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Understand the spoken language? August 5, 2015

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Worst : the telephone.

How can you guess if you don’t see the speaker’s face? And what if he announces his dozen syllable name in Spanish and then sets out to spell it for you, also in Spanish ?

To understand well, you must be able to guess one out of every three words…. or one out of four…..which is what you naturally do in your own language.

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on the phone by raphael wuensch

As long as you need to identify the lexical items one by one, you depend on your friends’ coming half way by speaking slowly and not too much all at once.

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So, even if you understand your teacher, it will still be some time before you understand anybody else.

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It takes time, that’s all. That is the only real problem with all language learning, but it is a big problem, because most people do not really believe it and keep looking and – paying :-D – for faster ways.

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Most learners prefer to spend money rather than time. And of course the teaching industry has turned that fact into a business principle :-) .

abroad and lonely

There is a fast way: Go abroad and become fluent. (But that won’t last!)

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Going abroad is not always possible and sometimes it does not work either, when learners meet people from their own country. Foreigners invariably spot each other abroad and make friends with strangers more easily than at home.

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Postscript

kiosko by raphael wuensch

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Language learning always pays, but only in the long run — or if you make reading rather than speaking your priority.

The drawings are by Raphael Wünsch

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