Think I am just thinking.

Words are but thoughts made visible.


   I am currently trying to learn Dutch after over 50 years of speaking only English.  Learning to pronounce some of the words is proving as difficult to do, as just memorizing what the words mean.   I find I am replaying the first lessons on the first disk of three, over and over again.  But, I do find that after about the seventh, eight, or ninth time of repeating the same section, I am starting to stop the mental process of converting the words into the English in order to understand what it is I am hearing and or trying to say.

  I think I have started to think Dutch, well at least two or three phrases at a time anyway.  Perhaps this is the first step in learning any language.  That is to think the language and not convert the language.



  1. I left a reply to your comment on my blog about the Dutch language. I am in contact with a Dutch relative over there so he helps out a little. I am 65 and just starting to learn as I subscribe to a Dutch magazine and would like to be able to read it without interpretation software. N0AWR but not a active advanced class ham.

    Comment by amerongen | January 8, 2009 | Reply

    • I downloaded the free software version. It will be interesting to see if the visual association makes learning any easier or just better in terms of retaining the words. Thanks for the link.

      Comment by Clark | January 10, 2009 | Reply

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