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LEARN ENGLISH FAST: The 9-Step Plan

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11 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. What's in This Course?

      1:33
    • 2. Why You're Not Improving

      4:30
    • 3. 5 Kinds of Students

      4:28
    • 4. How to Set Goals

      5:33
    • 5. The S.M.A.R.T. Test

      3:36
    • 6. How to Pick Good Content

      6:15
    • 7. The Best Techniques (Part 1)

      10:18
    • 8. The Best Techniques (Part 2)

      10:03
    • 9. Create Your English Ecosystem

      3:33
    • 10. Short, Medium, and Long-Run Goals

      3:20
    • 11. Review Time!

      2:15
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This course will help you Improve Your English.. FASTER!

You will learn to be your own teacher and make the perfect English study Plan for your life!

How do we do this?

  1. Find your purpose for studying English

  2. Set specific goals so you improve every time you study

  3. Find the best content and use the best study techniques

My name is Eron Donevan. I was a college English teacher in China for 2.5 years and business english teacher for 4.5 years. The most common question students ask is, "How can I improve my English". This is a funny questions because they ask me.. In English. So I know they knew how to study.

The problem is that when you know around 2,000 to 6,000 English words... What happens when you learn 100 or 200 or 300 new words? NOTHING HAPPENS. It takes hours and hours of studying time.... And you can't read books. You can't understand your favorite T.V. shows...

Students stop studying because nothing good happens, so studying just seems like boring, hard work.

How do we fix this? The secret is that you need to set your purpose for studying English. Then you need to need to be your own teacher.

You will set goals that help you do things you find interesting and useful.

(not just the goals your teacher, book or language app thinks is interesting and useful)

Also, please, please talk to me! I am really hoping my students will talk to me, tell me what they liked about my course, how I can make my courses better, and any good ideas for my next online class. So be sure to leave a review or send me a message!

Okay, see you in class!

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Eron Donevan

The FUN Way to Learn English

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I'm Eron Donevan. I was a college English teacher in China for 2.5 years and business english teacher for 4.5 years. I also learned Chinese and worked as a marketing and technology documents translator for 1.5 years.

Learning Chinese was really fun and interesting.  I made new friends and learned many things about life. I became a more patient, wise, confident, and understanding person.

HOWEVER, Studying Chinese was so boring! The books were not interesting. I went to class with a teacher about 60 hours. But then I stopped going to class. It was faster and more fun to teach myself... I studied things that were interesting and useful, to me!

Now I want to help more people learn English!

