Leave me alone! Can't you see I'm learning your language?
© 1993 Greg Thomson. Used by permission.
Complete Table of Contents
This essay by Greg Thomson describes how to build up a social network while learning a language. It shows how important social relationships are to really entering a new language community and culture. This essay is an important complement to the technical information about how to learn a second language.
- 1.1. Learning a language means becoming part of a speech community.
- 2.1. Finding a mediating person
- 2.2. The mediating person as a Language Resource Person
- 2.3. Language learning at the entry point: no free lunches
- 2.4. Language learning at the entry point: time to think about doing something
- 3.1. Introduction to social networks
- 3.2. Your new social network at the outset
- 3.3. Enlarging and strengthening your network
- 4.1. Learning in a truly monolingual society
- 4.2. Learning in a totally bilingual society
- 4.3. Language Learning when there is limited access to the society
- 5.1. Bootstrapping your way to good behaviour
- 5.2. Systematic language learning in your new speech community
- 5.3. But it sounds so hard.