Link: What’s the point of language learning?

Geoff has a great post about the point of language learning. I love his idea if living a language rather than always learning it with grammars and dictionaries. It’s all too easy to forget that the ultimate point is communication.

By |2008-03-31T12:02:46+00:00March 31st, 2008|Asides|4 Comments


  1. lucas luky April 3, 2008 at 9:19 am - Reply

    hello again,

    i’ve been following your posts and i think your advices are very helpful for everybody who’s trying to learn a language, right now i’m trying to learn German and started with Learn Yourself (German) series and I’d like to know if you’ve ever tried it…

    if you did not, might you tell me a trustworthy one?

    — lucas

  2. Josh April 3, 2008 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Hi Lucas,

    I’m not familiar with that course. Do you mean the Teach Yourself German course? If so, I’ve never used it either, but it seems to have generally favorable reviews at amazon.

    As a starter’s course, I’d definitely recommend Assimil’s German with Ease. I didn’t use it when I first started, but after working with the Assimil French program for a while, I looked over the German course and it seemed quite good. If you go that route, though, you’ll want to pick up a decent grammar book as well; Assimil has explanations in it, but the bulk of the material is on vocabulary acquisition and comprehension. Schaum’s Outline of German Grammar is excellent for when you’re getting started, and Hammer’s German Grammar and Usage is basically required once you reach the intermediate-advanced stage. 🙂

  3. lucas luky April 4, 2008 at 6:20 am - Reply


    sorry! i made a mistake on the books name 😛

    thanks for the advices!!!

  4. anka April 5, 2008 at 9:30 am - Reply

    living a language is a great idea indeed, but sadly often difficult to put in motion. Still I love to feel motivated to learn with a visible aim – even a distant one – mostly a book I’d like to read in original. (for german it’s “die Blendung” by Canetti)

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