The time and money people waste because they don't know how to learn is truly staggering...
I start my book Virtually Native with some of the biggest myths about learning a foreign language.
This blog post is not about some of the biggest myths. This post is about the 3 BIGGEST myths about learning a foreign language.
Here they are:
Myth #1 is: I need a teacher to teach me English, teach me vocabulary and grammar, idioms and slang.
Language is not transmittable. Complex knowledge like mathematics and a foreign language are not transmittable.
Myth #2 is: I need a teacher to correct my mistakes, fix my grammatical and pronunciation mistakes.
Mistake corrections don't work
Myth #3 is: I need more speaking practice, I am not fluent because I don’t speak enough. I am good at reading, but bad at speaking.
If you are bad at reading, you are 100% bad at speaking. Before you say it, you have to see it, and preferably hear it.
1, 2, 3 THINK
Think about all the implications for language education, the business of language education, a multibillion-dollar blackhole. And not just language education, but also adult education in general.
And don’t just think, but also Read...and I suggest you start with my book Virtually Native.