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Over the years I have created a vast amount of videos and articles where I talk about language learning. Find them here.

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  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3pgxVXm CC subtitles available in English. When learning a language I'm ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3JFM6i7 CC subtitles available in English. To learn a language we need to look ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3zwedvy CC subtitles available in English. For the last four or five days I've been ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3d0ECKm CC subtitles available in English. Variety is the spice of life. Variety ...
  • Language learning depends mostly on three factors, the attitude of the learner, the time available, and learner’s attentiveness to the language. If we assume a positive attitude on the part of the learner, and a reasonable and growing attentivenes…

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3z56p3w CC subtitles available in English. I don't think comprehension ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3Om0qgd CC subtitles available in English. What is important in language ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3Oi6u9M CC subtitles available in English. As you know, I learn languages on ...
  • My third language learning goal is listening. It’s the third goal in the hierarchy, but in many ways it’s the most important because it’s the major activity that I do when it comes to language learning, simply because it’s so easy to do. So I can get up in the morning and listen, I can listen while doing the dishes, I listen while I exercise. I listen while in the car, the train or wherever I am. I can always listen. I can listen 15 minutes here, 20 minutes there and before you know it, I have an hour of language learning done.

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3z4oT5w CC subtitles available in English. In this video I discuss learning ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3PkIBit CC subtitles available in English and Japanese 日本語 It's fine to have a ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3PejXjt CC subtitles available in English. Reading is powerful. When I have read ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3Ifay9f CC subtitles available in English. Listening comprehension is the core ...
  • What is meant by comprehensible input in language learning? Stephen Krashen uses this term, as well as the term compelling input, to refer to the kind of language exposure we need in order to learn a language. The term CI, in language learning, can apply to both. What do they mean? 

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3bu55yX CC subtitles available in Spanish and English. Maria from Colombia ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3I2rrnp CC subtitles available in English. Once you're past the first "discovery" ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3naGDFl CC subtitles available in English. Some people say you should try to ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3HKttZd CC subtitles available in English. Make sure you have a tutor who has ...
  • Reading is easier than listening. I can work my way through a text at LingQ, look up every word. Let’s say I’m in sentence mode, it’s a brand new language and if there’s seven words in that sentence, I can look up each word and I can kind of figure out what the sentence means. Fuzzy, maybe not totally clear, but I have a sense of what that sentence means. I have a sense of which words correspond to the verb, to the noun and so forth. So the reading is easy. If I just heard those words, I wouldn’t be able to do that. So reading is a sort of a step towards being able to understand what you hear.

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3xB8Cms CC subtitles available in English. As you are progressing in your ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3tzwt4J CC subtitles available in English. Enthusiasm is such an important factor ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3HhgtKr CC subtitles available in English. Though I am an input-based ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3xsV3qC CC subtitles available in English. There are two stages in language ...
  • Which is better for language learners, monolingual or bilingual dictionaries? This question often comes up.A monolingual dictionary explains the meaning of a word in the language that you are learning. A bilingual dictionary provides a translation…

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3aH2KR7 CC subtitles available in English. It's easy to get caught up in the ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3x3d790 CC subtitles available in English. I began learning Arabic in early 2018 ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3GviuCw CC subtitles available in English. My seventh and final video in my ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3NvHhZi CC subtitles available in English. Jo Franco is a world traveler and ...
  • The number one goal in language learning is to acquire words. Keep that as your goal, your major activity, be conscious of the fact that you are acquiring these words. Even though at times it seems that you can’t remember them. You can’t remember when you need to use them. You keep on forgetting their meaning. None of that matters.

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/386KT56 CC subtitles available in English. Of course there are objective factors ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3sTWawT CC subtitles available in English. As well as enjoying the process, ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3ytymn4 CC subtitles available in English. Writing is an effective way to improve ...
  • How many hours a day will you spend with Spanish? This is perhaps the most important consideration and does not refer to how many hours do you spend in a Spanish language classroom. It means how much time do you spend listening, reading, speaking or writing in Spanish. It can be listening to podcasts while walking the dog, reading, watching movies, listening to songs in Spanish or being engaged in a conversation in Spanish. In some ways, exposure to Spanish outside the classroom can be more intense than exposure inside the classroom, unless you are lucky enough to have one-on-one instruction.

