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English Learning and Skills Refining Student 09/15/2019 (Sun) 11:00:46 ID: 6d73fe No.16
It has come to my attention that many (myself included) are not Anglosphere natives. As such, it would make perfect sense having a thread dedicated to perfecting English as a second language.

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>What we need
Sites and resources to help foreigners learn the language
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How would you help a guy speaking a mix of British and American accents from the Oxford dictionaries?
>>407 claim to be a leaf
Is there any book that teaches British English?
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ironically the french make the best language learning material
How to improve my reading skills? I cannot read scientific papers properly.
>>475 I don't wanna sound like a jerk but the harsh reality is that you just gotta read more of them.
>>474 >French book uh I don't understand frog symbolism.
>>475 Is your issue linguistic or methodical? I used the method described in this paper with great success, it helped me a lot. In general, attending or watching a course on research design will also help in demystifying a lot papers. For the terminology of specific fields if you are lucky you can find encyclopedias, otherwise you will need to pick it up like >>476 recommends. My impression was that even native speakers struggle with scientific papers, it's a very specific form of text.
>>484 I cannot understand the words. This happens with my native language too, but i remember being able to understand a scientific paper in both languages.
>>490 Technical terms? That's hard as every field has its own vocabulary, sometimes even reusing terms from other fields to mean something completely unrelated. If you study the field, you should pick it up naturally. E.g., an introductory course will explain a great deal of the most common technical terms. Otherwise, I recommend trying to find an encyclopedia (just search for "encyclopedia of" + field name, for example if you want to read papers about birds, "encyclopedia of ornithology") and searching the web a lot.

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