Author Archives: Yefim Brodd

Disclaimer.

I have passion for learning and teaching. I myself studied several languages, and I personally have the experience what it takes to be able to comprehend, read, write, give a gist of what I listened to, or summarize articles and … Continue reading

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Planning And Setting Clear Goals.

Each of us foreign language learners need to decide the overall goals for foreign language study. This will help to develop a clear direction and will also provide with some benchmarks to measure the progress, performance and finally outcome. For … Continue reading

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Negotiating Meaning.

A speaker’s meaning is not always perfectly clear, and there are cases the message might be deliberately ambiguous. When we are interacting, we will note that native speakers often negotiate meaning by asking if a particular story was meant to … Continue reading

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Taking Charge Of Foreign Language Learning.

We have to remember that unless we can take charge of our own learning, we probably will not succeed in learning a foreign language (FL). Each of us knows himself/herself best so we have to use our self-knowledge to guide … Continue reading

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Governed By Rules.

Foreign language learners may reach a point when they are ready to scream “One more rule and we are done! Is there no end to foreign language rules and exceptions?” It may be hard to believe that foreign languages operate … Continue reading

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Role Of Teacher.

The beginning stages of foreign language learning usually take place in a classroom and modeled by a professionally prepared foreign language teacher not an amateur one, who determines the teaching materials and the method figuring out what type of learner … Continue reading

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Nature Of Language.

Any language can be characterized as the most creative of all human inventions. Since the primary function of language is to carry meaning and since the number of meanings that people communicate to each other is infinite, language must be … Continue reading

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Interacting With Other People.

Let us suppose that our reason and objective for studying a foreign language is to learn to speak. Since learning to speak is a complex skill, we should set step by step objectives. These objectives should be reasonable for the … Continue reading

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Language Learner’s Surprises.

Some of the most fascinating examples of similarities and differences between different languages are found in idioms and set expressions. Language learners are often surprised when a rather unusual expression may have word-for- word equivalent in another language. Just as … Continue reading

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Languages Are Similar And Different.

Languages are alike and yet they are different, because the people who speak to them are alike in their human capacities yet different in very many ways. In the very broadest sense, all languages share some common features, yet language … Continue reading

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