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3rUI9OD CC subtitles available in Japanese and English. 言語を学ぶ全体的な ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3Lk5GAx CC subtitles available in English and Spanish. I would like to thank ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3Ez82Jc CC subtitles available in English. Vocabulary growth is key to acquiring ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3OlxNRz CC subtitles available in English. Compelling input is increasingly ...
  • My hierarchy of goals is what I consider to be more important at what stage in my learning. There are seven of them and I’m going talk about the seven today, and then I’ve been giving some thought to doing one video on each of these seven goals. In other words, how do we achieve those goals? How do we use those goals to improve our ability in the language that we’re learning?

  • We live in an age where there are lots of distractions. The multiplicity of media has made it easy to be distracted from whatever task we are engaged with.

  • Last week I wrote about the first four secrets to language learning success: spend the time, do what you like to do, learn to notice and words over grammar. Today’s post reveals the last three secrets.

  • People often ask me how I learned 20 languages. I will tell you what works for me; you’ll have to decide if this can work for you. Here are the first four secrets to language learning success…

  • Why do I want to talk about perfection? First of all, I am a dilettante learner. I also recognize that there are people who need the language for professional reasons because they want to get into a school so that they’re not just dabbling in the language, exploring, having fun like I like to do, they actually need it. So how good do they need to be in the language?

  • Ser Vs Estar in Spanish February 17 2022

    Every language has some issues, often grammar issues, that cause learners difficulty. In the case of Spanish, one thing that gives people special trouble is the existence of two forms of the verb “to be”. Both ser and estar translate into English as “to be”. Ser vs estar, here’s how to get them straight.   […]

  • I studied Mandarin Chinese 50 years ago. It took me nine months to reach a level where I could translate newspaper editorials from English to Chinese and from Chinese to English, read novels and interpret for people, I did this in the age of the open-reel tape recorder, long before the age of the Internet, […]

  • *** This post is a transcript of a video on my YouTube channel. Studying English? Here’s the transcript as a lesson to study on LingQ.   I have said in the past that the best and simplest judge of where you are in the language, of what you have achieved, of your potential in that language is […]

  • I recently watched a video which features polyglots Luca Lampariello and Anthony Lauder. In it they make the point that you don’t need to have a large vocabulary in order to be fluent. Anthony has said in the past that even with a few hundred words you can be fluent, or you can be fluent at a relatively low level of proficiency in a language. I don’t agree at all.

  • *** This post is a transcript of a video on my YouTube channel. Studying English? Here’s the transcript as a lesson to study on LingQ.   So many people I know listen to my videos and podcast to improve their English. English is, whether we like it or not, the most widely used international language. So there […]

  • I hear all the time that Google Translate doesn’t work. It’s not accurate. It’s this and that. I think Google Translate is a tremendous resource and not only for language learners. It’s not 100% and it’s better for some languages than others, but I find it extremely useful.

  • I want to talk about history. Why history? Because history fascinates me. I realize that people watch my videos either because they’re working on improving their English or because they find my videos in some way motivating and encouraging and therefore encourages them to continue with learning languages, which in turn motivates me to make more videos.

  • Japanese, simply in terms of the vocabulary, the structure being very different from say English, if you’re an English speaker, is going to be more difficult. However, there are a number of things that make Japanese easier, in my opinion.

  • It’s not a good idea, in my opinion, to demand grammatical accuracy from language learners in school, because so few of them end up speaking the language. What does it matter whether they are able to nail niceties of grammar at the age of 12? To me, it doesn’t matter. If there’s some way of making them enjoy the process of language learning so that they expose themselves to the language, they develop some degree of comprehension, they develop a certain level of vocabulary, that’s good enough.

  • As people who speak multiple languages, polyglots like to use those languages; we like to see how we do. But there is an element of performance. Are you better than me? Am I better than you? For some people that’s fine. I think a lot of us are very happy, in fact, when we hear somebody speak better than we do.

  • What are the main problems that I see amongst language learners? First of all, most people don’t realize how long it takes to learn a language. So people get frustrated. They get particularly frustrated when they get to that first level where all of a sudden they know a bunch of words and they realize just how little they know of the whole language.

