<a href="http://www.ryangreenberg.com/blog/archives/2008/01/breaking_out_of.php">here</a> is an interesting review of a book for those who know a bit of Spanish but have difficulty acquiring fluency with the language. I know we are not here to learn Spanish but I thought the review provides some interesting insights for language learning in general.
One is the need for a good language teacher to be able to relate to people who are just learning the language, as the reviewer puts it, to know not only the destination but the way as well.
Another interesting bit is how the book's author's insights into how verbs are used by native speakers in practice, how certain expressions are used to chain phrases together, and how certain words have meanings which don't translate literally into English are missed by most textbooks but make a world of difference to the language learner who wants his spoken language to sound natural and alive.
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