How I became fluent in English (my 3 strategies)

Loïs Talagrand
29 Mar 202318:23

Summary

TLDR在这段视频中,来自language,scientist.com的Willis分享了他如何自学成才,掌握了流利的英语。他介绍了三个关键策略:重复听力训练、将自己置身于仿佛生活在英语国家的情境中,以及他希望以前能采用的策略——确保输入材料的可理解性。Willis强调,重复听力是提高英语听说能力最有效的方法,而生活在英语环境中则有助于全面提高语言水平。他还建议使用Link这样的工具来提高输入材料的可理解性,从而更有效地学习英语。

Takeaways

  • 🌟 通过重复聆听提高英语水平,这是最有价值的方法。
  • 🕶️ 佩戴橙色眼镜避免晚上的蓝光,保护眼睛。
  • 🎥 观看电影和电视剧,尤其是对于英语学习者来说挑战性较大的节目,如The Joe Rogan Experience和Tim Ferriss。
  • 📚 阅读和聆听材料时,选择自己喜欢的内容,并多次重复,以加深理解和记忆。
  • 🇫🇷 法国波利尼西亚的塔希提岛是一个不说英语的地区,讲法语和塔希提语。
  • 🌐 改变生活方式,尽可能地在日常生活中使用英语,包括上网、阅读和交流。
  • 📱 更改电子设备的语言设置为英语,以增强英语环境的沉浸感。
  • 🤔 即使在学校学习了七年英语,也不一定能达到流利的程度,需要额外的实践和策略。
  • 📈 语言学习需要大量的时间投入,达到流利水平可能需要数千小时的练习。
  • 🔗 使用像Link这样的工具来辅助理解难以把握的材料,使输入的内容更加可理解。
  • 🌐 通过语言学习网站如language,scientist.com获取更多学习策略和资源。

Q & A

  • 视频中提到了哪些策略帮助说话者提高了英语水平?

    -视频中提到了三种策略:1. 重复听力,即反复听相同的材料;2. 改变生活方式,仿佛生活在英语国家一样,使用英语进行日常活动;3. 确保输入的材料是可理解的,即选择适合自己水平的学习材料。

  • 说话者在塔希提岛的背景对他学习英语有什么影响?

    -说话者在塔希提岛长大,那里主要讲法语和塔希提语,没有人讲英语。因此,他没有在英语环境中生活的经历,必须自学英语。

  • 说话者在瑞士的经历如何帮助他提高英语水平?

    -说话者在瑞士的时候,决定将所有活动都转换为英语,比如使用英语关键词搜索互联网、阅读英文网站、与交换学生用英语交流等。这让他仿佛生活在一个英语环境中,有助于提高英语水平。

  • 说话者为什么推荐重复听力作为学习英语的方法?

    -说话者认为重复听力是提高英语水平最有效的方法之一,因为它让人们反复接触到相同的词汇、语法结构和发音模式,从而加深记忆和理解。

  • 说话者为什么强调输入材料的可理解性?

    -说话者强调输入材料的可理解性,因为如果学习者接触到的材料过于困难,他们将无法从中受益。理想的输入应该是'i+1'水平,即每个句子中最多有一个不熟悉的单词,以确保材料既具有挑战性,又能够理解。

  • 说话者推荐了一个名为Link的工具,它是做什么的?

    -Link是一个辅助语言学习的工具,它可以将视频、播客或文本中的字幕导入到其网站中,帮助学习者通过辅助阅读来理解内容。用户可以点击单词或短语获得翻译,从而提高对材料的理解度。

  • 说话者在学习英语的过程中遇到了哪些挑战?

    -说话者在学习英语的过程中遇到的挑战包括:在学校学习的七年后仍然无法与母语为英语的人进行正常对话,无法理解英语电视节目和电影,以及在瑞士与英语母语者的交流困难。

  • 说话者为什么认为学校教育系统提供的英语学习不足够?

