Proposal: Language Learning

There are lots of language specific proposals on area 51, does this matter? Can people ask about language specific things on this site?

  • What do you exactly mean by "language specific"?
    – M.A.R.
    Mar 30, 2015 at 11:09
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    The best way to find out is to ask some "language-specific" sample questions during the definition phase, and see what happens to them. Nobody knows specifically what is on topic yet--that's what the Definition phase is for.
    – Flimzy
    May 4, 2015 at 18:07

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There's already one well-voted example on the proposed questions, and it looks to me like a perfect example of a question that should be on topic.

Can learning kanji speed up the process of learning spoken Japanese? (+10 votes at time of posting)

  • It's clearly about language learning
  • It references a feature of a language. In theory, answers could be applicable to or based on experience with other languages with similar features (e.g. Mandarin, Cantonese)
  • It's about how to learn something in a language, not what something is in a language.

...and for me, the crucial one for deciding such questions:

  • If I was in a room with someone A) who was an expert on the Japanese language, but was not necessarily skilled or knowledgeable in language learning (e.g. a professor of Japanese from a Japanese university), and someone B) who was an expert on language learning, wasn't an expert on Japanese, but had experience teaching or learning languages with similar features (e.g. an experienced Cantonese teacher), I'd ask person B first.
  • If you were in a room with both those people, I'm sure you could learn a lot from them both. But I agree, person B will give more general information. However, you do need to consider that some languages are quite dissimilar. It might be more helpful to consult a native speaker rather than a language learning expert in many situations. Mar 9, 2016 at 15:12

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