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What should I do with the fsi audio?

Like it just says the words that one should learn in the chapter, what should I do? Translate it? Repeat it?

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People speaking an endangered/minority language, how hard is it?

Are you a native speaker or learner? Why are you learning it?

How difficult is it to find resources for that language?

If it's a language from your country, how good is it represented (Irish in Ireland or Basque in Spain for instance)? Do you think it should be more represented?

What are some funny/interesting features of this language?

And whatever else you wanna come up with about that language!

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I lost my mother tongue -- and almost my mom

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Sharing our Common Voices – Mozilla releases the largest to-date public domain transcribed voice dataset – The Mozilla Blog

Sharing our Common Voices – Mozilla releases the largest to-date public domain transcribed voice dataset – The Mozilla Blog submitted by /u/JohnDoe_John
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"Indigenous languages can tell us a lot about humanity. But as we are advancing our knowledge, languages are dying out rapidly."

"Indigenous languages can tell us a lot about humanity. But as we are advancing our knowledge, languages are dying out rapidly." submitted by /u/Dramatic_Cranberry
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Do you have any experiences with people discouraging you from learning a language because it's "too hard"?

I feel like languages are often treated like math in that it's just too hard to learn so why bother. I almost didn't start learning foreign languages at all because my family always treated it like some impossible, unattainable skill. Has anyone else had similar experiences and, if so, how did you overcome it?

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iTalki vs Preply

Has anyone had experience with the two? I'm finding better prices on Preply than on iTalki for tutoring, but I see more reviews about iTalki.

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Inside the Deadly Pursuit of Unsolved Languages

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In what situation was knowing another language surprisingly useful?

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Writing prompt! Describe your favorite animal

Using your target language and being as detailed as possible, describe your favorite animal. What does it look like? What does it do? What does it eat? Do people keep it as a pet? What kind of environment does it live in? Etc etc etc.

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German language learning

Hey all,

Are there any practical and easy-to-read resources for learning German as a beginner? That could include websites, texts, dictionaries, thesauri, lexica, just no apps please.

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Grammar, autism, learning strategies

I'm mildly autistic. Possibly related to this is my handling of grammar. It's a bit odd. I basically think very differently to the average person. I don't think as linearly as most people. I don't think very sequentially.

This is even evident in my native language. Basically, I tend to think ahead too fast and then need to correct this by adapting the rest of the sentence. Fortunately I can do this in English. You might even notice this in my writing here. Feel free to analyse?

When I learnt Spanish I struggled with grammar and basically decided to skip it completely! I was using Rosetta Stone. I just tried to get as much basic vocab as possible - nouns and verbs as a priority and then went with more passive learning after that 1000 word base was established.

Now I'm learning Cantonese primarily through Glossika.

My understanding is basic but I get the impression that their system is introducing grammar early. I can really see the advantage of this. Phrases like 'he was' Vs 'we were' are really useful of course. In terms of actual words and even grammatically related words the system is working fine but I get the impression now that my non linear thinking is hampering the system.

2 more things:

-I've used the system for around 2500 questions. -Cantonese is thankfully quite basic in terms of grammar

Anyway, I'm wondering if I need to adjust my study because of this or something? It's kind of interesting. What would I search for more info? Just type autism and grammar into Google? But where to find more detail?

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Anyone here learning their target language because they want to talk to people in that language?

I am simply curious as there was a post asking the users here if they were learning the language just to understand literature and media, but not for communicating.

For me, I adore Spanish that I alwaus look for opportunities in Spain to practice. Because of this, I can hold conversations and watch native level media content, etc.

How about you guys?

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Difficulties learning third language?

Hello everyone,

So, I've been trying to learn French since 2012 (two years in high school and four years at uni) as my third language but I'm having extreme difficulties learning the language. In high school, I barely passed the class with a C- and in college I thought I should retake it since it would be familiar (boy was I wrong) and I keep failing and retaking the class over and over again. Right now, I'm trying to complete my final two French classes to earn my degree and I'm facing the same issue: My brain keeps blocking everything out, refusing any new information.

I don't know why I'm having such difficulties when I taught myself English and have native like fluency in the language. I'm bilingual (I speak Arabic and English and I would like to believe that the latter being my dominant one). I wonder if it's because I had bad experiences with French and that's why I'm having difficulties learning it? Or maybe I dislike the language so much that I subconsciously refuse to learn it? Or is it just me in general?

