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Saturday, February 07, 2004



I wonder if it's feasible to learn a language just from reading texts on the internet - and using online translation utilities. People do learn to speak "from the ear", by being forced to interact and understand. Perhaps reading is not interactive enough, so the learning must be slower - but it should be possible.

If you know the abc of a language, basically the next step is to take it on and learn to swim right in the midst of it.

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There was a time when I could neither read nor understand spoken English. My first eng book was a paperback of Plato's shorter dialogues, which I knew already and the language was simple enough. I still have the book - at least one word per paragraph is underlined ("since", "saw" and such).

It took another 5 years before I was able to use "though" correctly. And it took even longer before I could actually speak the language with some fluency. The accent will stay though :)





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