Failure and success in language learning

I did not become fluent in five days in Prague. However, I improved tremendously. I am comfortable in Czech. I read, I listen and understand. I can take part in a conversation but stumble here and there. I will post a video of an interview next week if I can.

Yet I feel that my whole fluent in five days experiment was a success. I have acquired a new language. I am not far from fluency. If I had the chance to live in the Czech Republic for a month or two I would certainly be fluent. If I had stayed there a few weeks instead of just four days I would have consolidated my hold on Czech.

As it was I left Prague and did not speak the language for the following month. Not ideal. But it does not matter. I falied to achieve fluency but I succeeded in becoming much more comfortable in Czech. I am now going to try to do the same in Korean.

Ultimately, fluency requires lots of interaction in the language. Once I have built up the base through my reading, listening and LingQing, I can easily move to fluency if I have enough exposure in real situations. And of course, the main thing is to enjoy the process.

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One Response to Failure and success in language learning

  1. Frank says:

    How inspiring to read about someone who can speak so many languages! And 5 days is impressive. Although I am assume that some previous basic knowledge existed as surely one cannot become fluent in the proper sense of the term in just five days? If you ever need a high-standard, certified Czech translation, do not hesitate to use a <a href="http://www.rosettatranslation.com/&quot; >professional translation company</a> who will ensure a more-than-satisfactory result!

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