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How to learn any language in six months | Chris Lonsdale | TEDxLingnanUniversity

  • Published on Nov 19, 2013
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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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  • Luis Urrutia
    Luis Urrutia Year ago +4888

    05:32 - How to learn any language in six months
    07:59 - Principle # 1: Focus on language content that is relevant to you
    08:49 - Principle # 2: Use your new language as a tool to communicate from day 1
    09:37 - Principle # 3: When you first understand the message you will unconsciously acquire the language
    10:31 - Principle # 4: Physiological training
    11:45 - Principle # 5: Psycho-physiological state matters
    12:22 - Action # 1: Listen a lot (brain soaking)
    12:43 - Action # 2: Focus on getting the meaning first (before the words)
    13:31 - Action # 3: Start mixing
    13:58 - Action # 4: Focus on the core
    15:22 - Action # 5: Get a language parent
    16:29 - Action # 6: Copy the face
    17:13 - Action # 7: "Direct connect" to mental images

  • Ivan Menes
    Ivan Menes 10 months ago +463

    5 Principios:
    07:59= #1 Enfocarte en el contenido relevante del lenguaje (dominar las herramientas de aprendizaje)
    08:49= #2 Usar el lenguaje desde el primer día para comunicarte.
    09:37= #3 Cuando entiendes el mensaje, inconscientemente adquieres el lenguaje.
    10:31= #4 Entrenamiento fisiológico ( entender lo que escucho)
    11:45= #5 Si estás triste, enfadado, disgustado, preocupado, no vas a aprender, punto.
    7 acciones:
    12:22= #1 Escucho mucho.
    12:43= #2 Entender primero el significado antes que la palabra.
    13:31= #3 Mezclen ( verbos, adjetivos, sustantivos aleatoriamente) como niños.
    13:58= #4 Enfocarte en lo elemental ( 1000 palabras se usan en el 80% de la interacción diaria)
    15:22= #5 Consigan un padre de idioma ( tutor de práctica y corrección).
    16:29= #6 Imitar los gestos al pronunciar.
    17:13= #7 Conexión directa con una imagen. (Relacionar)

  • Lynn
    Lynn 9 months ago +2292

    I'm so glad I could understand 99% of what he said even though my mother tongue is not the english. And I've learned by my self :)

    • 伟智 敖
      伟智 敖 19 days ago

      Me either! As my native language is Chinese, It's quite different from English .from 6 year old, I've studied English for about 14 years
      Although it's hard, I am satisfied with my hard working.

    • zachary sherry
      zachary sherry 22 days ago

      Did you watch this just to make that comment?

    • edoer
      edoer Month ago

      @Abdul Rab where is it from? I've never heard that language before

    • Abdul Rab
      Abdul Rab Month ago

      @edoer Urdu is my native language but I can speak English and Arabic as well

    • edoer
      edoer Month ago +1

      @Abdul Rab whats your native language?

  • Silvia
    Silvia 8 months ago +350

    I'm brazilian and I've studied english by myself since I was little because I was always interested in this language. I think that's the key: to be interested and curious about the language. It makes everything easier.

    • Josef K
      Josef K 4 days ago

      Exactly 👍🏻

    • zachary sherry
      zachary sherry 22 days ago

      Like marriage lol. If you're actually interested you go through all of that total BS haha

    • Goku matador de narutard Ssj3
      Goku matador de narutard Ssj3 Month ago

      Eu sou brasileiro e estou fazendo um curso já tem uns 5 meses, eu leio bem e entendo bastante coisa, mas nao consigo falar muito ou formular frases em inglês:/

    • jake may
      jake may Month ago +1

      I'm not Brazilian 🌟

    • Anonymike
      Anonymike 2 months ago

      @Ashitaka Elric No, they can't.

  • Henry
    Henry 8 months ago +330

    I'm so happy that i can understood about 60 percent in speech. Ted is a good channel helps me improve my English. I really want to control my English skills in the near future. If i fortunately, maybe after 6 months i can do it well. But i think that studying English is a my mission in whole life. So, anyway i'll never give up. Trying my best and improving English day by day. My success is comming!

    • Captain Caveman
      Captain Caveman 2 months ago

      You're getting it buddy 👏👏👏

    • Helen Ilona Zdimirovic
      Helen Ilona Zdimirovic 2 months ago

      I highly suggest that you get the app called ELSA it’s mostly based on those principles and helps you improve your English greatly. I know this by my personal experience ELSA app help me improve my English. Of course your improvement with ELSA is also depending on how much time you willing to dedicate to learn English. Good news is that not expensive at all.

    • Chris Kennedy
      Chris Kennedy 4 months ago

      @Henry keep going! You’ve got this!

    • Henry
      Henry 5 months ago +2

      @ammmmm thanks my friend

    • Henry
      Henry 5 months ago +1

      @Abdullah_SY thank you for asking me, i am better than the begining time to learn English by myself, but the way to learn is a long time so i have to try more and hard working

  • Arsene Wenger
    Arsene Wenger Year ago +6483

    Tip for everyone learning a language:
    No matter how many "how to learn a language" videos you have watched, language learning still requires hard work.

    • Daniel Cardin
      Daniel Cardin 7 days ago

      That statement is violence.

    • mahdi -ekn
      mahdi -ekn 28 days ago

      @Gelbsucht The question is, which method is correct?

    • mahdi -ekn
      mahdi -ekn 28 days ago

      The question is, which method is correct?

    • Wangesh
      Wangesh Month ago


    • Champ Tech
      Champ Tech 2 months ago

      English is my second language, I’ve been learning it for decades already and I’m still far, far from perfect. It’s all depends how you define you know the language. Some people think if they know a few words they know that language.

  • Antonio
    Antonio 2 months ago +249

    I guarantee you it is much more than 6 months to learn Korean from English. You need a lot more practice. It really depends on which languages you already know and which you want to learn. Also to what degree you want to be fluent

    • 힘내자힘내자
      힘내자힘내자 11 days ago

      As a Korean who is learning English, I totally agree with you. These two languages have less common things and also have big cultural differences. so it takes a lot of time to get used to each other's languages, especially compared with some Europe countries such as Germany, Dutch, Norway etc

    • 힘내자힘내자
      힘내자힘내자 11 days ago

      @Yulduzkhon isaeva It means you need to make a native boy/girlfriend when you go outside of your country

    • Mael Neri
      Mael Neri 11 days ago

      Took me two months how to read and write in korean. Everything wass a struggle.

