Language Learning For People Who Want To Speak
You Admire People Who Speak Another Language
You feel it’s something out of your reach. Something you’ll never be able to do. You’re frustrated you don’t have the talent for languages and painfully envious of those who do.
You want it badly but can’t get there. Language classes don’t work. You want to speak but you’re not interested in all that grammar.
You feel overwhelmed at the sheer volume to be learnt. You hate studying. You don’t know where to start. If you do start you have no clear path, get stressed, and never move forward.
You feel you’re missing out
It’s beautiful to watch people seamlessly go from one language to another. You’ve dreamed of this and the freedom to travel, immerse yourself in cultures, form friendships, NOT be restricted by language, not feel like an outsider.
Perhaps you work online and dream of living in different counties, or provide a lens to the world and languages would open up more opportunities, or give variety and travel in your job .
Feeling Like An Outsider
You might live where you don’t speak the language well, or at all. You feel lonely and isolated because you can’t connect with people. You wish you could speak, build relationships, feel you belong, and live the life you dream of, but you just don’t have what it takes.
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 coffee with your new friends in Italy, or finally understanding what your Czech girlfriend’s Father is saying about you!
“But I don’t have the talent”
This is something I hear often but really there’s no such thing. The only requirement for learning a language is the desire to learn it.
Your biggest obstacles are the myths
Lets 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.
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, keep you on track, make sure you 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 confidence to start SPEAKING.
Someone to keep you accountable and give you a friendly kick up the butt when needed. Who won’t judge you. Who you can vent to about things like “how ridiculously complicated the French language is” or “Oh god why can’t we just stop this whole masculine/feminine business!” I cannot be the only person who thinks this!
Schools have a lot to answer for
Crusty old-school teachers who lesson after lesson made you copy down verb tables and threw grammar rules at you like dodge ball. Bored you to tears with text books on topics you had no interest in and role plays you’d done a million times. Did you really need to spend a whole term ordering a coffee in Paris, or a buying a train ticket in Frankfurt?
of course not!
They focused on the wrong things. That’s why you struggled to learn, 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.
Imagine using your hobbies to help you learn. Could you learn about golf in Portuguese, Scuba diving in Greek or photography in Russian? Could you use your love of reading and read books in Finnish, German or Polish? Use your love of cooking to find recipes in French, Italian or Serbian? or your love of TV to watch program’s in Welsh? Dutch or Czech. The possibilities are endless.
grammar makes you angry
I completely understand because it does me too, but most people can’t fully explain the grammar of their native language so DON’T let grammar stop YOU. The trick is to be beware of it after you have a feel for the language but not focus on it. Getting a feel for the rhythms and patterns of the language by just listening and reading is far more important.
My English learners can explain English grammar far better than I can when they are not yet fluent and I`m a native speaker! Because I have the feel for it I just know when something is or isn’t correct without being able to explain why, and it’s the same for many teachers of other languages I’ve spoken to, so there you go!
Grammar Should NOT Be The First Thing
You’re going to get me in trouble for saying that because some people won’t agree and that’s OK. If trying to battle through understanding grammar points and ridiculously over-complicated names for grammatical terms before you utter a sentence makes you so frustrated and angry you shut down and want to give the whole thing up, then it’s silly to continue to do it. Don’t do it, it will kill your love for the language and there are other things you can do instead that will be far more effective for YOU.
Complicated Grammar Explanations
Grammar does not need to be explained in the ridiculously over complicated way it often is. What’s far better is to work on sentences and dialogues then explain the grammar around them without all the big words. Oh it makes me so mad!
Don’t worry how others are learning, or think you should learn in the same way. We all have our own best ways of learning. As long as you reach the same end point of being able to speak does it actually matter how you got there? No, no one cares!
The most important thing is that how ever you learn you enjoy it because that is what will carry you to fluency.
If you want to speak you must speak
This seems obvious but most people delay speaking until they’ve mastered the grammar. When even native speakers still make mistakes why are we putting this pressure on ourselves.
To expect to fully master the grammar before you start speaking is unrealistic. SPEAKING is actually the BEST WAY to master grammar.
Leave grammar unless you’re one of those crazy people who actually enjoy it! Yes I know it’s hard to believe but there are some of them out there.
SPEAK FIRST GRAMMAR LATER!
You really could do it
In just 4 months you could be speaking, building friendships, travelling, finally feeling you belong. You could even find out what your Mother-In-Law is whispering about.
You won’t envy those who speak foreign languages because you’ll be one of them.
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