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.
- 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.
- 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