Hello all I am looking to start learning some Norwegian and was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction for courses etc... what’s good or what to stay away from before I drop some money.

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New to Norwegian

I guess you dont have to ask the mods in this subreddit to set it for you. Im mostly active on mobile and use the apollo app, which doesnt seem to be able to add subreddit flairs. Went onto reddit on my pc and used instructions how you should be able to do it, but couldnt.

Can anyone tell me how I do it on pc?

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How do I set my Flair?

Hi, I am learning English. I found picture description and story telling are important ways to improve my English. Can you describe what I’ve said in the following paragraph in your own words? I want you to be vivid and full of details to emphasize the amount of flour and the degree of my surprise. I also want you to be colloquial. You can use your imagination to describe what happened. You can add more episodes, actions, and details.

"I ordered some flour from Walmart. But the paper bag was broken. So the flour rushed out. When I received the package, the mouth of bag was widely open. There were piles (mountains) of flour in the package box. I have put the flour with plastic bag. "

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Story telling and learning English

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As the title says, I'm trying to learn greek but I don't have access to a teacher. A greek language course isn't offered at my university and I'm having a lot of trouble with some of the more intricate grammar rules and trying to learn on my own. I'm currently using Duolingo for practice and learning but I don't feel like I'm understanding or really comprehending what I'm covering like I did when I took Spanish in high school from a teacher.

Are there any resources that you know of for learning greek with an instructor or an instructor led course?

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Trying to Learning Greek Without a Teacher

I’m croatian and I’ve been learning Croatian for like almost two months now and I made a lot of progress so far, more on my own than I’ve learned taking a year of Spanish. All is well, and then there’s noun and adjective declension. I’ve looked and looked and I just don’t understand how it works like just adjectives alone, you need to decide what gender, number and case it’s in and I don’t understand. I know some other languages have cases too and does anyone have any advice on how to learn them because I generally don’t know how.

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Im getting extremely demotivated from Croatian

examples: we people welcome you. we asians have great pride. we americans have a lot of freedom.

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how would you say "we (another subject)" in japanese?

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French learners know the struggle

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Would Dutch be easier to learn than Spanish?

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Are there any language apps that have features for the ipencil?

What is the hardest and easiest Scandinavian language for an english speaker

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Whats the hardest and easiest Scandinavian language?

I am trying to learn Aribic. My room mate is Arabic and a mutual friend is Arabic as well. When we hang out, they will often switch to Arabic because it is faster and easier for them.

I'm using anki. The recordings for the alphabet were all computer voiced, but I can at least recognize the letters and have a rough idea of what they are supposed to sound like.

I'm using an anki deck for the top 100 core words. I tried a deck for most common words, but the fact that it starts with preopsitions (to, from, about, for, etc) makes remembering individual words difficult due to overlap. This an actual person speaking. I'm using a good pair of headphones, so I can hear the subtleties.

The Problem

I get to the word "go". The speaker is pronouncing it with an L (I'm guessing the recording started a fraction of a second too late or the L is regional). They wrote the English pronunciation as starting with a D, but the Arabic lettering is a "th" sound.

I confirmed it with my room mate, it's "th" sound.

My one friend suggested I try to learn from YouTube, but I much prefer being able to only repeat a single word. This allows me to repeat and try different variations of vowels until I find the right sound. Learning the alphabet and reading would still help with YouTube learning to better understand ambiguities.

TL:DR When learning a foreign language, learn the alphabet first!

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When learning a foreign language, learn the alphabet first

Last week, I decided to take a stab at doing a rough approximation of the hours I've spent learning languages, both foreign and native, to get some sense of the relative amounts of time I've spent on each. An excel spreadsheet at hand, I settled on the following rough methodology:

  • Tally up all the different activities that have contributed to my knowledge of any given language
  • (very roughly) Estimate time spent on each in hours per day
  • Weigh by the 'efficacy' of each activity. I decided to put a weight of 1 on active conversation / speaking / listening, as I take this to be the most demanding use-case. Less demanding activities (e.g. reading, Youtube, language lessons) were given weights between 0 and 1
  • Sum it all up

What shocked me, and what in a way prompted me to post this was the staggering gap in the orders of magnitudes. For my native tongue, Finnish, I clocked in as reference something like 60 - 70k unweighted hours of usage - the vast majority of which either speaking or listening (I didn't distinguish between the two). For English, I clocked something in the order of 20 - 30k hours - pretty chunky, but still significantly less than Finnish.

