“Secrets of Language Learning” by Nida

On a poster in a United Mission to Nepal classroom in Kathmandu, “Secrets of Language Learning,” from Learning a Foreign Language by Eugene Nida (Bible translator):

  1. Language must be automatic, or it is practically useless.

  2. Only after one has learned to sit and listen can one profitably stand and speak.

  3. Three processes:
    • Drill and repetition
    • Thinking in the foreign language, and
    • Continued opportunities to use the language
  4. In general one must murder a language before mastering it, and part of the murdering process must begin at once.