I am looking for non-English language podcasts that do NOT focus on language learning. [more inside]
Spanish newbie filter. I'm teaching myself Spanish with the help of Duolingo and am having trouble with a few particular problem areas. Specifically, I would like some sort of handy way to recall present tense conjugations of the three types of verb. Something similar to differentiate the questions would be good as well. Also, if you use the app or found any handy methods while learning Spanish that aided recall, I would love to hear them. I'm enjoying this a lot and plan to stick with it. [more inside]
I would like to learn Spanish with my husband, but we are looking for activities, or games, or just exercises that would be best for couple's learning. We have limited time available after work. [more inside]
I plan to try to learn both eventually, it's just a matter of order. [more inside]
Help me find this half-remembered website: You tell the site what languages you speak, and it tells you what percentage of the planet's population you can communicate with. I remember it having a map that broke it down by country or continent, but I could be conflating it with another website.
I am looking for books and other resources to help improve my intermediate Mandarin Chinese skills! I'm at a point where a lot of the adult books that I try to read are stuffed with chengyu and obscure vocabulary, but I want something a little more advanced and a little more engaged with contemporary Chinese culture than translations of American children's novels. [more inside]
I'm trying to make language learning a daily habit on my bus commute, and looking for tips on making it work. [more inside]
Do you have suggestions for the best ways to improve my intermediate-level Spanish, take advantage of immersion here in Argentina for the next few months, and ease up on anxiety/overthinking when speaking so I can be more fluid and fluent? My top priority for improvement is listening comprehension, followed by clarity, speed/fluidity, and confidence in speaking. [more inside]
I need to improve my comprehension of spoken Italian, and I'm looking for free podcasts in Italian (as opposed to recorded language lessons) which can help me do this. [more inside]
I'm learning French, and am looking to increase my exposure to spoken French. Among other things, I've been listening to the Coffee Break French series of podcasts, which has been very helpful, but I'd like to add in some podcasts that aren't specifically about learning French -- podcasts that are by native French speakers and made for a French-speaking audience, but which ideally are fairly accessible or at least roughly comprehensible with some effort to someone who has only a patchy knowledge of the language. French news podcasts might be valuable to me, for instance. Bonus features: podcasts that are also broadcast in English, podcasts that are about scientific topics, and podcasts that are about or are produced in francophone Africa. Recommendations?
Still working for a living, and enjoying it, but beginning to think about doing some extended traveling, perhaps in China. But to travel lengthily and effectively, it behooves me to learn the language, a task that, whatever the language, has challenged me all of my life. Do I have a shot at all of success, at my advanced age, and, if so, what does the community recommend for method, school, etc.?
If a child is immersed in a particular language on a medium-term basis (say, a year of preschool, or maybe two or three), and becomes fluent in it, but then the exposure is taken away, how much does this language stick? Can the child still understand the basics of the language a decade later? Or does it make the language easier to relearn later in life? ALSO: What does early exposure to a foreign culture do for a child, if anything? Is cultural uprooting and rerooting of this nature disorienting and/or destructive for a child? [more inside]
How do I find a quality language tutor for myself in NYC? [more inside]
I need movie, video, podcast, etc. recommendations in French. [more inside]
Tell me everything about teaching kids how to speak and read and write. [more inside]
What are the German equivalents of the Savage Lovecast, This American Life or Judge John Hodgman? Doesn't have to be a podcast, but I do need to be able to listen online. [more inside]
I'm taking a beginning Thai language class, with an emphasis on oral communication. Is it vital to learn the tones/alphabet first? [more inside]
Does this website exist? I would like to be able to blog about my life in my target language and have native speakers make corrections, ask questions, etc. and do the same for people learning ESL. Livemocha seems like it should allow this but I can't figure out a way to do it. Does a site like this exist or do I need to utilize existing sites?
