Hello my friends. My name is Gabriel. I speak some languages. Right now I would like to talk something that I find a bit interesting but also a bit sad regarding language learning. I come across a lot of people who tell me, “You know what, I tried learning a language and I failed.” So I want to touch on the topic of why some people fail at learning languages. I’m just going to write away say this, I don’t think that there is such a thing as a failure in learning languages. The only sad thing is when people stop.
So I would like to shift that perspective a bit okay. So for people who feel like they failed at learning a language, I just say well you can succeed. Just you have to keep going, of course and they really think though that what happens when whenever someone stops. Whenever someone takes a long break when it comes to learning a specific language it’s just the fact that unfortunately the person hit a bit of a roadblock, lost the motivation and often he or she was just using programs or courses. Materials that were really that exciting anymore and then that initial passion that drove them to start learning not necessarily disappeared but it lowered that passion was, got buried under the boredom of the resources that they were using or whatever it was. I think it is so important to try new things whatever you feeling a bit bored and to fanned the fire of your passion for the language that you’re learning whenever you can and if you’re not having fun, look for different resources that may change that.
Learning a language should be an enjoyable experience. It doesn’t have to feel like a chore, like a nuisance and if you keep that fire, that excitement alive as you progress in the language, you will succeed and I have come across a lot of really bright people who have told me, “You know what, I just feel like it wasn’t for me and I’m just not capable of learning a foreign language.” And I think that’s just an illusion, a big lie. What if this person was just using the wrong resource at the wrong time. I think that really important thing is move around and look for things that will keep the fire alive and one thing that I come across as well is when a person tells me, “You know what, I put a ton of effort into it but I just feel like I wasn’t progressing fast enough.” When that happens it’s important to try different things.
The more things you try, the more likely you will be to find specific methods or specific strategies that will enable you to progress more quickly. Sometimes a person just trying one language learning method, one program. Maybe it’s not right for them and then of course that they’re not going to progress that much because they’re using that one resource and if they look around a little bit more, chances are that they would progress more quickly. So that’s it. I hope you would take my word for it and that you never give up on the language, even if you would feel like it, you’re not feeling that motivated. Watch some more of my videos. Hopefully they will help and as I always say, good luck my friends learning in your language.
Today I want to talk about something that I find kind of interesting which is how people don’t seem to really question the so-called “traditional” language learning methods. A lot of people just go and take a course and many courses are going to be starting like a so-called basic level in the language in which you’re going to learn things like conjugations, vocabulary for going to the market or speaking at the airport or whatever and these traditional things.
I found it interesting that a lot of language learning simply just don’t question. People just don’t seem to question that a lot, they just follow those steps, they take these courses, but I think that something that is really important is just tackle language and tackle the learning process from different angles as well. I think that even if you’re at a basic level, you can benefit from trying to read inter-mediate content already especially content that you are familiar with in your language and that you enjoy, perhaps content about a hobby that you have and something that really interests you; perhaps like sports or whatever.
And I think you should try to challenge the status quo, the traditional language learning methods, whoever does that is going to succeed more in language learning and whoever does that is going to learn a language a lot faster in my opinion and especially if you can always be a step ahead. Just don’t get overwhelmed with the content that is higher than your current level, but if you just simply only focus on basic content if you are at the basic level and try and build a so-called foundations of language learning of language knowledge, then essentially you’re going to be restricted in your language learning.
I think people can really try to go beyond these traditional methods, tackle harder contents and focus on trying to say what they want to say and that’s it.
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Hello there! Today I will like to say some things about one thing that I’ve been hearing recently. Some people just come and say, hey! All you can do to learn a language which is to work hard and there’s no secret, you just have to work hard and make it happen and there first variations of this, some people will say there’s no secret to language learning, you just have to move to the country and learn. Learning and putting a ton of effort into it will help you learn a language, that’s no secret.
However if you’re just putting a ton of effort into it and you don’t know what you’re doing, you don’t know how to learn a language, let me guess what’s going to happen; you’re going to waste a ton of time, that’s my opinion, because essentially when I didn’t know what I was doing, it took me basically 8 years to learn English, but it took me significantly less time to become fluent in others, because I figured out I how to learn a language and I started learning languages more effectively.
I think that for whoever has these ideas of you just need to go and work super-hard to learn a language, it’s partially true, but in a way you also need the right methods, you need motivation of course and you need to have the right tools and the right strategies, then you’re going to make it happen quicker, not waste time, not waste money, because what I see is like a ton of people just buying expensive programs, flocking out money and throwing it out the window and then in the end not even completing the programs that they have already paid for and bought.
One of my goals with everything I do is my video blog and with fluent side is that of course I want to help people and learn a language more effectively so that they don’t have to waste their time and they can succeed with language learning, so that’s the idea of course and then it’s not just me of course, but there are many polyglots out there sharing great step of strategies as well and sharing tips on how to learn a language effectively, so there you go.
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A lot of people associate learning a language with their experience in high school or college, which normally or very often wasn’t that great and that’s… that’s an issue because learning a language can be exciting it can be fun it doesn’t have to be boring like a lot of courses out there so you know a lot of people that tell me: “oh, you know what? I am just not good at learning languages because I failed high school French or high school Spanish or I did so poorly that I just decided to drop it the following year, I’m just not good at learning languages!” This should not reflect on how good a language learner you are if you didn’t succeed in these courses! That would be more of a measure of, essentially, how efficient and how exciting the material is, which normally, you know, it’s often not that exciting in high school and in university they can be using boring material.
