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Does anybody know why Lang-8 stopped accepting new membership?

According to the Lang-8 blog, they are 1) low on time and resources, and 2) having troubles with spammers/bots: There are a few reasons why we decided to implement this suspension, the main one being ...
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How effective are mobile/desktop apps for learning a language?

Well, we got an entire study that took place in June 2011 about it. They have claimed that apps are just like the real, physical thing but can do a lot more: In some instances, newer hardware and ...
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How does a paid online tutor compare to a language exchange partner?

The main difference is that a teacher should be able to teach you the language, therefore italki has some requirements: Professional teachers have training as educators and/or extensive professional ...
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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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Is it more productive to speak 2 hours with a student who is learning the same language, or 1 hour with a native speaker?

It will depend on circumstances. On the one hand, progress is going to depend a lot on how much time you spend engaged in the language. On the other hand, practising with another language learner may ...
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Which language correction sites have a large number of active Mongolian speakers?

The main issue may be ... Internet access in Mongolia: according to Wikipedia (emphasis added), The Internet, established in 1995 in Mongolia, has yet to make a significant impact, with only 16% ...
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How can one find a conversation partner for a language that is scarce on language exchange websites?

Balance between native speakers of any language and speakers of other languages interested to learn this language is ... very unbalanced :-) For an English L1 speaker learning most other languages, ...
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How to use a speaking partner?

I would offer there's a third type of speaking partner: a paid tutor who is untrained (i.e. not a professional teacher). A professional tutor will most likely have materials prepared ahead of time. ...
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How to motivate a tandem partner to do exercises that are not part of a compulsory language test?

Building on what lordingtar said, you could try to get them involved in whatever media consumption/ cultural activities you can find. For instance, you could invite them over to watch movies in German ...
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Esperanto: English or Spanish

According to this statistician Esperanto looks closer to Spanish, and the Automated Similarity Judgement Program also seems to suggest it is closest to Italian, which would make it more similar to ...
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How do you practise a language when native speakers seem uninterested?

I've found that language exchanges are hard, especially when you speak English. Everyone wants to practice English. There are a few ways to convince a native speaker to speak their language to you: ...
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How do you practise a language when native speakers seem uninterested?

Have you had any luck locating language-specific classes, conversation groups, clubs, or Meetups? COVID-19 forced many of them online, opening the door to many that otherwise never would have been an ...
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How do you practise a language when native speakers seem uninterested?

This is a difficult situation. I don't know where you are located and how the Corona situation is at the moment, but many universities have language cafés or tandem programs that arrange contacts for ...
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Practical guide for teaching a language for someone with no teaching experience

Strictly speaking, the idea behind the concept of language exchange is not that you teach! Doing a language exchange assumes—in your case—that you have at least a basic knowledge of Arabic and that ...
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Esperanto: English or Spanish

When learning a foreign language (in my case, English, Polish, Spanish and a bit Hungarian, being native in German), I've tried to avoid any other language as much as possible. To me, the act of ...
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Way to prevent speaking fluency of acquired language to be lost or possibly enhance it further

Watch videos and movies from two sources: reliable sources such as the BBC news website or PBS (US) that have programs or news on interesting topics in decent English. watch movies in English, trying ...
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What should I focus on if I only have 10-20 minutes a day, with speaking practice once a week?

If I were you, I'd get a textbook (of any language) to get ideas for topics. Given your specific situation, can you ask him to read something to you? That way, you get your listening practice and can ...
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What are some techniques/methods that you would suggest for an online tandem learning relation to work?

I suggest you find some common interests with your learning partner so you can learn and enjoy your conversations at the same (this will encourage you both to continue this tandem learning ...
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