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Polyglot Mindset - Learn and master languages like the pros

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8 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Introduction of the course

    • 2. Why?

    • 3. What is a language?

    • 4. Build connections

    • 5. What about grammar?

    • 6. Attitude on mistake

    • 7. Don't quit

    • 8. Mental effort

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About This Class

There are many methods of learning languages. What they have in common is a  mindset. 

In this course, I'll share with you the mindset I developed within my language learning journey. It helped me to learn English, Spanish and French and I'm currently on my fourth and fifth language Norwegian and Italian. It is the foundation for any learning method.

In this class you will learn:

  • This course builds your foundation for your language acquisition.
  • There are no "languages persons" learning languages is a human ability. If you mastered your native language nothing but a mindset stops you from learning other languages as well.
  • This course provides you with another perspective on languages and learning in general.
  • You will learn how to stay motivated and how to set your language goals.
  • Unlock your learning potential.

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Caspar Schlageter

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1. Introduction of the course: welcome to this course by taking this cause you're making your first decision to become a better language learner. This causes dedicated to any language learners. It doesn't matter if your chest a beginner or if you're inter mediate. It is not important if you're taking classes or if you're really on your own throughout discos. I want to provide you with a sort of foundation and the mindset that will underlie your learning process. In order to make the learning more approachable and easier, we need to adopt a certain mindset and a certain perspective. One key idea off this course is to deconstruct the tree, which is our language into its branches on to extract the material so side roots to construct our own building, which is our understanding off the language. Once we're deconstructing a complex structure, it will become easier to apply methods precisely onto each element of it. You may remember times when you took a language cause, and you have to do some exercises without knowing why they should be working. So it felt pointless that you're doing some, maybe some filling the gaps exercises. But now, if you deconstruct it and figure out why a method works onto element. It doesn't make sense and we feel more motivated to do it. These are the elements off the course. First of all, we will talk about moderation. Then we go on with deconstructing the language to show what the language itself is composed off. Then we start making connections on built context. Then I would go on with the ball off emotions onto the role of Karama and India, and I will talk about your attitude to its mistakes and about a roll off mental effort in our learning progress. 2. Why?: Why have you ever said a New Year's resolution on Lee to quit after a couple of months, or even within the 1st 2 weeks? That probably happened due to a lack off Moderations in the beginning. When setting a goal, we always feel super multi waited on, are sure that we can make it when learning something or working on any larger project. Devil, be points where you lack that internal fire that will let you keep going, de for you should dedicate some time to formulate your biggest multi waiters come up with it least 10 strong reasons Take a piece of paper and write them down. By writing them down, they would become really Debbie become part off the real world instead of being just force inside your head. The idea here is to prepare is good wetter. You can be sure that there will be days where you will just feel like you can't keep it going and that you want to quit because you do not see that clearly your progression it will be at those days that you somehow have to we in night you're in the fire, which is your situation. Write down your multi writers be is precisely when describing them as possible. Later, it will become easier to were 90 fire. If you can really feel the emotions that you had when writing them down doing your learning journey, you will discover more aspects off the language that full Monty wait you So keep your multi waiters updated on DWI. Cap them from time to time. What are you? Moderation? Stood on the language, right? Your top 10 reasons down in the discussion section and get inspired by others modulations. 3. What is a language?: reconstruction. What is a language? In order to understand why we do certain steps within the acquisition of languages, we must have a certain perspective on the language, a form of thinking that allows us to recognize distinct areas off the language, which we can Dan tackle differently with different methods. I want to give you a small definition off what the languages a language is a tool off transferring forts, ideas and so on. It is a tool of communication. It is the most important tool of communication that we humans have. It comes in the written and spoken form. Each language consists off sentences that consists of words, which consists off sounds. So a language is a sequence off sounds that are produced to trance fair forts and ideas. It is the basic form of human communication. Besides off nonverbal communication, the spoken form can be transferred into the written form and wise versa. But for a long time we only relied on the spoken form only within the last