IWTYAL 273: The Rules of Language Learning (Part 3)

In this episode, Olly continues a new series covering what he believes to be the fundamental rules of language learning.

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Andy R says:
23 Aug 2018 21:47

About Rule #8: I get a kick out of the replies that people give me when I say that I find Indonesian an easy language to learn. They respond that it will become harder at the intermediate level. A native speaker said that listening to real conversations is much more difficult than listening to dialogs in a textbook. So what? This is true for every language that’s unrelated to my own, even the relatively easy ones. Other people (even polyglots like Tim Keeley, who I respect very much) respond with information about the complex morphology (word formation) of suffixes that I’ll have to learn at the intermediate level. Again, why should that trouble me as a beginner? And when I encounter it, I’ll tackle it the same way as I do vocabulary issues in any other language: by learning words through context when that’s easier and by studying roots and suffixes when that’s easier. That’s if I continue Indonesian that long. My problem is that I’ll have no one to speak it with locally after I learn it, so I might learn Tagalog instead (since my city has immigrants from the Philippines).

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