Why I am allergic to linguistics.
The barrage of offended comments on my youtube channel about my approach to language learning only serves to confirm me in the belief that this “science” is irrelevant to language learning. Here is an example, in response to my recent video called “Vocabulary”.
“more aggressive discouraging of high standards and excellence. basic
phrases and vocabulary, usually learned at the beginning, u dont really
have any way to parse them (unless, gasp, you have studied morphology).
So it is ironic that you think an L1 gloss constitutes their meaning.
clearly it is the nature of the linguaphile to ignore the intricate
complexities of rule-governed behavior of the hierarchical system and
focus on the most mundane and utilitarian aspects of language.
To learn a new language, you listen, you read, you learn words. The more words you learn, the more new words you can learn from context. The more often you see the words you have learned in different contexts, the better you understand their scope of meaning, and how they function. One day you start speaking, at first with difficulty, and then better and better. This is somewhat like a child, except that you can read and use your existing knowledge to help you. Unfortunately you are also more inhibited than the child, since you are afraid to sound childish, which the child is not. That is it. No morphology, no analysis, no rule-governed behaviour, no hierarchical system, no parsing.
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