    • Joe Sparacino
      Joe Sparacino Month ago

      Not true.

    • john.bj
      john.bj Month ago

      I do can not learn english, Is really difficult for me.

  • Rachel
    Rachel 2 months ago +30

    I’m English and moved to France when I was a kid. I remember being fluent in French in 6 months because as a kid, a lot of these principles were naturally in my environment: I went to all my school classes listening to french, I had a language parent - a teacher assigned to helping me learn after class, they showed me pictures with the words in french on them.
    Hopefully I can use these again to learn Japanese! I started a few months ago and still have a very basic level, that said I think learning to write in Kanji may take longer than learning to speak

    • peace sonnet
      peace sonnet Month ago

      Yes, Giving a specific time does not always work

    • Megan rose Delacruz Dagohoy
      Megan rose Delacruz Dagohoy 2 months ago


    • Beebs Dieu
      Beebs Dieu 2 months ago +1

      @Rachel, I’m trying to learn to speak Japanese too! Let me know if you have any pointers. 😊

  • Fares Ali
    Fares Ali 5 months ago +40

    One of the strongest and smartest discourses I have heard is how to learn a language. He is not different from Einstein in his intelligence, but he is in the department of languages, not mathematics. Very, very, very strong advice. Thank you very much for understanding me and clarifying the question that was in my mind: How do children learn language fluently and we cannot understand it even after a while His speech and his thought are close to mine

  • Xolisa
    Xolisa 9 months ago +46

    This was so incredibly helpful. Never thought about learning a new language with these approaches. Well done!

  • Diogo Poli Sanchotene
    Diogo Poli Sanchotene 2 years ago +9452

    05:32 - How to learn any language in six months
    07:59 - Principle # 1: Focus on language content that is relevant to you
    08:49 - Principle # 2: Use your new language as a tool to communicate from day 1
    09:37 - Principle # 3: When you first understand the message you will unconsciously acquire the language
    10:31 - Principle # 4: Physiological training
    11:45 - Principle # 5: Psycho-physiological state matters
    12:22 - Action # 1: Listen a lot (brain soaking)
    12:43 - Action # 2: Focus on getting the meaning first (before the words)
    13:31 - Action # 3: Start mixing
    13:58 - Action # 4: Focus on the core
    15:22 - Action # 5: Get a language parent
    16:29 - Action # 6: Copy the face
    17:13 - Action # 7: "Direct connect" to mental images

  • Rinku Salehin
    Rinku Salehin 9 months ago +16

    Thanks a lot Mr. Chris Lonsdale. Your speech is really inspiring and helpful. And Special thanks to TED talks team. You guys are doing an amazing job. Love from you from the core of my heart.

  • Milan Collin
    Milan Collin 6 months ago +12

    We just moved to Portugal and love to learn the language. For me these tips are crucial as I started by taking lessons last week. I noticed I've learned most at my gym where I come daily. The trainer is explaining everything in Portugese and then later translates it for me in English. I notice that I already understood a 60-70 percent before he translates. We are originally from the Netherlands so Dutch is our native language.

  • Vhao Zhang
    Vhao Zhang 2 months ago +4

    5 Principles:
    07:59= #1 Focus on the relevant content of the language (master the learning tools)
    08:49= #2 Use language from day one to communicate.
    09:37= #3 When you understand the message, you unconsciously acquire the language.
    10:31= #4 physiological training (understand what I hear)
    11:45= #5 If you're sad, angry, upset, worried, you're not going to learn, period.
    7 actions:
    12:22= #1 I listen a lot.
    12:43= #2 Understand the meaning first before the word.
    13:31= #3 Shuffle (verbs, adjectives, nouns randomly) like children.
    13:58= #4 Focus on the basics (1000 words are used in 80% of daily interaction)
    15:22= #5 Get a language parent (practice and correction tutor).
    16:29= #6 Imitate the gestures when pronouncing.
    17:13= #7 Direct connection with an image. (Relate)

  • Patricia Denise
    Patricia Denise 2 months ago +2

    One of the most straightforward talks I've watched. Super helpful and very practical! Love it

  • مركز ادهم المصري

    To learn English ,guys, you should only do one thing. you should practice. Yaeh practice try to go back in time and imagine yourself as a baby.
    How could you learn your mother language?
    By listening, right
    Listening and trying to speak.
    try and make mistakes. it's fine, But in the end i promise you. you will do it

    • Good Way Learning Mr Ben
      Good Way Learning Mr Ben 3 months ago

      Very Nice, Practice makes Perfect, thanks

    • strafer
      strafer 4 months ago

      The best thing to do is read. You’ll find that your deliver may not be great but you’ll surpass native speakers that aren’t well read in terms of expression through a broader vocabulary

    • Warda hassan
      Warda hassan 7 months ago

      To tolk to me

    • Warda hassan
      Warda hassan 7 months ago

      I wanna the person who native English

    • My Learning Journal
      My Learning Journal 9 months ago

      When I read "do one thing" I'm curious are you Indian?

  • Comprehensible Mandarin
    Comprehensible Mandarin 3 months ago +7

    Acquiring a language through comprehensible input has been mainstream among researchers & serious language learners for 40 years. Great to see the method finally spreading to a broader audience!

    • Comprehensible Mandarin
      Comprehensible Mandarin Month ago +1

      @Рамзан No, our teachers are native Chinese speakers, but my native language is English. When I wanted to learn Chinese, I couldn't find any comprehensible input for beginners, so I started Comprehensible Mandarin to create some!

    • Рамзан
      Рамзан Month ago

      LEPster ?

  • Sharon Abbott
    Sharon Abbott 9 months ago +10

    I learned my second language, Spanish,in high school, and I applied a few things that this man is teaching, however he has more ideas which I think are very helpful. Now I am encouraged to work on another language, or improve 2 others that I have been introduced to.
    I also want to suggest 2things that were helpful to me in learning Spanish; one was listening to music that I like in the new language because it has repetition and patterns. Also printed words, especially like store ads, catalogs, picture books, etc. You can learn a lot of useful written words from store ads because they have pictures and words together.

