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    I enjoyed this post a lot. It's interesting that you found that speaking was helpful to you early on. I've always enjoyed practicing speaking in a foreign language and I really don't like the advice that some give about not speaking so early.


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    Definitely, Peter. I, too, enjoy speaking. Even if it was true that speaking at an early stage is not a good long-term strategy, I would still do it because speaking (even if you are not fluent, or sometimes even more so) is sooo much fun!


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    I know many great learners who have a very output based approach and they learn languages quite well, there's Benny and Richard Simcott.Speaking a lot is better in the short term because it allows to interact with native speakers. In the long term there's no difference as long as you get massive input whether you speak early or not.


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    Lingvoj, nu, mi ne certas pri tio. :)I've heard the argument that the difference between speaking soon and not speaking until you have a lot if input is your accent. By speaking soon while you haven't had enough input and do not know how native speakers speak, you can start speaking by using incorrect sounds and reinforce it by continuing to speak like this even more and damage your accent forever. You could postulate that native speakers would correct your pronunciation but from my experience as long as they can understand you they usually don't. In the latter scenario, you supposedly have enough input and you have heard all of the sounds thousands of times so you have an easier time pronouncing them.I am not sure if this argument is true but I am not sure I could completely refute it either. Still, I prefer speaking.


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    Ok, I don't have enough experience myself in language learning, but from the cases I've read about It seems to me that there's no difference in the long term between speaking early or not. I mention again Benny whose tecniques as you probably know involve lots of speaking from the early stages, and his accents (in Spanish and French at least, from what I can judge) don't seem to have 'been damaged' actually they're above average. Even more impressive is Richard Simcott, who also likes to speaks a lot in the early stages, and his german accent is flawless, indistinguishable from a native (search for his German video on youtube)So the real difference is not wether you speak early or not but again the amounts of input you get, whether you like to wait a bit or start speaking right away is irrelevant, the important thing is teh input.But as I mentioned I'm not experienced enough so I might be wrong, but still as you said, speaking is more fun.


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    I have read a story about some guy who said he ruined his Japanese accent forever by speaking from the very beginning. On the other hand, there do seem to be different cases as you are pointing out.I just don't know. So I don't pretend to know and I'd just try to do what feels right.


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    Olá!
    Que bom que você entende português! Eu poderia ajudar você a montar esse curso se você quiser, claro…
    That's great! You know Portuguese! I could help you in make a course if you want to, of course…
    (by the way, I speak Brazilian-Portuguese, with the same words but used in different forms, and I think is more easy to learn :) )


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    Olá!
    Que bom que você entende português! Eu poderia ajudar você a montar esse curso se você quiser, claro…
    That's great! You know Portuguese! I could help you in make a course if you want to, of course…
    (by the way, I speak Brazilian-Portuguese, with the same words but used in different forms, and I think is more easy to learn :) )

  9. Cedrodolibano
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    Olá, sou do Brasil, se você ou alguém tiver alguma pergunta sobre o idioma ,terei alegria em ajudar. Não tenho formação universitária, mas quero me formar em Letras na http://www.ufrgs.br, como falante nativa ,posso ajudar, meu email é, cedrodolibano2011@hotmail.com

  10. ali
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    oi
     en nao falo muinto bem portugues mas eu quero aprander

  11. Rhys
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    Eu mais gostei de ler este. Eu tenho aprender a falar português por um ano, porque a minha esposa é portuguesa. As vezes, é difícil para aprender português, mas eu quero poder a falá-lo antes de voltarmos ao portugal proxima ano.

  12. Claudia
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    Great post! Good advice for learning any language. I will just add something for those who can’t go to another country right away: in most large cities, there will be immigrant populations. In my city, there was a shop (“Brazilian Market”) where Brazilians could meet to eat their native food, and there was a bulletin board there for all kinds of things (for sale, room mates, jobs, etc.) I put up a note there asking (in Portuguese) if anyone wanted to trade Portuguese speaking practice for English speaking practice. That took courage, but worked wonderfully– and now I even have a Brazilian boyfriend!! I would say that your statement about courage is one of the most important in learning a new language. Do not be afraid– what is the worst that can happen? Be humble, laugh at your imperfection, and have fun!

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