Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    1
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default knowing a language and knowing about a language

    what's the difference between knowing a language and knowing about a language??

    Thanks!

  2. #2
    BobK's Avatar
    BobK is offline Harmless drudge
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    15,665
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: knowing a language and knowing about a language

    Quote Originally Posted by Margha View Post
    what's the difference between knowing a language and knowing about a language??

    Thanks!
    "Knowing a language" implies the ability to use it. "Knowing about a language" implies simply being able to talk about it.

    I know [a certain amount] about Rumanian. I know it's an Indo-European language, for example. I know the infinitive of the verb to leave (because it contrasts neatly with the Portuguese for to arrive, and they're both derived from the Latin verb to fold). But that's pretty much the sum of my knowledge about Rumanian; I don't, by any stretch of the imagination, know it.

    b

  3. #3
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,569
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: knowing a language and knowing about a language

    Many students know a lot about the grammar of English, but find it hard to maintain a conversation.

Similar Threads

  1. Language forms and structure used
    By DOT in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 29-Jun-2006, 03:19

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •