Excerpt from Ollendorff's New Method of Learning to Read, Write, and Speak the Italian Language: Adapted for the Use of Schools and Private Teachers
The empirical or practical system is in accordance with nature. It may be that experimental philosophy, which, since the days o... f Bacon and Galileo, has for ever dethroned the ancient jargon of the schools of logic and metaphysics, has also contributed to the improvement of the method of teaching languages; or it may be that the two constant facts, that a child learns so easily its mothen tongue, and an adult so readily a foreign language, by residence n a country where it is spoken, could not be forgotten. But whatever may have been the immediate cause of the improve ment, it is certain that books of practical oral teaching have sup plied a deficiency that was deeply and extensively felt in this country, as is evidenced by the welcome reception and rapid sale of Mr. Arnold's Latin Lessons, and the French and German Grammars of Professor Ollendorff.
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