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Are there any online resources for practicing spoken Esperanto?

Telegram is a messaging application that allows you to send voice recordings. There is an active community of Esperanto speakers in Telegram, and they can correct your pronunciation if you ask them ...
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Are there any online resources for practicing spoken Esperanto?

There seems to be an Esperanto group in Second Life that meet regularly and use the program's voice chat for conversations. Esperantujo en Dua Vivo
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Are there any online resources for practicing spoken Esperanto?

You can buy spoken lessons with several Esperanto tutors with italki: Find a Teacher.
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Are there any online resources for practicing spoken Esperanto?

You might also want to take the leap with a face-to-face event. I just found out about the Paralela Universo event through the "Language Stuff" vlog on Youtube. It looks to be open to beginners who ...
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Downloadable recordings of individual Mongolian words

The audio from the two resources you mentioned (bolor-toli.com and studymongolian.net) can be downloaded, using these two bookmarklets: bolor-toli.com: javascript:!function(){function e(e,t,n,a,r,c){...
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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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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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What are effective ways to gain speaking comprehension without the help of a partner in non-english speaking countries?

You can learn from all kinds of audio learning materials, basically. If you want to achieve high proficiency level in the language you will need to have a conversation partner at some point, but it is ...
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Are there any online resources for practicing spoken Esperanto?

If you've finished the Duolingo course (or equivalent), I'd highly recommend trying the new course Ekparolu. It's a free course which consists of 10 lessons on the topics you choose. You tell them ...
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Why can't I think of anything to say when someone asks how many languages I can speak?

Unlike subjects such as chemistry, history or linguistics, language as such does not have a specific focus or topic. You can use it to speak about anything, or at least anything that is within the ...
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How to improve my English skills while using it daily with people who are not proficient in using it, without absorbing their mistakes?

I have some experience with the struggle you are describing in your post. My boyfriend with whom I am living is not from an English speaking country, nor am I. As I am not yet proficient in his mother ...
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How to speak faster

I struggle with the same issue while learning Spanish. My ability to listen and understand is much higher than my ability to speak. I use the following to improve: Exercise your conversation. Try ...
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How important are tones in tonal languages?

I'm Thai and living in Bangkok, so I'll answer specifically for Thai language. How important are correct tones to understanding a whole sentence (words in context) in tonal language? If I use ...
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Are there any online resources for practicing spoken Esperanto?

I used to use a site called Fluent in three Months. It practically teaches you how to use a language and speak it properly, and encourages you to upload a video of yourself (set challenges) so you can ...
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How can I speak in impromptu situations without organizing my thoughts beforehand but still communicate properly?

This is an area that linguists call communicative strategies (or communication strategies). There are several strategies that you can use: Circumlocution: using different words or phrases to express ...
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How can I avoid mixing two or more languages when I speak?

Practice, practice, practice. I met some polyglots at the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin and a lot of them are simply very strict with themselves. One that I met usually has tandem meetings where he ...
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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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Research papers on improving speaking fluency?

Here are several references to get you started: How Long Does It Take English Learners To Attain Proficiency? Investigating Fluency in EFL: A Quantitative Approach Oral Skill Development in Second ...
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Is thinking speech just in brain less effective than speaking aloud, to improve speaking skills?

Speaking in your head is better than nothing, but speaking out loud is better. The reason speaking out loud is better is because you train your mouth to make the sounds of the new language. Your mouth ...
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Can passive speakers of a language gain native level fluency when learning it in their teens?

There is no reason to think that a Passive Bilingual/Speaker can't become a fluent speaker. In fact, they should have an easier time than someone who is learning the language from scratch. The main ...
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The "gaps" between words in English

I'm not a phonetician, but my understanding is that pretty much no language has physical "gaps" in the sense of actual periods of silence between subsequent words. (I think that this would ...
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Does memorizing French verb conjugations with the sound of English characters have negative impact in the future?

I would strongly recommend learning the correct pronunciation from the start instead of a pronunciation based on a different language, for several reasons: You will later need to invest time and ...
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Why can't I think of anything to say when someone asks how many languages I can speak?

Because the phrase "to speak a language" is vague. It can vary from an ability for a small talk "about the weather" or negotiate in a local market and end up with an ability to participate a ...
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How to speak faster

Try carrying on a running commentary in your mind, or even in a quiet voice, as you walk along the street or do shopping, study road conditions, plan your evening's activities, etc. As you acquire ...
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Why can't I remember words?

According to Memrise, you have 1100 words in your long-term memory, but according to your experience, it doesn't sound like you have 1100 words in your active vocabulary. Your 1100 words (or so) are ...
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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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How important are tones in tonal languages?

I speak both Mandarin and Cantonese, and I can tell you tones are pretty important, because it is like singing, if you sing on the wrong tone, sometimes we might be able to guess what you sing, but it ...
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Learning language by singing songs?

I am not familiar with any research, but I did teach Spanish using current popular songs in Spanish and used them as dictations. I would print the lyrics and place a blank where some words were. I ...
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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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Which spoken Arabic dialect is the most understandable across the entire Arabic-speaking population?

There is few dialects are well understood in most Arabic speaking countries, Egyptian is not the only one. There is also the Syrian dialect (Lebanese and Jordanian are so close/similar). Egyptian ...
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