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by Barbara Hoffert
Library Journal – 15 July 2009

Do you remember how you learned a second language? By drilling on conjugations (je parle, tu parles, il/elle parle)? By practicing dialog (“Hola. Me llamo Barbara.)? Whatever method you used, you were probably told at the time that it was the method for learning a second language. For decades, though the recommended method kept changing, linguists tended to argue that there was only one best way to get French or Spanish or Hindi under your belt.

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