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you can master foreign language
Yesterday I typed in "Language Schools" into Google and came across a huge ninety five million
hits. After placing my eyes back into my head, I thought just how many junior colleges,
universities and public schools are offering 2nd language learning opportunities in the USA. That
must be an equally mind blowing yet mysterious figure.
The biggest mystery in all of this is really why, with all the possibilities to learn a foreign language,
are very few Americans bilingual? The truth of the matter is that about 9% of americans have an
authentic bilingual skill. Yet, there are a lot of private and public schools offering 2nd language
classes not to mention the booming business in the foreign countries giving americans the chance
With all these opportunities, Americans remain at approximately 9% whereas Europeans at a
52% multilingual rate. Ever wondered why? I have.
Over the past 5 years, I've been approaching my foreign language learning odyssey by using non
conventional approaches. I did not start with first . You are aware what those are. If you ever took
any kind of foreign language classes in school, including Latin or Greek, you began studying the
dead or live language using a grammar book.
Where this effort got you? If you followed this course you've gained and ability to translate written
texts. The common experience of individuals who begin their second language learning adventure
using the grammar-first approach is that when they try to speak the language, or perhaps go
overseas for a year abroad, all they can utter is:
"I need to go to the bathroom and can I have a cheese sandwich, please?"
The way in which all of us learned how to speak our native tongue is the same way in which we
ought to approach a second language acquisition. Please note I said, acquisition, and not learning
the foreign language. There is a big difference and therein lies the rub when it comes to selecting
a course where you will first acquire a high level of spoken fluency before studying the grammar .
Let me go out on a limb here: If you do not approach the studying of a 2nd language first with
second language acquisition, rather than a grammar-first approach, you'll not learn how to speak
the language. Isn't that what we are talking about-spoken fluency?
One approach accomplishes one thing while the other one gives you something you don't
necessarily want. I'm a long way from being able to read and discuss physics in Spanish.
Although, I can discuss simple news events, go to the doctor, or do almost anything I need to do
in Spanish. I would like to grow linguistically where I'll have the skills to debate issues that are far
Right now, I'm still at the child phase of Spanish acquisition and that's ok. Bare in mind I did not
achieved this stage by taking a grammar-first course. I can do what most six or seven years old
native Spanish speakers can do. Believe me when I tell you this: Most Americans would kill to
achieve this level of spoken fluency.
So, how did I do it? I used the same method I unknowingly used learning my first language,
English. I am learning the Spanish language using the same method all native Spanish speakers
used in learning Spanish as children.
I am engaging in second language acquisition first, and second language learning second.
The horse, language acquisition, must come before the cart, language learning.
That is what you need seek first. Site