IWTYAL 70: How to deal with fossilisation

itunesButtonOwain asks: “How can you deal with fossilisation in a language?”

In this episode:

  • What is fossilisation?
  • Why does it occur?
  • How can you deal with it?

Resources Featured In Today’s Episode:

  • The Defossilization Diaries – Language teacher Scott Thornbury talks about his attempts to defossilise his Spanish! (Whilst spelling it with a “z”!)

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  • robert fish

    I find that the true challenge is to balance writing and speech so that i can experience immersion and to be aware of where i am in the language and where i want to be

  • Owain Clarke

    Nice one Olly. Definitely helped in my thinking on this

  • ToGusDS

    I disagree a bit about not learning kanji at the beginning, maybe you shouldn’t pay too much attention, but you may have to start learning them, so it’s easier to read.

    I think they’re really important and you can understand much better when you learn them, and at the end it all makes sense.
    My favorite resource to learn kanjis (and only Kanji, not grammar, not particles, nothing else but kanjis) is:

    • I think it’s a question of focus. Learn them… yes. But don’t spend all your time on it, at the expense of actually speaking the language, which for many people will be more important.

      • ToGusDS

        Yes, totally, I think it’s really useful because sometimes when you mix the kanjis the vocabulary become so obvious and I have found that is easier to learn :p