yousef
the four skill of languages which one of the four skills (reading, writing ,listening and speaking )is more important and influence to improve another skills in any language i would be thankful to comment about this issue 
Mar 19, 2017 3:26 PM
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March 20, 2017
I used to read a lot when learning languages, mostly because I enjoy reading, but with German it just doesn't work. I neither understand nor remember what I've read. So I started listening more and I'm happy with the results. Listening is probably the most difficult skill that often gets neglected. It already happened quite a few times that I could speak without any problem but couldn't understand others. And people just adapt to my level when they talk to me so the problem easily goes unnoticed. Speaking is of course important but comes quickly and easily when other things are in place. At least that was my experience. Writing seems to be a great way to learn and I think I should write more but I just don't enjoy it and therefore can't force myself to write that much.
March 21, 2017
I think listening and reading skills come first then speaking and writing will improve once you've practiced a lot for reading and listening.
March 20, 2017

All of them are important.  To some extent it depends on your goals which is more important.  For me, learning Spanish for fun, being able to write well is the least important and being able to listen and understand is the most important.  Even for others, I am inclined to think that listening would be the most foundational.  It is the skill we develop first as children and the other skills grow out of it.

A few months after I started learning Spanish, I did a literature search trying to see what are the more effective ways to learn a language.  From what I read, focusing on active listening in the beginning was a very important part.  

March 20, 2017

@felipe B


I used to have the same problem. Difficult to speak and organise thoughts. One day I decided to focus on listening skills. Just rote listening of phrases and sentences with a transcript (which means practice of reading skills) . Sometimes, I would copy saying the recording. Of course there was less time for speaking practice to other native speakers of my target language. About six weeks later, I had a few conversations in my target language.  I didn't feel any different but people said my rhythm and intonation had improved. I still need a lot more vocabulary but it is definitely easier to speak when I can understand more. 

March 21, 2017
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