    -说话者认为学校教育系统提供的英语学习不足够,因为学校没有让学生接触到足够的英语量,以实现流利。学校的教学可能过于注重语法和词汇学习,而缺乏实际对话和听力练习。

  • 说话者在学习其他语言时使用了哪些策略?

    -说话者在学习其他语言,如意大利语和日语时,也采用了类似的策略,包括重复听力和改变生活方式,使自己沉浸在目标语言环境中。他还强调了输入材料的可理解性,并使用了Link这样的工具来辅助学习。

  • 说话者对于想要提高英语水平的人有什么建议?

    -说话者建议人们采用重复听力的方法,改变生活方式以沉浸在英语环境中,并确保所使用的学习材料是可理解的。他还推荐使用Link这样的工具来辅助阅读和理解。

  • 说话者为什么认为输入量很重要?

    -说话者认为输入量很重要,因为要达到流利水平,需要大量的语言输入。通过大量的听力和阅读练习,学习者可以接触到更多的词汇、语法结构和发音模式,这对于语言的掌握至关重要。

Outlines

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🌴 个人背景与英语学习之旅

本段介绍了演讲者Willis的个人背景,他来自法属波利尼西亚的塔希提岛,这里主要讲法语和塔希提语,英语并非官方语言。Willis在学校学习了七年英语,但仍然无法与母语为英语的人进行流畅对话或理解英语电视节目和电影。尽管他曾短期访问过美国,但他从未在英语国家长期生活过。因此,他不得不自学英语,并在视频中分享了他达到当前英语水平所采用的策略。

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🎧 重复听力学习法

Willis强调重复听力是他学习英语最重要的方法之一。他会多次回听喜欢的播客、电影和电视节目,这样的习惯让他不知不觉中提高了英语水平。他特别提到了听Joe Rogan和Tim Ferriss的播客,尽管这些内容对非母语者来说颇具挑战,但他对这些内容的兴趣驱使他不断回听。他认为重复是语言学习的关键,尤其是对于提高英语听说能力。

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🌍 模拟英语环境

Willis在瑞士生活时,决定尽可能地用英语生活,就像生活在一个英语国家一样。他在网上用英语搜索信息,阅读英文网站,听英语材料,甚至与交换生交流也用英语。他还将电脑和手机的语言设置为英语,并开始用英语思考。这些行为让他更加沉浸在英语环境中,极大地提高了他的英语水平。

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📚 选择合适的学习材料

Willis提到,他希望他早些时候能够意识到选择合适的学习材料的重要性。他建议使用像Link这样的工具来辅助学习,通过阅读和理解电视节目、电影和播客的字幕,使学习材料更加易于理解。他认为,理解输入内容对于语言学习至关重要,建议学习者选择适合自己水平的材料,以便更有效地提高语言能力。他还提到,如果通过Link购买订阅,他作为联盟会员会获得一小部分收益,但他强调最重要的是找到适合自己的学习方法。

Mindmap

Keywords

💡流利英语

流利英语指的是能够自如、准确、快速地使用英语进行沟通和表达。在视频中,讲述者分享了他如何通过自学达到流利英语水平的经历,强调了大量听力练习和沉浸式学习环境的重要性。

💡自学

自学是指个人在没有老师指导的情况下,通过自己的努力学习知识和技能。视频中的讲述者就是一个通过自学掌握英语的例子,他没有在英语国家生活过,也没有接受过正规的英语教育,而是通过自己的方法和策略学习英语。

💡反复听力练习

反复听力练习是指多次听同一段音频材料,以此来提高听力理解能力和语言记忆。视频中讲述者强调这是他学习英语最重要的策略之一,通过反复听英语播客和视频,他逐渐提高了自己的英语听力和口语能力。

💡沉浸式学习环境

沉浸式学习环境是指一个人完全处于目标语言的环境中,使用该语言进行日常沟通和活动。讲述者在瑞士生活时,决定全面使用英语,包括上网、阅读、交流等,这有助于他更快地适应和学习英语。

