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6 December 2008 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

Where did you learn languages?

Where did you learn?

  • not necessarily “a language school”, a state school + songs, readings, listening to native and non-native speakers of the language… so many different subjects all seemed to lead to help my language learning. and so much time… that thing we never have enough of.
  • At Internet: information search, writing articles, etc.
  • Self taught, using any free online resource I could find
  • Reading books, newspapers and magazines, watching films and TV and listening music
    Gymnasium of course and after that some trips to different countries/continents and preparing this by autodidactics and with individual training with foreign student friends from University

If you learned a foreign language in a language school (in your town, etc)…

What did you like?

  • “a language school” = ?
  • Speaking practise
  • discipline, method
  • not much
  • language
  • Listening direct pronunciation
  • Professors que utilitzen metodologies comunicatives actives i que portin una classe amb una una dinàmica participativa

What did you not like?

  • writing exercises at class
  • too much time needed (to attend lessons, to do homework, to prepare for exams…)
  • listening
  • Following just the book exercises
  • Els exercicis repetitius i les classes on es perd el temps

If you learned a foreign language in an online school…

What did you like?

What did you not like?

If you learned a foreign language in the street (living in the country, etc.)…

What did you like?

  • people and sounds.
  • everything. the whole experience. highly recommended.
  • having cultural awareness

What did you not like?

  • loud people and loud sounds.
  • coming back home
  • expensive cost to be there

If you learned a foreign language in a virtual environment (Second Life or others)…

What did you like?

  • Les posibilitats tan grans que ofereix SL per contactar amb gent nativa i els recursos que ofereix per centrar la conversació

What did you not like?

  • Els problemes tècnics i la dificultat d’entrar en contacte amb gent que no conec

If you learned a foreign language at the university (you took language courses)…

What did you like?

  • comeraderie
  • native teachers.
  • highly trained professional educator

What did you not like?

  • lots of things: like, formal atmosphere, typical committments and expectations, run-of-the-mill learning/teaching, many things.
  • classes, too many students, boring method
  • too less chances to practise, too short-timed … meaning nothing like “immersion” in language meaning culture, history, way of thinking etc.

If you learned a foreign language studying other subjects (i.e. taking a master abroad, etc)…

What did you like?

  • human interaction.
  • again, everything about it. learning by the sake of it.

What did you not like?

  • human interaction
  • not being bilingual at the end of the day.

If you learned foreign languages in other ways…

How did you learn?

What did you like?

What did you not like?

time, fate, perseverence, will, money, many ways free time
lack of freedom to explore and perchance “learn”.
Pure practice
Reading and listening real language. Isolation

self taught, using any free material I could find.

the ability to learn almost anything using the web.

not having someone to discuss topics or thoughts with.

Llegint llibres, mirant pel·lícules i sèries de TV i escoltant música

Et dona l’oportunitat de conèixer més profunditat la cultura que envolta la llengua.

La necessitat de ser autodisciplinat

sitting after mensa-dinner with coffee and talking and laughing and talking and getting corrected and helped by native-speakers (e.g. from south america).

very practical things needed as a foreigner and in everyday life, original sounding slang versions (e.g. castellano instead of spain 🙂

too less systematic learning of correct grammar.

What are the main difficulties you had while learning languages?

  • time, money, opportunity, schools, …
  • My pronunciation
  • hate roleplays. do not usually like classmates who get so much involved in artificial situations.
  • grammar and sentence structure
  • using the language to communicate
  • listening different stresses
  • Utilitzar-ho sense errors, aprendre d’ells.
  • difficulties, if the written word seems to have nothing to do with how to pronounce it (so at school I liked latin and hated french:)

and your main satisfactions?

  • human interaction
  • Being able to understand anything
  • realize how many words, expressions you’ve learned. being able to speak fluently, being praised for it by native speakers. having the chance to live great experiences.
  • understanding when others speak
  • learning vocabulary
  • feeling fully integrated
  • Poder comucar-me amb persones de diferentes cultures i poder compartir experiències, projectes i interessos.
  • beeing able to read newspapers or favorite books in orginal language, beeing able to talk to many different people (esp. in chat or virtual world like Second Life) and to learn and know …

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