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Create an ad for this site

So far, our only ad is this one: Stack Exchange Q&A site proposal: Language Learning http://area51.stackexchange.com/ads/proposal/82841.png Since we have already been in public beta, I think the ...
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Should we require more information the mentioned language if it's a non-popular language?

For example, see this question: Through which language can you learn the most other languages? That question mentions about Tagalog, Arabic and Tamil language. Now I don't want to disrespect any ...
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Can cross language translations be asked here?

it's hard to find a resource where a person can ask for a most appropriate translation from a phrase in one language to another, do you think we can ask questions of this sort in here?
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Are fictional languages on-topic here?

I mean something like Klingon or Quenya when I say fictional languages. Are questions about these languages on-topic for this site?
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Can we get rid of [nepalese]?

Honestly, I've no idea why we even have nepalese. As discussed here, specific language questions should still use specific language tags, but I just don't see anyone posting a specific question about ...
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Congratulations Language Learning!

Language Learning is moving on to public beta! Congratulations and thank you to everyone who helped build this site from the ground up, and I hope to see even more participation, activity, and ...
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Why was 'Are there books or resources in Spanish for learning Latin with 0% experience?' closed?

Being objective, my question consists with this answer which specifies: Resource requests can fit on SE, as long as they're objectively framed. Does Resource X exist? Should be ...
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Bilingual or multilingual

We have a few tags (namely two) with emphasis on bilingual/bilingualism. However, this is specifically the ability of speaking two languages equally well. Should we replace those with multilingual ...
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What issues does my phonetic notation question have?

The question https://languagelearning.stackexchange.com/questions/459/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-learning-a-phonetic-notation-to-learn-mongolian has been closed, and has received no votes to re-...
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Does extensively using abbreviation (L1, L2) interrupt the flow of reading?

This may only be me, but after reading a lot of answers and questions here, I still find it interrupting when reading the abbreviation L1, L2. For example, take a paragraph of the answer of What is ...
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Is the tag [simultaneous-bilingualism] useful?

I have seen that some questions have the tag: simultaneous-bilingualism. I'm am wondering whether that makes sense at all. As far as I understand it, it is to indicate someone with two native ...
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How should we answer questions that ask for scientific studies in the answer, but no studies have yet been conducted on the topic? [duplicate]

In this case, is it acceptable to cite a reputable blog or website, as well as some personal experience?
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What should we do about questions that are asking for really specific studies/references?

For example, look at these three questions. All tagged reference-request, and all have no answers. That's a major problem. These extremely specific questions can't really be answered unless there's a ...
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Are questions about English learning on topic?

I've seen the following question: Are questions about individual languages on-topic? And the most up-voted answer suggests that questions about a specific language are on-topic as long as they involve ...
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Handling of the [reference-request] tag and answering out of own experience

I feel like the tag reference-request is a little overused right now. Right now, out of 15 questions, one has an accepted answer and 8 have an answer at all. This makes an overall answer rate of more ...
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Are resource request questions on-topic?

Questions like this one are requests for resources that can help them in some way, as long it is related to learning/teaching another language. There seems to be confusion (as seen in the comments) ...
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Suggestion: Avoid asking yes-or-no questions

We get a lot of questions which, I expect unintentionally, turn out to be yes-or-no questions. This may occasionally be entirely the best way to ask a specific question, but often a question can be ...
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What should tag wikis for language tags look like?

When reviewing some of the proposed tag wiki excerpts, I noticed that for some of the language tags, proposed was simply something like For questions about the XYZ language. This is not a good tag ...
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Are questions about animal communication on-topic?

Are questions about human-animal communication on-topic here? Of course, still with regards to language learning. (e.g. learning to communicate with animals, gorillas learning sign language, etc.)
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Request to reopen a question about vocabulary learning

How does learning vocabulary through sentences compare to learning with words alone? The above question was closed as primarily opinion-based. In fact, a great deal of research has been conducted ...
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Do we need the tag [effectiveness]?

A few questions have been on the form of "how effective is it to..." and that lead to the creation of the tag effectiveness. I think that effectiveness is quite vague. And that most the question ...
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Do we need the tag [read-write]?

I believe that read-write should just be replaced by reading and writing. Or is there anything special about read-write, such as both being on paper, as opposed to listening and speaking, that makes ...
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About the tags [reference-request], [published-studies] and [learning-methods]

Thought it is clear that those tags can be used for different things I think there is some overlapping. reference-request and published-studies Since a study can be used as a reference and a ...
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How properly formatted do question titles have to be?

I am not noticing any problem with the question titles on this SE, but for future reference I might as well ask this. How properly formatted do question titles have to be? Do they have to be like ...
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Is “Language Learning” the best name for this site?

