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How can I learn IPA?

Getting fluent in the full range of IPA is overkill for the most practical purposes (essentially, you only need it for phonetic transcription or documentation of unwritten languages/dialects). ...
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How can I learn IPA?

As with most subjects, taking a class or receiving private tutoring is probably best. A course in phonetics will teach you not only the International Phonetic Alphabet itself but enough information to ...
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Is there a term for the prestige language that's learned more-or-less natively?

The situation you are describing is called diglossia. Language A is the vernacular. The term may refer to a dialect as opposed to the literary or public forms of the same language ("African-American ...
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How can I learn IPA?

For those who know German, there is an unusual set of books by Vera F. Birkenbihl and Jan Müller: Vera F. Birkenbihl & Jan Müller: Das Falschschreib-Spiel fonetix: Wir schreiben ohne Regeln frei ...
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Is it more difficult for a native Chinese speaker to learn English, or vice versa?

I think it depends on what aspect of the language you're talking about. For reading and writing, English, being a primarily phonetic written language (albeit very irregular), seems to be easier to ...
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Making the Most of College Foreign Language Courses (Meta Learning?)

This sounds like an excellent opportunity for all sorts of self-experiments, for example: You can use vocabulary lists to investigate your forgetting curve like the German psychologist Hermann ...
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Is there a term for the prestige language that's learned more-or-less natively?

Frankly, I think a lot of this is embedded in the term "prestige language" as it is. Being learned later is usual for prestige languages, since they're are usually taught in school and not used at ...
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Collaborative translation

I'm not aware of any, but would be interested as well. I used to contribute to Wikinews - and did some translations there of articles to and from english, but that typically was by myself, not ...
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