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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Today I want to talk about something that I personally find a bit funny and I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts in this regard and it’s basically the fact that there are a lot of programs out there and a lot of different people saying that learning a language is easy. It’s easy to learn a language; I’m not going to say it is particularly difficult but, what does that even mean if we say that it’s easy. Is it like tying your shoelaces, is it basically…I think that’s a meaningless thing to say essentially, it is meaningless that learning a language is easy. If it’s easy in terms of not being complex, well guess what? Learning a language is kind of a complex thing but, it would sound like to me at least that it’s the same thing as saying something like getting a college degree is easy, it’s a process right. There are going to be easy things, there are going to be hard things.
The hard part of the process you’re going to have to go through to get your college degree and learning a language is no simpler I think, that unfortunately there are going to be elements of language learning that you’re going to find challenging and alas you’re just so casual about your goals that you don’t care about the outcomes, but if you really want to become fluent in a language or get pretty decent at it, you may have some challenging elements that you’re going to come across in your language learning experience and I think that it’s almost as well kind of standing to tell people that it’s easy especially because a lot of people, when people haven’t had success in it or let’s say someone tried learning Spanish and they had a bad experience with high school Spanish and they didn’t touch it again and if you tell them learning Spanish is easy, then they are going to be like; guess what I failed at it, I didn’t manage learning and I tried and they are not going to feel good about that, so that can be like a demotivating thing.
It’s a thing like just trying to paint a picture of learning a language is so easy, it’s just not going to help anyone especially if someone goes into it without expectation that it’s just going to be such a walk in a park, but of course it’s not rocket science, it’s not brain surgery and it can be fun, it’s not particularly a complex thing to do and be passionate about it and if you have the right methods, the right strategies and you have the discipline and motivation, you’ll make it happen and it’s kind of a cool challenge.
Those are my thoughts regarding how easy it is to learn a language. 🙂
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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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Ok so here at the park and right now I just want to talk about the importance of focusing on what you really want to learn as you learn a new language and I think that not enough courses not enough people really emphasize this, that essentially we should be prioritizing our language learning and and often what I see for example in textbooks or in courses in my opinion many of them have like a really weird order in which the tackle a language you know so for instance oh let’s go and learn about, you know, a conversation at the airport or conversation at the hotel.
Of course that eventually I want to know these things I want to know vocabulary related to the airport and flights and hotels and so on, but I have other priorities when I’m learning a new language I have other priorities, I wanna learn other things really bad I wanna really learn vocab that I’m gonna be able to use in a normal conversation with someone outside of a hotel or outside of an airport, ok?
So because the fact that many language text books they focus on helping I guess people who are gonna learn a language for touristic purposes they’re tourists they are gonna be traveling and so then they… These courses or textbooks teach them how to engage in conversations in these places the airport, the hotel, the market whatever, but what personally when I wanna learn language I really want to focus on what really interests me and not what kind of interests me, what really interests me. For example topics that I’m really passionate about and also Vocabulary that I can really use in conversation with other people and if you do that you’re going to learn a language, I believe, more effectively, more quickly and you’re gonna be more passionate about it you’re gonna be more motivated while learning if you focus on learning using topics and chasing vocabulary, trying to learn things that you really want to say and that you really want to focus on. So there you go I hope this makes sense and well just noticed that like the lighting on my face is just like super weird but hopefully that won’t distract you and that’s it!