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Myths about Learning English

 

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Myth 전설 Mitos
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Fact 사실 Realidades

 

 

Myth 1:  Learning a second language is easy.

 

전설:  두 번째 언어를 배우는 것이 쉬워요. 


Mito:  Aprender un segundo idioma es facil

 

Fact:  Learning a second language is a difficult and long process.

 

사실:  어렵고 오래 걸려요.


Realidad: Aprender un segundo idioma es dificil y toma mucho tiempo.

 

 

 

 

Myth 2:  There are short-cuts to learning a second language.

 

전설:  두 번째 언어를 배우는 지름길 있다.

 

Mito:  Existen atajos para aprender un segundo idioma.

 

Fact:  There are no short-cuts, but one can accelerate the process by knowing how the human mind works and how humans learn.

 

사실:  지름길 없는데, 만약에 인간의 정신을 잘 아면 좀 더 빠르게 배울 수가 있습니다. 

 

Realidad:  No existen atajos, pero uno puede acelerar el processo si sabe como funciona la mente humana y como los seres humanos aprenden.

 

 

 

 

Myth 3:  If one can speak well, one can comprehend spoken language well.

 

전설:  만약에 [두 번째 언어를] 잘 말할 수가 있으면 잘 알아들을 수가 있다.

 

Mito:  Si uno puede hablar bien, entonces puede entender bien lo que se habla.

 

Fact:  Knowing the sound of the letters and being able to pronounce them does not guarantee being able to understand words in a sentence.  Sometimes words are reduced.  Sometimes sounds of letters change in a word or sentence.  And, sometimes words are linked together, sounding like one word.  (Intonation is very important too!)

 

사실:  그냥 문자의 발음만 잘 아면, 문장에 알아듣기를 보증하지 않아요.

 

Realidad:  Conocer el sonido de las letras y ser capaz de pronunciarlas no garantiza que uno pueda entender las palabras en una oracion.  A veces las palabras se reducen.  A veces el sonido de las letras cambia en una palabra u oracion.  Y a veces las palabras se juntan sonando como una sola palabra.  (La entonacion es muy importante tambien).

 

 

 

 

Myth 4:  Being able to understand spoken language well guarantees being able to speak equally well.

 

전설:  [두 번째 언어를] 잘 알아듣기가 잘 말하기를 보증하는 것 이다.

 

Mito:  Ser capaz de entender bien el lenguaje hablado garantiza el ser capaz de hablarlo igual de bien.

 

Fact:  Most people can understand more than they can speak.  But, generally, being able to comprehend spoken language does help immensely in speaking the language.

 

사실:  대부분 사람들은 말하기 보다 더 잘 알아듣는다.  그러나, 일반적으로 (보통에) 먼저 알아듣는 것은 말하는 것에 도움이 많이 됩니다.

 

Realidad:  La mayoria de la gente entiende mas de lo que habla.  Pero, generalmente, ser capaz de comprender el lenguaje hablado si ayuda mucho para poder hablarlo.

 

 

 

 

Myth 5:  English has no polite/rude language.

 

전설:  영어는 예의 바른/ 버럿 없는 말이 없다.


Mito:  El ingles no es un lenguaje formal/informal.

 

Fact:  English has many levels of language ranging from less polite to more polite.

 

사실:  영어는 많은 'level' 이 있더군요!

 

Realidad:  En ingles existen muchos niveles de formalidad.

 

  Examples:

                1.  Give me a piece of paper.
                2.  I want you to give me a piece of paper.
                3.  Will you give me a piece of paper?
                4.  Can you give me a piece of paper?
                5.  Would you give me a piece of paper?
                6.  Could you give me a piece of paper?

                and each level can be made abundantly more polite by adding "please".  MORE Examples:

                1.  Give me a piece of paper, please.
                2.  I want you to give me a piece of paper, please.
                3.  Will you give me a piece of paper, please?
                4.  Can you give me a piece of paper, please?
                5.  Would you give me a piece of paper, please?
                6.  Could you give me a piece of paper, please?

                and each level can be made slightly more polite by putting "please" at the beginning.

 

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