Breaking the language barrier | Tim Doner Learning a language? Speak it like 2 months ago   16:27

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Tim Doner is a senior at the Dalton School in New York City who has studied over 20 languages. His interest started at the age of 13, after several years of French and Latin, when he began learning Hebrew and soon moved on to more obscure tongues such as Pashto, Ojibwe and Swahili. As he describes it, his goal is not to achieve fluency in each, but rather to learn about foreign history and culture through the medium of language. He spends much of his time perfecting his linguistic skills in different neighborhoods around the city, and to date his Youtube channel has received over 3 million hits. Tim has been interviewed (in English, Mandarin, Arabic and Farsi, among others) for media outlets such as The New York Times, BBC, The Today Show, Reuters and The Economist. He is starting his freshman year at Harvard next year and plans to study linguistics.

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Hassan Ahmed
Could anyone help me to improve speaking skill in English ?
Sajid Mushfik Rahman
Subtittles in Portuguese (Brazil) please!!
ngọc mai lý
i need his youtube chanel or something???? sorry for finding you sooooo late :(((( i wanna here him talking moree
Nina Avedissian
He estado aprendiendo español por ocho meses y como Tim Doner, estoy practicando por que quiero. No siente como una tarea y es algo que quiero hacer. Por eso, creo que un día seré suelta en este idioma ojalá en otros idiomas también. Mi primer idioma es armenia, y hablo ingles también. Mi inglés es mejor que mi armenia por que vivo en los estados unidos. Gracias por leer :) si algo es incorrecto, lo apreciería si me corijjas!
Ballsdeep 69
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Amazing !! Someone so young and inspiring, language on a new level of understanding!
Hannah Jewell
He is so inspiring to me. I know German through school and now at uni am doing Arabic and Spanish:) I plan to do French and Italian next year:) lots of love
yo what up
i feel sooooooooooo inspired now
行く is "to go", not "to walk". to walk is 歩く I HATE TO BE THIS GUY :(
Amine Bouzayen
I speak 5 languages fluently english arabic french italian and spanish and am 13 years old
dangdang yasss
His Guy speaks my mother tongue better than I do😱

Guess 🤔 who's going to start learning languages😂
Very interestin, but you speak too fast for me!!! I will listen that when my english will improve
My language is so complex, no one can understand it but me...

Its called "Gibberish"
Yaboi Reviews
He looks like dwight schrute
latifa E
I want to learn more than 10 languages but its a bit hard💔
Omar Mohamed
Wait what 1:28 Muslim??
It's Arabic 🤦🏼‍♂️
Ezequiel Farias
He is the C3PO of star wars!!!
He looks like my English teacher
Juste Officieel
**turns around in Dutch**
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Learning a language? Speak it like Breaking the language barrier | Tim Doner 2 months ago   15:31

Marianna Pascal shows how the secret to speaking a new language with confidence is all about attitude, not ability.

Marianna Pascal helps professionals achieve greater success in life by communicating effectively in English. Marianna began her career as an actor and performed across her native Canada in film television and on stage for 15 years. Today, Marianna improves the way employees relate to their bosses, clients, colleagues and other key stakeholders. Marianna is also the Official Communication Trainer for Miss Malaysia World.
An award-wining speaker, Marianna is known for her humorous speech on Youtube titled "Local English or Standard English" which has been seen by over a million people worldwide. Marianna is also the author of the best-selling book series English Fast & Easy. The most recent was #2 on Borders' Best-Selling List for non-fiction.

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