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Learning A New Language: Think Connection, Not Perfection

Message  gerardM le Lun 7 Oct - 14:29

Hi everyone,

An article in the Huffington Post:
Learning A New Language: Think Connection, Not Perfection
When we first moved to Latin America, back in 2001, our Spanish language skills were minimal. We had what we call "restaurant and taxi" Spanish, allowing us to get where we were going (usually a restaurant) and order our food once we got there.

But accomplishing our daily tasks was a challenge. Getting something we needed at the hardware store... talking to the teller at the bank... buying appliances at the department store... and forget about having any conversations on the telephone. When our Internet or cable TV went down, we were stuck.

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Re: Learning A New Language: Think Connection, Not Perfection

Message  MurielB le Lun 7 Oct - 15:00

Hi Gérard, everyone
One of my brothers (he is not on our forum yet) is just retired.
http://wwoofinternational.org/and He will work on some south American farms in December through the WOOFing organization (3 months) because he needs a break from his daily routine.  He joined last week's Lille polyglot because he wants to quickly improve his Spanish. He might be interested. Thanks for the link.

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Re: Learning A New Language: Think Connection, Not Perfection

Message  gerardM le Lun 7 Oct - 16:56

You're welcome Muriel.

These days, we can hear about several new ways to learn (languages or anything else). I'm going to open a new topic about this.

Good luck for the new life and adventure of your brother.

By the way, it needs to be checked but I frowned reading your "is just retired": I would have said "just retired", or "has just retired", or "'s just retired" Wink
I may be wrong.

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Message  MurielB le Lun 7 Oct - 17:57

Yes Gérard I should have written "Has just retired". It is a recent past. Thank you for your comment.

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Message  gerardM le Lun 7 Oct - 19:11

In an American way -so I think- I would have used a simple past: just retired. Wink

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