Learn in a Foreign Language

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Have you ever thought about learning a foreign language in another language? This is what I have been doing so far. I learn many languages in English, which is a foreign language for me. If I were asked about the difficulty, well, I have not encountered any difficulty in learning languages in English. Perhaps, English has become my almost-native language. I use it anytime, anywhere. Because of the frequent use of English, I feel quite strange when I switch that to Indonesian. I feel strange too when I use my father's computer, which is in Indonesian language interface.

My other foreign language is Mandarin Chinese. I have never measured my level of this language but I think it is upper intermediate. I can handle daily conversation in restaurant, supermarket, bank, post office, train station, almost anywhere I go. However, I am still having difficulty to read newspapers and to understand TV news.

Am I Ready To Learn In Chinese?

In order to get rid of that difficulty, I am applying a new method of learning it, which is to handwrite Chinese Mandarin article. I feel that this way has given me a rapid improvement in the language. When I am handwriting the article, I always see the same words occur repeatedly, and it naturally goes into my mind. A friend asked about where I usually get the article. I got some free outdated Chinese Mandarin books and magazines from the university library. I can purchase some newspaper, books, or magazines if I want to, but I prefer it free from the Internet.

Maybe I can learn a foreign language in Chinese Mandarin in the future. Once I am comfortable with reading Chinese Mandarin, then I certainly shall learn languages in Chinese Mandarin too. In addition, it will cost me less when buying books because Chinese Mandarin books are cheaper than imported books (in English). Moreover, it is easier to find Chinese Mandarin books in the local bookshops of where I am living.


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