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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
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.


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