What were the main difficulties for you? What was your overall experience like? Was there anything particularly easy about it?

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Has anyone learned Hindustani?

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Tibetan Activist Who Promoted His Native Language Is Sentenced to Prison

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Linguistic genocide: a compilation of eradication attempts of languages/dialects

Hey fellow Linguists,

I'm curious if any of you know any helpful beginner books regarding the Italian language :)

(Yes, I'm sure I could google "best books to learn Italian" but I like it when I can engage with people and learn through their success, instead of listening to what a blog said 3 years ago)

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Does anybody have any good books recommendations for learning Italian?

I am presently studying German using Duolingo (and a heap of German learning websites for specific information on grammar and such), having previously studied it to GCSE standard at school and was just wondering if anybody here could recommend any German textbooks to supplement this?

Many thanks!

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German Textbooks

Bit of a weird mix, but I just find it more interesting and motivating this way (I also don't seem to experience burnout). I've been taking the time to learn each every day, just with more focus on Italian and Japanese.

I've been using Memrise for a bit, but it lacks a lot. What recommendations would the more experienced guys suggest to use in conjunction? If it's free that's great but I'm happy to spend a little for more quality. My goal is to challenge myself to learn as fast as possible, whilst being thorough and accurate.

I look forward to hearing some recommendations :)

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Learning Japanese, Italian and Russian (looking for advice)

I was on a particular subreddit the other day (might've been r/basque) and someone kindly uploaded some great basque language resources on there. After that, I thought it would be good to download as many free language learning pdfs as I could in case I wanted to use them at a later date. Here are the ones I have currently

The site I used is zippyshare.com, don't worry it's not dodgy

AUSLAN

Colloquial Icelandic

Old English

Kazakh (Info from Peace Corps)

Colloquial Mongolian

Maori Guide

Colloquial Scottish Gaelic

Frisian (Info)

Tundra Nenets Grammar

West Greenlandic Grammar

Basque Grammar

Basque - English Dictionary

Integrated Chinese Textbook

Ainu Textbook (In Japanese)

ASL Level One

Learn Samoan

Luxembourgish (Info Only)

Colloquial German

Thai Basic Course

Learn Tagalog

Welsh Grammar

Welsh Grammar 'All Rules'

Learn Hindi

Greenlandic Linguistics

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Some Resources for You guys

I feel like the best way to learn a new language, for me at least, is to hear and speak the language right away instead of studying individual words or grammar. Does anyone know about any program like Pimsleur that teaches you auditorily? (unlike Duolingo for example)

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Auditorial learning like Pimsleur?

I am looking for a language I can learn that is still widely used but can also help me out with Sanskrit terms and vice versa.

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As far as pronunciation and vocabulary go, what language is closest to Sanskrit?

‘a swarm of’ ‘a gang of’ ‘a pinch of’ ‘a flock of’

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Would this be regarded as classifiers in English?

I can speak for German, English, French and Spanish. All of them are irregular and it drives me crazy that such a common verb is not regular in the 4 languages I speak. German: können Ich kann Du kannst Er/Sie/Es kann Wir können Ihr könnt Sie können

English: can I can You can He/She/It can We can You can They can

French: pouvoir Je peux Tu peux Il/Elle peut Nous pouvons Vous pouvez Ils peuvent.

Spanish: poder Puedo Puedes Puede Podemos Podéis Pueden

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Is there a language in which the verb ”can“ is regular?

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I’m embarking on an interesting journey...

I tried Rosetta Stone but honestly I find it kind of boring. What would you guys suggest?

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What is the best way to learn foreign languages online?

I have been studying Farsi for a few months, by practicing with the Mondly app and some beginner level books from Amazon. So far, all I have learned are latin transcripts from the language (e.g. "dustat daraam", "kheyli khoub", etc) And I felt like it may be hindering my full understanding of the language. However, I get so frightened when I see the scripts/alphabets as they all seem difficult. What should I do? Any tips on how to advance in Farsi? Please help!

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Any tips on how to learn Farsi/Persian?

I am trying to learn a new language which might help me in the future with travelling and mostly my job resume, what do you think i should go for?

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I am so confused between what language to learn ( french vs spanish)?

So i would like to start learning a new Language but i‘m not sure which one to learn, so Right know i can speak English, german and turkish fluenty, but i also have Experience with french and latin, would you guys recommend me to learn Arabic??

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New Language to learn

So I just recently started self teaching myself levantine/shami arabic a few weeks ago using Pimsleur and I'd like to learn faster. I was wondering if you all had any books/video series/etc you'd recommend. I'm considering 'Colloquial Arabic' by Leslie McLoughlin and 'Syrian Colloquial Arabic, a Functional Course' by Mary-Jane Liddicoat.

A little background: I don't know nor have I the slightest intention of learning modern standard arabic, I care pretty much solely on oral communication, I also already have a bit of an arabic background from learning the alphabet and pronounciations as a child (family is not arab.)

