How well do we need to speak another language? It should be up to us.

How well do we need to speak another language? It should be up to us. Here is a video on this subject.

4 thoughts on “How well do we need to speak another language? It should be up to us.

  1. Keeping distance from non-native speakers is SUCH an important point. I saw my Spanish skills drop (accent and speaking ability) after I joined a class of other English speaking learners. After that, I decided to stick to native speakers only. Great video.

  2. Megan, to tell the truth I felt a bit bad about saying that we should avoid non native speakers. The reason is that the non-native speaking teacher, and they are in the majority, can be useful in motivating and guiding learners. However, the language we listen to should be only from native speakers.

  3. Hmm…maybe it’s a question of level/function. I took what you said to mean that we should avoid non-natives when putting skills to the test in conversations. Before that point,I would agree that somone who’s traveled the same road you have can be a useful guide.

  4. There a big difference between non-native and learner. I study japanese with a korean who master japanese(live in Japan + work in Japan) and she’s good in japanese as any japanese. Ok, speaking a language with a bunch of learner won’t really help you to be fluent, but with someone who already master the language, we don’t care if he’s a native or not. I hate the word "native" we are all born knowing no language. Some people speak like a "native" in more than one language and some people are not able to speak or write correctly one language.You can never be really better than the people you listen to. If these people have an awful accent, made mistake. It’s impossible to get a better level. Same thing if you only listen to academic stuff. But someone who already master the language, you can learn enough from listen to that person, at least to achieve his level which is good in that case. The fact it is the first, second or third languages that this person learned doesn’t change anything.

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