How to Study Foreign Languages by Marilyn Lewis (auth.)

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Negative (Stop! ). The clue to the meaning of another part of speech, prepositions, is in the second half of the word. These usually small words (in, on, under, around) refer to the position of things, either literally as in 'on the moon' or figuratively as in 'under consideration'. For numerals there is a distinction to make in some languages between the cardinals (one, two, three) and the ordinals (first, second, third), which, to state the obvious, tell you the order. As well as all these parts of speech there are words to describe the role a particular word or group of words plays in a sentence.

Solo or cooperative language use Another obvious difference between speech and writing is that when you speak you are usually sharing communication time. The exception is when you are giving a formal presentation or speech, which is sometimes easier, because all you have to think about is your own words and ideas. It's much easier to plan something you want to say, say it and then stop talking, but that's not taking part in a conversation. 34 WHAT IS INVOLVED IN LEARNING A LANGUAGE? In writing there is less cooperation.

Flect on the lists. Language students are often not as good at that as they might be. They write out lists, stick them on the bathroom mirror, they 30 WHAT IS INVOLVED IN LEARNING A LANGUAGE? use highlighters to emphasise groups of words and so on. Having a range of words is, of course, at the heart of language learning, as we'll see in Chapter 7. Word formation The more you know about how words are formed, the speedier your learning. Instead of memorising each word separately you start to notice patterns.

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