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Old September 22, 2012, 06:53 PM
Glen Glen is offline
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I think it depends on what you want to do with the language: if it's mainly to become a translator, then reading and writing in both languages is essential, but if it's mainly to become an interpreter then reading is probably somewhat less important than listening and speaking. Even so, all four elements are necessary, in varying degrees according to what your ultimate goal is.

I like to read plays, since the dialogue is immediately useful in everyday situations; and comics, just because the characters speak plainly and simply!
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