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Never miss a talk! SUBSCRIBE to the TEDx channel: http://bit.ly/1FAg8hB 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. Jan-21-2014 Update. The video transcripts are now available via the following links: English Only: http://www.the-third-ear.com/files/TEDx-ChrisLonsdale-LearnAnyLanguage6Months.pdf English + Chinese Translation: http://www.kungfuenglish.com/files/TEDx-ChrisLonsdale-LearnAnyLanguage6Months-ENG-CHS.pdf In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
There seems to be a gap between the way polyglots learn languages and the way they are taught in most language courses. Why is that? And what exactly makes polyglots’ ways of learning languages different? Lýdia’s mission as a language mentor (www.languagementoring.com) is to help people learn languages more effectively by applying learning strategies that polyglots use. In this talk, she provides a few insights on where the methods of polyglots and of foreign language teachers seem to differ. She’s helped thousands of Slovaks change their approach to learning foreign languages by applying polyglots’ principles in practice. Lýdia's also one of two head organizers of Polyglot Gathering 2017 and 2018 in Bratislava. Find out more about her methods at www.languagementoring.com. This video was recorded at the Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava 2017 (www.polyglotbratislava.com).
Author and business adviser Josh Kaufman reveals a new approach for acquiring new skills quickly with just a small amount of practice each day. To find out more about this talk, visit the event page on the RSA website: http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2013/how-to-learn-anything-fast Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A: http://www.thersa.org/__data/assets/file/0004/1524154/20130604JoshKaufman.mp3 Follow the RSA on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thersaorg Like the RSA on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thersaorg Our events are made possible with the support of our Fellowship. Support us by donating or applying to become a Fellow. Donate: http://www.thersa.org/support-the-rsa Become a Fellow: http://www.thersa.org/fellowship/apply
A visual for derivatives which generalizes more nicely to topics beyond calculus. Supported by viewers: https://www.patreon.com/3blue1brown Problem-driven learning by Brilliant: https://brilliant.org/3b1b Essence of calculus series: http://3b1b.co/calculus Special thanks to the following patrons: http://3b1b.co/alt-calc-thanks Music by Vincent Rubinetti: https://vincerubinetti.bandcamp.com/album/the-music-of-3blue1brown https://soundcloud.com/vincerubinetti/ ------------------ 3blue1brown is a channel about animating math, in all senses of the word animate. And you know the drill with YouTube, if you want to stay posted on new videos, subscribe, and click the bell to receive notifications (if you're into that). If you are new to this channel and want to see more, a good place to start is this playlist: http://3b1b.co/recommended Various social media stuffs: Website: https://www.3blue1brown.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/3blue1brown Patreon: https://patreon.com/3blue1brown Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3blue1brown Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/3blue1brown
Understanding native speakers is one of the most difficult tasks to achieve in language learning. It's a major obstacle for most people in their language-learning journey. There comes a time when you think you're making excellent progress; you can understand most written content and you have a decent grasp on the language, but then you hear someone speak and you don't understand a single word. This is a difficult realization for everyone, but it's very important not to let yourself get down. Depending on the reason you can't understand native speakers, you may be not as be as far off as you think. In this post, we'll look at the various reasons you may not understand and we'll give you a few tips to improve your skills. Lack of Overall Knowledge. Naturally, one of the main reasons why you may not understand native speakers is that you simply don't know enough of the words. Sure, this may sound obvious, but it's important to make the distinction between not grasping the spoken words and not knowing the words altogether. It can be hard sometimes to know if you didn't understand something because it was said too quickly or if you simply didn't know the words. Would you have been able to understand if it was said slower? Or if it was written down? There is something you can do that will give you a better idea of your general skills. Testing Your Skills with Subtitles. If you watch a movie or television episode in your new language and don't understand much, try to put on the subtitles in your target language. How much more do you understand when you can read what is being spoken aloud? If you don't understand much more with subtitles, it's a clear indication that you need to learn a lot more vocabulary before you can watch that particular show. It might be a good idea to watch something more simple or to learn more vocabulary through reading, flashcards or by using a language program like Ouino. Knowing More Words when Listening. You generally have to know more