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1. What's in This Course?: Hey everybody, my name is Aaron. I worked as a college English teacher, private language coach and technology documents translator in China for five years. And now in this course, I'm going to answer the most common question my students ever asked me, how can I improve my English? The answer is simple. You need a plan. Sadly, most people, they don't know how to make a plan, but I'm going to teach you how to make a perfect study plan. So you feel yourself improving monthly, weekly, even every single day. Here's how it works. First, we look at the five most common types of students and find out which kind you are. Then we find your specific purpose for learning language and set clear language learning goals so you start improving every time you practice. Then I show you how to find it great online learning content, and choose great study techniques for your goals. After that, we'll learn some easy ways to start using English all day long. This class is for conversational English students that want to be fluent and also teachers who want to help their students improve. And you can use these skills to learn any language or make plans and learn and grow in other parts of your life. Okay, it's time to start making our plans. See you in the next video. 2. Why You're Not Improving: How can I improve my English? It's a funny question because my students asked me this in English. So I know they're studying. I know they know how to study. But one thing I think is not funny is the crazy, useless answers I hear other teachers give students. Usually the conversation is like this. Hello teacher, please help me improve my English. How do I improve my English? Hi, improve your English. Missed the monkey. Alright, here's the secret. You need to learn. Where it's watch while movies, read books, back the hat, girls and land. Got it. Good. Tv shows, movies. Man. I can't really understand what they're saying, but okay. Whatever. Watch movies, read books, talk to people. You probably heard a teacher say this before. These answers are not helpful. It's like asking, How do I get strong? Youth, more carrots, swim, lift weights, ron, do yoga, it Brodie. When you work out, you need to know what kind of strength you want. You choose the right exercises, you eat the right foods, then you set daily, weekly, and monthly goals. The same is true for English. There are so many ways we can be good at English. If you want to improve your English fast, you need to set clear goals, steady the rate content, and use the right study techniques. So let's just say, let's say, you know, 4 thousand words. You can live in a foreign country. You can talk for hours and hours about interesting things with people, but it's still difficult to watch a movie or read a book, or have a conversation about something like business are biology. And a lot of people say you need 10 thousand words to feel fluent like a native speaker. So if you just learn a 100 or 200 or 300 new words, it's hours and hours of work and nothing happens. You can't suddenly understand all the movies and read all the books you want. So you feel like you're not improving even though you're working and working and working. You know, if you want to learn 6 thousand words, you need like 300 or 600 little goals, That's going to take years. It's important you are good at setting goals because you need to do it hundreds of times. Also, everybody's different and your goals need to be fun and interesting and useful for you. So I can't do this for you. I don't know you. You need to know how to set goals yourself. Usually you teachers set goals for you or your study, whatever is in your book or phone app. In this class, you will learn the Be your own teacher. Now, I know you already have goals, but if they don't make you feel like you are improving, you probably need some help setting your goals. You need to learn how does set good goals, where to find good content and the best study techniques? So step one, write your goals down. I gave you a PDF worksheet. Go to the pdf and answer the questions on page one. Describe what you do to learn language. Why are you learning English? When will you know your English is good enough? What do you study right now? How do you study it? Is there anything stopping you from improving? Answered these questions? And then in the next video, we are going to find out what kind of student you are. And then find your purpose for learning language and make sure your goals will help you improve monthly, weekly, even every single day. Alright, see you in the next video. Seriously, go write your goals down. 3. 5 Kinds of Students: Let's talk about five very common types of language students. I want to know which kind of student you are. And here's why these five different kinds of students have very different learning purposes. This changes the kinds of things they need to learn and the ways they need to study. So let me show you these five kinds of students and explain some more. The first kind is the exchange student. Exchange students want to study in a foreign country. They often have a lot of stress because they have to learn English so they can learn things in class. Native speakers. Usually the first big goal is to pass the IELTS or TOEFL tests. But everything needs to be good. They need to be conversational. Know slang words, great listening, fast reading speeds, a big vocabulary, excellent writing, excellent grammar, everything. Let's also think about a business person. Maybe there's a pilot flying overseas who needs to talk in English with other workers, or someone who runs an international company, or a programmer who needs to talk to customers from countries all over the world. Sometimes businesspeople, they need to have perfect English better than a student, especially translators. But many times they just need to talk in English to make sales with customers. Many times these students, they just need basic English and special vocabulary in one or two areas. Next we have the foreigner. Some students will move to a foreign country like America or Australia. And maybe they get a job or they have family living there, but they don't really need to speak English for their job. These people need to be able to go shopping, drive the city streets, get taxis, take care of basic daily life activities. These people usually have some friends or family to help with the important things like buying a car or buying a house. And these people usually want more than basic