thousands of years, really relevant over Witten language. This is pointing out that in written and spoken language at two distinct areas, but they are highly interwoven into another. Both the spoken and the written form consists of two parts. The spoken form consists of speaking and off listening. The written form consists off writing and reading. The commonality here is that each form has an analytical part which would be reading and listening. Now the synthetic part, which is writing and speaking one must be able to decipher the sounds that others are producing to understand the underlying message. That's what I'm calling the analytical part. So we are listening to what others are saying and we are somehow deconstructing the sounds . They are producing an hour head and understand what the meaning off the sounds s. The same is true for reading our eyesight. Our sensation is reducing the letters or the characters into sounds that we sub vocalize, and we understand the meaning. Thereby. The synthetic part is to counterpart off the analytical part here. Sounds that others are deciphering are created in other roads. They're synthetic part is too active, use off a language rear uttering force by creating sounds and writing letter combinations. The analytic part, on the other hand, is to pass it from where we perceive sounds and decipher written language he It is important to see how they connect now when we want to improve the spoken part off the language, we must consider both parts too active and a passive run which is speaking and listening in order to improve while listening. We become better at speaking and while we speak, we become better at listening. The same is true for reading and writing. Now we're going back to you, Marty. Waiters and golds have a look at them. Compare them to the four aspects. There are areas off the language that are more important to you than others. Maybe you just want to be calm, fluent and been speaking without even writing a single birds. Feel free to adjust your golds and focus on the spoken language in this case. But bear in mind that all of these areas are somehow connected and practicing and bond part will also somehow improve the other areas. There are still reasons to learn the written form. If you only want to learn how to speak because writing and speaking requires articulating your faults and both will improve this synthetic part 4. Build connections: we're now coming to the context part off the course. Build bridges instead of learning vertes isolated. Learned them in context of structure. If you're learning, avert just for its translation. Maybe on a flashcard you're just remembering very translation Translation vert. Instead, you should learn the vertes in sentences in various kinds off different sentences which have different meanings and different other routes in them. Debra, you will get a different context in which you know what the word means. Because one vert does not have one single meaning depending on the context, averts meaning changes. If you can get enough exposure to Ravi's contexts, you will learn the vertes automatically without forcing you to learn flash cars. The context that you are giving does not have to be other vertes or sentences. It can be any kind of knowledge that you already possess. Integrate what you want to learn into the network off knowledge that you already possess. Due to that, it is more likely to stick to your memory. Think about what something reminds you off. It can be any association that you're having anything that resonated in your mind is enough to make a connection to build a preach. What we want to learn must somehow connect with us. If we do not care about the material and nothing resonated in us, it will be harder to learn it. Think about a swell about the places where you're going to use the birds, all the situations in which you want to apply the language to give this extra layer of context. AARP Rain Drives on Novelty If we want to make with brokers, we need to feed our brains with novel information with any kind off novelty novelty Max. Things interesting if you're learning the same thing over and over again with the same method, or if you're listening to the same thing repeatedly over and over again, you would just get better at doing this task and this and that way. It is like an aga riven, which are Brandis using on which your brain learns to use better and better each time. But ultimately what we want to do is become better at doing the essence off the thing itself and not an AGA riven over and over again. In the real world, things different from learning materials, so how to integrate properly novelty and your learning process. Try to change your perspective. Look at things from different angle. Tried to post questions. If you have something, ask yourself. What is it? What is consists off? How does it relate to other things that I know somehow change your perspective? Try to involve movement by integrating him any kind of other senses than just speaking or reading. You are making more parts off your praying active, and thereby what you're learning will better stick to your memory if you are reading texts . If you have something like conversation, try to use different pictures off your voice day by your again. Changing parts off your senses, actuated other areas and making things more memorable. Think about using music as a stimulant. If you're learning something, try to learn the international language. But listening to a lot of music used to power a few imagination turn divers that you are seeing into images. Finger out anything that you are associating with. The bread that you are seeing doesn't matter if it's something silly or ridiculous. As