Karen Business
Community Tutor
Will you ever fully understand English?
Having studied other languages and understood the expectations I placed on myself (unrealistically), that I should understand everything in another language, I began to think about my own language...English

I lived in the UK for 11 years, and, for example, when I watched TV shows, I did not always understand what they said. There were LOTS of cultural references which were lost to me and many words I could not hear, due to speed, muttering or accent.

What I simply realise now is that I dismiss these instances as irrelevant and un-noteworthy. I would simply enjoy the rest of the show.

It is the same with American shows.

So, I do not think it absolutely necessary necessary to understand every word, phrase or cultural refernce in order to learn a language well.


What are your views?
Jun 19, 2020 3:41 PM
Comments · 2
@Anna, you made me laugh!
June 19, 2020
This seems like a Big Secret of learning languages. When you are a beginner, you have this naive hope than one day you will complete it. But when you realize that the mission is impossible, it’s too late :)

My own language is Russian, and last week I found out that there are 15 cases in it - not 6 as we know from school... it was interesting!
June 19, 2020
Karen Business
Language Skills
Afrikaans, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Learning Language
Italian