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IWTYAL 120: The mother tongue's role in vocabulary learning - I Will Teach You A Language

IWTYAL 120: The mother tongue’s role in vocabulary learning

Rocco asks: “What role should your mother tongue play in learning vocabulary?”

In this episode:

  • Translation is useful (and desirable) at the early stages of learning a language
  • Over time, you should move towards doing as much as possible in the target language
  • Being comfortable not understanding every word is an important step towards gaining more exposure to the language

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • Alex Rawling’s talk on reading comprehension in a foreign language in Berlin:

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