  • Gina Librizzi
    Gina Librizzi 3 months ago +2

    Love this! I just started learning a second language a few days ago, so I’m definitely going to try this approach. Thank you!

  • Rochelle
    Rochelle 3 months ago

    This is brilliant! I so appreciate your sharing. I received insight on why I've been able to learn German & Russian, and how to duplicate those successes in working on French & more. Worth more than a language class!

  • Julien Lay
    Julien Lay Year ago +3978

    If you want to go to one precise point in this video here you go :
    The 5 Principles of learning a new language :
    7:59 #1 Focus on langugage content that is relevant to you
    8:50 #2 Use your new language as a tool to communicate... from day 1
    9:37 #3 When you first understand the message, you will unconsciously acquire the language
    10:29 #4 Physiological training
    11:38 #5 Psycho-physiological state matters
    The 7 Actions for rapid language acquisition :
    12:21 #1 Listen a lot
    12:43 #2 Focus on getting the meaning first
    13:29 #3 Start mixing
    13:55 #4 Focus on the core
    15:11 #5 Get a language parent
    16:29 #6 Copy the face
    17:12 #7 "Direct connect" to mental images

  • DJ 9one
    DJ 9one 11 months ago

    I’m currently 3 months into learning Spanish with an online tutor from Brazil on a weekly basis and I’ve already made some good progress so far, he’s definitely right, 6 months is doable if you’re interested and put in the work mentally

  • Ostad Fiha
    Ostad Fiha 8 months ago +10

    As a multilingual, I can assure you . Listening is the single best way for getting good at any language. Even if you don't do nothing, you just watch contents in that language with subtitles every day for 1-2-3 hours for 1 month. Take it from me, you could unconsciously learn a lot of that language.

    • Astrid Wang-Reboud
      Astrid Wang-Reboud 2 months ago +1

      @Loveitdownunder 47 listening only will not get you there. You also need to work on the other steps that are mentioned, like learning the “tools” and bricks, and start building your own sentences. If you have an interest in speaking the language, you will be able to learn it. If you are not naturally gifted, it will take longer and you may never speak extremely well, but you can be proficient enough to be understood - the goal is communication, not perfection.
      However if you don’t have a strong interest in learning, and that’s your right of course, don’t expect to learn it just by being around native speakers.

    • Loveitdownunder 47
      Loveitdownunder 47 2 months ago

      NO,, Doesn't work..My wife's from the Philippines.
      I here her talk daily with relatives .After 23 years I still have no idea..It's incorrectly assumed that everyone can learn another language... Not true.... After all could anyone be a rocket scientist.I don't think so..

    • Ostad Fiha
      Ostad Fiha 3 months ago

      I'm not saying that you'll be an expert in every sector of that language. I said, you can learn a lot just by listening

    • Smoox
      Smoox 3 months ago

      Nah you need to SPEAK

  • Zbigniew Barszczewski
    Zbigniew Barszczewski 2 months ago +1

    I'm Polish speaking English since 1975 and Russian since 1977. Those were at school. In 1999 I've learnt Ukrainian in 3 months then in 2003 Spanish in 4 months, almost fluent. Just in the streets plus books. When it comes to communication the number goes up to 25 Indo-European languages. I never tried any others as I never needed them that much, although I'm interested in them just for fun.

  • jenna daneels
    jenna daneels 2 months ago +4

    Perfect explanation! I taught myself French and Dutch this way but you explained it better than I could.

  • Cyberpunk
    Cyberpunk Year ago +1288

    *********5 Principles**********
    1) Focus on language content that is relevant to you.
    2) Use your new language as tool to communicate from day 1.
    3) When you first understand the message your will unconsciously acquire the language.
    4) It's physiological training. (speak, listen) (10:28)
    5) Physiological state matters. (You're having fun, you're curious, relaxed) (11:37)
    ************Actions you should take to learn a language********
    1) Listen a lot. (12:21)
    2) Focus on getting the meaning first. (Learn by body language etc, patterns you already know). (12:43)
    3) Start mixing. (13:28)
    4) Focus on the core (Learn 1000 most used words, go for 3000 for pro level) (13:57)
    5) Get a language parent. (15:20)
    6) Copy the face. (16:29)
    7) Direct connect to mental images. (connect sounds, images, feeling with words) (17:12)
    8) Thumbs up? so others can see this.

    • Marilyn
      Marilyn Year ago

      Thank you so much

    • 희진맨TV
      희진맨TV Year ago

      Thank you for your help~ 😃

    • Jungle Shoots
      Jungle Shoots Year ago

      Now I have learnt the entire video in 15 seconds.

    • Tali
      Tali Year ago

      you are awesome thank you!

    • Beatriz Cotello
      Beatriz Cotello Year ago

      You will probably have a good hearing understanding but I don't think you will be easily able to speak.

  • ToMate
    ToMate 9 months ago +41

    La primera vez que vi esto en subtítulos al español, la segunda vez como 2 meses después con subtítulos en inglés y hoy mi tercera vez siendo 3 meses depués le entiendo al menos 98% de todo lo que dice, sí se puede carajo no renuncien. 🇲🇽

  • Hồng Tươi
    Hồng Tươi 6 months ago +5

    I had recognised these tips when i was in process of improving my English. However, this video also attracts my attention by its title. I mean, it's so hard for me to believe in "fluency inside 6 months" 😢. But after listening to his speech, It enhances my desire and my recognition for learning Eng and how to make my study better. So I really appreciate this!

    • Kacie Wolverton
      Kacie Wolverton 5 months ago +2

      It also depends how similar your target language is to a language you already know. e.g. If you already know Spanish, it's very reasonable to be fluent in Portuguese within 6mo. On the other hand, if you speak English then learning the Japanese writing system and grammar is going to take longer because there is simply more to learn. Plus there is a big difference if you spend 10hr per day learning or only 30min. Six months seems like the fastest in an ideal scenario, but people with other responsibilities won't have so much time or energy to learn that fast

  • Carol Tensen
    Carol Tensen 2 months ago +5

    Nice to see him use the term language"acquisition", instead of language "learning", As a elementary school teacher, we had a lot of exposure to Krashen's principles. This was a good recap with application to adults learning languages.

