Friday, September 14, 2007

Language Learning Myths

In my last post, I looked at the problems of speaking a language "Me-Tarzan, you-Jane" style (after reading about it at Tower of Confusion) and suggested an alternative for getting started speaking, but not too fast. This evening, looking around for memory tricks for language learning (nothing new found, sorry), I stumbled upon a site warning people not to fall for seven myths about language learning. Myths two through four go to the heart of problems with speaking for the sake of speaking.

The myths section of the site, of course, tells you more about what not to do than what you should be doing, but a perusal of the home page ( suggests that language learners focus on pronunciation, input and attitude and let production follow.

For a little food for thought for language learning, have a look. And if you've got a better memory trick than linkword, Roman rooms and Tony Buzan's 100 words, feel free to mention it in the comments.



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