💡语言输入

语言输入指的是学习者接触到的语言材料,如听力、阅读等。讲述者强调,为了提高语言水平,学习者需要大量的语言输入,但这些输入必须是可理解的,即学习者能够理解大部分内容,只有这样才能有效地吸收和学习。

💡语言学习策略

语言学习策略是指在学习语言过程中采用的方法和技巧。讲述者分享了他的三种主要策略:反复听力练习、沉浸式学习环境和使用辅助工具提高理解度。这些策略帮助他在没有英语环境的情况下自学成才。

💡语言习得

语言习得是指通过接触和使用语言而自然获得语言能力的过程。讲述者通过大量的听力练习和沉浸式学习,自然而然地习得了英语能力,而不仅仅是通过课堂学习。

💡语言障碍

语言障碍是指在学习和使用第二语言时遇到的困难和挑战。讲述者在视频中提到,要突破语言障碍并达到流利水平,需要投入大量的时间和精力,没有捷径可走。

💡语言环境

语言环境是指一个人学习和使用语言的周围环境和条件。讲述者通过改变自己的生活方式,创造了一个类似英语国家的生活环境,这对他学习英语起到了重要的促进作用。

💡辅助工具

辅助工具是指在学习过程中用来帮助理解和掌握知识的软件或应用程序。讲述者推荐了Link这样的工具,可以帮助学习者更好地理解英语材料,提高学习效率。

Highlights

讲述者通过自学达到了流利的英语水平。

讲述者出生并成长在法属波利尼西亚的塔希提岛,这里主要讲法语和塔希提语。

讲述者在瑞士留学期间,意识到自己的英语水平并不高。

讲述者通过重复听英语材料来提高英语水平。

讲述者认为重复听英语是提高英语能力最有效的方法。

讲述者通过改变生活方式,仿佛生活在英语国家一样来学习英语。

讲述者强调,要想流利掌握一门语言,需要投入大量时间。

讲述者建议使用Link这样的工具来提高语言学习的效率。

讲述者提倡在理解的基础上进行语言输入,以达到更好的学习效果。

讲述者分享了自己学习日语的经验,强调理解输入内容的重要性。

讲述者推荐使用Link的Chrome扩展来进行辅助阅读。

讲述者提供了自己的网站language,scientist.com,供人们了解更多语言学习策略。

讲述者通过观看英文电影和电视节目来提高英语水平。

讲述者在瑞士生活时,决定用英语进行所有活动。

讲述者强调,语言学习没有捷径,需要长时间的投入。

讲述者建议通过Link工具来理解并学习英语视频和播客内容。

Transcripts

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hi guys Willis here from the language

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scientist.com and in today's video I

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want to talk about how I became fluent

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in English on my own so first of all as

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you can see I'm wearing those orange

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glasses is because now it's 7 p.m and

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you know it's dark outside I don't want

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to get that blue light so I'm wearing

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those orange glasses I hope that you'll

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forgive me for that but so in today's

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video I'm going to talk about exactly

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what I did to get to my current English

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level which is you know I hope you'll

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agree it's pretty decent and it took me

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a long time to get there and I think I

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haven't shared the strategies that I

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have used to get to that point because

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if you're new to this channel you know

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my name is Lewis again and I'm a native

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French speaker I was born and raised

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here in Tahiti in French Polynesia

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so a lot of you guys may not know what

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Tahiti is it's a small island in the

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middle of the Pacific Ocean and so you

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know no one speaks English here everyone

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speaks French or Tahitian I could only

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speak French and uh so I've never lived

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in an english-speak entry in you know in

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the U.S or in England never been there

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I've actually been to the us a few times

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for a very short periods of time just

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you know holidays and stuff like that

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but I've never spent any kind of you

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know more than like two weeks certainly

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in an English-speaking speaking country

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so I had to actually learn uh English on

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my own so there are mainly three things

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I want to call them three uh strategies

