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Should literacy in the L1 be taught before teaching reading & writing in an L2?

Yes. From general viewpoint, learning your L1 first and being proficient at it can help you with your L2 as you can associate L2 vocab with the L1 vocab as seen with methods like the Translation ...
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What is the fastest known time a person went from not knowing to fluently proficient in a language?

I came across this interview by The Economist with Timothy Doner, who was a teenage polyglot (the interview is from 2013, when he was 17 years old) that had "learned" 20 languages in four years. That ...
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Should I use my second language to learn my third language?

There are various ways to learn or teach a foreign language. At one end, there is the direct method, and at the other end there are methods such as the bilingual methods and the grammar–translation ...
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Is it possible to archive L2 speaking skills as good as the native speakers?

To answer your question, I feel the second question must be answered first. L2 learners must be continually learning the L2 because native speakers are continually learning their own language if we ...
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Is it possible for an adult to learn sounds of completely unrelated languages they have never heard before?

From my experience and English teacher, it is possible. But it needs a concentrated effort. You cannot assume, they will pick it up over time. (I know people who spent more than a year in an English ...
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Momentum and hours per week

I am convinced that this is true, but I don't know why. Why? I would say memory is a very important factor here. People may have better or worse memory, but in general it's very easy to forget what ...
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Will it ever be possible for adults to learn a Second Language as easily as babies who learn their First Language?

Let me answer this question with a question—is it really that easy for babies to learn a first language? While learners of a second language can walk away from day one able to greet and bid farewell ...
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impredictable arabic broken plurals and verbal nouns (مصدر) from form I

As included in their definition, "broken plurals" in arabic are irregular. As a consequence, no single rule can allow you to master them. What's more, they sometimes differ so much from the singular ...
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What are the implications of L2 learners being illiterate in L1 and how can they overcome them?

This was a very interesting question for me to consider, so I did quite a bit of research on the topic. The issue you describe is the plight of many uneducated or otherwise illiterate migrants or ...
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Is it possible to learn a foreign language well enough to be indistinguishable from a native speaker?

It appears to be possible. One example is the Turkish-born American political commentator Cenk Uygur. He says something about how he started learning English at the age of eight in a YouTube video ...
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Are learning and acquistion the same?

It's a matter of usage. In colloquial usage, they are largely interchangeable. In linguistic usage, the distinction begins to emerge in the late 50s / early 60s with the debate between Skinner and ...
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Are learning and acquistion the same?

You can "learn" a language like Spanish in the sense of memorizing lists of vocabulary and conjugation charts. To some extent, it also means learning academic content words and sentence structures. ...
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What qualities separate those few who acquire native speaker fluency, from those who are only fluent?

Since it is difficult to find literature about this, I'll focus on a "case study". One of the most famous foreigners in China is 大山/Dàshān/Mark Henry Rowswell, a Canadian whose fluency in Chinese is ...
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How to avoid L1 and L2 interference if learning an L3?

I think you need to train your brain to see French and Japanese as two different languages. After saying a sentence in French, immediately say it in Japanese also (and vice versa). This worked for me ...
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Is the core of teaching a second language like English intelligibility or native like fluency?

It is absolutely intelligibility. Your speech must be intelligible first before it can approach native-like fluency. Even if this were not so, having native-like fluency would be useless if native ...
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How can the natural approach to language acquisition work for L2?

Well as someone who's tampered with 'natural' language acquisition approaches here are some conclusions I personally made: Like Steven Krashen said, comprehensible input is key. If you listen to a ...
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What are the effective ways to learn and remember any word. And use that in the right way

I'd recommend not to start with a single word and try to explore all its usages in different contexts, but to do it the other way around: to explore one context per lesson and learn the vocabulary ...
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Is it possible to learn a foreign language well enough to be indistinguishable from a native speaker?

This is a question that can only be answered anecdotally, unless a study has been published somewhere. In any case, yes it is possible. I have spent time in Sweden, Austria and Germany and usually ...
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What are the implications of L2 learners being illiterate in L1 and how can they overcome them?

Speaking in the L2 at all time focusing on the commanding expressions could be a very good start while the commands are physically acted out at possible all time. People tend to learn first when they ...
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