Tag: language learning
Learning languages: the importance of motivation, repetition, authenticity, proportion of time
Yesterday’s Hiroshima JALT monthly meet was a good one. Four non-native speakers of English talked about their experience and how they went about learning the language. One point was common to all four speakers: motivation. And three of the speakers had repetition and authentic material use as a commonality. Motivation is ultimately a most factor…
How many hours do Japanese students have to study in order to master English?
I was told by one of my teachers back in my undergraduate days about twenty years ago that for me to master Japanese it would take me 700 hours of class time. The number now seems to be 2,200 hours. Japanese is a language notoriously difficult to learn for native English speakers because of their…