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What skills does reading aloud improve?

There are several that I can think of: Most notably, reading out loud allows you to improve your pronunciation of the language. This can help you identify sounds or accents you're having trouble with ...
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Graded readers for Japanese?

The Japanese Graded Readers published by White Rabbit Japan are available in 5 levels: level 0 corresponds to JLPT N5 (500 字 per story; 350 new words); level 1 corresponds to JLPT N4-5 (400 - 1.500 字 ...
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Pros and cons of reading the same book in each language I learn

Concerning reading in general Reading is an excellent way to not only increase your vocabulary, but also increase your familiarity with the language in general, and help you learn from context (being ...
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How can I quickly learn to understand a Latin text if I know Romance languages?

Romance languages' vocabulary is already similar to Latin, since they all evolved from Vulgar Latin, but Latin's grammar is quite different and more complex with all of its cases and conjugations. ...
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What skills does reading aloud improve?

I'm not sure about studies, but there are a few polyglots who have commented on the usefulness of reading aloud. Olly Richards explains in his YouTube video Is reading aloud a helpful language ...
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Pros and cons of reading the same book in each language I learn

Pros: You can learn and remember words from that book easily You can learn what synonym is actually used by the native people. For example, the translation of "Oh My God" is அடக் கடவுளே. But in real ...
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Where can I find graded readers for Russian?

The Russian term for "graded reader" would be something like "Хрестоматия по русскому языку для студентов-иностранцев" or "адаптированные тексты для студентов-иностранцев". Or "книги для чтения" (для ...
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Can reading aloud be an alternative to practicing speaking skills with other people?

Definitely not. While reading aloud definitely does help you practice pronunciation, it is not an alternative to having a real conversation. Here's why: You're simply reading words off a page, ...
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Benefits of reading texts one does not understand well

The main benefit of reading texts that are at a significantly higher level than what you currently have, is probably in the classroom. When I was learning Chinese in Belgium, our teacher gave us ...
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How can I stop myself from pronouncing abbreviations and numbers in an L2 in my L1?

This is a problem I've had myself and still occasionally have trouble with. The best suggestion I have is to practice the L2 symbol names on a regular basis outside of just reading. For example, ...
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Where can I find graded readers for French?

In order to find graded readers in French, you need to look for "[livres en] français facile" ("[books in] easy French"). However, not all books that are marked as "français facile" are graded readers ...
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What do we call reading a word incorrectly as a related word?

This reminded me of several things: Paraphasia can lead to word substitutions, but seems to affect speech rather than reading. See also semantic paraphasia in Psychology Dictionary. A "lexical ...
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How does one go from "understanding each word" to "understanding the sentence."

What seems to be the key here is Grammar. When we begin to acquire the skills to be fluent in another language proper grammar understanding plays a very important role. So if you want that then you ...
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Creating summaries helps us understand a new language?

Yes, it is useful in multiple ways: Writing (or Speaking, if the task is oral) -it teaches you to express your thoughts in the target language. Reading - it makes you read more carefully to ...
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What are the positive effects of reading the same text at different levels?

Low level texts are designed to be readable for beginners. For example, B1-level texts are supposed to contain words, which are expected to be known on this level and which has chance to be a part in ...
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How can I decide when to begin reading short stories?

Well, the answer is: "It depends." When you have just started learning a language, most short stories will be too difficult, even stories that have been abridged and adapted for learners of Spanish (...
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Japanese – how to learn it without using SRS?

Sometimes, SRS really does just feel like a chore. I'm definitely not sufficiently consistent with my reviews. However, specifically with Japanese, I have discovered some other ways to improve my ...
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Learning to read handwriting

There are several options but ultimately it comes down to you practicing writing and reading cursive: It's old-fashioned, but get several pen pals. Write back and forth to them. They will have ...
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How to comprehend what we read properly?

Failure to understand what you read may be caused either by reader factors or text factors or environmental factors. Often a combination of two or more factors is the reason for misunderstanding. ...
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Why retain vocabulary when there are dictionaries?

Retaining vocabulary is great for those who are learning a new language and helps with writing and reading. With retaining your vocabulary instead of forgetting vocabulary, you are also retaining ...
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Pros and cons of reading the same book in each language I learn

Why not listen to an audiobook of the Book of Mormon in the language you wish to learn? That way you can also learn the correct pronunciation. I know from past experience that reading new words will ...
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Can reading aloud be an alternative to practicing speaking skills with other people?

Just speaking from my personal experience, I find it absolutely helpful to read aloud consistently for a sustained period of time every day (e.g. half a year). I improved my English and Spanish a lot ...
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French subtitles

Yes, it is definitely helpful to have the French subtitles even if they don't match the verbal text. The fact that you are hearing the difference is showing it's less passive than active. I do the ...
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Benefits of reading texts one does not understand well

I can think of four ways that reading can help you learn the language. Vocabulary. Even if you aren't using a dictionary you will still learn new words from reading. You will be able to understand ...
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Where can I find graded readers for Russian?

The German publisher dtv has published a number of bilingual Russian-German books for learners of Russian. Below are a few example titles: Einfach Russisch lesen ("Simply read Russian"), edited by ...
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Japanese – how to learn it without using SRS?

Keep in mind that reading and listening are, generally speaking, passive learning activities. And while passive learning is better than nothing, Active approaches (speaking, writing in the case of ...
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What are the benefits of intensive reading?

My personal experience is that reading in general (intensive, extensive or whatnot) improves your reading skills drastically, increases your vocabulary noticeably but per se won't help to to write and ...
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What are the implications of reading texts beyond my level?

In order to advance in the levels of a language, you may follow the classic approach: follow a path of only learning, going step by step in one or several courses. But, besides this one, you could ...
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What are the implications of reading texts beyond my level?

Linguists who study vocabulary acquisition have looked at different "coverage levels" (% of known words) to investigate the relationship between coverage and adequate comprehension. Hu and Nation (...
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What are the implications of reading texts beyond my level?

It's difficult to maintain interest in a text which is beyond your level, and you cannot learn words easily from context. It's a long and slow slog, looking up each word in the dictionary. However, ...
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