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On 9 Feb 2014 18:28, "Gary Shannon" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> On Sun, Feb 9, 2014 at 9:58 AM, Jeffrey Daniel Rollin-Jones
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > There used to be a series of teach-yourself-type books called Russian
in 3
> > Months, Welsh in 3 Months, etc. The idea was you could get around as a
> > tourist after spending roughly three months studying the applicable
> > language. The one I had even suggested that after completing the course
you
> > could start reading literary texts in the language,
>
> Reading literature is a VERY different skill than conversing in a
> language. I've read the Spanish translations of the complete Harry
> Potter series, the Hunger Games series, plus a couple dozen other
> natively-written novels in Spanish, and I consider myself a reasonably
> fluent reader. I can lean back and read a Spanish-language novel for
> pleasure, and forget that I'm even reading a language other than my
> L1.
>
> HOWEVER, I couldn't have a conversation in Spanish to save my soul. My
> understanding of spoken Spanish is very poor, and my ability to
> construct sentences on the fly is non-existent. I need pencil and
> paper and ten or fifteen minutes to compose the simplest Spanish
> sentence.
>

You're right. I'm more or less fluent in spoken Spanish, and can translate
relatively simple German, but more complicated literary German, and spoken
German generally, remain more or less beyond me.

Jeff
> --gary