* Speak like Kojak
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Learning to speak and understand a foreign language like a native is a long process. It's not enough to know how to express any idea, you have to speak idiomatically. Native speakers use idioms all the time. These can be learned from a dictionary. But they also use figures of speech and that takes more time to learn.
After some time of careful study you'll understand such idiomatic and figurative expressions better. Then you'll begin to use them yourself.
Here is an example of the difference between highly idiomatic, with slang and figures of speech and plain vanilla, candid English.
On the left is the original Kojak dialog. On the right is a litteral, candid translation of what he is saying, or how a non-native English speaker with basic fluency might try to say it.
Could you understand Kojak in your target language? Can you speak like Kojak?
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