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by Speakeasy
Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Language Programs and Resources
Topic: Greenlandic resources
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: Greenlandic resources

Fascinating! Jeff, I would not be surprised if, before opening this discussion thread, you conducted a search of the HTLAL for this language. Nevertheless, for the benefit of others who might wish to explore the archives, I just conducted my own search and have listed what appear to be the most rele...
by Speakeasy
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: FSI German: Too Old?
Replies: 30
Views: 1680

Re: FSI German: Too Old?

While digging around in the HTLAL archives, I came across the following sequence of comments, ending with an explication of German grammar by member Betjeman , who is a native-speaker of German, and his own appreciation of the FSI Basic German course: From Elexi to ExRN "What makes the FSI Germ...
by Speakeasy
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?
Replies: 121
Views: 4049

Re: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?

... We can have fossilized mistakes in our native languages too ... In the case of English the majority of these mistakes are words that are confused because they sound alike. Or the mistakes are of the "non-standard usage" type ... oops, another debate on descriptive versus prescriptive ...
by Speakeasy
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Are there lists of the most frequent sentence patterns?
Replies: 7
Views: 376

Re: Are there lists of the most frequent sentence patterns?

I find that you are "casting a rather wide net" by including all of the possible sentence patterns in highly-inflected languages! Nevertheless, in my experience, the audio-lingual method, which uses sentence-pattern drills as a means for introducing and reinforcing the target language's st...
by Speakeasy
Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Language Programs and Resources
Topic: Assimil Hebrew
Replies: 6
Views: 330

Re: Assimil Hebrew

I conducted a quick search of this forum and came up with the following discussion thread which you might find interesting: Modern Hebrew Questions http://forum.language-learners.org/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=3039 One member, Seneca , made direct reference to Assimil Hebrew : I have read the Assimil ...
by Speakeasy
Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?
Replies: 121
Views: 4049

Re: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?

... In essence, the 2nd approach would require a very special breed of person indeed. A person who is fully confident in his ability to learn a language this way, one highly disciplined and resistant to boredom, one who genuinely enjoys tinkering about with the innards of a language and doesn't min...
by Speakeasy
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Study Groups
Topic: Le groupe français 2016 - 2017 Les Voyageurs
Replies: 987
Views: 45358

Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2017 Les Voyageurs

... But I do like: "entre loup et chien" which we don't have in English. I still remember the first time someone said "tirer les vers du nez à quelqu'un" to me. Although I did not understand the idiomatic meaning of this expression, I could easily visualize the literal gest. So,...
by Speakeasy
Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Study Groups
Topic: Le groupe français 2016 - 2017 Les Voyageurs
Replies: 987
Views: 45358

Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2017 Les Voyageurs

Since I am still way down at the A2 level for French, I have everything to learn ... now I am also working at learning idioms. (And of course dictionaries don't always help with the idioms.) ... As independent learners, we will all develop our own approaches and, over time, will likely make changes...
by Speakeasy
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?
Replies: 121
Views: 4049

Re: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?

I'm very prudent and risk-averse in every imaginable way. Even when I speak early, I only say things that I am 99.9% sure is correct (though of course I could be wrong). So me speaking early doesn't equate to me speaking incorrectly. I imagine that people who are more carefree would make more mista...
by Speakeasy
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?
Replies: 121
Views: 4049

Re: Does early speaking lead to fossilized mistakes?

... I would point out, though, that the two treatment groups in the study were very different . An early focus on "speaking" doesn't necessarily mean no early focus on grammatical accuracy ... I am neither a theorist nor an historian of American teaching practices and I was not proposing ...

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