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What resources are there for learning Toki Pona?

This is what I used: o kama sona e toki pona! (on Tokipona.net, unfortunately no longer available). It's one of the most popular courses, although there are a few points that differ from Sonja's ...
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What are the advantages of a paper dictionary over an online dictionary?

It takes much more time to find the translation in a paper dictionary than in a digital dictionary. So, your subconscious could "think": "It took so much time to find the meaning of that word - it ...
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What resources are there for learning Toki Pona?

I found this 112 page Toki Pona instructional booklet, covering everything from the alphabet to more advanced concepts, like words for thematic vocabulary or living things. It seems to be one of the ...
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Open-source English-French Dictionary

Finding such a dictionary in open-source format is unlikely, due to the labor-intensive nature of composing dictionaries. Your two best bets are probably: Wiktionary. You can download the entire ...
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What are the advantages of a paper dictionary over an online dictionary?

The advantage of an online dictionary is pretty clear: fast lookup, more information and media for an entry, always updated, zero weight, sharable, free. In fact, for the purpose of looking up a word ...
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When I look for a simple word in an Arabic dictionary, it gives me 20 different verbs

This question makes a number of questionable assumptions: It assumes that "[to] have" is a "simple word". It isn't. When you look up "have" in a learner's dictionary such as the Oxford Advanced ...
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What are the advantages of a paper dictionary over an online dictionary?

The best paper dictionaries are created by teams of linguists (people with a degree in linguistics) based on a text corpus. You can usually find out who created the dictionary. With online ...
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Is there a dictionary for Transliterated Arabic?

If it is about translating words from transliterated arabic, this "fuzzy arabic dictionary" is quite good. It is also able to tell you that "lahu" is probably "لَهُ" and means something like "to or ...
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Are there any professionally edited digital dictionaries for Mac?

Actually macOS / OS X comes with the "Dictionary" app built in. This however is not obvious because it is not promoted and by default only the English dictionary is activated. You find the ...
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Are there any online Arabic dictionaries that include diacritics for pronunciation?

Reverso (diacritics and romanization, including of conjugations) Wiktionary (diacritics and romanization, including of conjugations) Dict (diacritics and romanization) Bab.la (diacritics and ...
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Seeking an Arabic dictionary with colloquialisms

There is no such complete dictionary because there are more than 20 dialects of the Arabic language. Every Arabic country has its own dialect. In addition, there is a way (it doesn't always work) to ...
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Are there any online Persian/Farsi dictionaries that include diacritics for pronunciation?

I couldn't find any with diacritics, but these dictionaries all indicate pronunciation of each word by romanization: Hayyim (Persian-English) Steingass (Persian-English; also via Alpheios) Wiktionary ...
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Are there any online Persian/Farsi dictionaries that include diacritics for pronunciation?

In addition to ba's answer, vajehyab.com and dictionary.abadis.ir, which are not dictionaries by themselves, but provide you access to دهخدا, معین and عمید which are major contemporary Persian-...
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Why retain vocabulary when there are dictionaries?

Retaining vocabulary is great for those who are learning a new language and helps with writing and reading. With retaining your vocabulary instead of forgetting vocabulary, you are also retaining ...
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What advantages do standard dictionaries have over learners' dictionaries in defining a word?

The difference between them is the tradeoff between the level of the words used in the definitions. A simple definition is well... simple. It uses low level words in order to easily convey ...
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What advantages do standard dictionaries have over learners' dictionaries in defining a word?

a simple definition is still a definition, and it should define the word correctly. I'd shy away from "correctly" and say instead that the simple definition is intended to define the word ...
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What advantages do standard dictionaries have over learners' dictionaries in defining a word?

(I apologize for an informal answer, but this is what really matters for a language learner) The difference between those is the amount of useful information per volume, when usefulness is defined ...
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Open-source English-French Dictionary

You can try this list generated by a Wiktionary user from the data at the website’s translation tables. There’s a page for each letter, but it shouldn’t be too hard to put them all together.
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Has a corpus-based unprofessional bilingual dictionary ever been written - how was it received?

Dictionary creators who are not trained in linguistics or lexicography are in good company. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) created his A Dictionary of the English Language between the years 1746 and 1755 ...
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What are the implications of reading texts beyond my level?

In order to advance in the levels of a language, you may follow the classic approach: follow a path of only learning, going step by step in one or several courses. But, besides this one, you could ...
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Spanish-English downloadable dictionary

I found a few that may be useful, depending on what you want to do: Manuel Bueno's Spanish-English-Spanish XML dictionary consists of a Spanish-English and an English-Spanish XML file. The licence is ...
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What are the implications of reading texts beyond my level?

It's difficult to maintain interest in a text which is beyond your level, and you cannot learn words easily from context. It's a long and slow slog, looking up each word in the dictionary. However, ...
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What are the implications of reading texts beyond my level?

Linguists who study vocabulary acquisition have looked at different "coverage levels" (% of known words) to investigate the relationship between coverage and adequate comprehension. Hu and Nation (...
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Are there any good dictionaries for Ancient Greek?

There are quite a few - and they're not really hard to come by. This answer cannot be an exhaustive survey of the Greek dictionary landscape, however it can get you started and past your first ...
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Seeking an Arabic dictionary with colloquialisms

What you posted (انا بحكي) isn't colloquial Arabic it is more or less a dialect which is more or less wide spread in countries like Syria, Egypt and middle east one would easily understand and use ...
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What resources are there for learning Toki Pona?

There are at least two English language Toki Pona video course on Youtube. I'm pointing you here to the first video of both series: Learn toki pona in a fortnight: Day 1. 12 Days of sona pi toki ...
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What are the advantages of a paper dictionary over an online dictionary?

Of course there are the obvious advantages: a paper dictionary doesn't require any electricity or internet connection, and it won't crash due to some hardware or software glitch (as my dictionary apps ...
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Monolingual learner-friendly dictionary for Spanish

One that I have used is Diccionario didáctico de español intermedio by Juan Antonio de las Heras Fernández and Manuel Rodríguez Alonso. Madrid: Ediciones SM, 1993; third edition 1994 (and now out ...
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What are the advantages of a paper dictionary over an online dictionary?

If you use a smartphone, it's more practical to install a dictionary application in it. Besides the obvious portability advantages over both PC and paper based dictionaries, there are a few that I'd ...
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When I look for a simple word in an Arabic dictionary, it gives me 20 different verbs

Your issue starts with the dictionary you use as it seems, as instead of trying to explain the actual meaning it pretends to propose many synonyms which actually are not, as they may only apply in a ...
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