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Language learners tend to stumble over the differences in the ways words and ideas are woven together in different languages. This article offers a method for "decoding" your target language so you can start thinking in it as natives do.

Mar 9, 2017 12:00 AM
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I think that was a good article. I don't criticize the old-fashioned methods of learning a foreign language to start with, during the first couple of years of study, and I rather think the old methods of studying grammar and vocabulary are essential, but those methods are just a starting point, not an end in themselves. Once you can start speaking with a native speaker fluently, you can really take off. You have to acclimate yourself to the style of thinking and speaking in your target language, and it actually happens somewhat automatically, with time, though hearing, listening, speaking and so on. So, today, to hear a non-native speaker of German, for example, speak incorrectly, it causes alarm bells to go off in my head, and it kind of drives me crazy, because I know it just doesn't sound right. It's the same as with English, but I probably have a lot more patience with non-native English speakers and try a bit harder to understand them, which isn't always possible. Sometimes I have to give up and tell they I don't understand what they mean. When I speak and hear German, I don't translate anything by relying on English. I haven't done that in years.  My mind has somehow trained itself not to need to, and things just flow the way they are suppose to. I don't know how that happened, but it just did.  In fact, it would be extremely difficult to do spontaneous translation in my head, even if I wanted to. Spontaneous translators are pretty amazing, actually, but that takes years of work and training to do well.  But, overall, again a very good article. 
February 23, 2018
Lots of obvious trivialities in your world of perception, Aliph, but maybe not in someone else's.
Thank you, though, for having taken the time to read my article.
February 22, 2018

Lots of words to express obvious trivialities about language learning.

September 10, 2017

This article is definitely beneficial for those language learners including me who haven't thought it so deeply about the really effective methods of learning a foreign language.

Thank you so much for your inspiring thoughts and suggestions!

May 26, 2017
Excellent article! Well done 

I'm learning Arabic and experiencing what you describe as far as naturally decoding 

This was fun reading thanks
April 6, 2017
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