Learning a language? Speak it like you’re playing a video game | Marianna Pascal | TEDxPenangRoad

  • Published on May 11, 2017
  • 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 RU-clip 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.

    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

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  • Jussara Oliveira
    Jussara Oliveira 5 hours ago

    This has to do a lot to do with the change in the concept of "proficiency". It is not achieving a high level or grade in a proficiency test anymore. It´s being able to reach the target speaker/listener with your message. Too bad many teachers, nor exams take that into account.

  • Avinash V Hugar
    Avinash V Hugar 14 hours ago

    Must recommend for the people who s scared of English

  • 이나탈리
    이나탈리 19 hours ago

    I will use her advices to learn Korean with more confidence.

  • Mohamed Amer
    Mohamed Amer 22 hours ago

    You are an inspirational person. Thank you

  • Srah Lisabeth
    Srah Lisabeth Day ago +1

    So on tumblr I’m following French language blogs so I can learn more French, and when I read posts in French I’m focusing on seeing what they’re saying! I didn’t even notice I did that until I watched this! I’m not focused on how many words I can recognize, I’m focused on the words I know being strung in an order with words I don’t know to infer the meaning, and that I the coolest thing I’ve realized all day

  • Giah Vy Lương
    Giah Vy Lương 2 days ago +7

    Unfortunately, the IELTS examiners dont feel that way

  • Thuận Nguyễn Thị

    thanks so much, I come from Vietnam. This video changed my mind about study English. Ago, I anxious to communicate with native but now I will try confidence in communication.

  • Raihan Aditya
    Raihan Aditya 2 days ago

    Me after toefl ibt test :\

  • miao li
    miao li 2 days ago

    Actually, if you can't speak 100h, it is impossible to express yourselves fluently. Some Ted talks so idealistic.practice solve everything by practising again and again.

  • Fabrizio Vigni
    Fabrizio Vigni 2 days ago

    Amazing and true!

  • Andrei Sosnin
    Andrei Sosnin 3 days ago

    Thank you very much !!!

  • Suleyman Bozkurt
    Suleyman Bozkurt 3 days ago +8

    this video is a life-changer. You can apply this technique to everywhere.

  • kushal jain
    kushal jain 4 days ago

    beautiful!loved it!

  • Thy Monikeo
    Thy Monikeo 4 days ago +2

    TEDx talk make me more improved and I wanna to learning English language faster. thanks you

  • Anoody 97
    Anoody 97 4 days ago

    I don’t know how does this video comes to me but thank God I watched it her words from gold.

  • Maryam Sediqi
    Maryam Sediqi 4 days ago

    Niceee advice

  • Aitana's Book Nook
    Aitana's Book Nook 4 days ago

    This works for English, but not for other languages like French who demand near-perfection. If not, they will switch to English when speaking with you, or not take you very seriously.

    • Ersen Kemal
      Ersen Kemal 3 days ago

      Hi. How are you. I am from Turkey, know live in Russia. Me 35. Know 3 language and would like to improve my English. Can we speak with you for practise? Also I can teach you Russian or Turkish if you want

  • pxxch
    pxxch 4 days ago +10

    I watched from Japan.
    I hated English because learned academic English.
    I will learn conversation English from now.
    Thank you grate video!

  • Ayşegül G.
    Ayşegül G. 5 days ago


  • Zhor Zozita
    Zhor Zozita 5 days ago

    I disagree a bit.. In some situations you do have to master English and make yourself as clear as possible.. People are obviously not learning English to use it in their own countries as they can communicate using their mother tongues.. But they're in fact learning it for a particular purpose such as working, studying or maybe immigrating to a country where English happens to be the first language.. The reason why mastering the language becomes their first interest.. Besides the more you master the language the more comfortable and confident you feel while speaking it.. Further more you can't learn something you don't truely love (just like your daughter) and when you love something so much such as a language you'll make sure you learn it perfectly and knowing just a little bit about it will never seem to be enough for you.. I'm Algerian, my first language is Arabic my second language is French.. And I learnt English because I loved it (no professional reason) yet I spent years striving to make it as fluent as possible.. And this really helped me and boosted my confidence.. I think people should stand up for their goals work hard towards achieving them and should never accept the broken cookie..

