5 techniques to speak any language | Sid Efromovich | TEDxUpperEastSide

  • Published on Aug 30, 2013
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    Sid is our resident hyperpolyglot. He grew up in Brazil and after some journeying around the world, he now lives an exciting life in New York where he works as a Sugar Trader.
    Teaching has always been one of his passions and he has led groups of young leaders since 2006. He has given workshops, talks and classes in 3 different continents and is currently a Master Teacher in Skillshare where he teaches classes on nurturing happiness and learning foreign languages.
    Sid is also the founder of I Embrace You (formerly called Hug Don't Hate), based in Boston. After presiding over the organization and leading over 100 volunteers annually, he was recognized with the top leadership award in his graduating class at Boston University. He also holds an MBA from Purdue University and from Leibniz Universität. guywiththesmile.com
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Comments • 10 523

    MUHAMMAD DHANISH 2 hours ago +1

    Am I the only one who took a deep breath with him???

  • Andy Fryett
    Andy Fryett 2 hours ago

    Are there any videos of this gentleman speaking 7 languages? No??! If not, then any claims should come with a dose of scepticism. He provides a useful overview of memorisation techniques that have been around for 50 years.

  • Yavuz S. Selim
    Yavuz S. Selim 12 hours ago +2

    I am starting to learn english tomarrow. Maybe I did big solve but I am sure that I am improve my english and talk english.

    • Yavuz S. Selim
      Yavuz S. Selim Hour ago

      @Amy Schmidt Thank you:) is there an application you can suggest?

    • Amy Schmidt
      Amy Schmidt 7 hours ago

      Good luck! :)

  • Please Expect
    Please Expect 14 hours ago

    By the way my mother tongue is Turkish

  • Please Expect
    Please Expect 14 hours ago

    I am just ashamed to talk

  • Please Expect
    Please Expect 14 hours ago

    When I was talking someone an another language i am ashamed how can I beat this

  • şehmus zeybek
    şehmus zeybek 20 hours ago

    Tamı tamına beş mi abey..?!

  • Dienes DSAB
    Dienes DSAB Day ago

    Fiquei arrepiado, confesso. Parabéns! 🇧🇷

  • Yaren Kaya
    Yaren Kaya Day ago +1

    I'm learning English. Anyone wants to help me with practice ? I can help to speak Turkish.

    • Kadir Genç
      Kadir Genç Day ago +1

      I am speaking çatır çatır english

  • Livin Gunk
    Livin Gunk Day ago

    You could put me on a deserted island for a million years with a million beautiful women speaking another language and I would never learns theirs. But I would have them speaking English within a month.

  • Danny Boy
    Danny Boy Day ago

    This guy is great.

  • Thi Kim (Ngan) Tran

    i had 3 languages since i was 13

  • Anderson Araujo
    Anderson Araujo Day ago

    I'm Brazilian and i'm learning english!

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  • Recep Demir
    Recep Demir 2 days ago

    he seems as if he will tell much more informations but finally there is nothing but funny.

  • emily humphries
    emily humphries 2 days ago

    Speaking in your "secret" language in the company of others is just rude and alienating.

  • Abdul Aziz
    Abdul Aziz 2 days ago

    I'm too lazy to learn somehow, it's like my brain doesn't process it all, i'll forget it the next day lol

  • Lucrecia Garino
    Lucrecia Garino 2 days ago

    Lovely but not sure if it's really helpful, I have some dyslexia and point number 2 makes it worst. Stops you from writing right.

  • Selma Kara
    Selma Kara 3 days ago

    sid keşke abim babam halam dayım amcam bi şeyim olsaydın

  • Ольга Бендзар

    Going to launch Spanish

      MMA BARBER LIFE 3 days ago

      Ольга Бендзар I’m learning Russian and Spanish right now.

  • Conrad Weis
    Conrad Weis 3 days ago

    That first sentence delivered like that, said "Slap me please!". . .what a blowhard.

  • derrick Adomako asamoah

    I'm learning Italian. Anyone wants to help me with practice ?

  • naila haitham
    naila haitham 4 days ago


  • Iria Crespo
    Iria Crespo 4 days ago

    I am looking someone to learn Tibetan and we could learn Spanish too. 😃

  • 日本の猫Japanese cat

    I'm a Canadian learning Japanese! It's going well:) keep practicing! 😊💗

  • the soupman
    the soupman 6 days ago +3

    Ha I can speak 3 languages
    1. English
    2. Bad Spanish
    3. Morse code

  • grai
    grai 6 days ago

    these TED have such a fake style where it is scripted but the speaker pretends they are speaking spontaneously
    the result is like a really fake Disneyfied cheesy American second hand car salesman
    they should stop making speakers pretend they are not working from notes and just be themselves
    America is so fake

  • ahmed Asdf
    ahmed Asdf 7 days ago

    What a useless video . Pure shuit.
    Do you wanna leran a new languge?

    Just sit down and learn it, there are no magic ways to do it .

  • shahoody
    shahoody 7 days ago

    I can be a conversional buddy as an Arabic native speaker if anyone is interested...I speak English and Turkish

  • sebastiaanvanwater
    sebastiaanvanwater 10 days ago

    His French is shaky...

  • Emily Bets
    Emily Bets 10 days ago +2

    The hardest language is Russian. Russian grammar is like a math formula. Spanish is the most easiest language to learn.

  • Antonio López
    Antonio López 10 days ago

    Too happy. Suspicious 😂😂😂

  • Sagar
    Sagar 12 days ago +1

    I know 3languagez Java,plsql,c&c++

  • Zen Legacy
    Zen Legacy 12 days ago +1

    show off🤣🤣 I'm joking great video man!

