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11 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. 1 - Introduction

    • 2. 2 - Learn basic phrases first

    • 3. 3 - Build on your list of phrases and use repetition

    • 4. 4 - Add vocabulary into the mix

    • 5. 5 - Learn common vocabulary that you'd regularly use

    • 6. 6 - Learn the basics of grammar and tenses

    • 7. 7 - Learn common verbs and adjectives

    • 8. 8 - Put everything together

    • 9. 9 - Watch TV and films with subtitles

    • 10. 10 - Maintain and improve your skills using apps

    • 11. 11 - Summary

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About This Class

There are so many languages available to learn across the world and the decision to actually start learning a new language is a big move! Luckily, as long as you have a strong reason to learn another language, anything is possible.

This class assumes that you have little or no understanding of another language apart from your native language. You don't need to understand any language structures or anything technical - the best techniques that you can use to improve your skills are within this class.

After living in Spain for long periods of time as a native English speaker, I've picked up shortcuts and more efficient ways that you can use to speed up the process. In this class I share tips and tricks of how to learn the correct sections in the most effective order - so you can spend less time memorising words and more time diving straight into speaking and understanding another language.

In this class you will learn:

- The absolute first steps to take towards learning another language.

- How to make the language learning process more efficient.

- How to get good at learning basic phrases and fine tuning them to different situations within your life.

- How watching TV series and films can help the language learning process - even if you're starting as an absolute beginner.

- How to achieve a standard high enough to have a basic conversation in a foreign country where the language you want to learn is spoken (eg, in a taxi, supermarket, on the street etc). This takes less time that you might think.

- How to improve and maintain your language skills in the long term.

Class objective:

By the end of this class you'll know the best and most efficient approach to language learning. This can be applied to absolutely any language; as the structure and process remains the same. You'll understand that learning another language is very possible and the basics can be learnt within weeks; rather than months.

The techniques and tips within this class can be applied not only to a single language, but to multiple different language if you decide you want to learn additional languages in the future! It's your all-in-one toolkit to get started on your language learning journey!

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James Hutchinson

Entrepreneur, Investor and DJ/Producer


James is an entrepreneur, investor and DJ/Producer from near Manchester, UK. He's been producing music since 2016 and has his tracks published across all the major platforms by multiple international record labels.

Business wise, he's the founder of Master The Kick, which is an online music platform that connects musicians with instructors via live video sessions. He's also an investor in several startups, penny stocks and established companies.


What does he cover?

James's courses consist of everything he's learnt from research and implementing his own ideas over the past decade. This includes courses about business skills, design, music and entrepreneurship.

His courses are aimed at a wide audience, from anyone looking to start their own b... See full profile