But then I started looking at the languages in which I'm not all that proficient (i.e. the rest of them). And what shocked me was how little time all of them amounted to in the end. My combined total for Swedish which I studied for 9 years in school - as long as I did English - came to around 600 - 700 hours; a low B2, if that.

For recently picked up languages, the numbers are about similar. For German, which I'm currently studying (and where I'm currently living in), I calculated roughly 150 - 200 hours, which corresponds to a mid-A2. For French / Spanish / etc. something like 50 - 100 each.

Here's my takeaways:

  • It takes really long to get really proficient at a language. Probably not 20k hours but still quite a few.
  • Recency has a huge effect on ability - I've studied Swedish 3 - 5 times more than German, but right now (as much as it saddens me!) I'd say I'm much more proficient in the latter.
  • It actually doesn't take all that long to reach a reasonable conversational ability. If one put in, say, 4 hours every day on average, one could reach B1 in a month or two. A lot most likely depends on the quality of time spent; I'd imagine if one spent a large proportion of those 100 - 200 hours in active conversation, one could reach much higher levels of proficiency.
  • Keeping that in mind, an average language course is peanuts compared to what is needed for proficiency, and should primarily serve as a support to self-study, rather than the main component.
  • Living in a country for any length of time has a huge effect provided that one actually uses the language. My daily German usage here clocks in at maybe 2 hours - compared to the 12 - 14 hours in England. Become a barkeep and you'll probably outspeak most degree students in a year.
  • Diminishing marginal returns - I'd probably be better off having spent 4k hours on five different languages each and be C2 in all of them, rather than putting in 20k in a single one - but that's life I guess.

This post is getting pretty long so I'm gonna cut it here - interested in hearing your guys' opinions and hot takes!

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The importance of putting in the hours

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Apologies in advance if this is dumb...

Would an attempt at learning Latin first be beneficial for someone who would like to learn Italian and Spanish?

For context: I'm a lot more keen for Italian, given a fascination with Ancient Rome and wanting to see the sights, but Spanish seems way more practical in the modern world.

I know there's a section on the sidebar for this, but any resources suggestions would also be very much appreciated. Preferably podcasts.

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Complete beginners question regarding Italian and Spanish

Halo! Anyone is learning Bahasa Indonesian?

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Bahasa Indonesian

I’ve been “teaching myself” German for years, using online stuff like Duolingo, a few other apps, and the “Wort für Wort” book. I want to start learning Arabic and I’m unsure where to start with that, since it looks like most of my apps don’t have Arabic options.

What books should I get? Any apps that I missed? Thanks.

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What are the best tools to learn Egyptian Arabic?

A good way to learn a language is to watch cinema in that language, or so they say. I am a 16 yr old American, trying to learn Spanish. But the show I'm watching(Grand Hotel) is speaking spanish at a really rapid pace. I have subtitles, but I can't distinguish the words at the end of sentences, unless it's a 1 word comment or sounds similiar to an english word. Words such as:

Bien Importante Yo Senora

But other than those, full sentences are said so quickly that it's hard to repeat what's being said accurately, and I can't tell most of the words apart.

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Trying to learn Spanish from a Netflix show, but can't catch up with how fast the words are.

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Why there's a language learning gap in the United States

Hello, this server includes about culture, languages and geography. This server is quite lively and you can pretty much post what you want except for pornographic content. When you get on to the server you will be greeted and I shall ask you for your native language and languages learning. You can talk about any of the languages and make suggestions and also talk about language apps. You can even play akinator and the trivia bot and check your level of chatting. If you are interested please join with this permanent link: https://discord.gg/t5T3aCt

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I love language channels on YouTube that fully teach grammar and difficult vocab. I'm looking for the very best channels for each language with lots of thorough content, with videos that look professional and well-made. However, videos teaching languages with just lots of simple text can also lose the attention of visual learners like me. I'm not talking about the many vlog-style teaching videos or culture/immersion channels you can find, as helpful as they are.

I can only speak for Korean, for which GO! Billy Korean and Talk To Me In Korean come to mind. A quick search of Chinese came with many more channels of even higher quality, and I especially like the format and quality of Twin Cities Chinese Tutor's videos. So what are the most comprehensive and highest quality channels for the language you're studying?

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What are the very best language teaching YouTube channels for each language?

Hello everyone,I am struggling with my English writing skills even though I am doing well in reading and listening.I would like to say I am so eager to write properly in the very language.May I ask if you guys have any suggestions?

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How should I improve my English writing skills