You Admire People Who Speak another Language
How awesome would it be if you could walk into a coffee shop, and whether it be in French, Italian, Czech or any other language you’re chatting to the locals? Imagine you’re in Paris, and so Coffee in hand you linger there talking to the owner in French about a film you saw last night. After you wander into a small boutique and talk to the lady about this seasons fashions, then impress your French boyfriend’s parents over lunch with your language skills. Later you meet your boyfriend’s sister who becomes your new best friend when you bond over your shared love of travel and obsession with cute puppy videos on YouTube. Again all the time talking in French.
But you had the same French class as me, the Tricolore textbook with the flag. I would stare at it hoping a little beret wearing French man would spring out to liven up Mrs Smith, trying hard to do French chic with all those scarves but looking more like she’d dressed in the dark. Fingers cramping from vocab lists and grammar rules dutifully copied from the board. We longed for the last three minutes of class when we got the opportunity to utter the six words we’d been practising all term
“Café au lait s’il vous plaît”
We knew it must be a phrase of great importance in France, why else would Mrs smith have dedicated an entire term to it. We’d rehearsed it week after week. Next term we’d graduate to asking for cheese in the Boulangerie. Could we talk to our exchange student about movies, the girl we had a crush on, or how we’d cried for hours when Robbie left Take That like they could in English? No but it didn’t matter because we could impress them with our impression of a robot buying a train ticket on the Paris metro, or a parrot at the doctors with a headache
“J’ai mal à la tête, J’ai mal à la tête”
and If there was a café au lait to be ordered or fromage to be brought we had it covered.
What languages do you dream of
Perhaps for you it’s travelling through South America using Spanish and Portuguese, a rail journey across Europe changing language with each country, or maybe you just want to understand what your Czech girlfriend’s father is actually saying about you!
It’s beautiful to watch people seamlessly go from one language to another. You’ve dreamed of this, the freedom to talk to people and form friendships without language barriers. To travel and immerse yourself in different cultures. Perhaps you dream of living in different counties, or reaching more people with your work, or travelling in your job.
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So where are you now?
Are you like I was when I lived in France, feeling lonely and isolated because you can’t talk to people? Curled up in your bedroom with your ‘Teach Yourself French’ Book desperately trying to work out where Mrs Smith had gone wrong? Quickly realizing that French people actually spend very little time ordering Coffee, especially in Paris because it’s so darn expensive, and very rarely bring up cheese in everyday conversations. Damn you Mrs Smith!
Schools have a lot to answer for
They focused on the wrong things. That’s why you struggled to learn then, why you’re still struggling now because you’re taking the same approach. We’ve been left with the belief that language learning is boring and difficult but it doesn’t have to be. Forget how they taught you it didn’t work. There’s a BETTER WAY, a less painful way without old-school teachers and boring classes.
When in 2015 I decided to learn Afrikaans I took a completely different approach. In just over two years I’ve achieved an ability I never came close to after ten years of French at school. What’s changed? Simply I make sure I’m having fun. Why do something that’s boring and stressful just because everybody else is?
The only requirement for learning languages is the desire to learn.
The biggest obstacles you have are the myths
Let’s dispel a few:
- I don’t have the talent for languages.
The biggest myth of them all. There is NO special talent required.
- I’m not clever enough.
Plenty of stupid people can speak more than one language.
- Language learning is boring and difficult.
Only because schools and establishments have made it so.
- I’m too old I should have learnt as a child.
There’s NO “learn by” date stamped on languages, and adults are actually far more effective learners.
- You need to have a lot of spare time.
You DON’T need to be chained to a desk. Just 30 minutes of study a day done in the right way is incredibly effective.
- You must live in the country.
My Mother-in-Law has lived in South Africa for 50 years and still only speaks English. I don’t and speak Afrikaans.
Want to learn another language so you can talk about your mother-in-law without her knowing? I of course would never do that!
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I’ll help you speak a language in just four months. Book your free no obligation “Get Me Speaking” consultation to find out more. At the end of the consultation I’ll share three learning tips with you for remembering words.
Language classes don’t work for you, you want to speak you’re not interested in all that grammar. That was what Mrs Smith concentrated on and it didn’t work, Can you fully explain the grammar of your native language? I bet you’d struggle yet we speak it fluently. Most people can’t fully explain the grammar of their native language so DON’T let grammar stop YOU.
In just 4 months you could be speaking
With the right guidance you could be chatting with locals at a bar in Spain, buying clothes at a boutique in Paris, having ice-cream with your new friends in Italy, or finally understanding what your Czech girlfriend’s Father is saying about you!
You have everything you need you just need guidance.
Language learning is like getting fit, you want to but it seems painful. You have all these limiting beliefs holding you back and so it never happens. You need someone to motivate you, keep you accountable and on track to achieve your goals so you get a Personal Trainer. What if there was a Personal Trainer for language learning? A language fitness coach. Someone who could
- Help you set clear goals.
- Help you work through your blocks.
- Help you find learning materials and methods right for YOU.
- Help you set a learning schedule you’ll ENJOY and actually DO.
- Help you develop the confidence to start SPEAKING.
Someone to give you a friendly kick up the butt when needed. Who you can vent to without about being judged about things such as “how ridiculously complicated the French language is” or “Oh god why can’t we just stop this whole masculine/feminine business!”
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