conversational skills, but it doesn't really matter. If they have bad grammar or writing. They just need to do life activities. After that there is a culture lever. Maybe someone moves to a new country and now they really want to make friends and be part of society. Or maybe they are still in their home country. Culture levers that are mostly interested in language because they love to use it. They wanna make friends online or maybe in the new country. And they went to watch movies, take a cooking class. These people are hard-working language learners, but they don't need to learn anything. Learning is their choice. They do it for fun. The last type of student we will talk about is the traveler. Really travelers don't need to learn English. They just want to travel and have fun or maybe make some friends. Simple conversations are good enough. They need to know how to buy tickets to go to an airport or subway stations, buy food at a restaurant, or talk to the person and the hotel. Now these five students all have a very different purpose and they need to study different things. And their study techniques are different too. Travelers. They don't need to spend hours studying grammar and writing like TOEFL students. Toefl students don't need to learn how to make a business presentation. When you know your purpose, you know what to study and what not to study. Your purpose for learning changes you studied goals. You need different content and studied techniques to reach your goals and improve. A business person needs to build completely different language skills than a college student. Both of these students study differently than a culture lover who just wants to sing their favorite English songs. You need to know your purpose so you can set clear goals, find the right content, use the right study techniques, and start improving. So I want you to tell me which kind of student you are. Maybe you're an exchange student and a culture lever. That's fine. You can have two reasons for studying. Just go to the PDF, compare yourself to the five students and write your answer down. 4. How to Set Goals: Hey everybody. Now that you know what kind of student you are, you can make a clear language learning goal to help you improve. It's time to make our four step plan. So pay close attention because this is the most important video. And the reason that this is the most important is most students, most people, they can't make a plan. They don't know how. This year I'm going to exercise and become really, really strong. So people write some things down on paper and then it never happens, or they start working, but they find out they don't have time, or it's too difficult, or it's boring or whatever. This is not a plan, this is a dream. But today, you're going to learn how to make a real plan. So pay close attention here, the four steps. First, you need to know your purpose for learning. Then you need goals that help you reach your purpose. You need the right content to study like books, songs, apps and videos. And the right study techniques like flashcards and pronunciation exercises. First, let's talk about purpose. Your purpose is the reason why you're learning. Again, you should be specific. And the last videos we learned about five kinds of students. This was to help you think about different reasons why people study and learn English. Your purpose should be the special reason that you learn English. So for example, you are a culture and a music lover and you want to understand slang words and rap music and write rap songs in English. Or you're a student and you want to study math at the American University, MIT. So after you have a clear purpose, you need to set a goal. Your goal should be something like this. Translate my favorite rap song, and learn to use all the slang words in that song in a sentence. Or maybe if you're going to study math at MIT, your goal is to score a 105 on the TOEFL with a strong score like 25 or 30, and writing and listening. So let's think about a goal. A culture lever might have. Maybe this person wants to teach an American friend how to make curry chicken. So let's start with their purpose. Maybe their purpose could be to learn and share cultural secrets with friends from other countries online and offline. What's a goal? Well, maybe explained to an American friend how to cook curry chicken at home in the kitchen. What's the content? Curried chicken online recipes and maybe some YouTube videos on curried chicken. What would be some good study techniques? Well, first, think about the recipe, then learn the ingredients names, the verbs you need for cooking, the adjectives to describe the curry and check a recipe online and learn those key vocabulary and grammar words and how to use them. Watch a YouTube video and repeat key sentences to improve speaking fluency. Write down steps on paper and practice saying the words and sentences fast and clear. Explain these steps without looking. This is a good study plan. After a few days, this learner will reach their goal. Now let's make a bad example. Purpose, bird froze, goal, target, foods, courage or convince content, foreign recipe, technique, watch curry chicken videos. This is not a good plan. You won't improve. It's not specific enough. You don't know what to study or how to study it. And you can talk about curry chicken dishes all day long, the restaurants how to cook it, the history of curry. You can talk about this forever. Also think about this. If you teach a friend in real life, you can talk slower and you can make grammar mistakes. If you call your friend on the phone, you have to explain everything more clearly. What if you make a cooking video, then you need better pronunciation? There's different ways we can tack the people. Targets, face-to-face target on the phone, make it presentations, right? And let us these different skills and you improve them by studying different things. If you want to improve fast, you need to study efficiently. And if you want to be efficient, you need to have a plane. And remember, your purpose is the most important thing. If it's unclear, you can't set good goals. If you don't have good goals, you can't pick good content and you cannot pick good steady techniques to help you improve. So now I want you to open the PDF. I want you to go to the goals, and I want you to pick just one goal and just one purpose and write them down. In the next videos, we're going to show you how to make sure you're goal is a good one. 5. The S.M.A.R.T. Test: So you just wrote your purpose and you set one