So far (after 1 day of private beta) this site seems to have attracted mostly people who learn languages as a hobby. That's visible in the nature of questions and answers. It's also visible in the ...
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Are questions about teaching language accepted?

We are language learners or, at least, so does the title of the site says. But are questions related to the other side of the process also accepted? It could be parents trying to teach their kids, ...
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What types of subjective questions do we want?

Currently a lot of questions are being closed as "primarily"-opinion bad. We've started to come up on a consensus on what counts as "primarily"-opinion based but we need to decide on exactly what ...
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“Useful” isn't usefully defined — Suggest possible wordings

Two days into private beta and we notice that a lot of problem in posts that leads to no answers or closure is due to the fact that some terms are subjectively defined. See Should we have a set of ...
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“difficult” or “easy” isn't meaningful — Suggest possible wordings

I posed a question asking about a common terminology for the site which led to a discussion about what the consensus interpretation of some common words would be on the site for asking questions. This ...
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Should we have a set of terms that have a specific meaning on this site?

I notice a lot of questions asking about whether certain tools are "useful" or "effective" or which languages are more "difficult"/"easy" to learn. Though these questions may seem imprecise and vague ...
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Should I use my own experience as answer?

I was going to answer a question on how to learn pronunciation without help from native speaker - which I did - but then I wasn't sure if I should do it because my primary base is my own experience. I ...
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If people aren't keen on individual language questions/tags, how about language groups?

There's a lot of debate going on about questions and tags for individual languages. Personally, I think they should be on topic, as most people on here will be learning (or teaching) one or more ...
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Sandbox for Proposed Questions

What is the Sandbox? This "Sandbox" is a place where LanguageLearning.SE users can get feedback on prospective questions they wish to post. This is useful because writing a clear and fully specified ...
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Let's not close a question for a while until this site has firm policy and guidelines

I have just cast two reopen votes for those closed as "primarily opinion based (POB)" because I think it is very grey area where you can't define which is POB and which is not on Language Learning. ...
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Is asking about learning native language on-topic?

Maybe I just quibble about the detail, but in my opinion the process of learning my own native language is still considered to be "language learning", hence it's sufficient to asking here. I think ...
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Pros and Cons of X: One question or two?

We're starting to see a pattern emerge of people turning "Is X effective?" into "What are the pros and cons of X?" I think this is a good direction to go generally. Providing a list of pros and/or ...
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When should an answer be a comment

A few hours ago, I commented on a question with a simple example for OP. It was a partial answer, with no evidence, no research, et cetera. I was told that I should refrain from answering in the ...
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Can we change the [studies] tag to [scientific-research]? [duplicate]

Honestly, studies seems a bit open-ended. This could relate to schoolwork or studying a language, rather than scientific documentation on the subject. On the other hand, scientific-research is clear, ...
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Are opinion-based questions acceptable?

Many questions are about how to effectively learn a language. Some of them are voted for closing, since they are too opinion based. Should this site be entirely based on studies, or should a level of ...
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Are questions about history on-topic?

I was going to ask a question about the origin of the notation L1, L2, etc. for designating the order of learning languages. This seems to be a historical question. Do we want this type of question? ...
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Should we allow questions about programming languages?

While they aren't "languages" in the traditional sense, programming languages certainly differ from one another. In some cases, learning programming languages can be like learning spoken languages, ...
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Is the name change proposal “Second-Language Acquisition” really appropriate?

Over on Area 51, one of the proposed names for this site was Second Language Acquisition. While the term does accurately describe the scope of the stack, the part that really bothers me is the "Second ...
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What should we do about language tags? [closed]

We have french, japanese, english, nepalese, and chinese. I can understand latin as it's a family of languages, but why are the other ones here? This site is a site about language acquisition in ...
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Are sign languages on-topic

A question related to sign language has been asked on this site. Are sign languages treated as normal languages and are considered on-topic?
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What should our chatroom name be?

Stealing from a number of sites, I've decided to bring up the question of what the chatroom's name should be. Sites all over SE have creative, cool room names that not only are related to the site but ...
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Are methods recommendation on-topic?

Whenever someone wants to study a new language on their own, they tend to rely on some support, be it books, CDs, DVDs, Websites, etc. Are questions of the style What would you recommend to learn ...
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Are questions about language learning software efficiency on topic here?

For example, could I ask "is Duolingo/Rosetta Stone effective in teaching language X?"
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What should be the off-topic reasons? [closed]

What should the close reasons for the site be?
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Is this to be an English-only site?

Language learners come from all over the world. In a perfect world, all of them would be able to ask questions on Language Learning. On the other hand, having questions in any language imaginable ...
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How to avoid asking opinion-based questions?

Seemingly, a lot of questions are being closed as opinion-based. How can a user avoid asking a question that's primarily opinion-based?