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[Ep. #8] Reading Won’t Improve Your Speaking



In today’s episode, I cover reading and talk about whether or not it’s actually helpful in learning to speak a foreign language.

To be honest, I consider it a waste of time in many cases.

Summary:

  • There’s technically no such thing as a “written language”.
  • You can’t find a single place on earth where writing is the primary form of communication between people.
  • Since language is 100% spoken/audio (or signed), why spend so much energy learning literacy?
  • Meaning association should always be sound-based, not written word-based.
  • Literacy skills come after spoken fluency, not before.
  • Literacy is a great way to expand vocabulary and build articulation – but only after you’ve already learned to speak.

Related blog post:

I talked about reading for foreign language learning in this blog post a while back.

Resource: For a completely non-literacy, listening based approach, use Glossika (read my review).

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Donovan Nagel
Donovan Nagel
I'm an Applied Linguistics graduate, teacher and translator with a passion for language learning (especially Arabic) and simplifying language learning.
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