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Gabriel Silva’s Story
Hi, my name is Gabriel! I’m a Canadian polyglot with a passion for learning and teaching languages. View my instructor profile on Udemy by clicking here.
I started learning English when I was about 10 years old (I was born and raised in Brazil), and it took me eight years to become fully fluent in English. I was in a prestigious language learning school for six years and it still took me a couple of years living in Canada to become fully fluent. I could already communicate (most of the time) when I moved to Canada. However, my accent was very strong, and too often people would ask me to repeat what I was saying. And to be honest, it took me a while to become able to understand what everyone was saying. Thankfully I had a really patient best friend in Canada, who would always repeat things a few times when necessary.
The interesting thing is that I was always a good student – I worked hard to try to learn the language… And I started learning English as a child. Aren’t children supposed to be good at learning languages? So wasn’t the process supposed to be at least a little faster? Instead, if it took me almost a decade to become actually fluent in English.
So, for the longest time, I thought I wasn’t just “bad” at learning languages. I was actually convinced that I was absolutely “terrible” at learning languages…
…And I am not going to blame the school where I went to – the school was, in fact, very good (probably one of the best English schools in Brazil). However, it is important to say that many (if not most) traditional approaches are, unfortunately, simply not enough to help people become fluent in the language they are learning. They can help you build a good foundation, but reaching very good (or excellent) conversational skills in the language you are trying to learn goes beyond and above what a traditional program can offer.
So I wanted to understand why I was so terrible at learning languages and I wanted to overcome this. Of course I wanted to learn other languages, and this eventually became a challenge, and eventually, a passion. With this struggle, I embraced a very experimental approach and I eventually learned several other languages (all of them after I turned 20).
Over the years, running a business full time as an educator, I developed a way to achieve progress in a language while being extremely busy. And of course that immersing yourself in a different country can help you learn the language. But what if you don’t have the time for that? Is there any way to achieve progress in an efficient way?
So I decided to take the language learning to a new level by focusing primarily on learning things I wanted to and needed to say, creating my own content (with some help, of course) when learning new languages. And this is an incredibly exciting way to learn. Also, it is a quick and efficient way of learning how to express yourself. That became my focus, and right now, I want to help language learners in the same way.