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11,310 hits 3.5 (2 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 5 years ago by DoYouWash

When attempting to learn another language, do you find it easier to speak or read/write?


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5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/17/15 - 5:54:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
I can speak Spanish and French much better than I can read or write them, and I can hold up a conversation in Japanese, but I can't write it at all, let alone understand the characters.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/17/15 - 8:58:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
Definitely reading/writing. I'm trying to learn French and struggling with the pronunciation. German was a lot easier to speak.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 9/18/15 - 3:28:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
I find it much easier to read or write in English than to speak it. I like that reading and writing allows me more time to fully flesh out a response/statement, whereas I feel like I still speak pretty slowly in English.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 9/18/15 - 1:22:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
Just to learn enough to get by, learning to speak is easier; but if you want to learn it well, you must learn to read and write.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 9/18/15 - 1:34:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hearing or reading seems far easier than speaking or writing...
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 9/19/15 - 4:25:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
Trying to comprehend speech is the hardest thing for me. Reading and writing (or attempting to, on a very basic level) give me confidence, but trying to communicate reminds me how much I suck.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 9/19/15 - 4:55:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 9/18/15 - 1:22:09 PM Noldor wrote:
Just to learn enough to get by, learning to speak is easier; but if you want to learn it well, you must learn to read and write.

On Friday 9/18/15 - 3:28:56 AM Wasp. wrote:
I find it much easier to read or write in English than to speak it. I like that reading and writing allows me more time to fully flesh out a response/statement, whereas I feel like I still speak pretty slowly in English.

I'd second both of these.
But I usually find reading much, much easier than actively writing a foreign language.
So I'd go for a read/speak option in this question.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 9/19/15 - 5:44:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
You totally flouted the rules of the questions, but it's an interesting perspective.

I'd never put "read" and "speak" together.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 9/23/15 - 8:39:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
Probably speak,And I have learned a few so...lol yes,speak
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/24/15 - 12:49:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm good at speaking AT people.... can't listen at all though
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/24/15 - 9:19:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
Reading is easiest
Then listening
Then writing
Then speaking

Except, with Japanese, speaking is easier than writing...only due to kanji. Otherwise, my grammar and vocabulary is better than when I speak (due to having more time for recall)

That general order is actually the same for my native language. I've always had great reading comprehension...while being awful at expressing myself out loud.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/24/15 - 10:30:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Writing is always easier for me. With French, Japanese, and Latin speaking always trips me up more.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/24/15 - 10:57:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
i speak american.
5 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 9/25/15 - 1:14:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, you speak English with an American accent.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 12/10/15 - 9:23:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
I can speak French better than I can write it.
Same goes with English.
There are way too many rules to remember to write both languages properly.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 12/11/15 - 2:04:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
I find I can read and write better than I can speak and understand speech, but that may be because I'm as deaf as a stump...
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 12/11/15 - 8:09:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
Can you repeat that? I didn't hear you...

5 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 2/2/16 - 1:54:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Reading, but not writing. Listening, but not speaking.
When I have a conversation with a native Spanish-speaker, I can respond in English when they are using Spanish. So I can understand it when reading it, just can't come up with anything in Spanish on my own.
5 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 2/2/16 - 11:04:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm a very visually learner, I've learnt lately, and listening to foreign languages is hard.



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