View Poll Results: Good language learners usually, though not always, have a flare for creativity.

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    It depends on what sort of creativity you mean. Language learning and use is essentially a creative act, the more creative your mind, the more likely you are to have certain advatages. However, hard work also helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It depends on what sort of creativity you mean. Language learning and use is essentially a creative act, the more creative your mind, the more likely you are to have certain advatages. However, hard work also helps.

    Yes, work also helps. I mean any sort of creativity, really.

    I think a proactive mind also goes with a creative mind. The proactive mind may be more responsive and apt to thinking and struggling in order to be expressive. If one struggles with language, one learns. The teacher always knows what the student is trying to say, I would think, and can help the student along.

    Reactive minds may happily settle for rote exercises and memorization.

    Critical thinking is important in language learning. With critical thinking the student may be inclined to express more complicated thoughts. And in that way, the language might be more complicated. In others words - I would never have said that unless you had asked.

    Are critical thinkers more apt to be creative types in some way?

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    I really believe there are many ways and many forms of creative thinking that will work with languages. Those with an 'ear' for language seem to have trhe best start, but those who can synthesise and test rules in a scientific way will also get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I really believe there are many ways and many forms of creative thinking that will work with languages. Those with an 'ear' for language seem to have trhe best start, but those who can synthesise and test rules in a scientific way will also get there.

    It's good to have the best of both worlds. Understanding rules is important.

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    Understanding and refining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Understanding and refining.

    How much does one want to say and how much does one think of saying? Where and when?

    Many advanced students think that fruit is "mature" when it is ready to eat. Many times it turns out that "ripe" is a new word for them.

    It's simple enough idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Understanding and refining.

    Some learners understand quite naturally without even thinking about it which verbs are followed by gerunds and which are followed by "to" infinitives. Some need to know the rule and study the list.


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    A very tricky area for many learners.

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