goal. You want to be sure that this is a goal that helps you improve. And there's a test we can do to make sure it's a good goal. It's called Making a smart plan or a smart goal. And this whole course, it's really just teaching you exactly how to make smart goals and smart plans. But what is a smart goal? Well, it's a five question test. You need to ask, is my goal specific? Is it measurable? Is it achievable? Is it relevant and is it time oriented? Let's look at how to answer these five questions. So is it specific if your goal is to talk about my house? That's not specific. You could talk about your house to a real estate agent to talk about the furniture. You can talk about building a house. There's so many ways you can talk about your house. So how about this? I want to make a video call and show the rooms and furniture in my house to my friends in Australia. That is a pretty good specific goal. We know what we're talking about, the house and the furniture, and we know how we're talking about it. You're making a video call. Now, let's make this measurable. You need to be able to measure success. So maybe you just pick ten or 20 kinds of furniture around the house to talk about. So you make a video where you show all the rooms. You tell them the names of ten or 20 pieces of furniture. Great. Now you have a measurable goal. After that. Is it achievable? Can you really do this, this little baby? He can't talk about the house. He's just a baby. If you are a baby or maybe a business person's studying in a hotel, or you don't have a camera, he probably can't make a video about your house. Make sure you have the time, you have the money, and you have the tools you need to reach your goal. Next, we want our goals to be relevant. So if you're a businessperson, maybe you don't need to talk about your house. So this is not a good goal for you. If you're a traveler, maybe you want to talk about the places you've traveled to. So now the last test is that your goal needs to be time-oriented. How long will it take to reach your goal? Can you really do this in the time you have? Will it take to hours or five days or four weeks? Set a time limit? If you want to learn numbers, for example, you can just learn numbers forever. Okay, Mr. monkey, today we're going to practice counting numbers. Easy. What number do you want me to count to monkey? I want you to count the numbers. 123. It doesn't matter how fast Mr. monkey counts. He will not count all the numbers. You can't count all the numbers. So this is not time-oriented. If your goal is something like talk about Curry beef, talk about my house. I want to be a better public speaker. You can't set a time limit on these. So go back to your goal again and ask these five questions. If you answer no to these questions, re-write the goal so the answer is yes. Okay guys, see you in the next video. 6. How to Pick Good Content: Okay, so you made your goal and check to see if it is a smart goal. Great job. Now you need something to learn. You need content. It can be hard to find good learning content. Sometimes it's boring or it's too difficult for both. There are YouTube videos, 300 English words, all of the English you need to know one hour and the teacher just reads the definition and the word. It's like reading the dictionary. So boring. And sometimes students, maybe they want something really interesting. So they try to watch TED Talks video, but then it's too difficult to understand. So I want to give you a few tips for picking good content. Then I will show you some places to find great content online, no matter what kind of student you are. Okay, so let's begin. First off, the most popular language learning apps like Duolingo, Rosetta Stone, memorize. These are good apps for learning simple words and simple grammar, but there's nothing to improve your reading. There's no video content to improve your listening. It won't help you have a conversation. All they help you do is learn new words and simple sentences. You need more content. You need to hear people actually having conversations. You need to have conversations. So what about like watching movies or songs or reading books? I see a lot of teachers tell students to do this. The problem is, many times, learners can't understand what people are seeing in the movie or the song. It's too difficult. If you can't understand most of what people are saying, it's not a good way to study. There's a language learning rule. It's called i plus one. So I, these are the things you know how to do. This is the English, you know, and plus one means you should study just one new thing. So for example, you can understand at least 90% of the content. That's good content, that's i plus1, 90%. Maybe that's about one new word. And every sentence or less. You know, there's a perfect temperature and time to cook banana bread. It's 350 degrees for 65 minutes. You cook banana bread at 750 degrees for 30 minutes. He burned the banana bread. If you study too much or he tried to learn too many new words in one day, you'll be tired and you'll forget the words you are studying. When this happens, we say you're getting burnt out on studying. You probably won't catch fire, but you'll get tired and bored and you'll forget what you're learning. So sometimes Studying Less is actually studying more. You should also make sure your content is good for your goal. I notice a lot of students, they actually pick content which is not helpful for their final goal. For example, they want to improve their conversational skills so they practice reading a conversation from a piece of paper. Hello, how are you? I'm fine. Thank you. How's the weather? How's the weather? The weather is fine. The weather is fine. Hello, Mr. month. You're so handsome. I'm fine. Thank you. And you well, I'm OK. But I have two tickets to a concert tonight and no one will go in. The weather's nice. I'm trying to invite you to a concert with me. I think. So. You never have a conversation from a piece of paper. You think up the words yourself. So when you read from a paper, you're not practicing your conversational skills. You're practicing reading and pronunciation. If you wanna get better at speaking, you need to think of the sentences yourself. Reading from a paper at helps you read from a paper. Speaking helps your speaking skills. Writing helps your writing skills. Now, you probably know that. But many students, they get nervous and they never go practice speaking. Or they don't like reading the stories in their book, so they just don't do it. In this PDF, I show you where to find good content to improve specific language skills. But before you go, I have one last tip. Don't pick homework you hate. If you try to open a grammar book and just learn 100 grammar rules. This is good content if your goal is to go to sleep. So don't give yourself homework you hate, you will not do it. Now it's time for you to find fun and interesting content to help build reading, writing, speaking, listening, and other language skills. In the PDF. I gave you news sites, YouTube channels, movies, TV shows, books, podcasts, language apps. Some of these are free and some you have to pay for. And this article, I only give you content, I think is useful, fun, and interesting. So open your PDF, find good content and starts studying. In the next video, we're going to talk about the best ways to study the content. See you in the next video. 7. The Best Techniques (Part 1): One of the biggest mistakes that students make. They never learn how to practice and how to study. If you have good content and very clear goals, but you don't know how to study, you're not going to improve. So there are many different ways we can practice and there are many different techniques to help improve different English skills. In this video, we're going to go through the history of language learning. And we will talk about the reasons people learn language and the main study techniques that people used. When you watch this video, please remember, we can pack about study techniques for a very long time. And this video will show you some common techniques you see in class. Then we will talk about what kind of English skills these techniques improve and don't improve. After that, it is your job to understand these techniques and pick the best ones for your specific goals. See, over the last a 150 years, the world has changed a lot in the 18 hundreds, for example, people, they weren't traveling all over the world. We didn't have cars. Most people, they didn't leave their home town very much. Language learners were all rich people, mostly men, and they studied Greek and Latin. So they could study books, stories, and other writings from 2 thousand years ago. Now these people, they never needed to speak the language. They needed reading and writing skills, and they needed to perfectly understand translations. In order to understand the translations perfectly. They would translate Latin into English, then back to Latin. Now, this is called back translation. And it helped them clearly understand the meaning of the grammar and the words they were reading. It's a nice technique if you need to become a professional translator, but maybe not for speaking and talking. Also, teachers would give them a sentence and they would take out one word and the students would have to guess what was missing. This is called a fill in the blank exercise. These test if you clearly understand the meaning of the sentence or vocabulary. Alright, so fill-in-the-blank exercises. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we've seen those before. So he has the important thing to remember, fill-in-the-blank exercises or a test. They test if you remember some words or grammar, but they don't help you remember that where the grammar, and they don't help you learn to use any words or grammar when you're talking to other people. So if you didn't know that, now you'd though. And students would also spend a lot of time reading and writing long stories. In the end, the students became fluent in reading and writing Latin and Greek. And they could read stories from 2 thousand years ago. Okay, so let's review fill-in-the-blank exercises, back translation, reading and writing long articles. Many different schools, college tests, English books and language apps use these kinds of exercises. These exercises are tests. They test how well you know the meaning of words and grammar. These will not help you use the language and talk to people. In the next section, we're going to learn some of the first exercises teachers used to improve speaking and listening. So later on, around the 19 hundreds people started traveling. More. People could travel by ship to new countries and people needed to start talking to each other. In class, teachers would now have students learn like a child. They would point to water and say water. They would use pictures and maps to teach new words and grammar and maybe to students. And they would get to maps. And one has all the rivers and the other map, it has all the mountains. And they would work together and talk together and finish drawing the map. This kind of exercise where two students need to work together to finish a map or maybe a recipe. It's called an information gap exercise. Ok. So information gap exercises, basically a gap is when there's something missing, like a gap in UTI, a gap in your memory. So an information gap exercise is when you give to students the same map or picture, but there's some missing information that students have to talk together to find the missing information. This is a fun exercise and it helps you learn to use the words he already know to explain things more clearly. Information gap exercises are very good to help you learn to communicate using the words and the grammar you already know. They don't really fix your grammar mistakes. They just help you communicate. Grammar is always important. It helps you to be more specific when you talk about things and it helps you sound smarter. Inflammation gap exercises are good for improving communication skills. They don't improve your grammar mistakes very much. And the good news is, we will learn some more speaking exercises to improve your grammar later on in this video. So keep watching. Teachers would sometimes speak and describe a picture and make the students draw it. This is a fun listening exercise that is good even when your spelling and grammar are bad. And when students made grammar mistakes. For example, he is a Mam's. The teacher would not tell them the problem. They would say he is a man's and try to let the student guest the problem, Oh, he is a man. Students self-correction. Some students like their teacher to point out all their mistakes and always tell them the right answer. But your brain remembers better when you take the time to work hard and remember the right answer yourself. Always try to spend ten to 20 seconds to work hard and think of the answer. If you really don't know, then it's time for some help from your teacher, friend, or book. So later on, in the 19 thirties, the US government decided to