39 thoughts on “Why We Struggle Learning Languages | Gabriel Wyner | TEDxNewBedford”

  1. As a bilingual person I can conform that when I speak Spanish I dont think of the English translation i think of the thing

  2. I will try to do flashcards with images and come back in 3 months to authenticate whears it works or not. 😉

  3. There could be a gate in the brains language centre which slowly closes as we grow up. No matter how many hours you spent after certain age you can never get grammatical structures correct.

  4. Interesting. How do you do this, then?
    I'm learning Japanese and it's going so slowly, even tho I flood myself with anime, games, music, podcasts, hello talk chats, pre-made flashcards, vocabulary lists and studybooks.

  5. learn a new language?
    10 step basic guide.
    1. start with the alphabet.
    2. make a word. understand what words in thst language are.
    3. go to a sentence, S O V or S V O (subject object verb)
    4. have an overview of the the structure of the language.
    5. learn names of roots first, and sentence formation, bcoz if you don't know word, you can substitute any Lang word, but roots don't work like that.
    eg, I take my kutta to school. here kutta=dog.
    6. learn vocabulary.
    7. go for grammar.
    8. speak speak and speak.
    9. watch movies with subs first then move on to without subs.
    10. read literature.

  6. So basically add context and emotional stimuli to learn language better. I wonder how long it takes before observations such as this are added to our commerical teaching methods.

  7. You know now that I think of it, a lot of the random words I remember of other languages have stories connected. Mizu is water because I remember seeing ash tell greninja to use “mizu shuriken.” Chikyuu is related to circles because of the song “Marukaite chikyuu” which is about drawing a circle… uma is horse because I remember a silly video of a russian guy saying あなたのお母さんは馬です which is “your mother is a horse”
    I remember pupitre is desk because my friends and i thought it was hilarious in third grade. Asistir is to attend because i remember it being surprising that it wasn’t to assist. Disfrutar is to enjoy because I enjoy dis fruit.
    I think there might be something to what he’s saying.

  8. Probably one of the best Ted talks I've ever seen. It didn't even feel like 16 and a half minutes, it felt like 5. Truly enjoyable and inspiring

  9. I study Japanese every day. 10 hours a day, using flash cards and listening to speakers of Japanese.
    I talk to myself in the language every day like a mad person. And make up pretend stories about words and scenarios that i can remember. I could already hold a conversations three months in, and understand people speaking to each other. And i have never met a Japanese person.
    Now i am 8 months in. I could speak to anyone in Japan now pretty much.

  10. This was extremely motivational. I would love to start language learning again. I had stopped due to me feeling like I wasn't completely getting grammar of vocabulary to stick.

  11. Help! What is the app of which he is talking about? (he said that this app had helped him to learn words)

  12. I lived two months in Japan and I can attest to this. I self-learned Japanese two years before traveling and I learned more in those two months than in in the two years prior. As he said, it is VITAL that you speak the foreign language at EVERY opportunity. It can be tiring but it is well worth it.

  13. We have a lot in common, I too study languages. I'm currently studying ASL. Io studiavo e cantavo l'opera, e volevo sperimentarlo di prima mano. Je trouve le Français plus difficile que l'Italien simplement parce que l'Espagnol est ma langue maternelle et que l'Espagnol et l'Italien sont similaires. Me encantaría estudiar Japonés pero si es infinito y depende de muchos factores que no se me han hecho fácil. I've been studying quantum mechanics in my free time it's fascinating but it's so complex for a simple mind like mine. Thanks for the advice I will put it to work. 👍😊

  14. “Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” – Flora Lewis
    As a Spanish teacher with German and English proficiency, I totally agree with this.

  15. Swedish is not in use. Would just be confusing to hear 5 languages daily. 2 is enough. We hawe done drugs. (Finglish)

  16. Your point is pretty easy to understand and obvious. The problem is that I do not have access to native speakers of my target language.

    Honestly, your speech comes off as bragging and doesn’t provide any education on how to find a native language speakers and exchange language. It’s kind of ironic that you’re bragging about education but not educating at all. Don’t you agree?

    How can I find native language speakers?

