JohnBald

JohnBald

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4 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: Copying is ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Alas, entirely true.

4 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: Copying is ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Agree, and share your enthusiasm for Michaela.

4 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: Copying is ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Speed is very, very difficult, and for most people it is important not to go too fast at the beginning, as new neural networks take time to initiate. False friends are, fortunately, the exception rather than the rule, esp betweeen French and English.

5 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: Copying is ... · 2 replies · +1 points

Thank you. It is interesting to know how you have made sense of this, though of course you were already literate in at least one language before you started to learn English, so that the basic connection between letters and sound was established, and there are many shared words between Italian and the other languages you cite because of the Latin link.

5 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: Copying is ... · 0 replies · +1 points

And, of course, thank you for getting in touch and starting this one off.

5 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: Copying is ... · 1 reply · +1 points

More of GBS's approach, which gave us the disaster of ITA, and your examples can't be multiplied indefinitely, as this is the most irregular spelling in English. Letters and capital letters are plain and understandable. Reference to obsolete printing methods is not.

5 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: Copying is ... · 0 replies · +1 points

My reply to this appears to have been lost in the ether, so this may be a duplicate. Chinese teaches writing through careful instruction in patterns of strokes, which have to be executed in the correct sequence. The jerking back and forth that causes errors in copying in alphabetic systems does not happen in Chinese.

5 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: Copying is ... · 0 replies · +1 points

The test of which is whether this actually leads to improvement. In Michaela's case, it does. As attempted elsewhere, if frequently doesn't.

5 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: Copying is ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Not quite the way I'd put it, but this is consistent with what we are learning from brain research.

5 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: Copying is ... · 4 replies · +1 points

Bernard Shaw did great damage with this concoction, which cannot happen in the way he suggested. The second paragraph is an exaggeration of truth - around 70% of the time, the link between sound and letter is as we would expect. We need to use this, while developing an effective approach to the occasions when it is not as we would expect. Lower and upper case terminology is obsolete, as is the printing technology from which it was borrowed. There are letters, and capital letters, which are used to draw attention, and hence ineffective if used to draw attention to everything without discrimination. Your mother did a good job, though, as you don't remember, she must have told you how she did it.