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by Cavesa
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Things people say when they hear WHY you want to learn a language?
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: Things people say when they hear WHY you want to learn a language?

In another thread, people were discussing bad/weird reactions that others have when they hear that you're learning a particular language (or a bunch of languages). But what about when people hear WHY you're learning that/those language(s)? ... What about you guys? What are some reactions people hav...
by Cavesa
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Idiomatic Spanish - best resources?
Replies: 10
Views: 200

Re: Idiomatic Spanish - best resources?

I'm at a stage in my Spanish where, armed with a dictionary and the knowledge of grammar I have, I can get my point across (even if it isn't exactly pretty). What I'd really love to do is start learning some Spanish idioms, those phrases and sayings that don't translate word for word. Often I find ...
by Cavesa
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Do you have any particular method to improve your learning capacity?
Replies: 9
Views: 252

Re: Do you have any particular method to improve your learning capacity?

I'm asking because I'm just curious is anyone of you using anything to improve their learning capacity. Mostly the standard stuff supplied by medical faculties. Fear, despair, stress, self-hate, the idea of staying without a degree after so many years of hell, or being so bad I won't get a job abro...
by Cavesa
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]
Replies: 41
Views: 1362

Re: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]

The problem with "thousands of hours" is that there are only 168 hours in any week, and you will want to eat, sleep, etc. Even great input from television is not all you need. You should do things that are substantially more active and get feedback to really learn a language. it reminds m...
by Cavesa
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?
Replies: 121
Views: 4063

Re: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?

Can someone explain to me why this thread is all about immersion instead of fossilised mistakes? :roll: s_allard decided to take the thread in other directions. And all the attempts to change the direction back have been futile so far. We are actually lucky, there were even worse options on the hor...
by Cavesa
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]
Replies: 41
Views: 1362

Re: Listening vs Comprehension (and the case against TV) [interesting article]

The problem is the author being a langauge teacher and most of them simply cannot support activities not requiring their presence. They need students to need them in order to survive. (And they need students not to progress too fast, so that they pay for more semesters.). It is pretty clear in parts...
by Cavesa
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?
Replies: 121
Views: 4063

Re: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?

I'd say this is a classical strawman fight. Noone is against immersion. It is just not the panacea and any guarantee, and there are some dark sides, such as the price/results ratio, which is not always that awesome. But in general, yes the early age and immersion are an advantage. But there still ca...
by Cavesa
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?
Replies: 121
Views: 4063

Re: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?

Why has this discussion fully turned to Quebec and children? The level of children in immersion programs is not bound to be good, it very often is not. Yes, monolingual parents are not well equiped to decide about the langauge education of their kids and their most grave error is trusting teachers t...
by Cavesa
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?
Replies: 121
Views: 4063

Re: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?

While this whole discussion is pretty interesting, I'm afraid it is getting quite far from the original point. -a few weeks/months long learning process is not that much, not enough. I trully don't think fossilization is possible within such a timeframe. Repeated mistakes yes, we tend to make mistak...
by Cavesa
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Language logs
Topic: There are worse things I could do... (FR, RU, ES)
Replies: 73
Views: 3734

Re: There are worse things I could do... (FR, RU, ES)

French 1 episode of Doctor Who What is it like? I am curious. Doctor Who in general or the French translation? I know you're a big sci-fi fan, so not quite clear! (Also, apologies for the slow reply!) In French! It is awesome in original. It is tragic in Czech. Even more, that they changed the name...

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