BlogArchive by Category "Learning Languages" (Page 9)
Here is a fascinating article about how the brain learns languages written by François Grosjean, Emeritus Professor of psycholinguistics, Neuchâtel University, Switzerland. The article discusses: ” whether verbs and nouns in Chinese are represented in the same way in the brain as are their counterparts in English: verbs in the frontal region of the brain and […]Read more How the brain learns languages – the case of bilinguals
Anthony Lauder, who has a channel at YouTube called FluentCzech, made an excellent presentation at the recent polyglot conference in Budapest. He started a thread about it at our forum on LingQ. This thread has meandered onto a variety of subjects, both relevant and irrelevant, and has now reached four pages in length. The gist […]Read more Passive vocabulary and fluency
I recently did a video on the relationship between linguistics and language learning. I am trying to explain that in many ways linguistics contributes to an over complication of language learning and language instruction. I referred to the work of Amorey Geithin. Here is his article called ” The Mirage of Linguistics”. To give you […]Read more The Mirage of Linguistics
The Internet is a treasure trove of interesting articles and sources of information. Here is a wonderful article on the rational learning of foreign languages. It is written by Amorey Geithin, someone who has taught English as a foreign language for more than 35 years. The the article begins by laying down the gauntlet. I […]Read more The Rational Learning of Foreign Languages
Yet another thread at LingQ on vocabulary learning. I am quoted as having said the following: “To me a word is like a person you get to know and who is going to help you learn the language. You know lots of people without knowing them in detail. The more often you meet them in […]Read more Quantity over quality in vocabulary learning
What is the average number of words you can learn a day? This is the title of an interesting thread at our LingQ Forum. I also did a video on this subject that keeps on coming up. There are many different points of view. I thought this comment from an English teacher was quite interesting. “During […]Read more How many words you can learn a day?
When we are put into real learning situations we have a big opportunity to improve. My recent visit to Romania was just such a real life language situation. I was forced to use the language for real communication. Romanian ceased to be a subject of study and became a real life necessity. I spoke Romanian […]Read more Real and meaningful language acquisition
This comes up all the time. In my view, if we feel that we are fluent, we are fluent. If we are comfortable communicating on most subjects. If we understand most of what is said, and can, with errors and the occasional awkwardness, get our meaning across, we are fluent. Some people have suggested that […]Read more When are we fluent?