There is only one way to learn a language. Complete this lesson to find out!
I´ve recently come across a very interesting YouTube video on channel What I’ve Learned
It is my belief, that if you follow the instructions in this video, you will be part of a very selective group of individuals; you might even become a polyglot, who knows? After teaching English for a decade in Brazil, I´ve met people who — in spite of having studied English for so long — are still not happy with their level of English.
If you don´t have a teacher to show you the right path, you will probably continue to spend time and money on things that clearly haven´t worked for you.
I´m not saying you shouldn´t study from textbooks, but maybe you should give this input method a try.
Realia (Ri-ei-lia) objects from real life used in a classroom
Input Exposure to authentic language in use
Shadowing technique words repeated to imitate the speaker
To my mind In my opinion
Try to keep an open mind and pause the video from time to time to discuss the points made by the author.
Motivation is a big part of the game. Of course.
But besides knowing why you want to learn a language, you should know what to do to be successful.
Let´s discuss some of the things the author mentioned.
1 – ´Spanish speakers trying to learn English found that the worst way to learn was by putting Spanish subtitles on an English movie´. 9:35
2 – ´English subtitles are the best´9:44
3 – ´A dictionary is essentially useless´. 6:29
4 – Talking is not practicing. 10:15
5 – Pronunciation (shadowing technique) is of course very important. 10:47
6 – The 3 main things to study when learning a language. 12:19
People learn in different ways, I know. But here is something I have always found to be true in the last 10 years: some people like to read; some students like to speak; some like to write; others like to do grammar exercises. However, only the ones who learn the beauty of comprehensible input really have fun with the language and achieve fluency.
Writing & Speaking
Watch the 6 different parts from the speaking section again. Make notes and do one of these two things:
a Post your notes in the comments box below
b Record yourself using your camera using the notes you´ve taken.
I really hope you have enjoyed this lesson. To my mind, it is the best, most effective way to learn a language because it was the way we learned Portuguese.