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So let’s talk about this what motivates you to learn new languages and how do you also stay motivated because what happens with me at least and I think with a lot of people as well is that sometimes you reach a certain level and maybe you’re already confident with the language but you hit a plateau and you feel that you’re not progressing that quickly anymore. What do you do to stay motivated?
[Jacob] So to answer your first question what happened is that I used to be really interested in Geography, like, when I was a bit younger I would love countries, provinces, states capitals, I would just try to learn all of them. I would use this website called “Sporcle” where I would just try to identify whichever country fits in the map, which continent it goes to, and I would like to identify [Gabriel] Sounds like a good website [Jacob] I would love to, I like to identify different flags, like ok, this flag is Barbados or Canada whatever and with that I thought why don’t I try maybe learning the language of someplace, because I really like culture and festivals and dancing and music, right?
[Gabriel] so it was really the culture that and the interest for geography and culture that has started building that motivation to learn new languages? Ok, cool [Jacob] and I started learning Spanish and it would also help because my step mom is Chilean so I can understand Spanish quite well even though I don’t speak much of it [Gabriel] but if you were to pick it up a bit practice it a bit maybe watch more content read more [Jacob] yeah I think with my French background [Gabriel] and with Portuguse as well [Jacob] Spanish would be easy [Gabriel] “Podemos practicar” (we can practice) someday, [Jacob] of course [Gabriel] that’s cool.
[Jacob] Vámonos (let’s) and so what happened was so to answer your second question I always try to remember the languages I use so I try to find people, like a language exchange or I go to, I go online I used to use this website called Live Mocha [Gabriel] ok, cool [Jacob] you know [Gabriel] I’ve heard about it but actually I use mylanguageexchange.com normally I met a lot of cool people in it I’ve heard of another application called Hello Talk or something like that [Gabriel] I heard about it as well. There’s a lot of them now. [Jacob] There’s a lot of applications. [Gabriel] Where you can find people So basically then, when you… When you’re losing a bit of motivation you like to find people and then start chatting with them again just rebuild that… rekindle the fire within.
[Jacob] yes I usually go to language classes for my languages and once I’m done [Gabriel] ok, like in university? [Jacob] no, in language schools [Gabriel] cool, ok. [Jacob] so once I’m usually done with that and there’s no more way of progressing I like to find people so I can just practice like friends or getting into a relationship is a really good idea. [Gabriel] getting into a relationship with a person from that country that you’re… [Jacob] exactly, of course. You can practice every single day, all the time, you hear it, you practice it, they correct your mistakes and it’s just great.
[Gabriel] true, true but what I find interesting as well is that a lot of times that people get into a relationship with a person from let’s say a Canadian gets… starts a relationship with someone from Germany and he or she start learning German but then they start speaking English all the time. That’s… I think that can be a problem. but it’s kinda cool when the other person is also kind of learning your language still, right? And then do you actually kind of forced to speak more of their language then it’s, it’s pretty pretty cool but I do agree with you of course. It helps! It helps, of course. It helps! It helps, of course.
Ok so, do you also do your learning online outside of class rooms like outside as well as outside of interactions with people or do you primarily learn languages in the classroom and then apply that chatting with people [Jacob] for online what I like to do I do this rarely but what I do is that I… I still find people online but I don’t chat with them like, I send them messages and then they correct my grammar or my mistakes and if they need help with their language I can do that as well [Gabriel] Nice, so it’s kind of a language exchange but mostly just written? [Jacob] yeah, just written [Gabriel] ok, cool. I think need help with their language I can do that as well [Gabriel] Nice, so it’s kind of a language exchange but mostly just written? [Jacob] yeah, just written [Gabriel] ok, cool. I think… In this website that I use (mylanguageexchange.com) they have that option as well, like just email or whatever.
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