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that I use to get to uh to my current

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level

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and two of them are things that I

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actually did to um get to that point and

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then the last strategy is something that

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I wish I did something that if I had

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done it I would have got to where I am a

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lot faster and the journey would have

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been a lot smoother so first of all I

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just want to give you a little bit of

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background about me so as I said I'm

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from Tahiti in French Polynesia you know

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when I got out of school just like you

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know everyone basically who goes the who

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goes through the uh French uh education

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system I studied English for seven years

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and at the end of the seven years I

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could not have a proper conversation in

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English with a with a native speaker I

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could not you know watch a TV show and

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actually understand uh most of it

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so I'm not saying that you know school

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doesn't work as as far as like English

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classes but all I'm saying is that it's

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it's nowhere near enough it's not

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sufficient and school doesn't expose you

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to sort of the quantity of uh English

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that you actually need in order to be

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fluent I'll get into that in a moment

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so I got out of school and I thought I

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was pretty good but I still could not

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have conversations in English I still

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could not understand uh you know TV

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shows and movies in English certainly

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and so one example is that of that is

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when I went to college I was in

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Switzerland and uh you know there were a

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lot of exchange students in in my

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University and so one of those guys a

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British guy he was talking with uh um an

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Irish guy and we were in a train and so

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you know they were talking pretty fast

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and there was a lot of background noise

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because it was a train and so whenever

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they tried to talk to me I didn't really

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understand and I realized that even

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after you know seven years of studying

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English in school My Level was really

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low so I really needed needed to do

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something about it uh same story is you

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know a similar story is I was watching a

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movie I think it was The Hunger Game I

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don't know if it was the first one or

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the second one I really don't know

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because I watched the movie and I I

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didn't understand much because there

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were no subtitles I didn't understand

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what they were saying so

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that's when I realized that I need a lot

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more practice and so I started using

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strategies I can't say it was really

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intentional I know that on my channel I

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now I put I upload a lot of Channel a

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lot of videos showing strategies that

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um I have experimented with and that I

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think are are extremely effective but

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the truth is uh most of the strategies

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that I use to learn English where

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um not really intentional that there's

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stuff that I stumbled upon or stuff that

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I just naturally gravitated towards and

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they ended up making me fluent so I

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can't say it was intentional but my hope

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is that by telling you about this then

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it's going to inspire you and show you

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that you can learn English in any other

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language that you may be learning up to

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a very fluent level

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so these are the three strategies that I

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would use if I were you trying to learn

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English or any other language

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the first one is repetitive listening I

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think by far this is the most

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um

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the method that really made me that

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really got me perhaps I would say 80

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percent of the weight there so I'm

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perhaps exaggerating but I think this is

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the most valuable method and the reason

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why it's so valuable is because it's

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very easy so let me explain

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I think naturally I'm the kind of person

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who uh you know when I watch a movie

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when I watch when I listen to a podcast

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episode when I read something and I

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really like it I tend to go back and

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actually re-listen or re-watch or reread

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that thing multiple times over the

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course of you know multiple days

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multiple weeks multiple months I go back

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to what I like even year after year and

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so

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you know as I was learning English I was

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actually listening to a lot of podcasts

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uh watching a lot of movies and TV shows

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in English reading a lot of stuff in

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English and you know I would say

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especially with podcasts uh podcasts and

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videos that really helped me because I

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would listen to podcasts things like you

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know Joe Rogan and Tim Ferriss and you

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know Joe Rogan it's really not easy for

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non-native speakers because you know

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they use a lot of slang it goes very

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fast and a lot of times they don't

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explain sort of the underlying context

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it's like you're jumping right into the

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conversation sometimes so it's very

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complicated but I don't know I was kind

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of just fascinated with this uh this uh

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podcast and I saw that it was extremely

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successful even in even like five ten

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years ago

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and so I continued just listening to the

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same episodes I also listened to uh

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London reel you know back in the days

