How to learn any language in six months | Chris Pourquoi nous ne savons rien 1 day ago   18:27

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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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Ella Santine
Learn new language is individually person
Beanbag Betty
I completely agree with him about emersion not working unless you know some basics. My husband is arab and I lived with his family in the Middle East for the last 2 years. His family members don't speak English and as much as I tried to learn a few key words, I cannot follow their conversations about politics, the economy and next door gossip. It's frustrating.
Caroline Japanese Evans
After all, this theory is useful for learning European languages close to English, but not for learning Asian languages of different cultures.
Håvard Hardy Jørgensen
i have tried to learn russian for two years. and im still terrible.. but i am now gonna change the way i am learning :)
Carla Morgana Moura M. Rodrigues
This was great!!! Thanks so much for sharing
Viva Villain
For some reason I thought this was going to be about JavaScript smh
Krzysiek Dziurowicz
Why is he shouting?
Dave Mitchell
I have tried for 55 years to speak Spanish. I took 3 years in High School, 2 semesters in college and spend lots of time growing up in Texas where Spanish speakers abound. Then I took a job in Little Havana (Miami) for 4 years where NO ONE spoke English. I can read a little, speak & write a little, but can't comprehend much. And I'm certainly not fluent. I have come to believe that being able to learn a second language is a "knack" or "gift." Some people have it. Some don't. Even though I've pushed myself for decades, I don't have it.
I listened up to min 6:44 and did not learn ONE THING!!! I stopped the video at that point. He needs to take a course in not wasting time while lecturing.
Angeline Joyce Nakano
Thanks ..awesome..
Great talk but he did not use the right map of China...
Jorge Chávez Colmenares
One curious thing happened to me when learning languages. The momment I started learning a third language, the second language fixed better in my mind. Then in the fourth language, the third language fixed better. I think I got to that because while learning the new language, I was comparing the grammar structures.
Arsalan Ahmad
Any Polish person who could teach me Polish, I'd be happy to teach you English in return. What say?
i learned english in 2 years...
This is exactly the way Rosetta Stone is structured.
Ibrahim mohammed
Ein sehr interessantes Video
Al Bogdanovic
I think a lot of people in the comment section are missing the point and were brainwashed into thinking there’s only one way to learn a language. Everything he says is 100% true! This is how I learned 2 foreign languages before I was 10 years old! You don’t need grammar, you don’t need to know how to read or write and it doesn’t need to be perfect! You just need to learn as many simple words as you can. You need to be able to say them and understand them! That’s it! Learn to speak like you learned to speak your first language! When you were 2 years old did you learn how to say “milk” or did your mom teach you grammar? Grammar came years after you learned how to speak!!! Then why the first class of a foreign language they teach you grammar and how to read and write when you can’t even say a single word in that language!! This is why everyone thinks it’s too difficult to learn a foreign language! It becomes too difficult too quickly!! And everyone gives up! When I first met my Russian girlfriend, I didn’t speak a word Russian! She thought I was a genius because within the first week I was speaking 35% of Russian! She asked me how many years did I learn Russian?? When I said that I never took a class in Russian she didn’t believed me! But shes very hot and that gave me the drive to learn Russian quickly!!

Here is a simple way to learn a language: learn as many words as you can (no grammar, no writing, no reading, nothing), and don’t be shy or be afraid that you are not saying things perfectly! It doesn’t matter! It’s the simple process of learning! Think in that language, watch movies in that language.

After you are able to speak the language, next step is learning to read, after that learning to write and the very last step is grammar!!! When first learning a new language, 95% of your Pronunciation will be wrong! But trying (and being wrong) is the first step to learning. You will perfect it as you go, the more times you say it the better it will be. You only have two goals: remember the word and for people to understand what you meant. If you can do those two simple things you already succeeded!
I wanted to hear him speak Chinese...
Joohyung Jin
bernhard stork
I've studied Latin for 7 years and can't speak Latin. Probably because I studied vocab lists and grammar, not the language.
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Pourquoi nous ne savons rien How to learn any language in six months | Chris 1 day ago   15:05

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