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What parts of word/sentence do native speakers pay attention to when reading/skimming articles?

Do you pay attention to verb conjugation or singular/plural forms of nouns when skimming articles? I am Chinese. I find that I tend to neglect the changes at the end of words unless I read very slow ...
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How do I justify that my research topics are covered by the English language field?

I have asked this in the Stack Exchange for English language and for Academia and one commented to try here. Please read and tell me if there are other tags I can add for my question. I need your ...
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How to improve English speaking

I am not a native English speaker. I have been preparing for the IELTS exam since last six months. I can write English properly. But I cannot speak English fluently. I make several mistakes while ...
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What is the best way of learning new words (vocab)

I’m a non-native English speaker and I want to know what is the best way of learning new words Is it by translate the word into my native language. Or by view the word definition in English Or by ...
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Is there a technique that’ll help me in writings

my question is vividly clear in above. My current technique is, If I see that the word does sound right from my perspective or from my previous readings, I write it down. And sometimes I pronounce ...
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Is it better to learn English grammar separately or learn the language then the grammar follows [closed]

I studied grammar in my school days but I don't remember most of the rules. Still, I am able to manage somewhat. So is it necessary that we learn grammar thoroughly or just read a lot and grammar will ...
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I want to learn English, once and for all [closed]

I can speak or put some words together but there are still a lot of words I don't know. The English we study at school is 'poor' and we do nothing than just talk with the teacher about her trips and ...
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Do Native Speakers Learn Vocabulary by Active Memorization in Order to Understand More Challenging Texts?

I am an English Teacher in China, and recently I've heard more and more parents and students in China complaining about word memorization when learning English. They feel that kids would be more ...
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About English poetry

During my studying English, I thought about how we learn our native language. Mine is Russian. At school we learn a lot of poetry, different poems we learn by heart. So my question is, how often ...
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Does each tense have 4 forms? (indefinite, continuous, perfect, perfect continuous)

I came across this slide, which says that: Each tense has 4 forms indefinite, continuous, perfect, perfect continuous. I don't find it wrong, but however I didn't see it before and since the ...
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What is best approach for learning language? [closed]

I was banned in Stackoverflowas mentioned in I and II posts. One of major issues due that, is my English knowledge. Therefore tripleee guided me here in a comment. With regard Free live online ...
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I understand English well, but have trouble writing/speaking it. Are there techniques I can use to improve my ability to construct sentences? [closed]

Considering the following: I'm okay at listening and very well at reading, but not good at writing and speaking (input is open,output is closed) mainly because I've forgotten some Grammar and other ...
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How to get better at English [closed]

I am not a newbie in English language, I can understand a lot but I can not speak relatively good. How can I get better, how can I learn to speak/write more like a native speaker..
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Thinking in English

The challenge for non native speakers like me is to master the technique of thinking in English.The ingrained habit of thinking in my native language first and translating the expression(s) into ...
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How to improve grammar? [closed]

I'm an non-immigrant came to US for my research purpose. I am not a native English speaker. I have never taken English that much seriously, may be because I had no problem in speaking English and ...
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How to learn to speak fluent and correct English [closed]

How to speak fluent and correct English even if I don't have anybody to speak with me or correct me whenever I am wrong. I will worsen my English if I practiced speaking English in wrong way. Help me ...
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Fastest way to learn fluent ENGLISH [closed]

what are the resources and the way to learn fluent English in less amount of time? .i mean ways like watching movies or reading novels etc. Thanks in advance.
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Why must an English learners should know Grammar first? [closed]

Why must everyone understand Grammar first before learning to speak?
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Finding word given description/situation

This problem is faced by me often when I search something on Web. When we don't know meaning of a word, we just refer a dictionary and understand it but what if I know how to describe a thing but don'...
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Is there a problem in learning American English and British English at the same time?

I've been learning American English. However, I happened to think that I need to learn British English. So I began to listen to BBC. I wonder if there is a problem in learning American English and ...
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A book which groups and arranges words by degree?

I recently started focusing on my English writing skills. For past few weeks, I've been noticing that learning vocabulary by building up the dictionary, as and when we encounter a word, is not an ...
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What do native speakers think of word roots?

As the number of English vocabularies required by my English literature teacher is increasing, I am now confronting a great problem memorizing them in a short time. Simple words are okay to me, but it'...
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Are there classifications for English literature (useful for English learners)?

I wonder if there is a classification of English literature that can tell whether a book is easy to read/understand (good for beginners) or difficult to read/understand (experts)? I know there is ...
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How do native speakers 'guess' the pronunciation of the letters in a word they see for the first time?

I confess! Being a non-native speaker, I struggle a lot especially when I come across a new word. And I wonder how do native speakers pronounce perfectly even though they read the word for the very ...