How to learn any language in six months | Chris Lonsdale | TEDxLingnanUniversity

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  • 19/11/2013 को प्रकाशित
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    Chris Lonsdale is Managing Director of Chris Lonsdale & Associates, a company established to catalyse breakthrough performance for individuals and senior teams. In addition, he has also developed a unique and integrated approach to learning that gives people the means to acquire language or complex technical knowledge in short periods of time.
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  • Luis Urrutia
    Luis Urrutia साल पहले +5


  • Vhao Zhang
    Vhao Zhang  +372

    5 Principles:

  • Virgifus
    Virgifus दिन पहले +18

    Omg these are all so true! I experienced in first ✋. I'm from a Latin base country. By age 23 I moved to an English speaking country. I had studied at school English, totalling 8 years. I assume I knew English. Never practise speaking or listening, just grammar, exams in school.

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  • Ivan Menes
    Ivan Menes साल पहले +974

    5 Principios:

  • Rachel
    Rachel  +119

    I’m English and moved to France when I was a kid. I remember being fluent in French in 6 months because as a kid, a lot of these principles were naturally in my environment: I went to all my school classes listening to french, I had a language parent - a teacher assigned to helping me learn after class, they showed me pictures with the words in french on them.

  • Lynn
    Lynn साल पहले +3

    I'm so glad I could understand 99% of what he said even though my mother tongue is not the english. And I've learned by my self :)

  • Marble
    Marble साल पहले +750

    I'm brazilian and I've studied english by myself since I was little because I was always interested in this language. I think that's the key: to be interested and curious about the language. It makes everything easier.

  • Milan Collin

    We just moved to Portugal and love to learn the language. For me these tips are crucial as I started by taking lessons last week. I noticed I've learned most at my gym where I come daily. The trainer is explaining everything in Portugese and then later translates it for me in English. I notice that I already understood a 60-70 percent before he translates. We are originally from the Netherlands so Dutch is our native language.

  • Barnabás Molnár
    Barnabás Molnár साल पहले +591

    And one pro tip: You learn slow but you forget fast. I started learning Japanese. I learned Hiragana and Katakana fast (or I thought). I didn't practice or learned for 1,5 weeks. After that I realised that I forget at least 30 what I thought I know. Your fresh knowledge will fade really quick if you don't practice it until it becomes second nature.

  • Patricia Denise

    One of the most straightforward talks I've watched. Super helpful and very practical! Love it

  • Arsene Wenger
    Arsene Wenger साल पहले +7

    Tip for everyone learning a language:

  • The Asian Polyglot
    The Asian Polyglot साल पहले +328

    Language is all about immersion... As someone who learned 6 languages I have met so many people who study a language but never dare to use it. That to me is the biggest pity - to miss out on the capstone of language learning and to reap the benefits of language learning!

  • Zbigniew Barszczewski

    I'm Polish speaking English since 1975 and Russian since 1977. Those were at school. In 1999 I've learnt Ukrainian in 3 months then in 2003 Spanish in 4 months, almost fluent. Just in the streets plus books. When it comes to communication the number goes up to 25 Indo-European languages. I never tried any others as I never needed them that much, although I'm interested in them just for fun.

  • Sharon Abbott
    Sharon Abbott साल पहले +31

    I learned my second language, Spanish,in high school, and I applied a few things that this man is teaching, however he has more ideas which I think are very helpful. Now I am encouraged to work on another language, or improve 2 others that I have been introduced to.

  • Proud of Myself

    ...I'm from Algeria 🇩🇿 and I'm very proud. I really loved this outstanding conversation. Staying in the same context and approach. Personally, I did a research (I would like to share it with anyone who wants to learn English or any other thing in a positive manner)about the effects of cognitive-motivational strategies in bolstering up learners' oral performance .i.e. English speaking. The results revealed that utilizing positive self-talk like "I'm good enough, I can do anything I set my mind to, I can achieve it or do it..." before and while learning helps a lot in saving time, energy and effort and reduce anxiety, low self-confidence low self-efficacy and low forth. The Second C. M. strategy which is personal goal-setting go hand in hand with positive S. T. at enhancing learners' ability to communicate effectively in English. In addition to that, in my Doctorate dissertation I wrote at the beginning pages: " what people say about you is quite important but the most important thing is what you say to yourself about yourself that has a tremendous impact on your success, mood, behaviors, health, wealth, and happiness..." to sum up, what makes a difference in everything we want to learn is believing in oneself and substituting the enemy within which is negative inner-talk with the friend within .I.e. positive inner-talk.

  • Sun Wu
    Sun Wu 8 साल पहले +2

    I am fluent in 5 languages including some of the toughest ones like Mandarin, German , Japanese and currently picking up Spanish so I can tell you that these are absolutely true.

  • Nathália Meireles
    Nathália Meireles साल पहले +46

    uau, que palestra incrível! me motivou a continuar minha jornada de aprender inglês e japonês! :D

  • Swiftness

    I can speak 6 languages and now I have been learning Japanese as my 7th language for the last 9 months, and all I want to say is don't take your target language as a hobby make it a necessity , force yourself to work with that language. For example : I'm consuming the Japanese side of internet so much for entertainment, for learning other things, I have been watching a lot of anime (both with and without subtitles) I think it will take me another year to get fluent but I'm fine with that...... (0_0).