  • Bernard Delafontaine
    Bernard Delafontaine 12 days ago +1

    Educated Dutch-speaking Belgians usually speak 4 to 6 languages with ease (incl. 2 dead ones). If we would need 3 or for 4 more languages to get better jobs, we'd study them without ever mentioning that knowledge. Now, this guy makes a SHOW out of speaking 9 languages. If he'd do the same over here, he'd soon find himself in front of his light and sound people. Moreover, what he says is nothing new nor interesting. I hope he never organizes a European Tour!

  • Tamer el shahed
    Tamer el shahed 13 days ago +2

    I wanna be like you i'm egyption l'm learning english 👍🏻

    • shahoody
      shahoody 7 days ago

      Tamer el shahed Good luck!👍🏻

    • Tamer el shahed
      Tamer el shahed 7 days ago +1

      @shahoody Already i Following him mr ebrhim adel

    • shahoody
      shahoody 7 days ago

      Tamer el shahed Have u tried Zamericanenglish channel ? It’s great for English learning even from a very beginner level

  • Walter Wan
    Walter Wan 13 days ago +1

    I'm Chinese,i wanna learn Japanese and I can speak English,anyone can practice with me

    • Walter Wan
      Walter Wan 8 days ago

      @Andrew Jackson Hello buddy,pleasure to meet u and help each other in English,my facebook Walter Wan

    • Andrew Jackson
      Andrew Jackson 10 days ago

      Walter, I am Brazilian and I want to meet a mate so that we can help each other how to communicate better in English. What social network you're subscribed so we can keep in touch?

  • minh duong
    minh duong 14 days ago

    I really admire him. I come from Viet Nam. While I spent years just studying English well, he was able to speak a lot of different languages.....

  • Rishi Raj
    Rishi Raj 14 days ago

    Here is my 🃏

  • Amy D
    Amy D 15 days ago

    I learned German through the Deutsch Intensiv method, and was a student and tutor at the same time. I used to do what he said about having conversations in my head in German, and when I was missing a word, I always had a dictionary in my hand (which I still have, battered and missing the first few pages).

  • elif okyay
    elif okyay 15 days ago

    3. Teknikte yabancı alfabeye hakim olmamız gerektiğini söylüyor değil mi yanlış anlamadım.

  • Светлана Егорова

    They key is that you need to damn learn lol. Just learn every day, constantly, don't stop and bam. One day you're able to understand someone's conversation. In my experience all those people who ask HOW you did it , don't even know any other languages but their mother tongue and don't really learn. JUST DO IT, LEARN MFKAS!:3
    I know russian,english ,learning german and Japanese,also some norwegian:3

  • Lewyyy
    Lewyyy 15 days ago +3

    Now that the english people learn greek i am proud :)

  • Reinhold Hansen
    Reinhold Hansen 15 days ago

    Time spent on shower-conversation.

  • Kateřina Foltýnová
    Kateřina Foltýnová 16 days ago

    Looking for somebody I can practice spanish, korean, indonesian or afrikaans with😄 can I find anyone?💕

  • Asımcan Akdoğan
    Asımcan Akdoğan 16 days ago

    Rey mysterio maskesiz

  • Gustavo Giovanni Frias Soto

    Wow, I have to start following his advice.

  • Liz Mariela Escobar Candia

    Who want to practice with me? I'm a Spanish speaker, I tried to learn English, French, Deutsche, Portuguese also Russian, please let's practice together

    • Liz Mariela Escobar Candia
      Liz Mariela Escobar Candia 7 days ago

      @Kateřina Foltýnová GOOD! I wold like, thanks!

    • Kateřina Foltýnová
      Kateřina Foltýnová 16 days ago +1

      I would like to practice spanish, and you can practice english with me😄 also i am planning to start studying french and portuguese soon😄

  • muntini Duy
    muntini Duy 17 days ago

    Why dont have Vietnamese sub

  • omar khalifa
    omar khalifa 18 days ago

    seek for perfection that makes you dive into a language and feel the beauty of it ,read novels and books, enjoy poems and chants , fully understand how other nations think
    most people wanna say how are you in 100 languages but can't explain their feelings and thoughts in any one of them

  • Meep
    Meep 19 days ago +1

    I knew the fire one in Chinese because of power rangers samurai when I was very young 😂

  • LuxuryHouses
    LuxuryHouses 19 days ago +1

    I speak french dutch and english and I am learning German right now

  • Andrew Chard
    Andrew Chard 20 days ago

    Someone should tell him never to use flags to represent a language. It is a minefield that can easily irritate people.

  • Timcan_57
    Timcan_57 20 days ago +18

    Step 1

    Change your games' language

  • Liala Liala
    Liala Liala 21 day ago

    You don’t speak English 😜

  • Rafael Barreto
    Rafael Barreto 21 day ago +1

    Learning a foreign language is a gift that not everybody has. Some people are ¨deaf¨ to ANY foreign language ... If you make the effort, you can communicate, but he or she will always be a mediocre ... My own experience ...

  • Caio Bessa
    Caio Bessa 21 day ago

    Man, you speak Portuguese like a native o0

  • Ayla Mehdiyeva
    Ayla Mehdiyeva 21 day ago


  • kakaka louis
    kakaka louis 22 days ago

    Esse cara fala português melhor que muitas gente aqui do próprio Brazil kkkkk

  • Kowther Elmisurati
    Kowther Elmisurati 23 days ago +6

    omg i love his smile
    he's like radiant with positivity