basementape (basementape) wrote in thequestionclub,

only for curiosity

Setting aside my limited and broken knowledge of French, I am only able to converse in English. If I were to begin corresponding with someone who cannot (or chooses not to) speak English, using the help of online translators such as google translate, how realistic would it be to think that it's possible to actually learn a foriegn language?

For the record I'm not actually considering doing this, and I also realize it completely leaves out verbal communication which is easily half the battle of learning a language. I just sent a message to a friend in Portugese and my mind got to wandering. Could sustained correspondance using an internet translator (and some helpful hints from the correspondor, as well) actually help to the point where eventually I could converse on my own?
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