Monday, December 17, 2007

English study: Comments on How-to

> 作为非母语学习,是永远也不可能完全达到母语水平比如用英文写诗歌和小说的

That applies to many people, but not to all.

> Jonathan现象,再一次证明了语言输出的能力不依赖输出的练习。“说”的能力是并不需要大量“说” 的练习的,所以不要再误认为学外语必须要“多说”,关键是先要会听和会思考。

I disagree. The ability to speak is not the same as the ability to speak well. That is, you may be able to speak (1) very slowly and (2) with heavy accent. But that's not nearly the ideal you want to achieve. Being fluent in a foreign language (as well as speaking with correct pronunciation) is just as important as being able to speak. And to achieve the goal of fluency needs a lot of practice. (Having good pronunciation needs practice too but to a less extent.)

> 自己对着墙练说或自言自语也可以

A very good idea if you don't have a chance to speak to a good (possibly native) speaker. The biggest advantage is that you have lots of time to do so. The disadvantage, however, is not to be discounted: (1) not knowing or knowing well whether you would be understood; (2) not knowing or knowing well if your pronunciation is correct.

> 写作是输出的有效手段,原理上跟“说”相似

Good point. I often tell my friends to chat with me in messengers. Messenger-chat is even closer to actual speaking than writing on your own because of its interactive nature. Again, there's clear disadvantage, i.e. the second (2) one above for speaking to yourself, pronunciation.