The full immersion approach to teaching a language is a good one.  Teaching 
reading and writing first is not.

The best example of this is how you learned your first language.  You were able 
to speak very well and make yourself understood before you even knew there was 
such thing as a noun, adjective, verb, etc…



From: [] On Behalf Of 
Sent: Sunday, October 24, 2010 1:05 AM
Subject: Re: [Zen] Questions, questions, question



My son has just started kindergarten at a full immersion Spanish school, which 
means that the teachers only speak Spanish. I have been trying to speak some 
Spanish as a result, and it is truly interesting. My languages in school were 
all read languages, Latin, Greek, Old English, so my only experience with 
non-fluent speaking has been brief touring in Italy with my school Latin and an 
Italian primer. As I get more brave about actually trying to communicate in 
Spanish, I feel like a totally different person than in English. I don't feel 
like I have thoughts I have trouble expressing well, I feel stupid. As long as 
the other person speaks slowly ad doesn't stray too far from the tiny channel I 
can handle, I am like a happy child, but then boom they roar off and I feel my 
brain left far behind 



Chris Austin-Lane

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On Oct 23, 2010, at 9:03, "ED" <> wrote:

--- In, <billsm...@...> wrote:

> Ed, 

> So, my advice is to give Mayka a very large amount of latitude on her 
> phrasing, 

Yes, I should avoid responding to all statements, whose intended meaning I am 
not at least 90% certain I apprehend correctly.


>  ... and approach all of her posts with a generous and positive attitude.

> Otherwise she's liable to put a big case of whoop-ass on you!
> …Bill!

Definition of 'whoop ass' (new term to me): 

*       A can of whoop ass, sometimes written as whoopass, is a slang figure of 
speech referring to a "whooping" (whipping or beating) of someone's buttocks. 
It is used to indicate that aggressive and dominating actions are pending, as 
in a competition or sporting event. ...

There is no avoiding the inexorable Law of Karma: naughty boys do what they do 
and they get what they get!  ;-)   





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