learn a language in 6 months!

I have taken 4 years to kind of get the gist of two languages. That is I can read simple “John picked up the ball” type sentences in them. Here is a guy who says I can learn a language in 6 months

My notes on the vid although I only watched half:

  • Anyone can do it

  • It does not take talent.

  • You don’t need to be in the culture – a drowning man can not learn to swim!


Attention, meaning relevance and memory are key concepts.


4 principles

  • Focus on language content that is relevant to you.
  • Use your language as a tool to communicate from day 1
  • When you first understand the message you will unconsciously acquire the language. Language learning is not about knowledge but physiological training – hearing and moving muscles etc.
  • Psychological state matters. You need to be happy and relaxed. You also need to be tolerant of ambiguity. Comfortable and relaxed not knowing everything.


7 actions

  • Soak your brain in the language. Hear a lot of it even if you don’t understand it.
  • Focus on getting the meaning first.
  • Start mixing. Get creative in communicating with what you know. Doesn’t need to be perfect.
  • Focus on coverage. learn the most commonly used things first.
  • Get a language parent (someone who is for you and will speak to you like a parent speaks to a child when they are learning the language. Ie make sense of what you are saying even if it is not quite right and speak to you correctly ….)
  • Copy the face (watch peoples face when they speak the language)
  • Direct connect to mental images (have a mental image for words, make the vivid…)



Here is a guy who speaks nine languages fluently and understands a dozen or so more.

“each language has a certain way of seeing the world” Matthew Youlden


And here he is talking to a girl who knows 6 languages.

Looks like they are advertising a language learning program. Here is another one that people say is good.


And Wow, here is a teen linguist who speaks over 20 languages.

 “each language is an expression of how one society or culture thinks. I feel that when I start to speak foreign languages a lot of the time I become a bit of a different person. Perhaps I say things that I wouldn’t necessarily otherwise say in English. Perhaps I’m more deferential to others, or more upfront about what I say.”


He spends most of his waking hours learning languages. Hebrew was the first language he leaned after English. Then Arabic.



And here he is speaking at TED




I feel inspired to do a little more NT greek. Here are more online lessons




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