Female polyglot explains how to learn languages (CBS)

welcome back to Bay Sunday our next guest speaks seven languages she has traveled to 50 countries and wants you to know that you too can learn a new language just by listening to music the radio and watching TV please welcome the author of language is music Susana zorroski thank you language is music expand on that what do you mean well if you think about it when we're little kids were born we listen to our mother tongue for about a year before we start speaking right and for us language is music and we just start copying words just like we would with a song so I was thinking about how people learn languages and I speak seven and I saw how frustrated people got in language classes and I realized that the way we learn language is as adolescents or as adults it's completely backwards we need to start listening first we have two ears and one mouth for a reason you start listening first and then speak so you need to listen to foreign language foreign languages as though they're music so you have the music let's say you're learning French you have music and French in the background you have the radio in French you have TV in French you get used to the sounds of the language then you start learning this the words and then you start learning the grammar the reason is okay music engages more parts of your brain than language does you're more apt to remember something if you remember to a tune than if do a melody to a melody exactly so like you probably remember little jingles from commercials like 20 years ago or things you I can remember songs and I can't remember the periodic table to save my life it's amazing the things that you store there you go there you go so for learning French start listening to music and rich get music you like you start singing along you have no idea what you're singing then you start looking up the lyrics on the internet or in the CD box and then you start realizing oh that's what they're saying and this is what it is you learn the words that way and then you take French classes and you learn your grammar okay because I've been taking French for a while off and on and I a lot of people said to me that you need to actually study abroad you should spend some time in the particular country that you're interested in and that how you'll pick it up and in your book you're like don't you do that and then some people say you need an instructor you need one-on-one and that's how you'll pick it up and your books like you don't need that so I want to ask you did you start picking up languages at a younger age because a lot of people said has to do with the age that you are introduced to different languages and different sounds is that the key in some way perhaps that's part of it I mean it's true I grew up in a russian-speaking family I came to the United States when I was three so I learned Russian at home and then I learned English and then growing up in Silicon Valley I had Spanish and Chinese and Vietnamese and Korean all around me so it does help of course to have that early introduction to language but you don't need to leave the country I mean I was fluent in Spanish and Italian without leaving the country how long did it take you well with Spanish I was fluent after a year but by that time I'd already spoken French Italian after semester of Italian grammar I was already an Italian literature class so it's really about putting the language in every part of your life so you listen in a car you have music or podcast in the language you're listening to the news or you're watching the news which is great because you watch the news here in KPIX you know what's going on in the world then you watch the news in French and you're like oh they're talking about the Gulf oil spill and they keep on repeating certain words and you put the image to the word and that's how you learn you put post-it notes around your house for the different words in French different like is it is this at a certain skill level so when I go in my kitchen I'll have all different kitchen words in French or the bathroom different kitchen were bathroom words in French that I incorporate that with my language classes I have on CD I put that in the car I listen to music I watch TV 5 which is French television break on cable station yeah and at some point it will sink in it has to sink in because you need to start making the language in every part of your life and that's the problem when you go to school you do it like whatever two or three hours a week and then you go home and you turn it off so you need to start making your laundry your shopping list in French start balancing your checkbook in French oh I could see that do your taxes in French oh and you know how wonderful the numbers are in French which you know I don't like the number in front yeah I know nor do I do you need to speak a certain amount during the day is that when you find a partner or someone else that will just talk with you to kind of to get the repetition exactly you can find conversation partners and if you happen to be learning I don't know Swahili and you can't find anyone nearby mmm who speak Swahili you can find conversation partners on the internet for free and you'd use Skype or some sort of other program you speak to them on the internet and or you go to like if once you already have some sort of an ability of the language you can go to meetup groups and start speaking the language go to cultural events and find people to talk to okay say you get the first one down I feel you now I get what you're saying good what happens when you start incorporating another one because I have a pretty good handle on French and then I moved to Spanish and I got all I got all messed up everything just started switching on me it's like the brain wants to incorporate everything and I would speak in English French and Spanish and I was making no sense like how do you at some point separate it how do you do that that's a really good question especially with the Romance languages because I speak for Romance languages and to Slavic languages and it's it's possible to get them mixed up you need to differentiate in your life when you're going to use those languages so if you have someone you speak to in Spanish you only speak them in Spanish and other people you only speak to in French or if you are doing the whole thing of watching the news in French then you're going to listen to the radio in Spanish so keep certain activities with certain languages so you get into a routine so you get used to being in that language at that time of the day oh wow or that particular day of the week exactly or with that person or in that situation Wow well I'm excited because you know I I feel like I hit a roadblock with French at one point but I'm going to do like you said the post-its my roommate probably won't appreciate that but I'm gonna stink all over the place I'll do the music and I'm going to do the television and I'm going to let you know how it goes hopefully I'll call you and be speaking in fluent French zantac yeah good thank you for being here today for more information about Susanna's book language is music or to pick up a copy just go to our website CBS 5 comm slash base sunday then click on show information and language is music that is it for this edition of base Sunday thanks for watching have a great week you you

43 thoughts on “Female polyglot explains how to learn languages (CBS)”

  1. I don't know why people in the comments are complaining about the "female polyglot" thing. Personally, I rarely hear about female polyglots. Most of the ones that are known are mostly male. I know I wouldn't mind if I was labeled "female polyglot" (if I actually was a polyglot).

  2. I belive must time person cold learn 4 idiomas only exaclete ways , but 7 idioma . I so bed about my words 7 idiomas , I belive its hard way, must time person cold understand maybe 3 more idioma activites soma words but dont espeak to good holy idioma . every thing but parts way learn some thing ,

  3. For me english Is very frustating because I can understand when people speak english.
    I could understand this chat without subtitles but I can t speak it🤐

  4. The title of the video is annoying but her methodology as a starting point is excatly the best way and has been endorsed of late by many people who have learnt languages by shadowing

    Our brain need to synchronize with the sound of the language before it can start making sense of the rest and when it can follow it and hear the sounds clearly and start recognizing words and sentences and patterns (solely as sounds), then we go for meaning.

  5. i’ve been listening to kpop and watching korean variety shows for almost 7 years now and only learned how to introduce myself in korean LMAO HELP WHY AM I SO DUMB IM

  6. I have a good tip. Keep a diary in that language even if you’re not fluent. Didn’t watch the whole video so she may have said it 😁

  7. The audio is completely fucked up.  And by the way, no one can learn Spanish in one year, stop lying girl.

  8. Passive learning or listening like she described in the beginning of the video wouldn’t result in fluency unless you did it for 20 years. You need to take a more active approach if you want results.

  9. Why does the title say "female" like it's something special? It sounds just as if it's harder for women to become polyglots, which is certainly not the case…

  10. Will she master German. How many great singers from the world of the opera have sung German "Lieder" and no one could master the German pronunciation. Thomas Hampson is the exception.
    Mastery of a language requires knowledge of the literature and the three old languages Latin, Greek and Hebrew. These 3 languages are integral part of the western languages.
    Many of the great polyglott admirers from the American/English areas who pretend to master Japanese fail when asked questions about the life of Genji as described by Murasaki Shikibu. None of them has read her book.

  11. I  want to  learn how to speak and write Spanish  so I can  put on my  resume   ( I am  hoping it  can help  me get  a better job ) I   live in  USA  born  here   and grew up here    I don't  speak popper  English  grammar   I only  speak English

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