I had this question on a Forum at LingQ:“when learning..a language do you learn the literal translation .. or the given (poetic) translation. “ My answer: “I learn words and form my own impression of what I am reading or listening to. I usually do not bother with translations. I do not mind if my understanding is a little fuzzy, or even wrong. I know I will get better at understanding the language.” I am not a fan of translations when it comes to language learning. I prefer to work my way through the material in the target language, however imperfect my understanding of the text. I do not like parallel texts. That is my greatest beef with Assimil. Only in the very beginning do I want a translation. How do others feel?