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How can I prevent myself from forgetting a language?

Speak to yourself! Narrate yourself as you do housework, as you drive, etc. Speak your thoughts out loud. When I'm alone, I'll converse with myself in Spanish. Depending on how good your imagination ...
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How can I verify my pronunciation without a native speaker?

Using a voice recorder to record your interaction with a native speaker provides feedback for yourself throughout the week when you do not have him/her with you. If you are proficient in the IPA, make ...
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How can I verify my pronunciation without a native speaker?

For individual words, you could try forvo.com - record yourself saying the word, and compare that with the pronunciation on the site. Phrases and intonation for whole sentences is much more difficult....
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Is it important to be able to spell words?

Correct spelling enhances your ability to communicate as well as your credibility. Communication Probably the most obvious reason why it is important to spell words correctly is because by misspelling ...
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Through which language can you learn the most other languages online?

As you say in your question English is the most common language on the Internet. Also as far as I could see I can find online courses for learning any language using English i.e) English->Other ...
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How to remember words and improve my vocabulary

Each person has a different way of storing information in their brain. You have to find a technique that works best for you. Some that you can try include: Notebook: for some people, maintaining and ...
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How can you verify your grammar during self-study?

The quest for learning grammar is a valiant one, and it is not only difficult, but everybody is going to learn grammar differently. Thus, it's well-nigh impossible to write an exhaustive answer here. ...
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When learning a foreign language, should one focus on vocabulary or grammar first?

Transparent Language published a white paper entitled "The Five Principles of Effective Second Language Acquisition". In this, they state that there has been a shift towards learning a large amount ...
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How can I prevent myself from forgetting a language?

Even if you don't have the time to actively study a language, a little upkeep can go a long way. It can be beneficial to recognize you're not studying actively for now, and decide not to study grammar,...
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How to remember words and improve my vocabulary

In addition to J. Siebeneichler's answer, using the language yourself is often a good way to solidify things in your brain. One way you can do that is to try to blog at a site like lang-8 where ...
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What are effective ways to memorize sign languages?

When I was learning ASL, I found that signing along to tv shows and videos allowed me to develop the muscle memory. Because many words (in ASL) do not have "official" signs for them, practicing ...
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How can I expand my active vocabulary in a foreign language?

The best way is probably to use it. Speaking is harder than writing, so it's more intense, and tends to be more effective, faster. But, as you say there are no native speakers around you, I offer ...
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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 prevent myself from forgetting a language?

To prevent yourself forgetting the language, you should basically use it on daily basis. Here are few ideas how to do it: use flash cards and keep them visible around your work place, use some ...
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How to get the most out of story-reading as a learning technique

I'll outline a workflow I've used in the past and discuss its merit. Read the story aloud slowly. This is invaluable because it helps pronunciation skills flourish. It also will help you see the ...
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Are there any free online resources for learning Tamazight?

I've used Memrise for years to help me build up my vocabulary for various languages. It's great in that any language can have a Memrise course built for it, so it works well for less popular ones such ...
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Does dreaming in the target language speed up the learning process?

Dreaming may help but it signals that you are quite proficient in your speaking abilities. Dreaming in another language can help by allowing you to "speak" with that language. But this may fool you ...
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How much time will it take a beginner to reach a B2/C1 level Russian language proficiency by self-learning?

I am going to assume that your native language is a Germanic language (English or German?). The CEFR or CEFRL describes skill levels for four skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing. At CEFR ...
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Learning language by singing songs?

There is plenty of research on this topic. The Use of Music for Learning Languages: A Review (Stansell) asserts that (emphasis mine): The researchers in this literature review show conclusively ...
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When is the right time to talk to native speakers?

I would estimate my Danish speaking skills to be around level A2, and I have had some basic conversations completely in Danish. It requires some cooperation from the other person; if they use too long ...
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What are the most effective ways of learning vocabulary of any language?

There are a lot of methods to build up vocabulary I could find. I have created a important list of them here. Read a lot : Read stories, newspapers, articles a lot. Have a dictionary in the side and ...
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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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How to choose an easy language to learn based on the languages that I already speak

There are several criteria you can use: Mutual intelligibility. You can pick a language that is mutually intelligible with one of these you already know. For example, if you know English, a good ...
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Improving a language at B1 level

Reaching level B1 after learning English for roughly two and a half years is not bad. There are several ways in which you can improve your level and especially your grammar. Extensive reading, also ...
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Should I start learning another language even if I haven't mastered the last one?

In some countries, this is how many people learn foreign languages at school. This was the case when I was attending school in Belgium in the 1980s and early 1990s: we started with French in the fifth ...
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Is it possible to learn a language just by being exposed to media and books?

The short answer is, yes. You could learn (to comprehend) a language just by being exposed to media and books. The longer answer is, yes, but... Books (and other language learning kits) provide a ...
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Should I use original version subtitles or subtitles in my language?

I think it would be more beneficial to have English subtitles. It would help you link the sound of a word to how it is spelled. If you don't know a word - pause the show and look it up. Given today'...
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Pros and cons of "self-learning" with another non-native speaker vs. by yourself

Comparing learning with another non-native speaker vs. by yourself: Pros: Able to practice speaking together in the language. You can help each other to stay focused and keep learning for a long ...
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