And now, of course, there are going to be exceptions, there are gonna be teachers who are really gonna be out there trying to inspire the students and they’re going to try to come up with exciting material and if thats your teacher, that’s a different story, but often the problem is that even these great teachers, it’s hard for them to undo the damage done by previous teachers who just use really dull, boring material with their students when teaching them the language so I think that’s an issue, so… But I think that if you don’t succeed in high school or college French or Spanish or whatever language you took, that is not a reflection on how good a language learner you are and it’s really important to tell as well that there’s a big difference between just sitting there in studying the language academically and actually learning how to speak it, because if you’re trying to learn how to speak it you actually have to go and try to learn how to express yourself and often when you’re studying you’re covering topics like: “okay! Let’s learn, you know, the names of items in the kitchen!”
You know, when is a spoon going to come into conversation? Not that often, right? So I would argue, and that’s… That’s the issue! Often in high school or in college French they’re gonna have boring stuff that is gonna be basically irrelevant for conversations and then, you know, the student will be falling asleep there and the teacher will be like: “hey, wake up student, don’t you fall asleep in my class! But guess what? The content is not that exciting! So what’s the solution to this? I think that language learning should be fun it should be exciting you should actually be trying to use materials, you should be trying to use content that’s exciting to you, and nowadays there’s actually so much great stuff out there there’s language programs, apps, exciting stuff and you should be trying to look for things that work for you not only in terms of content but in terms of the method, whatever appeals to you will be the best way to go.
So that’s it! I think that, you know, if you had a bad experience learning, trying to learn a language in high school or in college and felt unsuccessful with it, that really means nothing. I hope that you put that behind you, that you try new things and try new programs, new apps, new ways to learn the language.
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Okay so nobody likes, nobody loves making mistakes like, uh… I haven’t come across a person who is like: “yes you know what, I like making mistakes when I’m learning a language I like to go look making a fool of myself when I’m learning a new language.”
Let’s say you’re at a basic level and let’s say that you’re total perfectionist okay? So you have little tolerance for making mistakes, you just don’t feel comfortable! I personally fully respect that, Okay? If that’s the case, chances are that you will probably wait a little bit longer until you’re at an intermediate level in that language before you start chatting around with native speakers and I totally respect that and it’s totally fine but personally, I have a very low threshold, like I don’t mind making a complete fool out of myself in social situations when it comes to just making mistakes and sounding funny in different languages.
Now, something really important, I don’t necessarily see that as a good thing or a bad thing it’s just the way it is right? And you don’t have to be that way. I can see advantages to this approach because of the fact that… I think the first one is essentially the exercise in itself, the attempt to speak in a different language has helped me learn different languages. It’s just because that attempt to express myself in in these languages enhances the learning process in my mind so maybe, you know, like… It forces you to try to recall the things that you’ve learned and essentially that cements the knowledge that you already have of course that can be done in different ways. You can just try to write in the language some other advantages are…
Well, you know it’s nice to get feedback, instant feedback from the other person in regards to your accent, your pronunciation the words that you’re using, expressions you’re using, how current they are because maybe, I’ve had cases in which I would say something then the person goes like: “hey, that’s like… an old word. We don’t say this anymore! We say it this way now.” Then it’s like: OK, great! The audio program that I was using taught me wrong, great! So you know, it’s good to get feedback that way another benefit is essentially that if you basically really struggle expressing yourself in a certain way or a specific idea or concept, you want to say it and you can’t it’s easy for me to later remember that and then I really want to learn it so I go to my tutor or my teacher and I just learn how to say it online or you can also get, maybe if… You know, there’s the occasion to try to get that person to teach you how to say whatever you want to say, especially if you both speak another language in common. So that’s another advantage. What else? You can also… And normally I notice that I have the tendency to really remember stuff better if people correct me on the spot so I make a mistake, I say something wrong word or an expression or I say something or my pronunciation is bad then the person, the other person (the native speaker) goes and corrects me, he says: “no! It’s this way.” Normally my, tendency would be to actually remember that later better than if I just learned that if I realize that mistake on my own while studying. You know that could be just perhaps…
Maybe I’m a good auditory learner that could be the case, that’s not, maybe that’s not necessarily the case for everyone so I see advantages but that being said there… It’s insane to think that you can’t learn language unless you go and you chat with other people, there’s a billion other things you can do to to master a language aside from actually having chats with… with people I just want to suggest, you know, try to…
If you have a really [low threshold], if you’re a total perfectionist or maybe you’re very shy and you don’t wanna (want to) chat with other people or you’re just uncomfortable, maybe you’re not shy you’re just uncomfortable to talk to people when you’re still a basic level or even intermediate level, I’d just say, try to lower your threshold a little bit, try to care a little bit less about making mistakes because…
Especially since normally people really don’t care, you know, if you’re trying to speak their language they’re normally gonna be nice to you then they won’t care, they’ll find it cute, probably they will find it adorable in many situations (not always) but in many situations. So I would say, just try to lower the threshold, you know, give it a try maybe had some some small chats with people first baby steps but… if you’re really uncomfortable respect it, that’s cool. But maybe… Perhaps try to compensate for the lack of that exercise (which is speaking to other people) in different ways, so try to look for other exercises, try to write a lot if you’re already at that level if you’re not, if you’re still a basic level of course, just try to get to the level where, were (I can’t speak English today!) where you can actually write and express your thoughts in writing and that’s it!
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