How to learn any language in six months | Chris Lonsdale | TEDxLingnanUniversity

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Chris Lonsdale is Managing Director of Chris Lonsdale & Associates, a company established to catalyse breakthrough performance for individuals and senior teams. In addition, he has also developed a unique and integrated approach to learning that gives people the means to acquire language or complex technical knowledge in short periods of time.

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Robert Adámek

I can speak American, brittish, Australian, and Canadian fluently!

3 years ago | [YT] | 9,198

me myself

My father is linguistic proffesor and every time he says : if you want to learn any language , your tongue has to touch to the native speakers tongue ...he meant get a partner and you will learn it quickly

1 month ago (edited) | [YT] | 1,547

Isto não é Filosofia

It only begins at 7:00.

To summ up (attention-meaning-relevance-memory):

5 principles:

I. Focus on language content that is relevant to you.
II. Use your new language as a tool to communicate from day 1.
III. When you first understand the message, than you will unconscisously acquire the language.
IV. Physiological training
V. Psychological state matters

7 actions:

I. Listen a Lot
II. Focus on getting the meaning first
III. Start mixing (verbs, nouns, adjectives)
IV. 4 weeks:
Week 1 Tool Box: a) what is this?, b) how do you say?, c) I don't understand
Week 2-3 Pronouns, Nouns, Common Verbs, adjectives (you, that, give, me, hot)
Week 4 Glue words (although, therefore, but, even though, etc.)
V. Get a language parent.
VI. Copy the face.
VII. "Direct Conect" to mental images

4 weeks ago (edited) | [YT] | 894

Ramin Rahnema

You know teacher is passionate about his topic when it looks like he’s gonna pass out at any second due to lack of oxygen

2 months ago | [YT] | 349


Best ways to learn any language :
1. Watch movies and TV shows religiously in that language you're learning.
2. Learn singing songs in that language.
3. Marry someone who is native in that language.
4. Learn like Yoda. Some languages are structured backwards. For example, "I watch TV" in another language could be structured as "I TV watch" or "TV I watch". Japanese and Malay are two examples of this backwards structure.

3 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 1,285

Erik Žiak

He forgot one main thing. You should begin to THINK in the language you want to learn. In the process of thinking, which is essentially talking to yourself in your head, use the language you want to learn to express your thoughts. That is very important! When you want to do small talk with somebody in the language you want to learn, think beforehand what you will say, how and why. I found that very useful. I could quickly learn the phrases I needed to but being able to improvise (which small talk actually is) is much more challenging. If you think in your native language and try to simultaneously translate to the foreign language a story, you quickly run into big trouble. That is why you have to learn to think in the foreign language. Then you can become fluent. At least these are my 2 cents...

4 years ago | [YT] | 5,555

Caleb Hudch

There is absolutely no man on earth that can be more true than what this man is saying.......Situations forces your brain to remember and patent whatsoever you come across.

1 day ago | [YT] | 3


how dare one say every body can draw in 5 days with such awful results as an example , its just oblivious

2 days ago (edited) | [YT] | 4


The audience is terrible, so many great jokes spread around the presentation

4 months ago | [YT] | 1,420

Sho GR

2、最初からその言語をコミュニケーシ ョンの道具とすること


1 month ago (edited) | [YT] | 576

Shushanto Bose


1. Focus on language content that is relevant to you.
2. Use your language as a tool to communicate from day 1.
3. When you understand the message you will acquire the language unconsciously, i.e comprehensible input (Krashen, et al)
4. Language is not about accumulating a lot of knowledge but is rather a type of physiological training.
5. Psycho-physiological state matters – you need to be happy, relaxed, and most importantly, you need to be tolerant of ambiguity. Don’t try to understand every detail as it will drive you crazy.


1. Listen a lot – it doesn’t matter if you understand or not. Listen to rhythms and patterns.
2. Focus on getting the meaning first, before the words. Body language and facial expressions can help.
3. Start mixing, get creative, and use what you’re learning
4. Focus on the core – the most commonly-used words, and use the language to learn more (What is this/that? How do you say ? etc.)
5. Get a language parent – someone who is fluent in the language and who will do their best to understand what you mean; who will not correct your mistakes; who will feedback their understanding of what you’re saying using correct language, and uses words that you know.
6. Copy the face – watch native speakers and observe who their face, and particular their mouth, moves when they’re speaking
7. “Direct connect” to the target language – find ways to connect words directly with images and other internal representations.

5 years ago | [YT] | 1,399

鳴かぬなら 僕が鳴きますホトトギス

I am studying English at high school.
That’s pretty interesting.
I will try :)
From Japan 🇯🇵

4 days ago | [YT] | 4

Randy Bailin

The heck with learning a 2nd language; I want to fly like a squirrel.

1 week ago | [YT] | 64

PreCiencia Truquinis

Asi prros. Pues yo sé hablar fluido el argentino, boliviano, colombiano, ecuatoriano, venozolano, mexicano, peruano, uruguayo, paraguayo y un poco de chileno... ;-)

2 days ago | [YT] | 3


5:52 • 2 Myths
7:02 • 5 Principles
12:17 • 7 Actions

1 month ago (edited) | [YT] | 150

Dark Games - Minecraft

I can translate anything from english to american.

3 years ago | [YT] | 2,569

Perdido Atlantic

I would add food to the equation. Be in a foreign country and get hungry. You’ll learn a lot fast.


1 month ago | [YT] | 242

eve fue

very simple - just learn 20 words a day with less effort and calculate how many words you learn in a year, i learn this from my filipinos friends theyre technique is too simple but effective. thats why they are one of the most good english speaker in the world. they read books everyday then they wrote down those words that they couldnt understand , they make a sentences by their own analysis then make summary the whole story of what they read. next step they read the books with speed then verbally they explain it and make discussion of what they learn. I finish the one book in a week but they just finish it in 1 1/2 day with summary and conclusion so insane! 3rd they keep listening videos and they take a notes those difficult vocabulary that is not familiar with them after they keep listening in a month they become a same accent of the speaker they're listening to and they could even speak the whole content of the video its so insane and so much fun to learn in the phils.

1 day ago | [YT] | 1


This video talks about learning every language in 6months. That dude speaks in English and guess what? I’m here because I want to learn that damn language😭😭

1 month ago | [YT] | 262

Jenie Smith

The best way is to watch YouTube videos of the language you want to learn. Spanish is my maternal language and English is my second language but I can speak, write, and read with the same fluency as I do in Spanish. So in May my husband told me we were going to France and Italy in September. I started going through basic French. I took French in high school so I was just refreshing my brain. But I started watching videos in Italian, and since May I've learned a lot Italian. I was able to have a small conversation with an Italian couple in NY. So that's the only thing I watch, videos in Italian. Zero Spanish and English.

27 minutes ago | [YT] | 0