  • A aprendizagem de línguas depende principalmente de três fatores: a atitude do aluno, o tempo disponível e a atenção do aluno à nova língua. Se assumirmos uma atitude positiva,  uma atenção razoável e crescente  por  parte do aluno, quanto tempo levará para aprender uma língua?

  • Of course, we want to speak, we eventually want to speak a lot. Our goal is to speak. We want to speak well, but the emphasis should be on listening and reading because it’s something we can do whenever we want, on our own and it really does help our brain become familiar with the language.

  • The myth is that there exists a battle in language learning: introverts vs. extroverts, and that extroverts are the better language learners. I do not believe at all that you need to be an extrovert to learn a language. Language learning comes down to the three keys: number one, attitude. You have to be interested in the language. You have to like the language. You have to believe you’re going to achieve your goal.

  • ***   This post is a transcript of a video on my YouTube channel. Bonjour, ici c’est Steve Kauffman. Aujourd’hui je veux parler de “l’écoute” dans l’apprentissage des langues, parce que pour moi, c’est, disons, “la tache” dans l’apprentissage des langues. Et pour ceux qui ne me connaissent pas j’en suis à ma 19ème et 20ème  […]

  •   何度も言ってきたことですが、言語の学習で重要なのはやる気です。何度も繰り返し言い続けているのは、言語の習得は才能でもなく、クラスや教師や勉強の仕方でもなく、主にやる気が関係しているからです。タスクに費やす時間、そして気づくこと。その言語がどうなっているのかに気づくことです。優秀な言語学習者は気づくのが上手になっていくと思うんです。言語に何が起きているのかをより意識し、それにより敏感な学習者が上達も速いですね。     私個人の意見ですが、 スペイン語は学習するのに最も魅力的な言語のひとつではないでしょうか。友人がいたり特定の興味があるという理由で、例えばモンゴル語やフィンランド語など特定の言語を学びたいと意欲を掻き立てられることはあるでしょう。韓国語のドラマが見られるように韓国語を学びたいと思ったり、日本のアニメやビジネスに興味があるから日本語を学ぼうとする人もいるかもしれません。理由は様々です。スペイン語は違います。スペイン語を学ぶことには大きな利点がいくつもあるんです。     まず、多くの人がスペイン語を話します。ブラジルとハイチを除く全てのラテンアメリカ、そしてもちろんスペインがありますね。これらの国々はかなり異なります。ラテンアメリカよりもはるかに馴染みのあるスペインを思い起こすと、私は色と音楽を思い浮かべます。人々が楽しい時間を過ごす世界です。     スペイン南部のマルベーリャに座っていたのを今でも覚えています。通りが閉鎖され、レストランは外にテーブルを用意していました。夜の11時。私たちは星空の下に座っていました。周りはジャスミンの香り。夜の11時に夕食を食べていたんです。家ではこんなことしません。時間が止まっているようでした。すごく美味しい料理を食べていて、他のことなど何も気にならなかった。スペイン人はその瞬間瞬間を生きて楽しむ能力があるのだと私は思います。 1960年代、そこで闘牛に行ったことも思い出すことができます。今は、当然のことながら、闘牛はよくないと考える動物愛好家もいます。しかし、音楽と色、そしてギラギラとした太陽が、永遠のような印象を残したのです。また、バレンシアまでヒッチハイクしてオレンジ畑を見たことも覚えています。コルドバとセビリアに車で行き、レモンの花の匂いに満たされました。そしてもちろん音楽。フラメンコだけでなくいろいろな音楽に心が踊ります。スペインはそのようにパワフルな所です。     先日、私は妻とメキシコへ行きました。サンミゲル・デ・アジェンデ、グアナファト、メキシコシティを訪れました。ここもまた、力強い色彩、親しみやすい人々、そして音楽に満ち溢れていました。ペルー、アルゼンチン、中米はまた違うと思います。マヤ文化やアステカ文化のような他の文化でさえ、今ではスペイン語を通して私たちの元へやってきます。