Friday, 24 June 2016

Intact language if you please

There's this obsession to break knowledge into facts and rules. We're fascinated with getting down to its building blocks.

That has its place, I'll admit.

But to learn a language, certainly if you want to use it, deal with intact text.

Songs. Poems. Stories. Articles. Books. Movies. Comics.

And so a word is better than a bunch of letters. Words in groups as phrases or sentences include a sense of how they are put together. Paragraphs develop a sentence. And an entire chapter, story or book enable you to get into the language in the realest sense of all.

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