The age-old approach to learning a new language can be a slog. Whether you’re sitting through a high school course or teaching yourself online, you can typically look forward to days, even weeks of rote memorization before you get to the good stuff—actual conversation. It’s a shame, because most language teachers will tell you conversations are crucial to really make those phrases stick.
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