  • marlene uwiteka
    marlene uwiteka 7 months ago +21

    I took his advice to the heart! I learned Spanish so quickly 😍y’all need to take notes!!

  • Erik Žiak
    Erik Žiak 7 years ago +9108

    He forgot one main thing. You should begin to THINK in the language you want to learn. In the process of thinking, which is essentially talking to yourself in your head, use the language you want to learn to express your thoughts. That is very important! When you want to do small talk with somebody in the language you want to learn, think beforehand what you will say, how and why. I found that very useful. I could quickly learn the phrases I needed to but being able to improvise (which small talk actually is) is much more challenging. If you think in your native language and try to simultaneously translate to the foreign language a story, you quickly run into big trouble. That is why you have to learn to think in the foreign language. Then you can become fluent. At least these are my 2 cents...

    • Desmonde Hoppie
      Desmonde Hoppie 2 months ago


    • Lex Barringer
      Lex Barringer 4 months ago

      Yeah, when I was learning Japanese. How and the way the Japanese think is very different than Americans.

    • Fiza Sohail Khan
      Fiza Sohail Khan Year ago +1

      I agree.

    • Yina Frentz
      Yina Frentz  Year ago

      Think beforehand? Means 6 pathways, 7 actions= learn a language in 5 mounts.

    • Corneles Mokodompit
      Corneles Mokodompit 2 years ago

      @Mr. Tickle l am stop is bisnis jop order l am stop name corneles mokodompit from indonesia asking

  • Gondez
    Gondez 2 months ago

    Thanks a lot to Mr. Chris Lonsdale, i really appreciated what you do, you even do the research, and then teach that to us, wow. 🙏🏼

  • 阿邱
    阿邱 8 months ago +1

    Can’t believe that I knew 65 percent of this video without translation. So happy to learn “how to learn language in six months”. I really wish I can be a wise man such as this talker.

  • Brooklyn's Finest
    Brooklyn's Finest 2 months ago +4

    I love this man's passion. Beautiful stuff. I am currently learning Amharic (Ethiopian language) which is one of, if not the oldest language in the world. It's a beautiful language & my Ethiopian fiancé is teaching me.
    She gives me 5 words per day that I write on index cards & now after watching this video I'm going to focus more on 10 verbs, 10 nouns, 10 adjectives, so that they can equal = 1,000 possible phrases for me to play with in Amharic.
    I obviously want to learn Amharic out of & bc of love. Love is an amazing motivator.

  • Lori O'Gorman
    Lori O'Gorman 2 months ago

    Awesome! I plan on applying these very well laid out principles and actions to learn a new language! Thank you:)

  • ᄒᄒ김세영
    ᄒᄒ김세영 2 years ago +2191

    From my experience, I can tell that he's absolutely right. I'm from Spain and I'm 16 years old, almost 17. I've been studying English since I was 3 years old at school, but it wasn't until almost two years ago when I became better at it unconsciously. I started watching videos and series in English, I read everyday in English many posts on Twitter and I was having fun with it. Nowadays, while my classmates are extremely struggling with it because they only study with books in class, I don't need to open a book because I've interiorized the grammar without noticing it, and also a lot of vocabulary. And that's the important and better part of language learning, just having fun while doing it.
    Now I'm applying the same tips in my journey studying french, which I´ve been studying for 5 years but I'm still in a very basic level, and Korean.
    Sorry for this long message but I wish you all a happy language learning!!

    • peace sonnet
      peace sonnet Month ago

      You are on the correct way because you are stepping on receptive skills, so that’s why you can learn. But time limitation does not work I think

    • Ken Osako
      Ken Osako 5 months ago

      좋은 방법이에요. Agree, language learning should really be immersion, and textbooks matter as well, as you'll need to be aware on the grammar to make what you're studying some sense.

    • Alvaro300010
      Alvaro300010 Year ago

      Mucho texto

      RULERZREACHF4N Year ago

      Psst, wanna be my language pareNt? I’m trying to learn Spanish.

    • Oyinda Bello
      Oyinda Bello 2 years ago

      That's so cool! I'm 16 as well and I'm learning Korean and French too (i've made a youtube channel to record my progress). I 100% get that; when you're learning a language, you feel like you're not making any progress then boom you realise you actually understand quite a lot.

  • Evelina
    Evelina 2 months ago +1

    I think this was a great talk 🌼 thank you for putting things this well into words

  • gi caro
    gi caro 2 months ago

    Yo no hablo inglés muy bien, pero puedo entender cada palabra que dice este señor y creo que es increíble que pueda con palabras tan comunes y fáciles darse a entender!
    Con razón su éxito en lenguas

  • Mr M Karthikramu Assistant Professor In Mathematics

    Good Noon Prof.sir.. Really great message.. you are inspiring us and taught us learning the language is mundane way..

  • Seanawesum
    Seanawesum 2 months ago

    What often helped me in Mandarin was to decipher the system of its use and where nouns and verbs go, very similar system to Kanji, and how nouns play a role in the differences

  • Ahad Al-Hadrami
    Ahad Al-Hadrami Year ago +1904

    My native language is Arabic, I can speak English and German and now I learn Chinese! After that I am going to learn Russian! Best of luck to all who learn languages.

    • lama
      lama 3 months ago


    • Rodrigo Zauli
      Rodrigo Zauli 3 months ago

      I do speak 4 languages but I gave up learning Arabic.

    • Darcy D
      Darcy D 3 months ago

      @DENIRO CASTLE успехов в русском:))

    • Chung-hee Park
      Chung-hee Park 3 months ago

      How good are you at the languages which aren't your mother tongue? I'm tired of hearing people say "I can speak this and that language", but it turns out that they only know the basics of a certain language or speak broken Chinese or Japanese.

