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Re: "Usefull languages"

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Friday, February 15, 2002, 9:22
Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> >En réponse à Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>: > > > > > If so, how come you can follow this list? > >Have you ever read articles from Newsweek or the Times?
Used to read Newsweek every week(!) for a couple of years - never found the language difficult. Back when I still had English at school, we were reg'larly given articles from similar papers as exercises.
>Native speakers told me >that even for them it was sometimes difficult :)) . > > The English used here is > > certainly > > more idiosyncratic and variable, not to mention more technical. (In > > fact, it > > contributing heavily to my already oversized vocabulary!) > > > >But it's a technical field I've got used to reading. I would probably be >able >to read good linguistic articles in English without much trouble, much like >I >can read scientific English. As for the everyday vocabulary, I must confess >I >resort quite often to context or to an online dictionary :)) (more often >the >former than the latter :)) ). I'm getting better, but it's certainly not >thanks >to my education. I consider in fact that most of my knowledge of everyday >English comes from this list :)) . >
Well, one similarity there - I've certainly learnt more English vocabulary and idioms in my spare time than in school. The last couple of years before entering Uni, I read more in English than in Swedish (nowadays, I don't have the time to read much). Andreas _________________________________________________________________ MSN Photos is the easiest way to share and print your photos:


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