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Conversation implies a two-way exchange of language. Therefore, reaching a conversational level implies quite a high level of comprehension, enough so that we can understand what is being said to us....
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Subconscious language learning is a concept that leading language acquisition expert Stephen Krashen has demonstrated through extensive research, but is still challenged by many teachers. Though there is research to back up this theory that language is learned subconsciously, we are still not aware of how the language starts to stick in our brains.
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"I just don't have time." This is one of the most common reasons people give for not being able to learn languages. I'm now retired, but I'm still quite busy. I play sports, make time for my family an...
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I always spoke English with my parents and I never had any sense that my communication with them was in any way inhibited. There was no pressure to learn German or Czech. If anything, my parents wanted me to learn French, which we studied at school without any great success.
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At the banquet of life, each language is another course. The better you can use languages, your own and others, the more you can enjoy the feast. At least that has been my experience. I have achieved varying degrees of fluency in 16 languages, and look forward to learning more. To me, there are three stages of language acquisition.
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The importance of a large vocabulary in your target language can't be overstated. Some are convinced we can converse quite comfortably with just a few hundred words. There are lots of articles on the topic. I don't agree.
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People often ask me how I learned 15 languages. What's my secret? Read ahead and you'll find out.
Pronouns replace nouns, and are used to avoid cumbersome language in a sentence. In public speaking, these shorter words can wield power. They are inclusive and draw the audience or listener into feeling like they matter. As someone who for a living advises business executives on body language and media fluency, I am intrigued by how Donald Trump and/or his writers have mastered this.
Many years ago, when my daughter Sarah was a four-year-old, 35-pound dynamo, her every third sentence was "Why?". I expected that, of course. I'd read all the parenting books and seen all the instruct...