  • Enza Sicuri
    Enza Sicuri 2 months ago

    Thank you! Very useful method! I appreciate your advice a lot. Going to learn a new language, that would be my fourth after Italian English and French. I’d love Greek and Jewish also Chinese and Tibetan

  • Unaffiliated Wealth
    Unaffiliated Wealth 8 months ago +1

    I'm glad someone is doing a talk on these principles. I apply this. It's real! You can't be lazy though. 🙂

  • Tarmu
    Tarmu 8 months ago +3

    I'm learning French, i'm so excited because in 2-3months i already understand a little bit
    This summer, I realize that this video has empiric tools to multiply your learning and achieve to speak it fluently in half year.

  • Randall
    Randall 5 months ago +2

    I love seeing a presenter that’s so passionate about the topic.

  • Sun Wu
    Sun Wu 7 years ago +2226

    I am fluent in 5 languages including some of the toughest ones like Mandarin, German , Japanese and currently picking up Spanish so I can tell you that these are absolutely true.

    • wakenokiyomaro
      wakenokiyomaro Year ago


    • Jesper Andersen
      Jesper Andersen Year ago

      no fujianese yet?

    • Sumaiya Afrin Zinia
      Sumaiya Afrin Zinia Year ago

      Xiōngdì huò jiěmèi, wúlùn wǒ shuō shénme... Qǐng bāngzhù wǒ xuéxí pǔtōnghuà... Rúguǒ nín shì mǔyǔ rénshì, wǒ zhēn de xīwàng nín tiānjiā wǒ de shèjiāo méitǐ zhànghù.

      RULERZREACHF4N Year ago

      I’m trying to learn Spanish =‘D wondering when I’ll give up

    • Viviana Espitia
      Viviana Espitia 2 years ago

      I have 6 months to learn Russian and English, can you give me tips? . I have been learning for less than two months and the truth in English I have advanced a little, I know many words, but it is difficult for me to understand it and when I speak, my grammar is not correct. You can help me, 🙏 music, youtube channels, books, programs, everything that can help me

  • Cosmin Sultan
    Cosmin Sultan 3 months ago

    This is so true ! 14 years ago I arrived in Italy, without any clue of Italian language...
    I don't say now I speak fluently, but without open any book, I learned like this guy telling us ! 😎

  • Ibrahim Muhamed Koroma
    Ibrahim Muhamed Koroma 11 months ago +2

    A passionate teacher that inspires any student.

  • Ether_Lana
    Ether_Lana 9 months ago +1

    I am learning Cypriot which is a hybrid mix of mainly Greek with a little Turkish plus the local Cypriot dialect ( which is not really written down ). Tough going but i am starting to make basic conversations by using these techniques....thank you !!!

  • Юрий Иванцив
    Юрий Иванцив 7 months ago +3

    Great! There is a lot of useful information on this channel! I'd like to recommend the excellent book by Yuriy Ivantsiv Polyglot Notes: Practical Tips for Learning a Foreign Language. This workshop contains many methods for learning a foreign language, showing how to use modern technology. The practicum will help everyone who is studying a foreign language on their own or with a teacher! Good luck to everyone! Thanks to the author for the work!

  • KDL
    KDL 2 years ago +16339


  • Omar Hazeen
    Omar Hazeen 2 months ago

    Language learning does require hard work, however, sticking to some principles helps you learn faster. Apply them and feel the difference. By the way, thank you for the good Ppt, Sir!

  • Dominique Mueller
    Dominique Mueller 8 months ago +1

    I've been struggling with english for 30 years and I struggle with greek for two years now. If those advices are relevant, I'm pretty sure it will still take much more than six months before fluency... The easiest one was spanish, but it's quite close to french, my native language, so it was much easier to learn.

    • Mark Shimada
      Mark Shimada 4 months ago

      Hi Dominique, what's your struggle with English? Do you mind sharing?

  • Elisabeth Braem
    Elisabeth Braem 2 months ago +1

    I arrived 35 years ago at Spain, didn't knew any word, so I searched every day 10 words in the diccionary words I could use and I needed, translated songs, and explained myself with what I knew and signs and sounds, I didn't care to much about grammar, I learned explaining myself very well in 6 months

  • Musicoholic
    Musicoholic 3 months ago

    you are changing my life, with your extraordinary input, thank yu so much. i thought the learning language is difficult, and worrying of not able to crack it out, but you made my day.

  • B Neves
    B Neves 4 years ago +918

    I love seeing how so many people have a desire to learn another language, how many already know multiple languages and those who are willing to help each other. This is what you call a beautiful comment thread that actually feels good to read.

    • Casual English with Amy
      Casual English with Amy Year ago

      I agree with you!

    • NN NN
      NN NN 3 years ago

      I am bilingual (English isn't my mother tounge) but still I want to learn Japanese just for the sake of learning one of the hardest language out there!

    • J F
      J F 3 years ago

      I speak Persian, English and a little bit of Turkish to take care of myself. Turkish and Persian have many words in common. it's easy for us but you shouldn't think indo-europian like Persian and English when it comes to Turkish.

    • farideh kodrami
      farideh kodrami 3 years ago

      Ancient Heart i speak Farsi ,English and iam leraning Turkish .can some body help me with Turkish. Thank you

    • GodricThe
      GodricThe 3 years ago

      In about 5 months I'll go to Germany, it would be third.

  • Dua GH
    Dua GH 4 months ago

    Thank you so much that was helpful. I will start to implay this principles in my learning process. Also Lol you really encaruged me to learn drawing, because really I want to spend my free time doing something fun like drawing

  • Driftion in the mirror
    Driftion in the mirror 8 months ago

    It was great listening to you and u ‘ve a very clear explanation. Thank u so much 💐

  • Ingela انجيلا אינגלה

    I've found that listening to a known text, over and over again, in the target language, really helps.
    (In my case, I've been listening to a chapter of the Bible in Hebrew.)
    At first, I knew a few words, and not much else. But, as I already knew the text content in my own language, I found that, each time I listened to the audio, I was able to follow where we were in the narrative, even if I only understood a few words.
    Now after a couple of months of listening through it once a day, I realize that I understand almost every single word of what I hear!
    Just think of what listening to, and learning one chapter of an audio book, almost to the point of memorization will do.
    It's a great stepping stone to build on.
    Instead of cramming vocab, I've learnt how Hebrew is stringed together into sentences, and I know many phrases snd sentences by heart.
    All of this at not much more effort on my part, than listening once a day.
    * I've also started following along in the text, listening at 0.75 speed.
    As with the listening part, I don't yet know the whole alphabet, byt have been able to follow along with my eyes on the text, and have been able to recognize words, and know where we are in the text.

