Jim Lawley

The secret to learning a language quickly

  • From Spectator Life

Becoming proficient in a so-called ‘easy’ language (for English speakers, French is relatively easy) often takes hundreds of hours; a difficult language (Mandarin anyone?) takes several thousand. That’s good for language teachers, but not so good for the learners. 

Language teaching today is where medicine was in the 18th century

Even after putting in all those hours of following an expensive course, many people never become proficient.

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