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1. 1 - Introduction: my guys. My name is James. I'm walking to my course on how to learn another language from scratch for your business. So the maybe a variety of different reasons why you'd want to learn another language from scratch. One of them may be to have you in your everyday business, so maybe you operate a different country. Maybe you speak English natively, but live in Spain or France, and you're struggling with the language at the moment. Or maybe it's just for hobby. So this course isn't us. Focus on business. It's focused on how to allow you to go from zero, being able to speak another language apart from your native language. With these so Internet timescale, it depends how good you want to get at the language. But the communicate on a day to day basis, it could be done in two or three months if you put the time to it. So it's all about consistency. And in this cause, I can tell you exactly how you could be consistent with your language. Learning to learn another language from scratch in less than three months, 2. 2 - Learn basic phrases first: So for the first section, the best way to go about language learning is to learn the phrases first, not individual words. For the first time, I was learning Spanish. I heard the phrase like Went a possible, which means the bill, please. But I didn't know what any of these words. Men. I just knew that when you're sat at a restaurant or a bar and you want the bill, you say, Look, Wente. I then learned that port of all means please. I can use different parts of that phrase for different things, so I can say please or can say the bell. So La Quinta port of all the bill, please. But appointed. I started off knowing that phrase, and I didn't know what the individual components off the phrase men. But I could apply that to re a life situation when I'm in a restaurant and I didn't even speak Spanish at a time. I knew that I could use that, like went a part of our to get the bill. There are many all the things you can use these for, So even without knowing a language, you can apply frayed is to certain situations remember them. And then when you continually use them again, you hear other people say them, and you understand what the components off those phrases are. At this point, you're vocabulary will be expanding, and you'll identify what those words mean because you'll be in the situation where they apply. Obviously, I'm talking about actually being in the location in the situation and talking about those phrases. However, you don't need to travel or being in a different country to learn that language. It does help, but for this course I'm focusing on how to learn the basics of a language without being in a different country. So where can you find these phrases them for a different language? So the first step is to go into Google and find out the translations in the language. You want to learn for phrases that you think that you'll use commonly, whether it's for your business or for whole day. So if you say another beer, please. Where is the beach or any other phrases that you'll find that on Google? And then all you have to do is memorize that. Use repetition a day, make sure you got the accent right you do. You can also have this bought. The main focus is to know what that phrase means and know where to apply it. So initially, find 10 common phrases in the language. You want to learn that you will find most useful in your situation off the purpose. You want to learn the language for two. If it's for work, then learned the 10 phrases most common in your workplace. It's the holiday. Learn the 10 phrases that you're most likely to use on hauling in terms of the length of the phrase, This could be from a few words, like La Quinta Popov are driven. A paragraph of words or phrases obviously depends in what situation you're going to use it . If you have a paragraph that you have rehearsed to say, there may not be many opportunities in the real life situation where you have a chance to say all of that power after someone, to becoming more beneficial, to learn a few short phrases so they're more applicable in real life situations. Another one is slf Mercado means that is very expensive. So when I first learned that I didn't know what any of it meant However, I knew that when I said that it would mean that is too expensive, quite useful. If you're the markets in Spain or you're negotiating trends, get a deal on something that is quite often if you're on holiday and you buying clothes, are you buying things for family and friends back home? So that is another one of my useful phrases that I learned when I was at home preparing to go to Spain. So from this point onwards, it's up to you. Is that how you feel? You're going to use the language on a daily basis? Whether you're doing it for business on holiday, to talk to you, to pick the most common phrases that you feel that you'll need, I'd recommend learning in minimum of 10. So then you cover a wine. Aspect of scenario is where you're going to use that phrase is You could even try and learn 15 or 20 depends how good your memories and how intensively you want to learn the language . Obviously, the more phrase you'll learn, the better you get at language. I know so the more chance you'll have been empty uses phrases on a daily basis when you need them. 3. 3 - Build on your list of phrases and use repetition: So you have these 10 phrases or 15 or 20 phrases that you just learned in the language you're trying to learn. So now the idea is to build this phrase there. So maybe you have 10 phase, maybe have 20 bought. The idea is to increase this so that in your mind you get to practice the previous ones you've learned on. You can answer more freezing as well. So now it's up to you to find additional phrases your like its use in the language you are learning in the situation that you'd like to use it in. So one week for gunpoint, you might start with 10 phrases. In the second meet, you might increase it by 10. You might search for another temperatures that you'll think will be useful during this time , though you repeat the 1st 10 phrases you learned and you get the absent right. So YouTube committee very useful for this, and sometimes just you hear how the accent is pronounced Google translate or any other language app, which allows to hair how language is pronounced, is quite useful as well, so you don't get the pronunciation gone exactly. Sometimes damaging confidence if you feel like you can't be understood by the current way that you're pronouncing any words or phrases. It depends how intensively you want to learn this language. If you have enough time on your hands, you may want to aren't temporaries every two weeks. If you have enough time on your hands, you may want to add 10 freeze every week. But that's entirely up to you. I just say you can learn the basics of a new language within two or three months if you learn it intensively. And if you do a little bit every day over the period of three months, you'd be very confident in using these phrases on a daily basis. As I said, the most important part of this step is to repeat the previous phrases that you've learned well. The human mind learns by repeating things over set another time so initially that maybe a couple of times per day, then a couple of times per week, and gradually over time, the amount of times you have to repeat this slow down. Essentially, I have more time to Ardmore phrases into the mix because you don't need to repeat the previous phrases as much. So to summarize, you build this phrase, lest over a period of weeks on your Ardmore phrases to lift these phrases are ones that you will find common in whatever situation you're going to be using them in. 4. 