How to Learn Any Language in Six Months

An amazing linguist talks about how to learn any language in six months by 5 principles and 7 actions. Brilliant points from real life experiences. Highly recommend to watch!
5 principles

  1. information that helps survival has relevance( bear’s paw prints in a forest)
    • Information that helps achieve personal goals has relevance,
    • Focus in language content that relevant to you.
    • We master tools by using tools, we learn tools fastest when they are relevant
    • For example: keyboard
  2. Use your new language as a tool to communicate from day 1 as a kid does
  3. When you first understand the message, you will unconsciously acquire the language!
    • Language learning is not about accumulating knowledge.
  4. Physiological training
    • E.g. Chinese students with high scores in English exams can’t understand English at all when they are in a foreign land.
    • It’s about muscle movements. When your face hurts, you are doing it right.
  5. Psycho-physiological state matters.
    • You must learn to tolerate ambiguity.
7 actions  
  1. listen a lot
    • Brain soaking and don’t worry about how much you can hear
  2. Get the meaning first (before the words)
    • Use body language
  3. Start mixing
    • Doesn’t have to be perfect. Just start mixing!
  4. Focus the core
    • Week1- the tool
      • What is this?
      • How do you say?
      • I don’t understand…
      • All in the target language
    • Week2-3 pronouns, common verbs, adj
      • You ,that,me, give , hot
    • Week 4
      • Glue words, but ,and , even though…
  5. Get a language parent
    • Works hard to understand what you are saying
    • Does not correct mistakes
    • Confirms understanding by using correct language
    • Use words the learner knows
  6. Copy the face
  7. Direct connect to mental images
Things don’t matter
  1. Talent: it is all about perseverance.
  2. Immersion: why?
    • Westerner in hk and china
    • Chinese in western countries
    • Because a drowning man cannot learn to swim

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