    • Lena Lena
      Lena Lena 2 months ago

      My boyfriend have difficulties with listening. and what you describe became the best tactic for him. and he is not lazy, he tries a lot. Also, his hearing not perfect, so when he listens to his own language, he doesn't even notice it. But once it's foreign language, it becames really hard.

  • Elelegido SF
    Elelegido SF 3 months ago +1

    The main error I see here is, "because I and someone else learned a new language in six months, then anyone can do it". However, this man is clearly very intelligent, and abilities vary. All one has to do to appreciate this is think about how some people who speak one's own native language can barely speak it and express themselves, yet others are extremely articulate.

    • peace sonnet
      peace sonnet Month ago

      You’re right giving time for a kind of learning is wrong

  • Javier Marin Munoz
    Javier Marin Munoz 5 years ago +1619

    I learned 1000 words in German in 3 months, but since I'm a perfectionist I've struggled to speak, because I'm scared it won't be perferct. This video inspired me to JUST DO IT. "It Doesn't have to be perfect; it just has to work!"

    • The Anon
      The Anon Year ago

      Und nach drei Jahren solltest du eigentlich gut deutsch können... wenn du weiter gelernt hast

    • Javier Marin Munoz
      Javier Marin Munoz 2 years ago

      @Joan Carles Bartra Si, pon la configuración extrema y úsalo todos los días. Buena suerte camarada

    • Joan Carles Bartra
      Joan Carles Bartra 2 years ago +1

      @Javier Marin Munoz Duolingo funciona bien entonces?

      THE LEGEND 2 years ago

      Hello, did you have already expanded your vocabulary linguistically about series or generally gained experience with it. I had planned to watch two series in the evening with subtitles from next week on. Mainly for English and French. I'd be happy to hear about your experiences.

    • Ulriko F.
      Ulriko F. 2 years ago

      Reden, sprechen, quatschen, schwätzen und babbeln sind die fünf wichtigsten Sachen, die Du tun musst. Die fünf nächstwichtigen sind lesen, schreiben, zuhören, fernsehen und diskutieren. Viel Erfolg! :-)

  • mixxxlost
    mixxxlost 7 months ago +5

    I'm so happy that I could understand the video, I study by myself for three years, yes its so much time but if I had focus I probably being speaking English fluently now, but I'm determined, I can understand a lot but I don't have confidence to speak and write. I'm writing now but I always think that i am writing everything wrong. Omg

    • Jonas Ramos Bautista
      Jonas Ramos Bautista 6 months ago +3

      You wrote very well 👍, I'm a native Spanish Speaker and I've 2 years almost 3 learning English by myself too 😊

  • Not of this world
    Not of this world 6 months ago +4

    I’m learning Russian, and it’s not as hard as I thought. I’m a week in, and already know most of the alphabet, days of the week, and even a few sentences. It’s not that bad, but very different pronunciations than English.

    • Julia Vrevska
      Julia Vrevska 3 months ago

      If I invite you to be mine language parent (and I will be for you). If we could agree to accept each other as those who hardly know my language and try to implement the principles described in this video? I am not a Russian teacher, but my Russian is quite good. Would you like to chat online to help you (& me) learn a language?

  • eddie
    eddie 4 months ago +2

    I come from a Chinese family and I've spend most of my childhood in China. I fully respect this man and his commitment to learning Chinese. That being said, the fact that he claims to be speaking Chinese at a native level cannot be further from the truth, I've seen videos of him speaking chinese and although his Chinese is pretty fluent, I don't think any native Chinese speaker would even consider him to be speaking Chinese at a native level

    • jun A
      jun A 2 months ago


  • Christoph 1945
    Christoph 1945 9 months ago +1

    Learning a language is hard work; thank you for all the fulcrums and pulleys for making it easier! 👍

  • Ian Hollis
    Ian Hollis 3 years ago +990

    5 Principles.
    7 Actions.
    (Listed below)
    Principle #1:
    Focus on a language that is relevant to you.
    Principle #2:
    Use your new language as a tool to communicate *FROM DAY ONE!!!*
    Principle #3:
    When you *first* understand the *message* you unconsciously *acquire* the language.
    Principle #4:
    Physiological Training.
    Principle #5:
    Psychophysoilogical STATE matters. And learn to be tolerant of ambiguity.
    7 Actions for Rapid Language Acquisition:
    1. Active listening.
    2. Focus on getting the meaning first (before the words).
    3. Start mixing (10 verbs x 10 nouns x 10 adjectives = 1000 possible phrases).
    4. focus on the core.
    5. Get a "Language Parent"
    5a. Works to understand what you are saying.
    5b. Does not correct mistakes.
    5c. Confirms understanding by using correct language.
    5d. Uses words the learner knows.
    6. Copy the face
    7. "Direct Connect" to Mental Images

    • Shawne Mitchell
      Shawne Mitchell 2 years ago

      😒who has time to soak their brain in a language...

    • Jhgg Jhvn
      Jhgg Jhvn 2 years ago


    • 홍관점
      홍관점 3 years ago

      Thanks your kind

    • Leonel Molbert
      Leonel Molbert 3 years ago

      Copy paste:D

    • John Smith
      John Smith 3 years ago

      When I see your sort of post with ostentatious spacing for completely vague terms, I immediately ID you as a head case.

  • Nina Lim
    Nina Lim 3 months ago

    He said it all no more excuses 🙏 thank you so much he was very generous to share it with us

  • Shawn Zhao
    Shawn Zhao 4 months ago

    Excellent video! I've learnt a lot from it and look forward more your masterpieces .

  • May Moony's Galaxy
    May Moony's Galaxy 5 months ago +1

    the crazy thing is: my mother tongue is Portuguese but i had contact with english my whole life through internet and now i could understand 90% of this Ted talk, and now I'm using this video so I can learn a third language. Tysm TED

  • Sherry Pounds
    Sherry Pounds 8 months ago +2

    I'm really struggling to integrate into Swedish culture because of the language barrier. When people speak the language you don´t understand around you it is so frustrating and makes you feel numb and small.

