Why do many expats not bother to learn to read?

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Re: Why do many expats not bother to learn to read?

Post by Big Boy » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:43 pm

I started at 5, until I was 16. The first time I used the language in France, it was like a scene from Little Britain - they didn't even try to understand me. 11 years of wasted education, because I've never tried since. :banghead:

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Re: Why do many expats not bother to learn to read?

Post by handdrummer » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:25 am

I've had friends who've raised their children bi and tri-lingual and an American friend who moved to Majorca with her 2 elementary aged children who learned Spanish by being immersed in it. In the U.S. Army school of languages you're in class 8 hrs. a day, 5 days a week only hearing and speaking the language your learning. Immersion with native speakers is the key and the younger you are the quicker you learn the language. The people that I know here who have mixed Thai/Western children speak to them in both languages and the children are fluent in both languages. The most extreme example I know is an American, Spanish speaking friend, married to a Japanese woman and their daughter, when very young would speak all three languages in one sentence.

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