The following is an exchange on The Linguist Forum.
|a question from your book
Posted: Mar 12, 2005 12:22 PM
|Hi, My name is Zhen-ting. I bought your book about six months ago and found your language-learning journey fascinating! I read your book “the linguist” from cover to cover and totally agree with your point of view. You said that one has to learn his or her target language intensively so that he or she can master it in short time. This is exactly what I do when I try to master a foreign language as quickly as possible. But a question emerges. Let’s take you as an example: how can you maintain the fluency of your already-learnt language(s) when you’re are involved and devoted in learning your new one(s)? Since you spent most of your times learning Chinese in Hong Kong, what did you do to prevent your French from getting rusty? Please be so kind to reply this mail to me because I want to learn French and Italian well without forgetting English. I thank you in advanced.|