  • Aesthetic Village
    Aesthetic Village Year ago +1477

    Okay people, here is a long list of methods I've used to learn any new language. I hope this helps!
    -text/talk to any chatbot in target language(also helps if you're shy to talk to ppl)
    -Watch RU-cliprs in target language
    -read in target language(books, children stories, news, poetry, quotes)
    -listen to music in target language
    -have conversation with yourself in target language
    -change phone language
    -watch cartoons in target language
    -watch tv series/ movies in target language
    -write stories in target language
    -write songs/poetry in target language
    -watch podcast in target language
    -think in target language
    -pretend to be the first humans to speak language
    (E.g. look at the clouds and pretend you gave it the name)
    -play games in target language
    -associated words with feelings
    -associate words with pictures in your head
    -watch daily conversations in target language on youtube
    -listen to songs in target language
    -apply target language to hobbies/interests(e.g workout videos in french, guided meditation in Spanish, art DIY with German instructions)
    -write journal in target language
    -use analogies
    -find interview/get to know me questions and answer in target language
    -exercise to videos in target language
    -watch tutorial videos of any kind in target language
    -use captions in target language if available.
    Good luck!!!

    • via of Camen"
      via of Camen" Year ago

      From today I will do follow your tips

    • David Lynn
      David Lynn Year ago

      Very good advise

    • Fiza Sohail Khan
      Fiza Sohail Khan Year ago

      @Irreplaceable Ann You're welcome.

    • Irreplaceable Ann
      Irreplaceable Ann Year ago +1

      Wow! Thank u.

    • Fiza Sohail Khan
      Fiza Sohail Khan Year ago

      I agree with the 4th point. When I talk to myself in Turkish(foreign language I'm learning) I realize the vocab I don't know or a grammar rule that I don't know or might be good at.

  • musik102
    musik102 11 months ago

    Well, i would say that you have to have a the right temperament to put all that learning into practice. For some people, the stress of having to "perform" in a new language could be a huge drawback. For example, you could write down all the things a person has to do to successfully stand up and speak to a large audience BUT wild horses couldn't drag a lot of people on to a stage in spite of all the that "know how" advice.

  • mobina hashemi
    mobina hashemi 11 months ago +7

    My mother tongue is Persian & while I was learning English many years ago, I imagined myself in different occasions: in a Cafe, restaurant, on the street with others, lecturing at university & just tried to talk. Believe me, it really works!

    • mobina hashemi
      mobina hashemi 5 months ago +1

      @Iam Me advanced, as I'm taking online courses of American universities:)

    • Iam Me
      Iam Me 5 months ago

      So what's your level by applying this method??

  • студент-медик

    This is so true:) understanding how brain works, we could learn much more effectively and without forcing ourselves to study

  • Pamela Silva
    Pamela Silva 8 months ago +3

    Amei este proffesor/SLA
    Ele é muito legal é divertido
    Eu sou do Brasil bjs

  • Elena Yakymiv
    Elena Yakymiv 5 months ago +1

    Thank you 💗 a lot
    Great video! absolutely practical and effective moreover geniusly simple.

  • Wishmaster333
    Wishmaster333 7 months ago

    I’ve been trying to learn Italian for almost a year now and still only know the basics. It’s hard when you don’t have anyone to speak the language to in order to know if you’re doing it correctly.

  • Avin Black
    Avin Black Month ago

    A passion takes the work away. You simply love what you are doing therefore you learn, as a result.
    This is how I learned Punjabi.

  • Stressed Out
    Stressed Out 11 months ago +2

    My first language is Russian, I have learned English at school and now I am working on my Italian. I start learning it for the third time, I hope I'll manage to do it the near future ;) This video gave me ideas how I can improve my studying process and learn Italian in a short period of time

    • Hic Nuntio
      Hic Nuntio 9 months ago

      Well?...You're doing great with your English, and as a Russian that you are, you shouldn't be Stressed Out. OK?..Congrats!!

  • Александр Васюткин

    YEAH!!! I am gonna be fluent after six months studying. It's really useful advices. Thank you for this video!

  • maclane7
    maclane7 9 months ago +13

    Fantastic presentation, I would add one thing : work on content you like (soccer article, music lyrics, Netflix shows, etc). No boredom, it will keep you motivated during the process

    • Yoga Bliss Dance
      Yoga Bliss Dance 6 months ago +1

      That was the first point he made..."content that is relevant to you..."

  • Wayne Swanson
    Wayne Swanson 2 months ago

    When somebody mentions that they speak this or that foreign language, I always ask myself: How well? If one looks at the DLI (Defense Language Institute) or ACTFL (American College on the Teaching of Foreign Language) proficiency levels, there can be a vast array of competencies. These stretch through different levels of Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Superior, all the way up to Distinguished. To carry on a reasonable, but limited conversation, one needs to have their level at the upper Intermediate if not Advanced. So, in talking about skill, or knowing a language, it all depends what one means by "knowing". Nevertheless, a nice presentation.

  • Luna lion
    Luna lion 3 months ago +1

    Thanks a lot !!! This video gives confidence and motivation !!i have the goal to learn Arabic ! Well, hope 6 months later I will understand and speak the language 🤩🤩

    • Luna lion
      Luna lion 3 months ago

      @Mohammed Alnajm it will be great thanks but I begin in Arabic I don't know much

    • Mohammed Alnajm
      Mohammed Alnajm 3 months ago +1

      Great goal, if you want to help, I don't mind, I teach you Arabic, and you teach me English or French

  • Isto não é Filosofia
    Isto não é Filosofia 2 years ago +1687

    It only begins at 7:00.
    To summ up (attention-meaning-relevance-memory):
    5 principles:
    I. Focus on language content that is relevant to you.
    II. Use your new language as a tool to communicate from day 1.
    III. When you first understand the message, than you will unconscisously acquire the language.
    IV. Physiological training
    V. Psychological state matters
    7 actions:
    I. Listen a Lot
    II. Focus on getting the meaning first
    III. Start mixing (verbs, nouns, adjectives)
    IV. 4 weeks:
    Week 1 Tool Box: a) what is this?, b) how do you say?, c) I don't understand
    Week 2-3 Pronouns, Nouns, Common Verbs, adjectives (you, that, give, me, hot)
    Week 4 Glue words (although, therefore, but, even though, etc.)
    V. Get a language parent.
    VI. Copy the face.
    VII. "Direct Conect" to mental images

    • Somxr_7
      Somxr_7 2 years ago

      Isto não é Filosofia this is good but I still recommend watching the video, it really is helpful!

