BlogPosts Tagged "Speaking"
17 Mar 2020
You are unlikely to learn to speak a new language perfectly, but perfection should not be your goal. Your main goal should be effective communication. I am not perfect in any of the languages that I speak, but I can communicate. And whenever I communicate in another language I'm satisfied. I also know from experience that my ability to speak and to pronounce well will only improve with time, [...]Read more How To Improve Your Speaking Skills
25 Jun 2019
I believe that listening comprehension is an important skill in language learning. That is what you should drive for first of all. If you develop good listening comprehension, the other skills will come, the speaking will come, even your grammar, your accuracy.Read more Listening Comprehension: An Important Language Skill
29 Jan 2019
Speaking Romanian and Why Language Learning Needs to be Real has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. It’s a glorious day here in Vancouver, sunny and warm. It’s the warmest day so far this year. Normally, […]Read more Speaking Romanian and Why Language Learning Needs to be Real
4 Oct 2018
Language Fluency and Speaking Different Languages has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. How do we get to speak in a language? I’m sure those of you who have been following my YouTube channel and who […]Read more Best Practices for Speaking Different Languages
14 Aug 2018
Language learning is essentially a subconscious process. I saw these words in a LinkedIn post from a group I belong to that includes language teachers. The topic of discussion was how grammar instruction and error correction don’t have as much impact on language learning success as is traditionally imagined. This is a concept that leading […]Read more Learning Languages is a Subconscious Process
10 Jul 2018
Many people, even if they’ve only learned one foreign language, may only visit the country where the language is spoken once a year or once every few years, so it can be hard to maintain or improve those language skills. Not being able to maintain a language can lead to something many multilingual people fear: language attrition, or the weakening or loss of a language. In my case, I claim to [...]Read more How to Avoid Language Attrition
12 Jun 2018
I can speak 17 or so languages to varying degrees of fluency. Some I speak really well, like French, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish. Even in languages that I speak less well, like Swedish, German, or Russian, my accent is not too bad, people tell me.Read more Can We Learn to Speak a Foreign Language Like a Native Speaker?
8 May 2018
Conversation implies a two-way exchange of language. Therefore, reaching a conversational level implies quite a high level of comprehension of the language so that we can understand what is being said to us. That means in order to converse properly we need to prepare ourselves.Read more How Long to Get to a Conversational Level in a Language?
13 Mar 2018
The dominant position of English as an international language seems to create controversy in certain circles. Some French people for example, resent the increasing importance of English in the European community. Claude Hagège is a spokesman for this point of view. French used to be the language of diplomacy and the preferred language of international exchange. […]Read more English Will Remain The International Language
28 Nov 2017
It is tempting to believe that we can just acquire a small number of very useful words and sort of get a jump start in a foreign language. I have never found that to be the case. Of course we need to learn key words like “I”, “you”, “he” and “she” and the like, or […]Read more How Many Words Do We Need to Speak a Foreign Language?