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What distinguishes people who learn a foreign language within a few months (let’s call them language heroes) from others who, even after many years, still do not speak their foreign language?
Information about this video. In it you can see the 5 most important criteria that make up this distinction.
Try to be always like the language learner on the right side and not like the language learner on the left side.
Below the video you will find an explanation of all points in detail.
Point 1: Endless preparation vs. Start immediately
Successful language learners, on the other hand, start learning languages as quickly as possible. You quickly find a textbook, a podcast or a language course out and start immediately.
Of course, the optimal is not immediately found but that’s no problem, because you can always adjust everything on the way.
Successful language learners adapt your strategy constantly. They start with a particular textbook or program and stop using it when it does not work. In this way they manage to work out an optimal strategy step by step.
Preparation is important, but actually starting is even more important. On the way you can always adapt your learning strategy.
Point 2: Learning theory only Immediately apply what you have learned
At school we are taught to learn a lot of theory. Be it vocabulary or grammar. All this is rarely used. Now and then a text is written or if you are an avid student you can sign up and say a few sentences in the foreign language.
After so many years at school, it’s no wonder that most people think years later that this is the best way. Although she only worked so bad at school.
Successful language learners apply their skills quickly. This is the best way to quickly learn a foreign language. Learning grammar and vocabulary is important, but it is even more important to apply it. And as much as possible.
You can best apply your knowledge by speaking the foreign language. But also writing, reading and listening to the language are applications.
You can compare that to football. Of course you could attend a football seminar. With the best coaches in the world. And they explain the best techniques and strategies to become the best football player in the world. Do you play better after the seminar??
Maybe a little bit. If you had actually spent time playing football, you would have improved a lot more.
Point 3: learn something vs. Only learn relevant
When you open a textbook and look at texts and vocabulary, you quickly realize that there is a lot of irrelevance involved. Be it the furniture in the house, the animals in the zoo or the fruits and the vegetables in the supermarket.
At first glance, these seem to be important vocabulary. Think about when you last used these vocabulary. Of course there are some that you use more often, but you rarely use most of the vocabulary. Certainly not in a conversation with a native speaker.
If you learn such vocabulary, you need more time to remember it. And you forget about it faster because you do not use it. The fastest way to learn vocabulary through application. Even so, you keep it permanently.
But if you learn something that is important to you, you can apply it quickly and notice it really fast.
Point 4: Learning is only an additional activity vs. Learning is part of everyday life
Unsuccessful language learners go to the language course once or twice a week, do homework and that’s it. Learning a foreign language in this way is very difficult and sometimes even impossible.
Successful language learners integrate the foreign language into their everyday lives. They hear, speak, read and write the language consistently.
To really learn a foreign language, it has to become part of your everyday life. This is called Immersion and means as much as immersing the language.
You can find more information about Immersion here: Learning Languages by Immersion
Point 5: Makes tasks “perfect” vs. Power tasks largely finished
Perfection is one of the biggest enemies of effective language learning. If you want to do everything completely correct and flawless, you will make very slow progress. Because you make mistakes only with things that you are not so good at. But if you only do what you are good at, you will only improve slowly.
Unsuccessful language learners write for hours on a text until they are completely error-free. Perfection is more important than really moving forward. You spend minutes thinking about how to say a sentence correctly instead of simply saying a sentence and then correcting it.
Successful language learners lean out the window. They combine new words and new rules and say things that they’re not sure they’re right. Successful language learners can be corrected by native speakers and improve so quickly.
So if you want to be successful, you have to experiment a lot, then get corrected and do better next time.
Conclusion: These are the characteristics of unsuccessful and successful language learners
What makes you a successful language learner? Do you know any other features of unsuccessful and successful language learners? Then leave me in the comments. Thank you – Gabriel Gelman.
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