This topic is a kind of survey to figure out if the ELL community would like to have a single, uniform Community Wiki question to keep all of the resources in a single place.

Since we are in the Beta, I guess we need a month so that a common consensus was found.

I would ask diamond moderators to mark it for a better promotion.

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  • @kiamlaluno Would you please comment on your edit? I don't quite follow how it improved the question. Feb 20, 2013 at 15:59
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    It has been pointed out before: Questions on meta should not be written as pools. Since it is a discussion, it is not fair to suggest what the users should say in their answers.
    – apaderno
    Feb 20, 2013 at 16:02
  • Is this question about having such CW question on the main site, or the meta site?
    – apaderno
    Feb 23, 2013 at 13:28

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Here's how I see it organized (voting is separate to the general idea, so I guess the score here will be lower than for the question ;)). Each section will eventually grow into a separate answer to a Comm.Wiki question.

In fact, check the respective Comm.Wiki for Chinese.SE to see how it looks after some effort.

  • Books

    • ...
  • Dictionaries Online

    • OneLook dictionary search — search through N major dictionaries online;
    • ...
  • Tests and Assessments

    • CEFR — where it is accepted, cost, availability, certified test centers, ...
    • IELTS
    • TOEFL
    • ...
  • Language-Specific sites

    • For native Chinese speakers
      • Web Site 1 — contains free podcasts. Requires average level of comprehension;
      • Web Site 2 — first NN lessons are free; monthly subscription costs $X. Does not require an entry level;
      • ...
    • For native Italian speakers
      • ...
    • For native Russian speakers
      • ...
  • Other Resources

    • Googling for a definition of a certain word: type define crocodile tears in a Google search field to find its definition;
    • Omegle — a chat with native speakers;
    • Chat Roulette — a chat with native speakers;
    • Lang-8 is a proofreading website where you can write a journal post in English, and have your entry corrected by native speakers of English. In return, you're encouraged to correct journal posts written in the language that you're a native speaker of.
  • Didactic and Learning to Learn

  • Excellent. A similar CW is on Meta ELU, but not regularly maintained. Feb 19, 2013 at 18:52
  • @StoneyB IMO, the Chinese one looks better elaborated. :) Anyway, we will copy everything relevant. Feb 19, 2013 at 19:01
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    The Russian site also has one, but it appears to be very similar to the Chinese one.
    – ctype.h
    Feb 20, 2013 at 3:43
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    We have a CW like this on Japanese Language & Usage. We refer to it fairly often! It's been useful.
    – user230
    Feb 20, 2013 at 11:26
  • I'm not sure about Omegle and Chat Roulette. I tried using it once (followed the links here) and almost all the connections I got, the first question was ASL! Jan 1, 2014 at 19:18

Yet another thought, maybe worth a separate voting.

Provided that CW will exist, suggesting to endorse a policy of closing questions related to learning resources as dupes of the FAQ Comm.Wiki.

If a question is about resources, but not covered by Comm.Wiki, we wait for nice answers (and let people harvest some reputation) and then copy a good content to the Comm.Wiki and close an original question.

Please downvote this answer if you think that other questions should not be closed.

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    I do not think such questions should be closed, but I think any useful resources from the answers and comments should be added to the CW list.
    – ctype.h
    Feb 20, 2013 at 3:29
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    The problem: who will do the copying? Feb 20, 2013 at 12:42
  • @StoneyB That's the issue. If we agree that individual Q's should be closed in favor of CW, it's easy to define that close-voters copy first, and vote then. OTOH, it is not very fair to askers (at the moment they asked, it was not yet a dupe). Feb 20, 2013 at 12:46
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    Sometimes an excellent answer, far better than the others, comes along several months or a year or two after the question was asked. Closing the questions would prevent such answers.
    – ctype.h
    Feb 20, 2013 at 15:04

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