Monthly Archives: February 2006

The best thing about studying on your own

I suddenly said to my wife over breakfast this morning. “You know the best thing about studying anything on your own?” My wife has recently developed a keen interest in piano but refuses to take a teacher. She just plays what she wants when she wa… Continue reading

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Learning Korean

Kangmi asks when we will add Korean to The Linguist. The answer is that I do not know. We hope to have our new version available by the summer. It will be easier to start with other European languages because there are no issues related to the wri… Continue reading

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The Linguist and Grammar

Click here to hear the podcast of this article. Learning grammar is not natural. Learning grammar is not fun for most people. Learning grammar will not make you fluent in a new language. If you want to become fluent in a new language you need to s… Continue reading

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Korean difficulties

Max points out that Korean has a complicated grammar unlike Chinese or Japanese. Having spent a few months learning Korean I can agree. However, I did not read the pages and pages of grammatical explanations in the books I used, with fancy terms l… Continue reading

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Grammar yet again

The discussion on grammar continues. Chris seems to see drilling as the alternative to grammar insructions. Chris says in his comment “Sure, learn and drill the patterns, “s moim bratom” (Sorry, I can’t type in Russian), but first learn how to for… Continue reading

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More on grammar

We have more action on the issue of grammar. First to Assad, I also enjoyed the conversation with you and your brother. I salute your enthusiasm for language learning and your excellent English. I look forward to the day when we will be able to of… Continue reading

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Grammar again

We have a comment from Chris advocating a strong commitment to grammar study as the basic framework for language learning. I disagree. My view is that we first need to get used to the language through intense and continuous exposure. Any effort to… Continue reading

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