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Based on personal experience I would say no. I grew up bilingual swedish and finnish while living in sweden with one finnish speaking parent. While I did speak finnish almost exclusively with on parent and I a fast reader of swedish I can not effortlessly read finnish. The things tripping me up are the small spelling differences, y -> u and o -> å as well ...


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My answer is based on personal experience of teaching a child to read and write Russian while living in North America. Russian also has a fairly straightforward relationship between pronunciation and writing. Here are a few things to consider: As child grows up in a foreign environment, he/she lacks the environment to learn the native language from ...


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First, accept that there will be some interference while beginning the new language. It is unavoidable but it diminishes over time. Second, a suggestion that has served me well: study your fourth language using material intended for native speakers of your third language (or second one), and vice versa. That way, you solidify both. You don't have to use that ...


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I've heard this situation quite a number of times from people learning languages. Mostly they start enthusiastically about say Spanish and they suddenly stumble upon an extraordinarily gripping French TV series and their interest on Spanish's eloquence shifts to the smoothness of French. Hence they give up Spanish for a while and when they start on French, ...


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Kirjakieli is what is in books and other written language, as well as formal speech (news, etc). It's less common in everyday interpersonal speech. It's also what is normally taught as a second language. Puhekieli is the normal speaking language that you typically hear from people, TV, and from your own mouth (if you're native). This is very similar in ...


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One of the most effective techniques developed in teaching syllables to Russian children is Zaitsev's tables. The same approach was successfully used in Ukrainian and Kazakh languages. I assume it can be adapted to Finnish. Nikolay Zaitsev spent his life teaching Russian to foreign students. His approach was to print a large poster containing all possible ...


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