If you have the chance to study full-time in a non-native situation, how long does it take to become fluent in a language? [more inside]
I came across a very neat online language learning tool a few weeks ago, but I didn't bookmark it and now I can't find it again. Basically it worked like this: you choose a preset text or story (I think they were mostly fables and fairy tales), your native language, and the foreign language you're trying to practice. Then it shows the text of the story with a few of your native words replaced with their foreign equivalents, letting you learn them in context. [more inside]
Foreign language filter: What did you do to improve your listening comprehension in your target language? [more inside]
Can anybody help me find TV shows/documentaries/podcasts/literature on doctors and hospitals in Brazilian Portuguese?
Can anybody help me find TV shows/documentaries/podcasts/literature on doctors and hospitals in Brazilian Portuguese? [more inside]
Are there any reputable online equivalents to a university level "intro to Sanskrit"? [more inside]
Have you used LingQ.com to help you learn a language? What did you think of it? Do you have any other recommendations for paid language learning sites that cost no more than $15 per month? (I am learning Spanish.) [more inside]
Is there a website or computer program that uses spaced repetition to help users build language vocabulary, and (perhaps more importantly) is completely free? I used to use smart.fm to help me learn German, but stopped when it became non-free. Now my knowledge of German words is almost as stingy as I am. [more inside]
Can you give me strategy and tactics for maximizing my spoken Japanese interactions, towards the goal of language ability, while in Japan? Those of you who have reached exceptional/native-level fluency speaking, can you give me some tips, and share your experiences of the things that helped the most along the way, in terms of speaking ability? [more inside]
Conventional wisdom says that watching a lot of TV/Movies in another language helps with comprehension. What are some good movies/shows to help me with Mandarin? My current level is quite basic (2 semesters of college classes).
Which Slavic language should I study? [more inside]
What are the best mnemonic or other methods for learning a language? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a provider of Lithuanian language lessons for adult beginners in London, UK? [more inside]
I want to do a film series of fun kid-friendly animations, TV shows, online series, music videos, language learning videos, shorts…that weren’t produced in the US and ideally, weren’t recorded in English. Can you help me make a list? More details inside. [more inside]
Are there any institutions that, like the military, CIA, Foreign Service, and Peace Corps (and, I'm sure, parallel organizations in many countries, though I'm a US citizen myself) will give promising candidates terrific training in a language? [more inside]
How can my friend and I use our Skype video chats to learn a new language? [more inside]
Japanese Filter: Can anyone help me find the Japanese version of an English Shunryu Suzuki quote? [more inside]
Suppose you were designing a Star Wars-esque protocol droid. How would it learn new languages it had never encountered before? I'm writing a science fiction story and I'm trying to figure out how a language-learning robot character might realistically handle a situation. [more inside]
What is the best way to learn Ancient Greek? [more inside]
What are interesting/funny twitter feeds in French or Spanish? [more inside]
LanguageLearning Filter: I'm about to start taking Turkish classes (my fourth language) in German (my third language). Any tips on how to make this a beneficial experience for all my languages? [more inside]
What are the most common 20% of words in any language? [more inside]
Tips for learning a tonal language? [more inside]
Of all the web applications, Nintendo DS games, iphone/ipod touch apps, and other technology-based methods available for learning Japanese Kanji, what do you recommend? [more inside]
Help me sound like I know a lot of foreign languages. [more inside]
Analytic/Isolating languages that have standardized, highly phonetic writing in the Latin alphabet? [more inside]
What are the best books/tools for speakers of Spanish interested in learning other Romance languages? [more inside]
Are some languages objectively harder than others? If so, which ones? [more inside]
Is there any point learning German? [more inside]
Where can I stay in France this summer? [more inside]
How do I re-learn how to pronounce words in English and minimize my accent? [more inside]
What tasks are equivalent to learning a language? [more inside]
Does there exist audio of natural Spanish-language conversations together with a transcript of the audio?
Is there any Spanish-language learning material which consists primary of audio of natural, colloquial conversation (as opposed to sample conversations with carefully enunciating speakers, created specifically for language learning) together with a written transcript, either in Spanish or in English? [more inside]
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