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5,505 hits 3.5 (2 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 9 mos ago by DoYouWash

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


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9 months 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.
9 months 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.
9 months 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.
9 months 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.
9 months ago - Friday 9/18/15 - 1:34:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hearing or reading seems far easier than speaking or writing...
9 months 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.
9 months 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.
9 months 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.
9 months ago - Wednesday 9/23/15 - 8:39:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
Probably speak,And I have learned a few so...lol yes,speak
9 months 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
9 months 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.
9 months 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.
9 months ago - Thursday 9/24/15 - 10:57:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
i speak american.
9 months ago - Friday 9/25/15 - 1:14:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, you speak English with an American accent.
6 months 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.
6 months 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...
6 months ago - Friday 12/11/15 - 8:09:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
Can you repeat that? I didn't hear you...

4 months 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.
4 months 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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