Comments from a teacher attending a TESOL conference.
I had not noticed that I omitted to post the last part of the conversation. Sorry about that. Here it is.
Here is the first of two articles entitled “Tips on Mastering a Second Language” . If we wade through the socio-linguistic jargon, the message is that you have to want to learn a language in order to learn it. It is, however, not true that you have to give up your own identity or culture to become a part of another language and culture. If that were the case I, and other polyglots, would be in a sad state of multiple schizophrenia. I think if this article could be reduced to a couple of paragraphs it would only gain in clarity.
The second in this series of discussions on different aspects of language learning.
This ambitious program to bring native English speaking teachers to Turkey is described here. One interesting comment at the bottom of the article says“The ministry is also preparing multimedia centers in schools to pave the way for distance English learning.” The world of education is changing little by little. This would certainly make sense in order to bring native language instruction to a variety of locations and keep costs down. A great opportunity for LingQ!
One problem in learning a new language is that for a long time, there are certain words that just sound the same. It is not so bad when we listen or read, since the context helps us out. However, when we go to use the word, we really need to know which one to use.At LIngQ, I save many different forms of words, and I save lots of phrases with my new words in them. Each different case, each different person or tense, is a different word. Of course, there are many words with common roots, or prefixes or suffixes. They all get saved. Every so often I go the Vocabulary page and search by root using the *root* and search function. This can turn up lists of many tens of examples of similar sounding words, in a variety of tenses, cases, and phrases. Reviewing them all at one place helps me to see how they are connected and how they are different. Try it. I believe it helps us notice, and it helps us get a better feel for which word to use.
Nuclear radiation seems to be a subject that people cannot talk about without a degree of hysteria. Here is an interesting article that points out that the greatest human suffering may come from the hysteria rather than the radiation itself.Here is a related article by the same author.