#4. Should I use bilingual books?

Updated: 5 days ago

Choosing the right tools to learn a language is essential. Often, learners rush to buy books and end up getting the wrong level/format.


It’s reassuring to buy bilingual books, because explanations are in your mother tongue, but it’s also counterproductive, especially if English is your mother tongue and you’re learning French (or vice versa). These two languages have different roots and do not operate in the same way, especially when it comes to conjugations and sentence structure.


Reading explanations in your mother tongue, as well as comparing it with the language you're learning, is not only potentially confusing, but also slows you down.


Grammar/vocabulary/course books in the original language are specifically designed for learners and encourage them to immerse themselves which, in turn, helps them learn the language more quickly.


Language learning might feel, at times, like jumping off the cliff, but with the right tools and teacher, you are never without a parachute.


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Formation anglais des affaires


Don't hesitate to send me your questions about language learning.


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