A child beginning to play for the
first time with children who speak a different language begins
to make the sounds which they make without waiting to learn why,
as he learns to hide himself or run whenever chased.
In a very
time he has learnt the meanings of the words by using them in the
right place at the right time. Yet many teachers
to think that a child can use no sentence in a foreign language
which has not
carefully explained and accounted .
If we learn a language as part of behaviour, as inconceivable
its own as the flower is inconceivable without the plant, we can
learn words and expressions, and work them
our knowledge of the language, without necessarily understanding
just what they mean. Our suddenly realising,
day, that we know what they mean is a sign that we know them.