  • Yaren Atatüre
    Yaren Atatüre 5 days ago

    I’m Turkish, I studied prep scool for one year it was really good we spoke native teachers ı learned a lot Of things ı feel self confidence with speaking English however 2 years later My english went down ı dont remember lots Of ı dont know what to do

    • Ecenin Öylesine Videoları
      Ecenin Öylesine Videoları 3 days ago

      Yaren Atatüre ben yazılı ingilizce anlıyorum ama dinlemem kötü o yüzden böyle ted talkları altyazısız dinliyorum😊

  • future star
    future star 5 days ago +1

    Hey where is subtitles 😟,,I'm learner and subtitles help me to understand that words ,which pronunciation is little difficult ...

  • guoliang yan
    guoliang yan 5 days ago

    👍👍👍it's just a tool

  • 岡崎慶太
    岡崎慶太 5 days ago

    Those who come to TED and talk about learning foreign languages,why don't they do so in a foreign language?

    • Nguyên Kỷ
      Nguyên Kỷ 3 days ago


    • Nguyên Kỷ
      Nguyên Kỷ 3 days ago

      Cuz most ted events are organized for English speakers including the non-native ones

  • Mukesh Pal
    Mukesh Pal 5 days ago

    Wow, changed my veiw towards spoken English. I am hindi native.

  • Yi Zhou
    Yi Zhou 5 days ago

    But how about the IELTs speaking exam? We cannot expect what the examiner is going to response, right? I totally agree with the confidence thing you mentioned.

  • Martin Cosgrove
    Martin Cosgrove 5 days ago

    Sorry, but all I could think when she was describing the conversation in the pharmacy was: why is she expecting to be spoken to in English if she's been living in Malaysia for a long time? How arrogant not to bother learning the Malay.

  • 사라Sarah
    사라Sarah 5 days ago


  • Maryana Gold
    Maryana Gold 6 days ago

    Sooo good ,thank you very much !

  • Ridouane Bouhjar
    Ridouane Bouhjar 6 days ago

    This video has choosed to be an exemple to talk about and to learn from it how to speak with confidence

  • Laure ctn
    Laure ctn 7 days ago

    Why am I not surprised that it's the french engineer who is not able to communicate?

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  • Shendu
    Shendu 7 days ago

    I thought it was pretty obvious... Guess not for everyone

  • Shubham Ghodke
    Shubham Ghodke 7 days ago

    सबका बदला लेगा तेरा फैजल

  • Eric Sanchez
    Eric Sanchez 7 days ago +4

    Your dictation is just PERFECT. I understood every word you said, I'd love to have you as a teacher haha

  • grillema mae diory
    grillema mae diory 7 days ago +3

    Lol, cheese integrate 😂😂
    They know academic english. Not convo

  • Tejas Choukale
    Tejas Choukale 8 days ago +1

    Thanks for teaching me and other guys like me.l actually don't undarstand how to learn english but after watch this my thought is changed.

  • nikita jain
    nikita jain 8 days ago


  • Fabiano Cassettari
    Fabiano Cassettari 8 days ago

    Brilliant speech!

  • assy yacob
    assy yacob 8 days ago

    This video was Really informative

  • Pililp Yu
    Pililp Yu 8 days ago +8

    I,m Korean audience. It was a fun conversation between the French guy and the Korean guy about the hot dog^^!

  • House Stark of Winterfell

    Conversation between two no native speakers can be really funny sometimes ahah, just like the story she said. Talking with a native could be seen like more stressful, because you think that person is going to pick every mistake you'll make, but this is not true. Yeah, you just need confidence, but it can be hard to find.

