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To those of you studying with books: Do you have a favorite resource for learning languages or do you look up different resources for every single language you learn?

Title isn‘t well worded, I‘m sorry.

I‘m currently looking for books to learn new languages, as I don‘t want to use apps only. Are there any good book series that cover many languages?

I‘m currently looking for books on Dutch and Egyptian Arabic, but when it comes to languages, I like to be all over the place. I‘m always curious to take a dive into different languages and see what they sound like etc. That‘s what some apps are really good for, but most apps don‘t offer good or much service when it comes to exotic languages, f.e. Bantu-languages.

I‘m grateful for every recommendation so please feel free to share your opinion!

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French dialects question

What dialect of French would "Voulez-vouz baise moi?" Be in?

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Reading Strategies...

So lately I have been reading Olly Richards' Short Stories in Spanish for beginners. What I have been doing right now is I will have my book out with the audio of it playing on another device. When I see/hear something I am unfamiliar with, I pause and write it down, and I try my best to guess the meaning of the word (with out looking it up yet). The only issue I am having is that this takes a long time, and I only get through maybe 3-4 pages top in a 30 minute session.

Would it be more useful to read through with no stopping first, then go back and pick out the unknown words/phrases? Or vice versa? I'm really interested about reading strategies and what you guys do when reading in a foreign language. Any tips or advice is also much appreciated.

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Can you get used to movies/series even if you can't understand many things at the beginning?

I'm currently learning German and I'd say my listening skill is around B1 I can watch YouTube videos in German and I can understand a lot of things but still there are many things I struggle a lot with like movies, series and podcasts.

I've just started to watch the German serie called Dark (in German) and at the moment I can only understand 30-40% of what people say since they speak so fast (for me).

This is something I've never tried before but when you're learning a language and you start watching movies/series or listening to podcast, after a while are you supposed to get better at understanding what people just by watching these series/movies?

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Discussion: You can't teach someone to a C2 level

Just wanted to get a discussion going. I'm not trying to be provocative or trolling...

I have a personal opinion that books and formal study can pretty easily / quickly get someone to a B2 level in most languages. (Quick and easy are relative, but I'm thinking 30 - 90 minutes per day for 1 - 3 years, but that's besides the point.)

Once you get a solid, true B2 level, where you can read, write, speak and comprehend, getting to a C2 level is possible, but highly inefficient through formalized study and / or teaching materials.

On the flip side, my opinion is that once you get to a solid B2 level as described above, the most efficient way to achieve C2 is through regular interaction and use of the target language, among native speakers and with native materials.

This is based on watching my own parents learn English, learning various other languages myself, watching my wife learn English and watching my kids (ages 1 - 15) learn a variety of different languages.

Just curious what others think.

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Hello,i know already 2 languages.Can you help me learn Korean?

I search for books,websites in order to learn Korean by myself.Any tips,websites,books on how to learn?I cant afford lessons so,i want to try to learn by myself.

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Where to get Paul Noble/Michel Thomas French free?

Before I get attacked for this, I went and got Audible for the audiobooks but apparently the Paul Noble courses are "Unavailable" in my country and Michel Thomas isn't even on audible. Does anyone know where i can find these free online? Looked on some torrent sites with no luck. Appreciate any assistance.

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I found an app on the internet, it is very good, it intends to use YouTube to improve its pronunciation in English. With over 30M of tracks, YouGlish gives you quick and unbiased answers on how English is spoken by real people and in context.

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Any other heritage speakers with American accents? Advice on how to improve pronunciation?

My brother and I are heritage speakers of Hindi; as very young children, we spoke mostly Hindi at home and were fluent. However, after my brother went into preschool not really knowing English, our parents really began to make an effort to speak English at home.

Since then, my brother and I have ended up receptively bilingual, but whenever either of us try to say anything in Hindi, it comes out with a really heavy American accent. It seems like a lot of people take for granted that even if heritage speakers lose their language skills, they still maintain a native or near-native accent. But for me, my pronunciation is just super bad in all respects--Hindi has a lot of sounds which don't exist in English which I cannot produce properly or consistently--and it's really making it hard for me to try to learn Hindi. It annoys that me to no end that I know exactly how something should sound yet I cannot get it out of my mouth.

Does anyone else deal with this? If so, any tips on how to overcome this and start pronouncing things right?

It might be worth mentioning that my brother and I are both on the autistic spectrum, so developmental delays may have contributed to the disruption of our language acquisition.

This problem annoys me so much, because it feels like it would have been easier to start from nothing rather than have to try to fix this flawed pronunciation which feels "hardwired" into my brain. I also feel bad that my accent in a language I taught myself (Romanian) is far, far "better" than my accent in my mother tongue--not that some accents are inherently better than others. You know what I mean.

I also feel like I hear a lot of heritage speakers of Hindi around me saying that even if their Hindi isn't perfect, at least they don't have accents. I, of course, then feel bad. This is probably dumb, but this whole pronunciation situation is the main reason I avoid speaking in Hindi, and it's really holding me back from learning Hindi (something I really want to do!). If I can't get my accent to be native-like, does anyone at least have any advice on how to feel better about it?