long as you can create any image, you can remember it better because once that is an image, it is not just averted is not just letters. It is something vividly whistle integrate emotions. This is just another form off context. As I've pointed out before, you should try to integrate its many senses as possible examples. Where to use a different pitch when speaking, integrate movement and use music. Another thing that you can do is instead of taking no nodes or typing notes into your computer, handwrite them. The act of taking a pan inside your hand and writing things on a piece of paper is more complicated and requires more movement than just typing in with your fingers into the keyboard. This is again the point with movement because more every off your brain are now activated due to this complicated movement off forming letters or characters and thereby, you will actuate more parts off your brain and more stuff will stick to your memory. In another point off this course, I talked about what a language ISS the language is we're using is not only spoken and written, there is a non verbal part of it. We have all of these articulations we do with our hands or body language and also our facial expressions. This kind of body language is also risible in the animal kingdom and has also bean with us before we were able to speak. Inverts when you actuate your body language when you start to articulate with your hands when you're trying to say something or trying to learn something, you are integrating again. Mawr movements activating more part of your brain and it will make it more easy to remember , because here you are also activating your muscle memory, strong emotions, fortune, strong memories. I want to give you one example because I will never forget how I embarrassed myself speaking Spanish in a supermarket. The situation was days I wanted to order a kilo of tomatoes and what I said Waas hero included Tomatis instead of Karen Kilo data. Marty's for February. So what I was saying instead of I would like to have a killer of tomatoes Waas. I would like to have an ass full of tomatoes office. Sudden, everybody around me start to love and I was just very confused because I was not sure what I have, said Ham. But now thinking back, it was a very embarrassing moment for me, but also very funny. And this strong emotion will never make me forget the word cooler, and it's meaning 5. What about grammar?: What about Karima? You may ask yourself, What about grammar? Because every language cause is somehow build around Kraemer. Ask yourself, What is Cremer? Grammar is a set of rules, constructive a linguist to describe holding, which is work the first language stiff you have learned you did not learn built on grammatical rules. You just learned it by listening a lot to a language spoken trying to imitate it. And somehow you worked your way around to express the first verts, and at some point you started to learn how to write. You were able to speak the language and use it in your day alive without knowing how the Kraemer works. For my case. At some point in elementary school, they introduced Cremer, and after sudden, everything started to be more complicated. I can't really tell you if Karima helped me to improve my language school in my native language, but when it's coming to learning other languages, it can be helpful. But Cramer should not be the point where you start your learning journey. If you know all the world's, it doesn't matter. You won't be able to speak it. You don't have to know the routes You have to develop a feeling to speak the language because language is built up a lot of intuition and or having a certain feeling of when to use. What kind of roads don't rely on thinking about each rule all the time because that's not how it works. You, Ron speak with ease. If you have to look up the rules inside your head all the time, we have to think about languages as patterns, their patterns of sounds to a sequence and various sequences off letters where sequences of sounds half a distinct meaning. Cramer is just another pattern or better slate away off describing these patterns. The reason why we learn Kraemer in language courses is that they somehow need to test our knowledge. But grammar is just another pattern. Do not require it. But it can be useful once you have enough proficiency in the language because then you will already understand something toe some decree and then when seeing on the explanation of what it is and what it does, something will my click inside your mind something we connect inside your hat, and after sudden you have a better understanding off the subject. 6. Attitude on mistake: don't be afraid of making mistakes. Accept the fact that we're all fools and ignorant to some decree. What? We're here to change that fact. If you walk through life with the impression that you know everything there is, you can't move forwards and you can't allow yourself to learn something new because you know everything that is right. We must be a rare that every day is a new opportunity to learn something new. And we can't learn something without discovering our ignorance without discovering our foolishness. Onley by noticing we can act in the cordons and we can improve and learn something instead of being afraid of making mistakes. Be afraid of not making them. You have to look at mistakes from a different angle. They are around strong feet back that can show you where you still like something. They have real in a very strong and direct way at what places you have still room for improvement. The story I told you before me ordering a kilo of tomatoes on saying something wrong was a swell a mistake, but well, in the moment, it might has