Re: "Usefull languages"
|From:||Clint Jackson Baker <litrex1@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, February 13, 2002, 21:47|
> Based on what I've read, it really makes no
> difference in adult (or late
> teen) education whether or not you include reading
> from the start; I've
> read studies that say that over three years, it all
> averages out, and at
> no point does the more vocal group really have an
> advantage. It's also
> more comforting to the learner - I have no immediate
> need for another
> spoken language. But if I can learn to read German,
> there becomes open
> to me a great range of writings I didn't have access
> to before.
I've been taught both: I learned French in high school
the traditional way, and Spanish in college the
speak-understand-read-write way. I'm better at
French, but I think that's because I've known it so
much longer, and French and Spanish are similar enough
that when I try to speak Spanish I tend to pidgin the
two (easy for an English speaker, who has more vocab
in common with French than with Spanish).
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