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Explaining the difference between 'very' and 'too' to native Chinese speakers

Sometimes an image speaks to people. Maybe try something like this.
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How can I teach someone to pronounce phonemes non-existent in their native language?

There are a number of things you can try: Trial and Error The simplest technique for teaching an unfamiliar sound, but still often quite effective. Produce the sound yourself, or play a recording of ...
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How can lay teachers help migrants learn a new language?

“Lay Teachers” (Council of Europe) According to the linguist Hans-Jürgen Krumm, who wrote a set of tips published by the Council of Europe, lay teachers hould not be required to teach as if they had ...
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What is the efficiency of the flipped classroom when teaching to beginners?

Quite a few of the research papers relating to a Flipped Classroom approach show results of positivity and success: From Case Studies and the Flipped Classroom We recently surveyed the 15,000+ ...
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How can I help a language student overcome the "mental block" to learn?

The concept of Gamification have taken over the domain of language learning too. Duolingo is a nice example for the same. The lessons are divided into bite-sized chunks which are just enough for a ...
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How can I teach someone how to roll their r's?

Note that this answer partially relies on personal experience, as my L1 is Italian. Explaining the tongue position When rolling the R, the tongue must be behind your incisors. Sound generation ...
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What is a good way to explain the concept of declension to a person whose native language has no declension?

My basic advice is: start from what they know. For example, in some languages, you need to choose different personal pronouns depending on whether they are used as a subject or as an (direct/...
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Standardized Phonemes and Pronunciation

IPA is a wonderful tool once you become familiar with it, but before that happens, it often feels like reading mathematical formulas or a different script. It is important for you to introduce IPA ...
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Explain contemporary high-school language teaching to me

Language teaching has swung through some pretty large swings over the last hundred years. First off, there's approaches to language learning without any coherent methodology and there are also ...
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How can I help a language student overcome the "mental block" to learn?

Recently, there has been a lot of investigation on how to make language learning more enjoyable. Most online resources include games in their sites. This makes it more fun to learn the language, and ...
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Grading vocabulary: How correct is necessary?

How vocabulary tests are graded depends on the teacher's (implicit or explicit) language learning or teaching theory. There are many such theories (see e.g. What are the main foreign language teaching ...
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Is the use of mother-tongue in the English class a boon or a bane?

The "sink-or-swim" method, that is, teaching entirely in the target language, only works if your students are "swimming." If they are "sinking" in the total immersion environment, they are better off ...
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If someone gets a phrase correct, how many more times should they practice it?

According to research that I cited in this answer, "a typical learner should meet a word about 8 to 10 times to obtain full word knowledge" (F. Rasouli and K. Jafari: "A Deeper Understanding of L2 ...
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How can I best use my time when teaching young EFL learners during a very short class period?

This seems like quite a lofty goal. 40 minutes per week is quite difficult for students who actually have exposure with the language; for those without any experience, it's more than a herculean ...
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Explaining the difference between 'very' and 'too' to native Chinese speakers

I have explained this to one Chinese friend, but I have explained it often to myself as i try to master the usage of 太 in Chinese. The basic difference in English is just that "very" does not say ...
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How can I help a language student overcome the "mental block" to learn?

A new language student doesn't know what to do when you tell him: "Here are ten new words, please learn them by next week". They lack a structure. If you on the other hand tell them: "Download Anki ...
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According to research, should related words be taught together?

Paul Nation, author of Learning Vocabulary in Another Language, has written about this issue in his article Learning Vocabulary in Lexical Sets: Dangers and Guidelines (.pdf). Here are the first two ...
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Explain contemporary high-school language teaching to me

This is a complement to Darrin Thomas's answer. Grammar is very important in a language and essential in actually learning a language. However, it can be seen as frustrating. When you learn Grammar, ...
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How can I best use my time when teaching young EFL learners during a very short class period?

When I was living in Japan, I volunteered and taught English class and I had a lot of youth show up. They were mostly teenagers, but the best way they improved their English was giving them the ...
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Teaching a foreign language resources - The Direct Approach (or Method)

Here is a list of websites with Italian language teaching resources: The Italian Teaching Resources Website, a collaborative effort of Italian language teachers in the UK. Italian Teaching Resources ...
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Teaching the Present Continuous before the Simple Present?

Teaching the present continuous first would make sense for highly inflected languages like Spanish. You only need to learn six present-tense conjugations of the verb estar (to be) according to person, ...
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Explaining the difference between 'very' and 'too' to native Chinese speakers

I have learned "too" as 太 (tai) and "very" as 很 (hen). But if 太 can be used as both, I would suggest explaining the difference as the difference between these answers when someone is asking you if you ...
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Teaching syllables to three and half year old

One of the most effective techniques developed in teaching syllables to Russian children is Zaitsev's tables. The same approach was successfully used in Ukrainian and Kazakh languages. I assume it can ...
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Are there any methods for teaching English as a "means" not an "end"?

Since you don't mention teaching exclusively in English, the closest thing appears to be English for specific purposes or ESP. There are many subtypes, such as English for academic purposes (EAP), ...
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What types of resources can a native speaker of Dutch use to teach Dutch grammar to non-native speakers?

The main Dutch grammars that learners use are the following: Modern Dutch Grammar: A Practical Guide Basic Dutch: A Grammar and Workbook dutchgrammar.com
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Teaching a foreign language resources - The Direct Approach (or Method)

Another interesting site where you can find some resources (basically exercises on different aspects of Italian language) is Adgblog from Accademia del Giglio in Florence. For instance, here you will ...
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