Thanks a lot!

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Does anyone know where I can buy books in Uyghur online?

I know this is a long shot, but is there anyone here learning Uyghur who knows where I can find an online store to buy books from? I've been fascinated with the language for years, and the only reason I haven't started properly learning it yet is that I'm not sure where to find books (without having to go to Xinjiang). Thank you very much if you can help!

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What are some good resources to learn Crimean Tatar? Каковы хорошие ресурсы для изучения крымскотатарского языка?

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Weekly Question/Discussion Thread - November 18, 2018

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So I managed to get 25 students in my college to join my tiny little Foreign Language Club. I'm thinking of having a "Language of the Week" event or programme similar to what r/languagelearning currently has now. How can i implement it? Any other events can I plan?

So basically there's an upcoming Spanish Cultural Appreciation Session after our midsems. We'll be watching a Spanish film (my club members really like Diarlos de Motocicieta) and eating Tapas. I was thinking of creating a short worksheet for them to complete after the film to enhance their learning experience but idk how). That's basically all the updates I have for now pertaining to my little Foreign Language Club. Thank you and I hope to get more advice!!!!

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Singing Rise In 11 Different Languages With Zero Singing Skills

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App/books to translate in target language

Can anyone recommend a good resource/app/exercises to translate from mother/main language to target/learning language (with correct translation and/or feedback on mistakes)? Imagine you're given simple phrases or a small chat and you're tasked to translate it, just as you might do when trying to speak in a language you're learning.

I believe this kind of exercise would benefit me the most. I realize I could just buy a book in both languages and then translate and verify myself but books typically don't use conversational/day-to-day language.

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Tips for Chinese

Hello, I am a french student who's been learning chinese for a bit more than 3 years now. I really struggle with this language and even tho my teacher is really good, I feel I lack grammar. I also have a lot of trouble learning and remembering my ideograms.

If any of you had tips for learning or good grammar material it would really help me a lot. Thanks in advance

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Trying to find article about language acquisition where there are example texts with made-up words

About 2 years ago, I found an article about language acquisition. The text talked about how the number of words you know in a text affect your comprehension of it. There were some example texts in which a percentage of the words used were made up. That was done in way to show that if you have knowledge of at least a considerable part of the words, you can deduct by context the meaning of some of the words.

I tried filtering my google search between october 2015 and september 2016, the period in which I'm certain I found the text linked on Reddit and tried several different combinations of words, but had no success.

I also tried looking at my saved and upvoted posts, but couldn't find it. Can someone please help me find this article?

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What's your opinion on Wouter Corduwener?

His youtube channel

Wouter is a Dutch (I think?) self-named hyperpolyglot. He is able to introduce oneself and talk how he likes learning the particular language to make friends, in 20+ languages. I don't consider myself a polyglot whatsoever, as I only speak fluent Polish and English, proficient Mandarin, I took 6 years of German at school and have learned Swedish and Danish for a year or two, but I think remembering 10 phrases in a particular language doesn't make you a speaker of that language. When confronted by youtubers, he did admit he only considers himself fluent in Dutch, English and Mandarin, but as a proficient (HSK4+, TOCFL 4+) speaker, I think his pronunciation is totally off, he mixes up the grammar and has very, very poor vocabulary. A full-time university-level learner would reach his skill in a month, even without actual language immersion in a Chinese-speaking country.

So, what's your opinion? Is the ability to say oh, you speak X language? So do I! I've learned it to make friends in X country. Let's be friends then, I want to be friends with you! speaking the language, or is it not?

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Does this resource exist: Text with translation and verbal pronunciation?

I would love it if there was a paragraph in the language, beside which there was also my native language and a button that would play the text in the foreign language. That way I could go through each word easily without having to keep flipping between separate resources...

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Struggling with oral comprehension

Hi guys!

I'm new on this subreddit. I'm French and I've been living abroad in Scandinavia for almost two years. I've realised that although I have an easy time speaking, writing, and reading the language, I sometimes struggle to understand what people are saying to me.

I thought it was just a reflection of my overall skills in the language in question but taking courses and having a job here, and being around other immigrants in general, I have realised that they have a much easier time than I do understanding people, and a harder time writing or speaking properly. Some of my immigrant friends also say that although they have almost no grasp on the language, they can understand what people say, and answer in English.

This has been a problem for me even back when I was learning English, where I could write long texts with few mistakes, speak with almost no accent, but couldn't understand TV shows without subtitles, whereas many French people are sh*t at speaking English but absolutely can watch videos with no subtitles whatsoever.

I sometimes struggle with grasping the subtleties of spoken French, too, but have no problem reading academia or classic literature.

I have a few hypotheses. Maybe I'm slow (I am), maybe it's a result of spending too much time learning the language in a formal way as opposed to practising with people, maybe it's both.

Do you have a clue what the problem could be? Do you have similar issues? Do you know how to tackle them (except for continuing to have discussions with natives and the awkwardness that follows)? Thanks guys!

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