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The very first Steps in Language Learning People, Leute, Gente, Gens ....... How do you think people adquire their Language Foundation, to go throught the beginner level up to the intermediate level. It gonna be great sharing opinions with all of you.
Jul 26, 2016 11:40 PM
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I disagree. Start listening, and at the same time learn correct pronunciation and orthography. And if you start reading anything before you have acquired good pronunciation, your pronunciation will never live up to its potential. 

July 27, 2016

I suppose there are two main schools. Other one is grammar first and other one is vocabulary first. 

I was educated in the grammar first style, but believe in vocabulary first. There's a local joke about language teaching here: "People don't speak a single word of _(add language)_, but sure as he_l know the grammar spot-on!"

The foundation should be in vocabulary. First learning the most important or most used words, then the next most important/used words etc.

July 27, 2016

    I think it's like a snowflake. Water vapor can't condense unless it has a surface to adhere to, like a piece of dust in the air. Once ice can form, it will give the vapor around it an even bigger surface, and eventually you have an entire snowflake. Language learning is like that too. You can't just watch a Spanish soap opera and learn Spanish, you need to know the basics first. Once you've done that, you can start picking up vocabulary until you have a whole snowflake.

July 26, 2016

So, working on your Pronunciation is good, then we can agree in that  podcast with Transcrtption are kind of the most good material that we can use, we can practice Listening on the road, then sit down and read know how all that words are pronunced. However I think that speaking from day one, as a very well know polyglot says. could mek such a difference even when you don't have neither vocab nor a good pronunciation. 

See you guys, keep sharing ideas!!!

July 27, 2016

Yes, so I think the same up to a certain point, you really need the basis first. Is like you spend the first and second week actually learnig vocab you know

July 27, 2016
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Portuguese