  17. はい、にほんご。。。すごいですね。It's an amazing language, and I've noticed a lot of the same things you pointed out on my journey. Japanese isn't the first language I learnt. It's the newest addition to the collection of languages I can do something useful with. I'm Finnish, so by law, I had to learn Swedish as a second language. School also had mandatory English classes, but that was different.

    I got into English when I was 6. Summer, going to first grade, got really into YouTube. This was 2008 I believe, so Youtube was a pretty big thing already. I just had fun, it all came naturally after a few years. School classes on the subject started on 3rd grade. I was bored in class, I did more advanced stuff on my own, like writing whole sentences with semi okay grammar. 7th grade rolled around, I started getting 10s out of my English tests and into my report cards consistently. Also a new language came about in school: Swedish. Yay! I hated it.

    The classes were rather boring, and when it got interesting I couldn't understand approximately any of it. Even worse, it messed with my English. I couldn't spell "guitar" *for a year*. Through some miracle I kept getting 8s and 9s out of my Swedish tests and exams. It's been 4 years with these languages, I even dabbled in Finnish Sign Language, French, and Japanese on the way… I almost hate French as much as I hate Swedish, Japanese instead, I freaking love it. Attitude changes a person's ability to learn tremendously. So with half a year of Japanese and 4 years of Swedish, they're at the same level of confidence. And a lot of other things, but I might occasionally know more Swedish words than Japanese ones. Not that that would help me with grammar, when that really only contains SPOTPA and a basic idea of KonSuKiePre. So…

    はじめまして。おれは アートです。フィンランド人 がくしえです。と。。ありがとうございます。Olen Art. Suomalainen opiskelija. Ja..kiitos. Oikein paljon.

  18. I don't speak fluent anything, but I can fluently speak a few pockets of things in Spanish because I'm used to those things. If someone says "Hi, how are you?" I can fluently say "Good. And you?" I can say thank you, I can say have a good day. I know what they're saying if they ask for the restroom. This comes in handy at work at as a white dude I like the feeling of surprising my co-workers or clients coming in. To THEM, I speak fluent Spanish until we come across something I don't understand. But I like the feeling of coming off as fluent. And it propels me to want to learn more over time. Especially because I don't view myself as the type you'd expect to be multi-lingual.

  19. I mean it also helps that he is probably quite intelligent and consequent with learning. Plus he seems quite outgoing. I already get nervous when I speak to people in German (my mother tongue). I know that you can train that too, but it is additional work though.

  20. This is exactly right–language needs to come to life, needs to have a personal, sensual meaning to truly internalise. But still…

    I started studying Japanese very casually aged 16. I did two years of elementary Japanese, then went to university and did 4 years of BA-level Japanese, including one year of study-abroad in Nagoya. After graduating I immediately returned to Japan, started working as an English teacher in junior high and elementary. This I have been doing for the past 12 years, and in that time I hear Japanese every day, I speak Japanese every day. I even took part in my school's yearly kabuki workshop every year for 7 years, memorising lines in Japanese, performing in Japanese. 

    I have self-studied, have received classroom education, have experienced immersion in and day-to-day application of the language. Kabuki even afforded me a kind of elocution lesson in Japanese and an intense, instantly memorable experience to associate with the learning. Of course I've improved over the years, but… I am still struggling with even simple conversation sometimes and I just don't know why. I stutter, I pause, my mind goes blank, I don't hear what's being said (even, at times, when it's grammar and vocab I know!) Sometimes, when my head is clear, I can be quite fluent, but a lot of the time I'm a choppy, awkward speaker with a cap on my listening despite hearing Japanese every single day for the past decade plus.

    This is a source of massive frustration to me, and of course the more I feel I've no aptitude for language, the more I lose motivation to try. I have adequate fluency to navigate day-to-day life here in Japan, and living here means my learning never truly stops, but after over 10 years, after having learned in the classroom, from books, and through real experience and still being decidedly mediocre, I'm just about burnt out.

  21. I have been attending to learn Spanish for years one day someone got me into Korean dramas and I can say with certainty I’m better at Korean than Spanish I never knew y but he’s right every word I’ve learned in Korean has a story behind it

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