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and

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I just listened to the same episodes

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again and again and again and again and

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I don't think it was you know I'm pretty

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sure it was not uh sort of uh for me a

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really an intentional sort of uh will to

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to actually learn English I was just

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fascinated with it and so the result of

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that was that I was exposed to the same

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words the same grammatical constructions

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the same pronunciation patterns over and

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over and over again and now I realize

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that repetition really is the name of

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the game when you know when it comes to

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language learning when it comes to

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learning English or learning any

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language repetition is the name of the

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game it's extremely important I've

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talked about that in many many videos

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and I can't emphasize that enough and

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repetitive listening that is the act of

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listening to the same stuff over and

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over again over the course of multiple

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days weeks months and potentially years

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has had a huge benefit on my English you

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know speaking and listening ability

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certainly so that's the first thing you

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know repetitive listening and the way

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that you can do this it's pretty easy

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just you know listen to the same stuff

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over and over again

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now second strategy I want to talk about

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uh I I would say it's like just you know

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making the switch so what I'm trying to

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say here is that I switched my way of

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living as if I was living in an

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English-speaking country so I'm talking

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specifically about the period when I was

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in Switzerland I was in Switzerland I

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lived in Switzerland in the

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french-speaking part of Switzerland

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and uh I don't know from one day to the

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next I just decided you know what I'm

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just going to do everything everything

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in English so I just you know every

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every time I looked up something on the

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Internet I would just you know look for

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it using English keywords on Google I

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would only go on uh you know English

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websites written in English I would only

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read stuff in English and I would only

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listen to stuff and watch stuff in

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English that's basically it and I tended

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to uh gravitate around like exchange

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students for example you know that gave

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me the opportunity to speak English at

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all times although that was not exactly

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easy there you know there were plenty of

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opportunities to to speak French so it's

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not like I was

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completely you know living 100 in

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English but I did everything that I

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could to really be surrounded really be

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in this English uh environment I

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switched my computer's language to

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English I switched my smartphones

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language to English as well

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and that's basically it I just did

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everything in English I even started

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thinking in English and it just becomes

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like it's something that's automatic and

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just by doing that like I don't know if

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people really realize how beneficial

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that can be because if you want to learn

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a language you know English or whatever

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like some any other language you need to

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really put in the hours especially if

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you want to get to a fluent level it's

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going to take thousands of hours I know

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that you know in some of my other videos

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I I try to sound a lot more

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um optimistic a lot more enthusiastic

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saying that you know after a few hundred

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hours you can reach a very good level

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which is true you can get to a

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conversational level

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but if you want to really break through

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that barrier of you know being like near

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native or a native level in a language

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it's gonna take thousands of hours and

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there's no

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there's no hack there's no shortcut you

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need to put in the hours and switching

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your entire life to that language plus

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doing the repetitive repetitive uh

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listening

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dot just you know you're just putting in

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the hours it's extremely effective and I

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think this is the only way to go to be

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honest

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now I want to move on to the third

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strategy and this is not something that

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that I did and this is something that I

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wish I had done because now I you know

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I've done a lot more research I have

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more experience as far as language

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learning I've learned Italian and I've

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learned Japanese to a pretty high level

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and uh especially you know learning

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Japanese

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it has improved the way in which I think

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about language learning in general

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because

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Japanese is just orders of magnitude uh

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more difficult and more time consuming

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than than learning English because it's

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so much more different

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so I've thought about this a lot and you

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know as as I was saying I switched my

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life to English I did some repetitive

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listening as well in order to get as

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much input as possible so this was my my

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entire strategy although I can't really

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call it a strategy because it was not

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really intentional I just did it because

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I thought it was cool because I wanted

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to do it

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and so my entire strategy revolved

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around uh doing a lot of input so

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listening a lot and reading a lot I

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would say listening was uh probably

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constituted the the bulk of my strategy

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and it still is it is the case right now

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for you know English and Japanese

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and so

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what I understand now is that the input