make everyone in school learn a language. C. There were all these American students. Most of them will never leave the country. And now they have to pass a test made by the government. Many of the teachers can't really speak the language and the test. It was all reading and just answering these questions. So after they studied the vocabulary and the grammar, they would do guided reading. Basically guided reading. And it's where the teacher explains the story and helps with the most difficult words and grammar. Guided reading is a nice way to improve your vocabulary, your grammar, and your reading skills. But maybe it doesn't improve your writing. You're listening, or you're speaking as much. Many textbooks, they still use guided reading as the main content. But then they try to have students use the language learned to speak or write. But actually, you can understand language before you can use it. So students feel like they study and study and study. And they know what the words mean, but they don't know how to make sentences. They can't answer the questions in the book. Well, the problem is they're not doing speaking exercises. Of course they can't make the sentences. Now rate, so let's review. Guided breeding is a useful exercise. If the story you read is good, it can be a fun way to practice English. It is good to let you teach it. Tell you about the story before you begin redone, when you talk about new words and grammar, it's good to use simple English and it's okay to use the native language TO, but try to use English. In the next section, we're going to learn about the best Speak and exercises, so keep watching. So after that, the good news is that we created some great speaking exercises in World War II. Soldiers, they needed to talk with other soldiers from other countries. And maybe they only had two months to practice. And they would practice making sentences together. So for example, I have bullets and he has bullets, I have Baum's has bullets, bombs. I have. Notice all three are using the same sentence, but they have to change the grammar and change one word, and they have to remember the words The last person said. This kinda exercise is good for asking an answer in simple questions and speak in simple sentences mole of fluently. But will it help you to have a conversation? So there are many ways you can change this exercise. Learn vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and exercises like this. They're very common in language learning apps because learners start making sentences in a day or even an hour, they can make simple sentences. However, people need to be able to understand and say things they never heard before. So again, this is a good place to begin if you're going to build some basic speaking skills, but you still need more. If you watch and you can understand me right now. Congratulations. It means the English is pretty good and you can already understands simple sentences, but you can still use these World War techniques to improve speaking. You can change this exercise many different ways to help you talk faster and remember difficult grammar or vocabulary. If you have a class that uses guided reading, practice saying that difficult sentences and vocabulary one-by-one changed them each time. And so you can say the words fast and easy. If you need help, go to www dot free tack that fun. You can learn more about how to use this technique and the other ones we talked about. Then go watch the next video because we will talk about the science of language learning and learn more study techniques. So keep learning. And I'll see you in the next video. 8. The Best Techniques (Part 2): All right, in the last video, we learned that people had different purposes for learning language. Teaches created exercises to test students on the translation than writing skills. Teach them like children, help them study for government reading tests. And by World War TO, people needed to learn to ask and answer simple questions fast. And remember, these soldiers didn't always understand the grammar. They just knew how to use it. Think about this sentence. I don't have any bullets. Why do we say do not? Why not? I know have any bullets. Most native speakers can't tell you why we say do not. We just say it. In this next section. We will talk a little more about the science of grammar rules and language learning. Now, around the 19 sixties, people started looking at exactly how language learning works. Colleges studied languages scientifically. For example, in English, when do we use the word? Do we need the word? Did you know that in Chinese there is no word that means. Now, this is interesting. But learning about all the rules of language, it doesn't help you learn language. Think about a fat football coach. They know the rules of the game and the best exercise to get the player's strong and ready. But they can't play very well. Cavemen, they didn't need to know the scientific rules to learn language. Babies don't need the rules and you don't need it. However, it is interesting and useful to know how, how language works and how we learn and remember. It might help you feel more relaxed and more confident. That's important. And if you're nervous, you won't be able to pay attention. When you feel nervous, it's harder to speak and to listen. All right, think about this. You don't really need to know how or why a nice beer makes you feel so happy. You just need to know how to drink it. When you learn a language, you don't need to understand every grammar rule. You just relax and start takin. Also relax in his very important, everybody feels nervous. Sometimes a lot of people feel nervous around me because I'm a talking toy bear. But listen. If you feel afraid or like you can't make grammar mistakes in class, it is harder to pay attention and you won't talk as much. So just relax, have fun, and play with the language. It's okay to make mistakes when you learn in, I believe language learning should help you build your countenance and creativity. Now, around the 19 seventies, people decided learning a language should be about your feelings. Learning a language should make you confident and make you feel special and creative. This was probably a great time for the culture loving students. In class. Students would listen to music and read a story. Then read the story again. And take notes and read it a third time and add more to their notes. Teachers tried to make the exercises fun and enjoyable. And they knew you needed to practice the same thing again and again. Maybe