vocabulary when listening to native speakers than when you read. If you understand about 50% of the words when you read, it may be just enough to get a general idea of the text, because you can often make deductions and even learn a few words from context. On the other hand, when you listen to native speakers, it's an entirely different story. You simply don't have the time to analyze everything and you may not fully process many of the words. That's why there is such a huge disparity between understanding written and spoken content. Natives Speakers Often Mumble and Speak Very Fast. Eventually, you'll reach a higher level and understand most of what you read, but you may still have a hard time understanding native speakers. This can be a frustrating step in language learning. Native speakers are so comfortable in their own language that they are not always careful and often mumble their way through the sentence and even skip some words or syllables altogether. We all do this, it's just a natural aspect of languages. When you already know most of the words, your brain simply needs to get used to hearing them quickly, and learn the abbreviations and contractions that native speakers use in everyday speech. Listen to a Lot of Foreign Material. We always recommend to listen to the language as much as possible at any level. This will help you to gradually get better with foreign sounds. Simply choose your material according to your current skill level. Material designed for very young children is a great place to start. You can then move on to family movies like Disney or DreamWorks animation productions. You can also listen to dubbed versions of movies you're familiar with. Once you understand most of the material in these types of content, try to slowly move up to native movies. As you move up the chain of difficulty, you will be less likely to feel overwhelmed and it's much easier to monitor your progress. This slow progression in difficulty is important and it's much more encouraging than trying to jump right in the advanced material. Hearing an Entirely New Accent. This is for advanced learners. As you become comfortable with the language you're learning, you will eventually be confronted with material or people that you simply can't understand at all! This often happens because the accent or dialect used is entirely different to what you're used to hearing. This can even happen in your native language. If an American English speaker visits a small village in Scotland, they may have a hard time understanding the locals. The environment in which the language is spoken can also have an impact. For example, if you watch a television show about ... (more on our blog)
A lot of people are confused as to where to start when learning a new language. After all, there are so many things to learn. They want to make sure to start on the right track. There are obviously things that are more important to learn than others, so it's nice to have a learning plan. But this can also be a double-edged sword; some people are so confused as to where to start, that they never really do. All that time spent trying to find the perfect way to do things, could have been spent actually learning the language. Remember that anything you learn is a step in the right direction, so get started as soon as possible! However, we also believe that some aspects of language learning should be put as a priority. In this post, we will talk about a few things that, if learned early, can give you a major learning boost and make things easier for you in the long run.
Number 1: The Alphabet.
Luckily, in many languages, the alphabet will be the same or be very similar to the one you already know. If the alphabet is similar, try to see if there are special characters or accented letters that you don't know. If the alphabet is completely different, spend some time familiarizing yourself with the new letters. Knowing the alphabet is a huge step in the right direction and it can be done rather quickly in many languages.
Number 2: Pronunciation.
The next step should be to learn the proper pronunciation of the most common sounds in the language. Although the alphabet may be very similar, it doesn't mean that the pronunciation is the same. Learning the rules of pronunciation early on, will help you read correctly throughout the learning process and ensure that you're understood in the long run. It also means that you won't take in bad pronunciation habits. This doesn't mean that you need to master pronunciation from the get go. You just need to be aware of the sounds, so that you can practice the correct pronunciation as you learn the language. If you're simply unaware that you're pronouncing things incorrectly, you will never improve. Some sounds are very difficult to pronounce; it's totally fine to have some trouble at first. But if you know how they should sound, you will get there with practice.
Number 3: Basic Sentences.
It's also a good idea to learn some easy pre-made sentences, in order to start using the language as soon as possible. Learn sentences that will be very useful to you in everyday life, or while traveling. You can start having very short conversations with pre-made sentences in just a few hours. These sentences will help you practice your pronunciation, and give you a feel for the structure of the language. (more on our blog)