  • Aya Ibrahim
    Aya Ibrahim 10 days ago

    Inspiring speech . after watching this video I felt English is easier than I thought

  • Subodha sir i immpress your class Lenka

    I dont understand till now how we learn any language easily but when try to learn English why this time get fear but English we already learned since childhood to our adulthood but then can't speak and understand correctly what behind it.i don't know do you know

  • Haris Zaheer
    Haris Zaheer 11 days ago

    Es ist perfekt oder?

  • Carmen DeAngelo
    Carmen DeAngelo 11 days ago +6

    I have researched so much ESL and Bilingual Education, and the overwhelming findings support this lady's argument: it needs to be functional, not rudimentary.

  • Sebastián Parodi
    Sebastián Parodi 11 days ago


  • 張心晴
    張心晴 11 days ago

    Thank you so so ...................much 😊

  • whosahotmail
    whosahotmail 11 days ago +6

    English isn't the perfect performance of a song... English is the piano.

  • Meelee Wong
    Meelee Wong 11 days ago

    Absolutely right ! English learners might have a problems to speak english fluently, because they haven't confidence to fight it !

  • H-Sam
    H-Sam 12 days ago

    you right the English is a tool doesn't matter you speak it like a native or not if you express yourself, idea... etc and the other got your points

  • Smile language school
    Smile language school 12 days ago

    thank you

  • Edivânia Castelo
    Edivânia Castelo 12 days ago

    Amazing video, amazing advice. I hope to be more confident, and just put on the focus in the other person.

  • Sophy Popy
    Sophy Popy 12 days ago

    really superb😊

  • Athul Mohandas
    Athul Mohandas 12 days ago

    The mindset is the problm
    This has to be approached in a psychological way.

    The world is different people are different.
    The fear you said develops from childhood.
    For people like faizal they were raised by parents without the medium of fear.
    This english speaking is not a problem
    It is part of our life affected by psychological things.
    First we have to eliminate the boundary of fear in people from the root.
    Then this litte problem of speaking English can be solved

    • David Watermeyer
      David Watermeyer 11 days ago

      Fully in agreement with you Athul. What she says has some truth but won't have the effect of eliminating fear which as you say is the problem.
      However eliminating fear is no easy task! It has to be done indirectly I believe.
      One big help that many are finding is body awareness. Literally exploring your body up and down and learning to become more and more aware of it.
      Cause it is in the body that the fear is felt - or rather habitually NOT felt.
      In other words its not fear that is the problem. But trying to AVOID fear.
      Fear itself is just an energy.
      Google "body scanning" in connection with meditative practices.
      Not a lot can be achieved at the mental level. Just thinking "I should be more focused" is unlikely to help in any sustaining way.
      All good things!

  • Lien Tuyet
    Lien Tuyet 12 days ago

    Language English of me bad very bad
    Me need helping 😓

    • Lien Tuyet
      Lien Tuyet 10 days ago

      MsSunhappy thanks you ...
      I go to in Vietnam

    • MsSunhappy
      MsSunhappy 11 days ago

      ' my language is very bad. I need help.' just read more, overtime you will be better.

  • Casey
    Casey 13 days ago

    It's quite a good talk, and do agree that English is a tool to use. However, for a non-native speaker, is it possible to make English as same as native language.

  • sevennews jagadeesh
    sevennews jagadeesh 14 days ago

    You are great madam

  • Ngoc Vo
    Ngoc Vo 14 days ago

    Her observation and suggestion is very interesting. When I first came to Japan, I only knew a handful of words. Whenever I need to speak to Japanese, I am never scared of making mistakes. I just tried to get them understand what I was trying to say and vice versa. Then I started to learn a bit more Japanese and the funny thing is, I didn't feel that confident to speak anymore. I thought I should be able to form better sentences as I had known a bit more grammar and vocab. 😂 Guess I should go back to my broken but confident Japanese phase then.

  • Satish Chourasiya
    Satish Chourasiya 14 days ago

    People's in asia , does they understand what they say in English , it's questions on them?