bean a very, very it's experience and very embarrassing to me. But it was showing me that I got something wrong on this strong feet back. Helped me to learn, averts on fortunate into my memory. At some point in life, we were the ultimate fool, not known anything. Not possessing any skills were just a baby. We're just capable off somehow being alive, we were able to speak. We were just imitating and that point we just started to learn everything. We received feedback instantly and figure out what works and what does not work there. But we were able to improve. Learn any skill that we have today. Learning never stops. If you surround yourself with the right people, they are happy to support you and we'll show you at what points you were wrong. Learning is a to H plate. To comprehend something we might have to cut off something some perceive knowledge We had and unlearn what was force. But the German willingness to be a fool allows us to grow. It is the key to a crow of mindset and a growth mindset is the ultimate goal to have. If we want to learn a language, we will start at a point where you do not know anything or only very little about a language. But if you change your awareness, if you change your perspective on mistakes and adapt to a growth mindset, you know that you can learn and that its improvement. It's a very long way off consistency and willingness to do something to commit mistakes every day and take the feedbacks that you perceive from the mistakes and improve to the better any kind of brokers we ever made. All we have learned derives from our own effort and experience. The more we learn, the more we are able to learn. Our heart driver never runs out of space. Do you see the connection here with the building preaches and context part off this course . By learning more, we'll feed our mind with more and more information or where ever expanding networks off information gets stronger and most rank friend. Each time that we learn something, thereby we get more to connect about. We will learn with Andi. We have stronger connections and stronger memories. After all, we have more and better context. So it's a take away a rose are an essential part off a learning process by willing to commit errors. Bone can achieve deeper understanding and deeper learning. After image steak is done, you are less likely to do it again, like me with my tomatoes. The mistake. It's a really strong feet back, and we receive it instantly. 7. Don't quit: don't quit. There will be times where you won't see any pro question Keep on going. It is a marathon, not a sprint, because language learning and any bigger project and skill you're learning is not a linear progress about a dynamic process. There will be times for you do not see your progression, and other times you see them really clearly, and within a couple of days you can see your progress doubling. Bear in mind that new structures need to be built up and maintained over time. As a result, their results that you see fluctuate at those time where you don't feel your proquest and your chest 12 quits. Remind yourself on Dweik up your ma chu ations because you have taken your time in the beginning to write them as detailed and multi waiting. It's possible they can be enough to get you macho waited and keep on going, except that learning requires time and constant attention. If you have reached a point where you won't see any proquest shifty perspective and move forward, using other resource is that might be changing your language cause and switching to another one that still can teach you something bounces our high. That language classes had beena chore to you in the past, but it doesn't have to be like that. The re sources and methods always live up to you. Once you crossed the basic understanding. Once you got over the basic elemental courses, you can Dan move on to use whatever you like, because you understand the language in its basic forms. You can move forward, and in a couple of months or even weeks, you will reach a level where you can use natives material. You can start watching movies. You can start, read like listen to music. You can start to listen to a podcast that are natives. Using the world opens itself to you because now you have more possibilities and more opportunities to take. The proquest that you are making is less visible, overcome this, wish to quit, overcome these setbacks. Trust me, they will disappear. You're truly capable of inspiring yourself again and are under rare off what you can reach setbacks to give you again feedback. Consider them and keep on going. Stay Karius. You may not see strong broke ways, but you just have to compare yourself with whom you have been yesterday and you will see that each day you have learned something new 8. Mental effort: mental effort doing your learning journey there will be tasked that are easier done than others. We often prefer to do doubt. Will is easier done board without having efforts without having mental efforts. We do not make this much proquest as when we have toe actively use our minds to work about the problem and come up with our own solution. This is a very short part off the course. I know what a key lesson you should take with you from this part off the course is that when you work on something on, it requires you to think to use your mind actively when mental effort is involved. Long lasting results, long lasting memories. Long lasting learning happens. This is the end off the course. I hope that you are able to take something with you and I hope that you liked it. You're probably now better equipped to start your learning journey because you know what problems may occur until it to handle them. Thank you for your attention