4 - Add vocabulary into the mix: it's all good and well learning these phrases. But if you're not got any other simple vocabulary turns to combine these with, then obviously you're going to be restricted to what you concern a daily basis. So the next thing is to learn basic vocabulary such as numbers, colors, days and months. Things like that, things that you're going to be hearing on a daily basis, you'll see prices. You'll see numbers. A supermarket, a cafe on IFC colors. When people describe cars or types of food, days are also incredibly important when you're organizing arrangements or times. So what's the best way to learn these extra elements of vocabulary? Such numbers and day's Google is your friend, and obviously the question is, how do you learn these as quick as possible? The answer is, as soon as you start to learn them, revising frequently, and then as time progresses, you don't have to be its frequent. So maybe on a Monday you might learn the colors. You might learn 10 different colors on you. Repeat them throughout the day or every couple of hours on the shoes that you might repeat them twice on the Wednesday wants on and so forth on, the more times you do it, you'll be more confident that the name to understand what was worth me. Some words and phrases will be a lot more natural to you because they may even sound like your native language. But other words may be complicated. You might take a few more attempts at memorizing them in your head. So as with any skill or anything that you learn, it takes commitment to get good at something. It's on Sundays you might forget what that word means, but don't beat yourself up about it, because sometimes we just forget these things Naturally. Sometimes you have off days, so don't let that put you off learning a language if you find that you can't remember or can't exactly pronounce certain words and phrases in terms of colors and numbers, just learned the basics. Numbers between one and 10 on up to 100. Almost coming. Say when you're check out buying some food from the supermarket. That's quite common, but numbers of thousands or hundreds of thousands. Maybe when you buy a car every now and again, but not on a daily basis, so I wouldn't worry about them. And if you only focus on the basics, and that gives you more time to get good at these rather than being okay, learning the more complicated things, which isn't essential at this point in terms of days and months, there's only a certain amount of them that you can learn. So that's a different story, but with colors learning basic colors, you'll find on a daily basis on numbers up to 100. 5. 5 - Learn common vocabulary that you'd regularly use: The next step is to learn common vocabulary that you're likely to use on a daily basis. This could include foods, animals, household items. Things like that way is very useful to know in general conversation. By learning and understanding, these items of common vocabulary will then be able to incorporate days into the phrases the you only know and that you've learned before. So if we're gonna put you've learned the term, it's a big house. If you change the word house to tree or pizza or anything similar a different now than you're able to use that phrase in different situations, you've still only just learned the phrase, but now you can use up phrase for different things. Then the next step would be to change big into a different objective, and then you're able to use up phrase in more situations and warm. It's obviously depends what your intention A's of learning this of the language as to the type of vocabulary you should learn alongside it, too. If it's for work, you might want to learn some vocabulary based on the current job that you do, in which case, type that cover into Google and find the transition there, and then Then just add that organization into any phrase that you know already. If it's for a whole day, you might want to learn things. Such a beach hotel. Things like that. Basic things that you'll know or your encounter on the hallway because once you learn these , you can just incorporate them into your phrases that you've learned. And then you have more to say when you encounter a situation where you need to use his words and phrases together. 6. 6 - Learn the basics of grammar and tenses: don't be overwhelmed by the mount intensive. You can have in a different language. So obviously depends what language you are learning as to how complicated, attentive can be. The Spanish there's more attentive than there are in English. So for me that was difficult. However, I learned the basic tenses. So for past tense I learned the phrases that mean just today or you just learn something recently rather than in the past, and that got me through a lot of situations when I was on holiday. The confusion only comes when you're talking about complicated subjects may be used to do years ago, but if you're on holiday, are using it in real life situations, you might want to say, Oh, yesterday I did this or this morning I did this rather in two years. Yeah, it depends what situation you're using the language in. So just learn the basics of past, present and future tense days in the language you want to learn. And, as with any type of language learning once you know the general rule, so how the tenses work, then it's easy to apply, and these to the phrases and vocabulary you've learnt already I want you're able to do that and you practice a couple of times you some come and phrases that you've learned already that it's easier to go from there. All you have to do is repeat the process, and it be more and more familiar as the days and weeks go by. 7. 