    • The Learner
      The Learner 2 years ago

      Thanks for summing it up!

    • 紫鈴
      紫鈴 2 years ago

      VIII. Learn verb conjugations X'D

    • josenildo ferreira assunção
      josenildo ferreira assunção 2 years ago

      why do you say it only begins at 7 min?

    • Sleepy Hulk
      Sleepy Hulk 2 years ago

      Really good sum-up.Thanks!

  • Arshak Navruzyan
    Arshak Navruzyan 2 months ago

    Very useful and sensible talk, thank you!!!

  • Gabriel Santos
    Gabriel Santos 10 months ago +6

    I’m fluent in 4 languages, and I’m currently learning Spanish (I’m kinda decent lol) and Japanese (n3) but I’ll try to learn both languages with this method. I’ll be back at december and update

  • R A I N   O F   S U M M E R   7_6

    Según yo iba a empezar a prender coreano en este año (inicie el 1 de enero si mal no recuerdo) pero casi no sé la nada y no creo poder establecer una conversación
    Pero tomare los consejos y me esforzare más 🧡
    피이팅! 😋

  • M Na
    M Na 3 months ago

    This is exactly how my kid learned a second language. The first thing he learned was to tell people he didn't know it.

  • Linn Le
    Linn Le Year ago +271

    I've been learning English for 4 years and now I'm pretty fluent at it. Looking back at my language learning journey, I find these principles and actions so true. I use some of them during my journey and they really work to improve my English. The one thing that really stands out to me is that you should never strive for perfection. Just make mistakes and learn from them. What an amazing talk!

    • H A
      H A 2 months ago +1

      @Diana Chii Audiobooks.

    • strafer
      strafer 4 months ago +5

      Your writing is better than the average American student that has been learning their own native language for well over 12 years. I’ve read and scored many thousands of essays of students from numerous public schools and grades around the country. Their grasp of it is mostly subpar

    • Linn Le
      Linn Le 7 months ago +9

      @Diana Chii OMG I literally didn't see your comment until now. So sorry. But some YT channels I often watch are English with Lucy, Speak English with Vanessa, mmmEnglish, JenniferESL, English with Papa Teach me, English like a native, linguamaria, and many more.

    • cri cri
      cri cri 7 months ago +1

      literally same!! I learned English and now i want to learn Korean as well :)

    • Diana Chii
      Diana Chii 9 months ago

      @Linn Le can you give me the English teacher in YT please?

  • N P
    N P 3 months ago +2

    This has been in my “Watch Later” playlist for two years, and I’ve watched it twice now. Once when I first put it in the playlist and again around 6 months ago. I’m still on my first language.

  • Daniel Oulhint
    Daniel Oulhint 7 months ago

    Good lecture and very informative. Thank you

  • Kyo Haibaru
    Kyo Haibaru 10 months ago +1

    I’m going to do this with Spanish. I’ve been around the language most of my life but was embarrassed to speak because I was made fun of by others for not knowing something in said language whenever I decided to speak.. So 07/22/2021 - 01/22/2022 I should be fluent! Will come back to update. Wish me luck!

  • House Of Golde
    House Of Golde 11 months ago

    all amazing points, one thing i'd add aswell is to play the language while sleeping. I personally play audiobooks in different languages while I sleep. overall this is a habit to be developed in a positive way. I hope everyone is learning and growing on their journey xo

  • what'swrong withyou
    what'swrong withyou Year ago +6435

    That moment when you listen video "how to learn any language" on your second language

  • Hermine Adou
    Hermine Adou 20 days ago +1

    One year from now, I was looking for a method to speak and understand fluent english . When I falled into this video . It's was too hard to understand . But now i feel more at my ease. Work and patience work in learning.

    • Helen Zass
      Helen Zass 6 days ago +1

      He is describing a method of language learning that Harvard University developed in the 60's. This was then bought by a Dutch company and a Swiss made it into a commercially available Language Course. Yes it does work and Yes you can learn a language in 6 month.

  • susan Davis
    susan Davis 6 months ago +1

    Beginning my journey in learning Spanish today, so lets see how it goes!

  • Skruff
    Skruff 11 months ago

    I do many of these naturally from experience. I still think though, that if you are thrown in another country you manage these things faster if you put effort into learning. Most people who don't learn the language of the country they are living in never really tried.

  • arieriapratama
    arieriapratama 3 months ago

    He told that talks with high enthusiasm. Thank you sir for your knowledge

  • me myself
    me myself 2 years ago +2692

    My father is linguistic proffesor and every time he says : if you want to learn any language , your tongue has to touch to the native speakers tongue ...he meant get a partner and you will learn it quickly

    • Jansuro
      Jansuro 2 years ago +1

      Dil dile değmeden dil öğrenilmez xd

    • Something
      Something 2 years ago

      at least it helps to keep learning year after year, but a love, for the other side, don't last that long :D

    • Lord Brett Sinclair
      Lord Brett Sinclair 2 years ago

      That's why I married an Australian girl. I'm a Frenchman...

      LIVYAPPLE 2 years ago

      @Abeer Yahia what?

    • 5 sec Stufe 5
      5 sec Stufe 5 2 years ago +1

      @僕と契約しましょう Your user name made me chuckle... the honorative prefix and then the question marker... completely irritating... but funny still ♥

  • Keralaforum
    Keralaforum 2 months ago

    Brilliant ! In Less 30 minutes Mr Lonsdale has covered almost everything !I
    3000 words enough to communicate almost anything in English!
    I remember from my School days two dictionaries . 1) Abridged Longsmans Dictionary 2) ELBS Advanced Learners Dictionary(Oxford)
    Both written within 2500 words of vocabulary!