after reading together, the students would write down their thoughts about the story and use key vocabulary. Then they would stand up and perform the story. I like actors. When you learn English, you definitely have to practice, practice, practice. Every time you read a book or lesson. Credit change the way you read and tried to make it fun. Read it once to see the main idea. Read again and take notes. Read faster and play music, then read it out loud. If you feel comfortable, try to act out the stories and lessons. Draw a beautiful painting and use your new vocabulary to talk about it or write your own story Asana poem. Remember, it is difficult to remember boring things, but it's easy for people to remember funny, as sad as scary things. These are all fun ways to improve speaking and vocabulary and start to feel less nervous. In fact, students often feel nervous and it's normal for students to have a silent period. A silent period is a time when, when you're first learning something new and students just listen. They don't talk. When the student fully understands, they began using words and sentences. And if you push students to do something, they don't understand how to do what they can't do it, and they just get nervous or angry. And then it takes them longer to learn. So don't forget if you ever teach it. You're paying them to teach you English faster. Be sure your teacher spends most of the time helping you understand and use new language. So in the seventies and eighties, many teachers only used the new language and the classrooms. Teachers used images, videos, and actions to explain the meanings of words. They would wait a long time until students started saying the words and sentences on their own. Now, this is pretty good, but it's not always the fastest way to learn. If you're learning some type of grammar or a word like economics, your teacher can spend 20 minutes explaining it all in English. Or you can read about what it means in your language in two minutes and then do some of those speaking exercises from World War II. And you'll be able to use the words. One big problem about the silent period. You though, tack. Some people need to start talking right now. I don't have time to spend hours and hours listening and listening and listening. So it's important to spend as much time listening as you can. But I actually, every student needs something different. We all have different purposes in different goals for a study in English. So everybody needs to study in a different way. After a 150 years, teachers and scientists are finally smart enough to know there. So it's not the 19 seventies anymore. These days. Teachers do anything they can to get students listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The classrooms, they use all the techniques we talked about and some new ones. So for example, a student might practice information gap exercises to improve grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Then the teacher asks students to describe a picture and use the grammar or the vocabulary they were practicing. Or maybe teachers would read a story with the students, then write the main parts of the story and five sentences on five pieces of paper. And have the students put the sentences together from the beginning to the end. So they remember part one, part two, part three, part four, part five. After that, they go right down the same story and maybe they use different characters. So notice how in these two examples, we use several techniques to do something. First, we memorize words and grammar. Then we use them again and again and a less controlled way with less and less help. So there's a lot of different techniques and they all help learners do different things. However, don't wait for your teacher to pick the techniques for you. You need to be your own teacher. Sometimes your teachers, they only have one or two or three years of experience. It's not very much. Or they only have a 100 students for one hour each week. They are all learning different books. So they don't have time to really understand what each learner needs. Or sometimes the teachers are weird, old people who never learned a second language and don't know how to use technology and they just future English. So if you have a good teacher or a bad teacher or no teacher, it's always your job to pay close attention to what your goals are and be sure you are using the right study techniques. Also notice, when you set a specific goal, it probably has some kind of task. This is called task-based learning. That's what we're doing in this course. Making tasks. It means every time you learn something, you have something you need to do. Make a presentation, learn to make a phone call, write, or rap song. You never just learn vocabulary or just learn grammar. You use it to do something. Ok, remember that video where we made our learning goal. The example we used was to show your friend how to make curry chicken Face to face. This is a task. Probably when you were five years old, you didn't try to learn a 150 words to talk about food. Your mom said, hey, let's make some curried chicken. Then you learned all the vegetables, meat sauces and spices, inquiry chicken. Then later on, you want it to make some banana bread and you learn some more useful words. This is task-based learning. You use the things you learn to do something useful, cool or interesting. Task-based learning is really great because as soon as you learn words and vocabulary, you can begin using them to do something important or interesting. Now, we can talk for hours, days, for weeks about different learning techniques. If you really want to learn more about all this, you need to go to my website, free talk dot fun. I explained how to use all these techniques and I give you some information that we didn't talk about in this video or go to that website, find the best techniques for your goals. After that, I will see you in the next video. 