Boy do I have some nice Dr. Stephen Krashen quotes for you today! I’ve just finished reading the interview John Fotheringham of Language Mastery did with Dr. Krashen, renowned linguist.
For those who don’t know who Dr. Krashen is, his research is the force behind the input theory. It’s the main reason people like Khatzumoto, the guys of Antimoon, Donovan of Mezzofanti Guild fame, Matt and I became awesome at our target languages. And because Dr. Krashen is so awesome, I’ve distilled 7 awesome quotes from the interview.*
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7 Stephen Krashen quotes, here they are:
“We acquire language when we understand what we hear and read, when we understand what people are saying to us, not how they say it.”
“Consciously learned rules have very limited functions: We use them to edit what we say and write, but this is hard to do, and sometimes they can help make input comprehensible, but this is rare.”
“We do not acquire language by producing it; only by understanding it.”
“The ability to produce is the result of language acquisition, not the cause.”
“Even if you live in the country where the language is spoken, it is hard to get comprehensible input from the “outside world”, especially if you are an adult.”
“Language acquisition proceeds best when the input is not just comprehensible, but really interesting, even compelling; so interesting that you forget you are listening to or reading another language.”
“Language acquisition proceeds best when the acquirer is “open” to the input, not “on the defensive”; not anxious about performance.”