そこにはあらゆる世界が存在するのです。なのでそれがスペイン語を魅力的なものにしていて、人々が学びたいと思わせる動機になっていると思います。そしてこれらの地域は大変人気のある観光地でもあります。     スペイン語は、私が思うに習得しやすい言語です。また、ロマンス諸語の世界への入り口のようなものでもあります。スペイン語を学べばポルトガル語も習得できます。います。イタリア語も習得できます。イタリア語は驚くべき言語で、その背後には多くの歴史があります。そしてフランス語ですね。スペイン語はあなたをその世界に導くような言語です。     なので、多くの人がスペイン語を学ぶことにはとてつもなく大きな動機があると思います。あるはずなんです!ヒスパニック系の人々が多い環境の中で仕事を見つけるためにスペイン語が必要になるからというだけではありません。これらは小さな問題だと思います。 言語学習は長い道のりです 。仕事に言語が必要だからというだけでは不十分。より深いレベルのやる気が必要なんです。   実際に本物の流暢さを得るには非常に長い時間がかかることに気づいたら、そこには本質的な動機が必要です。その言語が好きで、その人々(少なくとも一部の人々)を好きでなければ続きません。言語に対する個人的な欲と献身が必要とされた上で、スペイン語は献身しやすい言語だと思います。献身に関してはこれくらいにして、スペイン語のヒントとコツの話題に進みましょう。     スペイン語を学習するときのヒントとコツ スペイン語が習得しやすいのにはいくつもの理由があります。もちろん スラングの語彙やその他の 用心しなければいけない側面もありますが、スペイン語は他の多くの言語よりはるかに勉強しやすい言語です。まず第一に、全てのロマンス諸語と同様、英語を話す人にとっては共通する語彙がたくさんあります。スペイン語には、例えばフランス語とは異なり、スペルが非常に一貫しているという利点があります。母音は単一で二重母音はありません。     アクセント:アクセントはいつも少し面倒だなと思います。というのは、アクセントを調整するためにキーパッドを変える必要があるからです。しかしスペイン語でアクセントを使用する場合としない場合においてのシステムはかなり一貫しています。ルールを確認しましょう。最初の数回は忘れてしまうこともあるでしょうが、そのうちしっかりと身に付きます。     単語の性別:「o」で終わる単語はほぼ全て男性名詞。「a」で終わるほとんどすべての単語は女性名詞。いくつか例外もあるので注意してください。 その程度までは、動詞や名詞の性別をフランス語や他の言語よりも簡単に伝えることができます。   動詞:全てのロマンス諸語と同じく、動詞の問題には対処する必要があります。 Verbix という凄く良いウェブサイトをご紹介しておきますね。ここでは何か国語もの活用表を見つけられます。もちろんスペイン語もあります。時々参照するようにしてください。これらの表を暗記することに集中するのは、私もやりましたが、簡単ではありません。活用表は時々チェックするだけでいいです。そのうちリスニングやリーディングを行っている最中に「なるほど!」と気づき始めます。詳しくは スペイン語の動詞に関する私の動画 またはこのブログの投稿で 最も一般的なスペイン語の動詞 をチェックしてみてくださいね。   スペイン語を学習するときのコツ は他に何があるでしょうか?「ser」と「estar」にポイントを当ててみましょう。スペイン語には「is (~です)」に2つの単語があります。永続的なものは「ser」、後で変わるかもしれないこと、例えば「happy(嬉しい)」のようなものは「estar」です。 最初は難しい概念ですよね。間違いを繰り返すかもしれませんが、そのせいで理解が妨げられることはありません。人にあなたを理解してもらう妨げになることもありません。言ってみればせっせと取り組み続けるものです。   またスペイン語には「for」を表す単語にも「por」と「para」の2つがあります。これもまた同じで、最初は説明を読んでもぼやっとしか理解できないかもしれませんが、その単語に積極的に触れてじっくり練習していくことで徐々に身に付いていきます。間違った使い方をしたとしても、それによってコミュニケーションや理解が妨げられることはありません。   […]

  • Part of becoming a polyglot is accepting that you’re going to be less than perfect. That means you’re going to speak with mistakes. Your pronunciation may not be perfect, but you have this sense of achievement and the intellectual stimulus of discovering a new world, yet another new world with all of the people, and as you learn another language, then the people of that language come alive, the history comes alive.

  • Language learning as we know is about motivation. That’s the driver. That’s the smart plug that triggers your interest, your curiosity. Content, which feeds that curiosity and those interests, is extremely important. Content that you like, content that has resonance for you.