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that you receive so the stuff that

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you've listened to and the stuff that

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you read and you know the TV shows that

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you watch you're going to benefit from

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them you're going to become fluent from

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them only if that input is actually

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comprehensible to you so what this means

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is that if you're watching stuff if

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you're listening to stuff that is just

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you know way above your level which is

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the case for you know most people

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watching a TV show in English are not

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going to understand most of it you know

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if you're at a beginner level in English

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or even intermediate level it's totally

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normal because all of that stuff is

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aimed at you know native speakers if you

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listen to The Joe Rogan Experience or

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Tim Ferriss you're not going to

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understand most of it as you know a

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standard English learner

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and that's a problem because in order to

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really benefit from all of this input it

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needs to be at what Dr Stephen crashing

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I think he said it was n plus one or I

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plus one meaning that ideally in every

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sentence you want to have a maximum of

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like one word that you don't know that

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gives you an an idea of sort of the

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level that you should be uh looking for

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my point here is that

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a lot of English Learners are going to

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and you know a lot of language Learners

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in general are going to get a lot of

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input through listening and reading but

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it's not going to be at the right level

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it's going to be too difficult so then

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what do you do what is the solution well

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the on the other hand on the other hand

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of the spectrum what you can do is get

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actually you know like much easier

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material material that is made for

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language learning like for example you

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know textbooks and that kind of stuff

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but that kind of stuff is pretty boring

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and so there's no way that you're going

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to be able to put in hundreds or you

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know thousands of hours just consuming

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that kind of stuff

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so my advice and what I would have done

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is use a tool like link for example and

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I'm going to put a link in the

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description of this video to create a

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free account to the website called link

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which can help you greatly in learning

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so I'm going to explain what it is

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I just want to tell you first I'm 100

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honest if you create a free account with

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the link in the description and you end

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up purchasing a subscription I am an

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affiliate for link because I believe

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it's uh it's a great tool so I will get

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a small percentage of uh that sale but

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it's really up to you I want you to just

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try it out and if it helps you then you

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know go ahead so as I was as I was

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saying so if you're listening and

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reading stuff in English or any language

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in order to learn that language it needs

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to become comprehensible first

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so my suggestion would be for example

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let's say that you're watching something

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on Netflix and you're learning English

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you're watching this TV show in English

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so what you can do is go on Netflix and

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you can use Link Link actually has a

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Chrome extension and so you can just

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click on a button in your browser and

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what it's going to do is that it's going

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to import all of the subtitles of that

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TV show or that movie in the link

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website and it's going to help you

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you're going to do assisted uh reading

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and you can click on certain words and

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it's going to give you the translation

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for them you can select entire phrases

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you know sentences and it's going to

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give you the translation of those

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sentences

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so before actually watching the TV show

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or movie you can start reading and

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really start to understand the the

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vocabulary words and prepare yourself

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before you actually watch uh the the TV

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or the TV show or or the movie and you

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can do the same thing with podcasts if

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you can find you know transcripts you

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can do the same thing with uh with

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YouTube videos for example and so what

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I'm trying to convey here is that using

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link or you can use another tool if you

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want but I find that link is actually

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very very practical and it's very cheap

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you can start preparing this uh this

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listening phase and this this whole you

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know input you can get a lot more

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comprehensible input which means that

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the input that you're going to get is

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going to benefit you a lot more than it

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did for me because most of the stuff I

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was listening to especially in the

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beginning I did not understand you know

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much of it so this is just an extra tip

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this is something I wish I knew this is

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something I'm currently doing for

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Japanese but I didn't do it for English

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but so yeah so an extra tip just uh just

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to help you here so once again I have

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put a link in the description you can

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click on it and you will be able to use

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Link for free uh you you have you'll

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have a free account and if you want to

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learn more about some of my language

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learning strategies you can go to the

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language

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scientist.com and that's pretty much it

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I hope you like this video and I'll see

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you in the next one

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