It is of course understood that in learning a language, the importance of meaning is paramount. This is taken for granted much of the time but on recently reading an article on a blog on how actors learn their lines, I was prompted to reflect on this topic from a different vantage point. I believe
“Freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.”
by ~Johann Wolfgang Goethe~
by ~Johann Wolfgang Goethe~
With the recent startling events concerning flight MH370 my thoughts turned to wondering about how getting lost applies to learning a language. Can we get so lost in learning a language? I believe that we can. The language learners who don’t succeed are the ones who got really lost. They are the ones who get
Traditionally, reading and writing have been used as the main instructional tools in teaching or learning languages and although there are some approaches that vary from this practice the evidence still seems to suggest that many teachers and learners use reading and writing as the main medium. There is no doubt that on many levels
There are many things that have been written and said in the name of improving pronunciation. Whatever you read or have been told, ultimately, improvement depends upon what YOU do or don’t do and, as importantly, what you continue to do! EVERYONE is capable of improving their own pronunciation, maybe not right up to native
There is still a lot we don’t know about the process of language learning, but there is also is a lot that we do know. Confusion arises for many learners (and dare I say many of their teachers) because there are so many views out there about it and the weight of existing beliefs tends
It would seem that the vast majority of people who attempt to learn another language give up on that endeavour well before they get to an “acceptable” level of proficiency. Arriving at the decision to “give up” takes some time and usually involves the creation of an “excuse” which provides the justification for the decision.
For thousands of years, the 4 minute mile was considered not only physically IMPOSSIBLE, but according to doctors of the time – actually dangerous to the health of anyone who attempted it. So breaking that barrier proved too much for runners for centuries. But then on May 6th, 1954 a 25-year-old medical student named Roger
I think by now most people who are connected to the media in someway would know about the passing of one of the great men of our times, possibly of all times, Nelson Mandela. There has been a lot written about him as a person and what made him so great. I do not wish
Many language learners set out and do achieve a certain level but somehow end up getting stuck at a level before their hopes have been realized. This can also be called plateauing or, if you plateau for LONG time, some language teachers talk about this as fossilizing! Now who would want to fossilize? 🙂 No
Over the years I have seen so many students waste countless hours on language learning homework which really has little likelihood of helping them to produce the results they are looking for. There are some people who could learn a language doing virtually anything but most people need to be more careful if they are
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