Practice makes perfect

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In order to learn any new language, you must practice. Sometimes the alphabet corresponds well to the spoken language, as in Spanish. Other languages, like English, originally spelled words like they sounded.  As the speech patterns changed through the generations, the spelling (orthography) remained the same. This is the one catch to a written language: writing ties speech to ideas, but spelling is less important than just memorizing the idea-word associations.  Older people don't want to learn new spellings just because a word now pronounced differently.

Especially English jargon will freely borrow another language's saying for an idea keep the same spelling while pronouncing it with English phonics. Spelling a word phonetically sounds correct when sounded out, but looses the meaning history from the original language. So it is with many pursuits. You try to design something as forward thinking as possible. And when things end up not quite right, you guess how best to fix it without breaking the original design too much.

We have the ability to learn languages that communicate ideas. Placing them in print tries to preserve past learning efforts. That effort is directed toward a particular group of potential learners, usually in a particular area. The Internet is changing that. Computers can now roughly translate written languages between each other. Real association with people only happens when you have learned to translate many words / phrases for yourself.

How do we learn to speak a B in English or sign a B in ASL? We practice. The ease of flow from mind-to-paper / eye-to-mind are processes that can help people succeed at their goals. The computer can assist, but only after the foundation has been laid in our schedules.

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