7 - Learn common verbs and adjectives: Realistically, once you've learned these tenses, you want to expand your knowledge of verbs and adjectives that you can use these in different situations. So this is the point now where you learn how describe things on how to do things. So maybe you want to learn Ron walk jump. Things are that basic verb, but obviously relevant to the application. You going to use the language for on holiday or work or traveling or anything like that. So objectives are quite common. So big, small, expensive, cheap things like that, any descriptive words that you're going to be using on a regular basis? My mind is the most common ones that you learn in your native language anyway on applied up to the foreign language. 8. 8 - Put everything together: So now you've learned basic phrases, tenses drummer on verbs and adjectives on sentence structures. Now you can actually expand this knowledge into mawr, adjectives and verbs. So this may include swapping out the basic phrases you've alone with a different verb adjective. Now, any element of grammar, you like to see what the outcome will be. So the word and sentence order differs basically language, but in general you'll be able to understand how it works on the more experimentation you do with this. On a more practical, you have off swapping different verbs and adjectives or different elements of language into the phrase that you've already lent, the easier it will be on a conversational basis. 9. 9 - Watch TV and films with subtitles: The next section is to watch TV and films with subtitles on in the language you are learning. It may take a few attempts to watch the same TV episode of the same film, but you'll understand what they're saying. If you're starting out, it may be beneficial to have so titles in your native language, and then you can at least hear the accent on what people are saying in language learning. It depends how much you want to push yourself. If you want to speed up the process and see the text, then obviously having some titles in the foreign language, as well as hair in the foreign language will be a lot quicker and speed up the process, but will be more intensive in the short term. And in terms of TV episodes and films, make sure they're the type of films you would watch in your native language. Anyway. There's nothing worse than watching a boring film or boring TV show in another language trying to learn if your attention span is really sure the much an action movie that means you don't have to concentrate on the language that much. You can just watch the scenery on that will keep you entertained without getting bored too quickly. The benefit of watching TV and films with titles is You can hear the accent. You can associate different words and phrases with different scenarios that happened in the moving I know so you can practice organization after piecing what they say. If that's something you want to do, or if you're in a private room or somewhere where there's no people around, then you can practice your open initiation off the way they're saying those words and phrases as well. 10. 10 - Maintain and improve your skills using apps: So by now you will have learned the basics of another language, whether that's how to say different phrases in different situations or how to exchange if objects or verbs in the phrase that you've learned to ready, you'll also be on the standing and getting ingest of how certain words and phrases off our said on in different situations by watching movies on TV shows in the language you are learning. So the next step from here is to maintain and improve your court knowledge of that language to the times. Go for this. Maybe after sort two or three months. We're fairly confident in speaking. The basics obviously want to improve. From here, I maintain the language of what you're owed. A. Having his moment is the best way to do this. It's practice with native speakers. There's a lot of modern APS on websites away. You can connect with a native speaker. It may cost you per hour, or you may be able to get the contact details off a native speaker by messaging them on, obviously, by teaching them some of your native language while you learn there. So it is like a language exchange whereby say in an hour you might speak half of your native language and half of marinated language, And in that period, no money is exchanged. It doesn't cost either you anything but you're learning and practicing and language on your teaching. Someone else have speak your language too, which should be easy for you. So some of these APS include Hello? Talk I talking verbal ing. These were all websites and apps that you can use to connect with the native speaker off the language you want to learn on. This is similar to linger on line up, of which I'm a co founder far so different between Linger online and other APS is that legal, unused live video to help you practice with Native Speaker in real time. So rather than text chap, you don't have to text anything to them. You just chat with an 80 speaker bought. The fact is, you're both match based on your language levels. So if you know a little bit of Spanish but know enough to hold a conversation yet you'll be much with the Spanish person who can speak quite well in English. So if there's any issues of you two communicating together. You can move about two English on this planet. Person will teach you the basic phrases anyway, in return for your holding a conversation with them in English. For them to practice their level, practice makes perfect. As with anything on, by using modern technology on language up such as these, then you can practice what you've learned on expanding new knowledge without having to travel to a different country. That's a pointed it. 11. 11 - Summary: so to summarize. I hope you enjoyed this course, and hopefully you've learned the outline of how to learn another language from scratch, using basic phrases first and expanding on that. From this point now trying you're hooked on a TV series. Or try and watch your favorite movie again and again in the language you are learning on. That way, if you able to practice on a regular basis like that, you'll improve in no time. You don't always have to follow rulebooks laid out in a structured language lessons to learn a different language. Some people are unable to read or write, but they can still speak another language if they're living with native speakers and if they've been living with them for extended period of time to, say, several months. So this is possible because the mind is able to learn a language just by listening and by speaking by communicating before humans were even able to write down anything. So that's how it is possible. And that's how there's evidence you can learn in the language, despite absorbing the language on a daily basis. So thanks for watching. I hope you enjoy this course, and if you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave me a message or comment on this course, and I'll reply as soon as I can. And check out my older courses, too, if you enjoy this course.