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Learn Half a Language

It's just me, or it's easier to read and listen than to write and speak?
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This Language Centre teaches Half of a language, i.e. to read and listen only. The student will avoid the writing and speaking, saving time and effort. Hopefully, thanks to the great dissemination of this centers, and over a few years, one will be able to speak in spanish and be understood. And of course one will be able to listen in german and understand.
selenio, Mar 22 2016

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       This I like. Sort of "passive" language skills.
neutrinos_shadow, Mar 23 2016
  

       Baked. Americans. They can understand English, but can't speak it.
8th of 7, Mar 23 2016
  

       Which dialect of English would you be referring to? Estuary? Kentish? Norfolk? Suffolk? Devonshire? Bristolian? Cockney? Does any of the above resemble English?
RayfordSteele, Mar 23 2016
  

       // Which dialect of English //   

       Proper English, like what the Queen done speak.
8th of 7, Mar 23 2016
  

       I think the speaking and listening half might be more useful. There is a lot of precedent for doing without the reading and writing half.   

       I wonder if the right brain language (gesturing, grimacing etc) is language / culture specific? If an expert watched someone talking expressively with the sound off could he or she tell where that person was from?   

       No fair using the Queen for this test. Maybe test subjects could wear mime makeup and a beret for purposes of camouflaging culturo-ethnic giveaways.
bungston, Mar 23 2016
  

       That way I learned to read Spanish and a bit of French - but I couldn't talk my way out of a paper bag in neither language. So there is at least anectodal evidence of the principle to work. One of the drawbacks is that you get much of the pronounciation wrong in your mind's ear.
Toto Anders, Mar 23 2016
  

       I am so glad it was not just the adjectives / nouns or the verbs / adverbs.
popbottle, Mar 24 2016
  

       Relating this to math as a language, I begin to suspect that we are being taught half a math language. As a society, we are not fluent in math.
selenio, Mar 24 2016
  

       The Queen speaks? I thought all she did was wave and wear silly hats.
RayfordSteele, Mar 24 2016
  
      
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