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Is doing a huge amount of grammar exercises helpful for learning English?

I will tackle this questions in two steps: first, findings by researchers and teachers, then an alternative approach. Grammar Instruction in Isolation Is Not Effective In 1974, E. Hatch ("Second ...
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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 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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Strategies to deal with declensions

First a bit of terminology: declension is a very general term refering to the fact that nouns, pronouns and adjectives are inflected (i.e., take different endings) in order to express number, gender, ...
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Is doing a huge amount of grammar exercises helpful for learning English?

It all depends on the person. I have a student who feels comfortable doing grammatical exercises, as those are reasonably clear-cut, compared to, say, writing or speaking. Grammar exercises are almost ...
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Is doing a huge amount of grammar exercises helpful for learning English?

I'd say that you should study as much grammar as you need to learn the language. For some people, who have little foundation in grammar (in their own language), or who speak a very different language ...
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When studying German, how much time should be spent on learning grammar rules vs. vocabulary?

German vocabulary and grammar are tightly related, which makes it quite impossible to learn a basic German vocabulary without at the same time also learning and understanding the basic rules of German ...
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French Grammar Book B1/B2

One of the classic grammars for learners of French is Nouvelle grammaire française by André Goosse and Maurice Grevisse (De Boeck, 1995, 396 pages). Size is 23.5 by 15.7 cm, so not "pocket size". ...
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How do natives write without knowing grammar rules?

One should distinguish between implicit learning and explicit learning. According to Wikipedia, there is no agreed-upon definition of implicit learning, so we assume the following rough definitions of ...
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Are second languages processed the same way as first languages?

This is an open question in SLA, which even further depends on a person's fluency in a given L2, although most would agree at least some similarities are shared. At some level, certain processes are ...
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Is there an online resource to exchange grammar corrections in one's native and target languages?

It sounds to me like you're describing Lang-8.com, which describes itself as "A new language learning platform where native speakers correct what you write." Although I have not used this service, ...
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Are there learning resources to drill my Dutch?

There are a few grammar exercises at http://nl.ver-taal.com/grammatica.htm. You can find a larger set of exercises on the website Ik schrijf beter. You can buy books with grammar exercises, but it ...
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Is it possible to learn grammar through spaced repetition, and if yes, how?

Gabriel Wyner's book Fluent Forever (2014) recommends using cloze deletion tests for learning grammar. Anki has a card type for cloze deletion tests (simply called "Cloze"). When creating a cloze test ...
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Question about Macedonian Grammar

Take the following sentence as an example that includes all your points: Јаc сум ја прочитал книгата. Jas sum ja pro=čita-l kniga-ta. I1 am2 3-sing-fem-acc-clitic3 perf=read-past4 ...
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What's the most complete book on English grammar?

The most comprehensive grammar of the English language that I am aware of is The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language by Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum (Cambridge University Press, 2002)...
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What resources can I use to master German word order?

There are a lot of resources on German word order out there, usually giving a set of standard rules to go by. Dartmouth College has two good pages, one that "emphasizes formal structures and ...
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How can I speak in impromptu situations without organizing my thoughts beforehand but still communicate properly?

This is an area that linguists call communicative strategies (or communication strategies). There are several strategies that you can use: Circumlocution: using different words or phrases to express ...
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Strategies to deal with declensions

Declensions add information to the word. This can be gender, object-subject relation and so on. A language without this feature has to somehow supply this information in another way (think "female ...
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Explain contemporary high-school language teaching to me

Language teaching has swung through some pretty large swings over the last hundred years. First off, there's approaches to language learning without any coherent methodology and there are also ...
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Are there learning resources to drill my Dutch?

Below are some resources for practicing your grammar skills in Dutch: This is a set of 200 fill-in-the-blank quizzes that tests both vocabulary and grammar. This website seems like a very ...
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Identifying cases by rephrasing to a question – is this any useful for language learners?

It may be that rephrasing as a question works even if the learner's native language doesn't have cases. My wife speaks Bulgarian natively and studied Russian in college in the US (where her teachers ...
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List of Chinese "verb plus object" verbs?

A similar question was posed to Chinese Language Stack Exchange in 2014: Is there a comprehensive list of separable verbs/离合动词 anywhere? There are several lists out there, but they're not ...
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Grammar and language learning books/software for Irish

One resource that may be helpful for beginners is Wombat's Irish Grammar Guide; it's just 19 pages long, so you only get the basics. A more complete resource is Graiméar na Gaedhilge on Wikisource (...
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What should I focus on if I only have 10-20 minutes a day, with speaking practice once a week?

There are many things you can do, but you'll need to schedule your time carefully. With regard to resources, it will be useful to get a textbook to get started, e.g. Afan Oromo: A Guide to Speaking ...
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How to learn conjugations?

There are several things you can do. Gabriel Wyner's book Fluent Forever advises using flashcards (e.g. in Anki): on the "front", you put a sentence using the verb form you want to learn but you ...
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German grammar books with exercises and answer key for self study

The most famous book in this area is "the yellow one": Lehr- und Übungsbuch der deutschen Grammatik – aktuell by Hilke Dreyer and Eberhard Schmitt, published by Hueber. This book was first published ...
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Does memorizing French verb conjugations with the sound of English characters have negative impact in the future?

I would strongly recommend learning the correct pronunciation from the start instead of a pronunciation based on a different language, for several reasons: You will later need to invest time and ...
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Why learn English grammar first? Just gets in the way

First off, criticizing official school teaching programmes quite often appears justified. These programmes are result of long negotiations between various official institutions, and therefore it ...
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How to understand prepositions in German properly?

That translations given to prepositions is very misleading. Unlike such parts of speech as nouns, verbs, and adjectives, the prepositions do not have unambiguous translations. Rather they function as ...
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