Monday, November 18, 2019

"How to Think in a Foreign Language"

Stop Translating in Your Head: How to Think in a Foreign Language”, by Luca Lampariello.

He compares Italian to Spanish, and then his native Italian to Japanese.
He advises using translation at first, and then learn to think in short sentence fragments, and then immerse yourself in conversation in the language.
I took four years of French in high school.  I can remember we read a lot the last three years (Les Miserables) and the final exams were mostly answering essay questions in French. In college, I took German, and we had an audio lab with tape recorders and 1962 technology.
German is easier to understand when spoken, even if the language is seen as a little harder to learn from English.
Madrid Spanish (in the movies) is easier to follow than Mexican Spanish.

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