9. Create Your English Ecosystem: Okay, so now we've found our purpose for studying language and we learned how to set specific goals. This allows us to choose specific content and also helps us pick the best study techniques to build the skills that we need. Now, well, life is not all about goals. You need to have some fun. You need to make what you learn a part of your daily life. If you don't use it in your daily life, it's not useful. You need places to use what you're learning. You want an ecosystem, a language learning ecosystem. You go system. Now, the complex network or interconnected system. The ocean is a complex ecosystem. College is an ecosystem of learning that you cannot get at home. So what do I mean by ecosystem? You want to bring language learning into every part of your life, your work, home, your hobbies, with your friends on your phone. But you're not fluent yet. How can you do this? Well, first, we need to set some quick and easy daily habits. When you study English. Don't just practice one time a day. If you want to study an hour a day, study for 30 minutes, then study a few minutes, five to six times a day. Take this time to think back on the things you learn it. You need to do this because it's bowler in this study for a long time. And if it's born, you will do it. Also, scientists say you remember vocabulary and grammar better when you work hard to remember it without help. Practice it many times every day. Alright, back to the video. Maybe you can make a sentence every time you drink a glass of water or go to the bathroom, or a sit down in a chair. Try not to make it too often though. I will practise English every time I breathe. Hello, how are you? I'm fine. Thank you. You also try to pick a partner, find a friend who is also learning the same language, set a goal together, share notes and work together. This will help you work every single day and it will make you more responsible. You should also join a social media group or a club and ask a question or comment every morning. If you'd like YouTube, try asking a question on every YouTube video you watch. Try to watch the video and your language, then watch the same video in English. So we could think of ways to include learning into our life all day long. And actually, I want you to think of some new habits that are good for your life. And the worksheet, I want you to build your own ecosystem and think of a few new ways you can add learning into your daily life. Just make sure that you pick things that really sound fun, things you really want to do. So then when you finish, we will set a schedule for our new language learning plan that's in the next video. So again, go to the PDF, create your ecosystem. And I will see you in the next video. 10. Short, Medium, and Long-Run Goals: So now you've learned how to make a goal. He found content. He decided how you'll study the content. And you found ways to start using your new language every day and in almost every part of your life. Now, I want to talk about short, medium, and long run goals. You all have a long-run plant. You want to be fluent or you want to pass the TOEFL test or something like that. But what if you what if you never do the plan you make? Most of you, you've made a plan before like this. I'm going to study 25 flashcards every day for 30 minutes. Although thousands of words I'll be fluent. Then you stop after two or three weeks or two or three days. Why did we do that? Wow, I love my new English book. I can't wait to study all day. Hello. Hey Mr. Monte. Oh, hey mister bear. How aria, I'm great at and having the animal party at my house. And you bring in the bananas, a white light, an animal party. Oh, well, I have a big English test in three months, but I guess I can study next weekend. Wonderful. See you soon, kid. We all know what's going to happen next week. Mr. monkey is going to get busy again when you learn a language, why is it so easy to stop studying? Why is it so hard to fall your study plan? Why is it so fun to go to animal parties? So there are two big problems. First off, you need to be responsible and second, he need results, not results next year, you need them now, if you don't need to be responsible and you don't see results, what happens if you stop studying? Nothing happens. If you don't have responsibilities and results, your life will be the same if you study or not. Also think about this, you probably don't study new vocabulary in your own language. You learn new things like how to exercise or cook or do business. And then you need new words to understand how to do those things. You wouldn't learn the words If you didn't need to use them for something. So makes short and medium run goals that are fun and useful for your daily life. So if you have just long run goals to just learn the language, it's easy to say, oh, I don't want to study the day. I'm not gonna do. I'll do it later, next week, next month, next year. Don't do that. The most important thing is your daily, your weekly, and your monthly goals. Okay, so it's time to go to the pdf and write down your goals for this month, break it into four parts for each week, and then set daily goals. You think you can really do. Make your goals easy. Give yourself time so you can have fun and do a good job. And also, don't set goals and don't give yourself homework. You hate doing, you won't do it. Okay. See you in the next video. 11. Review Time!: All right, everybody, we're at the very end. And what did we learn? Well, we now know our purpose and we learned to set a clear goal that helps us reach our purpose. We know how to test a goal to make sure it is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time oriented. You know where to find good content. And you learn some new study techniques to help improve the language skills you need. We also created an ecosystem of language learning in our life online and offline. We created daily and weekly goals to stay responsible and to work to your long-run goal every day. And now, we know why it is important to have friends and events to help keep us responsible and give us results. So there's just one last thing we need to do. You need to ask yourself, is this really a good plan? Do you feel good about it? Do you wanna do it? Can you do it? Is your goal really good for your purpose? You know, maybe after all this work, you learn that the first goal you made, it was too difficult or too big. So you need to make smaller goals and make daily, weekly, and monthly goals. Or maybe you're not telling yourself the truth about how much time and energy you have to study. So go change your plan if you need to. Also, there is a chance that after all this work, sometimes you won't reach your goals. Some days you'll miss your goals. That's fine. Find out why and change your plan. And if you do this, your English will improve. Alright, everybody, that is it. We are done with this course that grade. If you like this video, please leave a 5-star review and a comment about why you liked it and join me on my website and Facebook and YouTube channel for more language learning videos. Thank you again and I hope to see you in my next class.