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Best way to self teach Levantine Arabic from scratch?

As part of a bigger project of sorting podcasts, I have created a sort of "directory" for podcasts that help people learn different languages. Many podcasts are still missing, and several languages not on the list probably have podcasts for them too, however, the list is relatively extensive already. I also want to try to sort podcasts by skill level, so people who are at a certain skill level in a language can figure out which podcast can help them most efficiently.

Here is the list: https://podpedia.org/wiki/List_of_language_learning_podcasts

If you know of any podcasts that are not on the list, feel free to add them! If you know which skill level a podcast on the list belongs to, feel free to categorize it!

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Language Learning Podcast Directory

If you are new and/or have basic questions about language learning, please read the Wiki before posting. Language specific resources can be found there too. You are welcome to post any follow-up questions.

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Anyone that can speak Chinese, What does this say? Google Transalte cant figure out the symbols

Hey there! Do you need a Spanish teacher? Hit me up! I've been giving Spanish lessons for almost 2 years now through Skype, and an extremely low price.

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Lots Of Troubles With Your Spanish Learning? Hit Me Up For ONLY 8 $! PM me!

Would it be better to have the more intensive program and spend less, or have the higher quality instruction? I want the most intense program that delivers the most results, so I am leaning towards 40 hours and see what happens. I know it is going to be intense, but I want to make the most of my time abroad.

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Language school with better quality and less hours, or possibly worse quality and more contact?

I’ve been studying for a couple of weeks. Lost track when I started. I first started off with Duolingo and completed the first checkpoint, but its srs system wasn’t for me. Now I learn vocabulary using my textbook, and a combination of the Iversen method with Anki.

Now I’m working through The Mystery of Nils. The dialogue at the beginning of each chapter does NOT have an English translation. Meaning you have to translate it yourself. New words are on the right side of the page in the order of occupancy. Helps with learning new words. Grammar explanation is good with examples and exercises at the end of the chapter for you to practice. There’s no separate workbook which I like. Answer keys in the back. You just write in the textbook.

I’m exclusively subscribed to /r/norge. Just sort everything by new if nothing comes up. It’s the only fully Norwegian subreddit I’ve found. I’ve also set my homepage to the NRK website. I’ll try to read a headline and understand. Also downloaded the NRK and NRK TV app on my phone.

This is by far the best immersion I’ll have until I move.

After a while, I’ll notice the repeat appearance of certain words and pop them in google translate. Just the words because sentences can be wonky. I also learn vocabulary by looking at the symbols and locations of words on a website. For example søk means search, *hjem means home, and you can probably guess what logg inn means.

I’m starting to understand more and more and sentences. What words I don’t know, I can infer from context due to similarities between English and Norwegian. For example, there’s a post on /r/norge.

”Trenger tips til romantisk weekendtur for to.”

I already know trenger, til, and to from my textbook. Because of the similarities (seriously) of English and Norwegian, I can infer this sentence to mean:

*”Need tips for a romantic weekend for two.” *

I’ve yet to learn what the difference between for and til is, but I’ll figure it out.

Just wanted to share.

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Understanding more and more Norwegian.

What's up, guys! Hope everything's fine with you!

I know there's been (for some years now) a huge debate all over the internet about the usage of Duolingo and its efficiency to language learning in comparison with other apps and platforms (paid and free ones). Some people highly recommend Duolingo as a helpful tool and some people say it's a complete waste of time and that you should just "play it for fun".

Recently I reached a streak of 1,000 days there (that's almost three years) and I think it was time to share some thoughts about it. Mostly if I regret something or if I think it was a good investment of my time to learn another language.

What I intend to do with this is to encourage, inspire and motivate people to give it a try and believe in their potential to learn a new language. And I can say that Duolingo is one of the best resources I've ever used to make this possible. It's far from perfect or even complete, but yet, I think it's very useful.

As a native Portuguese speaker who started learning English there, I would definitely say that it was very important, even essential! Mainly because I really think that its efficiency depends more on the USER than the platform itself (at least from my point of view and based on my own case).

So I made a video recording the exact moment when I completed the final lesson and reached my 1000th day there! If you are curious, you should check it out.

But, most importantly, in my video, I tried to make a review of the platform as a long-term user who has been using it to learn English and started there from scratch. I'm not kidding, I didn't know anything before I started using Duolingo, not even the basics. Of course, it's not the ONLY platform I've been using but is one of the best and one of the few that I still use even today.

In the video, I talk in more details about the efficiency of the platform for beginners, if you can learn a new language using just Duolingo, what you can expect from it, how long you need to be there to learn what they have to offer, and, mainly, the best way to use it so you can extract the most of it. There are so many things there that if I'd post here this thread would be insanely huge. So I simplified. :)

Anyway, once again, if you're interested here's the video! I hope you enjoy! :)

PS: Of course, I'm open to suggestions and to debate about it! But I'm pretty sure it works if you know how to use it.

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Thoughts and considerations about Duolingo after 1,000 days there!