston) pin/pen (merged in most of ...


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There is few dialects are well understood in most Arabic speaking countries, Egyptian is not the only one. There is also the Syrian dialect (Lebanese and Jordanian are so close/similar). Egyptian movies and songs are so popular, and that helps Arabic speaking people to get used to it and understand it. The same for Syrian dialect, Syrian songs and ...


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There are no major differences, although it really depends on what you consider major. Although the comparison is fair, I do think there is a slightly bigger difference than that between American English and British English. Please do note that someone from Mexico and someone from Spain can perfectly understand each other, although it is common in a long ...


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According to two scientific papers, Palestinian Arabic (a dialect of Levantine Arabic) is the closest to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA): Harrat S., Meftouh K., Abbas M., Jamoussi S., Saad M., Smaili K. (2015) Cross-Dialectal Arabic Processing. In: Gelbukh A. (eds) Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing. CICLing 2015. Lecture Notes in ...


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Since the dialect is more or less dying and the available resources and descriptions are aimed at linguists rather than language learners. The linguist Hans C. Boas (University of Texas at Austin) has been recording the dialect in order to preserve it, which is a very different goal than the creation of learning resources. See the the YouTube video "...


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Others have already mentioned Egyptian due to its media and cinema. Definitely the most widely understood dialect (reciprocal comprehension is something else). The situation is definitely changing overall in recent years. With the Internet and mass movement of people, even dialects that were previously considered "obscure" and difficult are becoming more ...


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I tried looking for resources for the dialect in general, but quick online searches did not give anything particularly useful. I would thus recommend starting by learning Norwegian (nynorsk and bokmål). The målform used in the Sogn area is nynorsk, so you might want to focus on that, but it is much easier to find resources for bokmål. Up to you; knowing one ...


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As you mentioned The Kurdish language is full of dialects. The predominant dialects are: 1) "Kurmanji or Kermanji" which is spoken in Turkey, Syria and a small part of Iraq and a bit of Iran 2) "Surani or Sorani" which is spoken in Iran and Iraq There are varying differences between them especially in terms of grammar, for example, Kurmanji has different ...


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The Arabs are concerned about the dialect closest to the classical Arabic language between the Arab countries and their peoples, but according to the linguists there is no confirmed fact and what is rumored about Arab confessions, in what area is wrong and not documented. But it can be said that the dialect of the Levant, Syria, Jordan and modern Palestine, ...


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