I'm currently taking beginner French at the French embassy to correct my foundation in the language and I got good grades? Something I've never received in French before. The professor mostly speaks in French but it's easy to follow along and the class has no more than 10 students so maybe that's why it was easy for me? While in the university classes, at the intermediate level, It's difficult for me to follow along or even understand what the professor is saying. I constantly use Google translate (I don't do that with the embassy class) just to know what she's talking about.

I'm hoping to learn Japanese or Korean in the future but I have a strong fear that I will not succeed in the language and suffer like I am suffering in French :(

I'm sorry if this is messy. I just have a lot on my mind and I just poured everything out lol.

P.S, before you suggest I listen to French music, talk to French speakers or watch French movies, I'm already doing that and I have no clue what they're talking about lol.

Thank you!

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I use this website to make mnemonics for words which I cant immediately make one

https://www.rhymezone.com/

You can type in words that dont make sense in English , Make sure to select "Find similar sounding words" from the drop down next to search button, you can also play around with the other options. Split the word you want to remember, put those on the website, find a similar sounding word and make a fun story!

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Explain in your language the manifestations of water in the 3 states of matter in the hydrosphere

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Any Lithuanians learning German here?

Heyho,

I just found this subreddit and I'm really happy about this big community trying to help each other and doing their best to improve in literally any language on earth.

About myself: I'm a 20-year-old male from central Germany trying to learn Lithuanian, cause I consider moving to VNO in fall 2019. I've heard that a lot of young Lithuanians emigrate to Germany for work, so I try to find here a tandem partner for language exchange German to Lithuanian et vice versa. It'd be great to hear from you!

Greets, Al

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I need a 3 hour warm-up. Has anyone else experienced this?

I take my B1 exam in 2 weeks. I've been living in the country and learning the language for about 6 months now.

These days, I *can* speak the target language at near-native tempo. I still have problems with word order and I'm still translating in my head, but my vocabulary is at a functional level and I can have a fairly sophisticated conversation.

But the problem is it takes me 3 hours to get there. The first words of Dutch (target language) out of my mouth for the day are barely A2 level. After 3 hours of immersion, I'm up to B1. On days when I have class, I turn on my Dutch podcast 90 minutes before class. My class is 90 minutes, and I'm only really at my best by the end of class. Then I come home and if I switch to English (native language) media, by the time my partner is home from work 2 hours later I'm back at A2 level.

Has anyone else experienced this? I'm worried it might be because I'm old. I wonder if people under 30 ever have this problem.

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Everyone says getting a BF/GF who speaks your target language is the holy grail of language learning. I'm 8 months into this relationship. How do I maximize my learning?

I'm probably a low B1 in Spanish right now. The problem is my GF is probably a low C1 in English, so it's naturally easier to speak in English. Does anyone have any tips for maximizing the benefits of having a native speaker SO?

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Can't speak Chinese because of lisp?

Hi, so I'm an adult who had years of speech therapy as a child, but I was forced out of the program after 4 years without ever being able to make palatal sounds. To this day, I make them with my back teeth. (Like, teeth closed, tongue flattens out and presses the entire hard palate and against both sides of back teeth, tongue blocks air from moving forward so it's forced from back teeth.)

The problem seems to be that my palate is pointed rather than rounded. (IE, a "v" instead of a "u.") I don't know how detrimental it truly is, but it was the reason cited by two different speech therapists to explain why I couldn't lose my lisp. Combine losing a molar on either side, and it's pretty bad.

So, I took a course in Chinese in college, but the professor could never understand me if I tried to say the "x" or "q" sounds. Tone wasn't much of a problem, oddly enough... Anyway, I gave up after that because we just couldn't figure out how to make my speech comprehensible.

Well, I'm an ESL teacher now, and we have Chinese families in my school receiving services. I want to be able to have at least small conversations with these children and parents, but I cannot for the life of me say, like, the days of the week.

So... Is this an insurmountable obstacle to speaking Chinese, or might it be something that could be worked around (also factoring my American accent)? Like, if I can't speak it, I'd rather spend my time learning to read and write the characters at least rather than waste time and energy on something that I'll never be able to use.

(For an example with my lisp, whenever I would say, "Do you want cheese on that?" I would get, "What did you say? Quiche??" Or just blank stares. Also, whenever I had to give listening exams in the past to people studying English, if I had to say "chat" "jam" "shed" "true" or "vision", not a single student ever got the correct answer.)

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