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Nov. 22, 2021

Adult language learning: Using what you know to learn what you don't know | Ep. #6

Is learning a language more difficult as an adult? Have you missed your window of opportunity? There are many ways to make language stick, and in this solo episode we take a look at one way to do that.


Is learning a language more difficult as an adult? Have you missed your window of opportunity? There are many ways to make language stick, and in this solo episode we take a look at one way to do that.

The examples used in this episode: Using what you know to learn what you don’t know:

Language Sample sentence Pronunciation (IPA) Grammatical (literal) translation into English
English I love coffee [aɪ lʌv ˈkɒ.fɪ] --
Norwegian Jeg elsker kaffe. [jæɪ ˈel.skɘɾ ˈkɑ.fe] I - love - coffee
French J’aime le café. [ʒem lɘ ka.ˈfe] I - love - "the" - coffee
Spanish Me encanta el café. [me en.ˈkan.ta el ka.ˈfe] me - enchants/pleases - the - coffee
Swahili Ninapenda kahawa. [ni.na.ˈpen.da ka.ˈha.wa] "I-love" - coffee

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