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  • Aww yeah, RealLifers, what's going on?

  • This is Ethan, with another special video for you.

  • So, today I want to talk to you about something that people have a lot of misconceptions about.

  • This is a very important subject and this is why you might be learning English wrong.

  • Is this RealLife?

  • I want to start out by talking about why you might be learning English wrong. So, this

  • all probably starts when you're in school. There's a problem with how languages are traditionally

  • taught in schools, and this problem isn't just in your country.

  • So, here in Spain, my students tend to think that this is a problem just in Spain, but

  • as I've taught in Brazil, and here in Spain, I've learned languages in the United States,

  • I've taught at a school here in Spain and in the United States, and this isn't a problem

  • that is just in one country. It's in a bunch of countries, possibly all of them.

  • We tend to traditionally teach languages, for some reason, in schools, like other subjects,

  • like science and math. We teach very logically, very much like you're trying to solve an equation,

  • you're trying to look at the language in parts, instead of looking at it more like, like an

  • art, or like something that's more creative.

  • So... So, why might these traditional methods be wrong?

  • It's because we take them, and we look at, first, at grammar, at structure, and we look

  • very little at what the language is actually used for, listening and speaking. You can

  • probably remember when you first started learning English, and you learned the conjugations,

  • the different verbs, you probably had to learn different tenses and things like these, which,

  • you know, they're useful for the language, I'm not saying that it's not important to

  • learn these things, but I don't think that they should be at the base of what we're learning.

  • At RealLife English, we think that you need to take a completely different approach to

  • language learning, and that, actually, the way we've been learning is quite backwards.

  • So, what do I mean by this?

  • I want you to think about how you learned your first language, how children learn languages.

  • So, children don't sit down when they're 2 years old and start studying the language.

  • They learn it by listening, for the first, maybe two to three years of their life, and

  • then, little by little, they start speaking by mimicking those around them, their parent,

  • maybe their other family, maybe other children that they're playing with, and little by little,

  • they make a lot of mistakes. This is very important, they make lots, and lots, and lots

  • of mistakes all the time, but they don't care. Little by little, they get better.

  • Then, when they're a little bit older, in school, maybe when they're 5 or 6, they learn

  • the alphabet, they learn how to write, they learn how to read... So that comes after they've

  • already been years just listening and speaking, without ever needing to look at the written,

  • the written part of the language.

  • And then, when they're even older, for example, in the United States, I started learning about

  • grammar, maybe, when I was 11 or 12. So, grammar isn't even that important until you're much

  • older.

  • So, now you might see why the traditional method seem a little bit funny, a little strange.

  • It's kind of weird that we're learning a foreign language the exact opposite way that we learn

  • our first language, the natural way that we learn.

  • But a lot of people here bring up the problem that most of the teachers are non-natives,

  • which non-natives can teach you a lot of things, but only a native speaker can show you how

  • the language is actually spoken. So, it's important to get both of these, to get a non-native

  • that can maybe tell you about how, coming from your language, it's best to learn, but

  • also, hearing the real speech of natives.

  • Another problem, maybe, is that you're listening to discs in your traditional classes, you're

  • not listening to how people actually speak. But, if you're watching this video, then you're

  • proactive and you're looking for other solutions, you're listening to a native speaker speaking

  • right now.

  • Alright. Now you know the problem, so now let me talk about a possible solution.

  • So, the solution would be to surround yourself with the language as much as possible. Stop

  • worrying so much about having perfect grammar, about not making mistakes, about learning

  • about all the structure, and about reading a lot, and start focusing more on listening

  • as much as possible, speaking as much as possible, and doing the things that you already enjoy

  • in English.

  • I'm going to repeat this again. It's crucial that you start learning with the things that

  • you love.

  • So, for example, you could be listening by watching television shows in the original

  • language, in English, you probably already watch a lot of these, but maybe you watch

  • them dubbed over in your language.

  • You can start listening to podcasts, these are an amazing resource. You can click here

  • to read an article all about podcasts. These are great because you can listen to them anywhere.

  • So, I listen to hours and hours of podcast every week, when I'm going to different classes,

  • going to meet a friend, waiting in line at the supermarketing, cooking, cleaning, you

  • can imagine a bunch more things. This is a great way for you to take your convenient

  • moments that you have every day and turn them into language learning, when you're not really

  • doing anything else productive.

  • And it's also not important that you understand everything. You might start listening to something

  • like a radio, or a podcast, and think "oh, I don't understand any of this," like, "my

  • English is so bad," but the important thing is, like a child, you just listen and listen

  • and listen, and your brain is going to get used to the sounds, and little by little,

  • you'll get better, even if you don't understand everything at first. Trust me, it really works.

  • Just try it out for a couple of weeks and you'll see.

  • And then, also, maybe once you've been listening for a while, start speaking whenever you can.

  • So, there's an article here that will show you all different ways that you can start

  • speaking in your city, or online with other people. It's much easier to find people to

  • speak with than you might think.

  • So now, start taking every opportunity, if you want to get over your shyness of speaking,

  • the best way to do this is by putting yourself out there and speaking.

  • And last, just don't be so serious. It's something that's supposed to be a fun process, be creative,

  • think of how children learn and try to play with the language, have fun with it, and make

  • it an enjoyable process. Language is communication, it's not something that needs to be broken

  • down, it's not something that needs to be solved, it's not an equation that only has

  • one answer, it's something that you need to be creative with, that you need to make mistakes

  • with, and just that you need to know is flexible. Especially a language like English, that is

  • evolving so much, as different people from all different cultures are learning it, and

  • it's changing through each cultures, pronunciation and interpretation.

  • Alright guys, so I hope you found this video interesting and that it's maybe changed some

  • of your ideas about language learning. If you're interested in these kinds of ideas

  • about language learning, and you want to learn more, be sure to check out the RealLife English

  • website, the blog, here, and that way you can get a good more introduction to different

  • ways to start using your English in RealLife.

  • Alright guys, have a good one.

  • Later!

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