An excellent, reflective website from a very experienced teacher of French, to which I'll return frequently. Steve's latest posting on translation is interesting - he would use it, but not often, as he sees better ways of developing accuracy. I used to enjoy translation, and worked as a translator. The value I see in it is ensuring that meaning is understood in depth and detail. I also think that beginners translate in their head when they are using a new language, and suspect that even more experienced users do so when we are operating out of our comfort zone. Our first language never leaves us. Steve is also the author of frenchteacher.net, which I recommend.