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  • Hey, guys. Welcome to engVid. Today's lesson is a little bit different,

  • it's me talking about: Is it possible for you to learn a language just by listening?

  • This is something that I think many of us would love, love, love, love to be true.

  • I can just learn a language by listening, I don't have to really do anything

  • if I just spend enough time listening, then,

  • you know, I'll be able to speak; I'll have learned the language.

  • So, some ways we might do this are... Could be watching... Watching TV in that language,

  • you're trying to learn and just think:

  • "Well, I'm... I'm learning. I'm learning stuff just by watching."

  • Another way is you move to a different country, and you spend time around

  • native speaker friends, and you don't understand anything, but you're like:

  • "Well, I'm learning. The more time I spend doing this, I'll get to a point where I can just speak the language."

  • And that is a situation that I, myself, have been in many times in my life. If you put

  • all the time together, I would say I probably wasted a couple of years of my life, taking

  • that approach, just thinking you learn by listening. Now, don't get me wrong, you do

  • learn how to understand what people are talking about if you take that approach. You know,

  • you're the only one who doesn't speak the same language that everybody else speaks,

  • you're the only one who doesn't speak it, after a while you do kind of understand what

  • people are talking about, so you can often guess from the situation. But that doesn't

  • mean the same thing as being able to put a sentence together, and join in in the conversation

  • in that language. Because although you kind of understand what people are saying, you

  • just haven't developed the skill of moving your tongue and saying the words of the other

  • language. So I would say taking that approach is a very, very frustrating, and slow, and

  • ineffective way to learn any language. And that's based from my personal experience.

  • If the language that you're hoping, trying, wishing to learn is very close to your language,

  • then of course, you will understand much, much more of what is being said, and you'll

  • be able to guess many of the words. But if the language is completely different to your

  • native language, it's a really ineffective way to expect to learn a language, because

  • there's just not a lot you can guess. The words are very different, the grammar structure

  • is very different.

  • And have you ever been in that situation when you're the only one who doesn't understand

  • anything? Well, I've been in that situation many times, and I don't know if this happens

  • to all people, but this happens to me. After a while, you stop listening. And, at least

  • I do, and I start thinking about my own things in my head. So you're there, but you're not

  • even listening. And you have to ask yourself:

  • Is this the same thing that's also happening

  • if you're watching a movie that's spoken in a language that you don't understand? Are

  • you actually listening to the words, or are you just reading subtitles in your own language

  • that you understand? So that's an important part of it as well. Is that time you are listening

  • to the language you want to learn, are you using that time with your ears, really awake

  • and switched on to what people are saying? Because I think most of the time, when you

  • don't actually know that language, you're not fully listening because you don't understand

  • anything. You're really concentrating on something you don't understand, it's a very hard thing

  • to do for more than a couple of minutes.

  • So, learning a language just by listening, in my opinion, is a very frustrating, slow

  • way to learn a language. Of course, we all learn like this when we are children, but

  • that's a very different situation, because when we're babies, we're always surrounded

  • by this language, we're the one that doesn't speak, and the people around us interact with

  • us and get us to say words one by one, and then, you know, language comes slowly, comes

  • slowly, comes slowly. But as adults, we don't get that kind of attention, one-to-one from

  • the native speakers, and we just don't have that long.

  • We don't have that long to be not understanding things.

  • So, if you're in that situation, or thinking that you're just going to learn a language

  • by listening, I want you to stop frustrating yourself, stop lying to yourself, and

  • get to the point where you're like:

  • "Well, how am I actually going to learn this language?" if you want to learn.

  • "How am I actually going to learn it?"

  • And the way that you learn is

  • by being active. And there are so many different ways you can be active when it comes to learning

  • a language. But it means the...

  • Rather than just taking in by watching or by listening,

  • you actually have to be putting effort from your side into learning that language. So

  • the ways that I most like to be learning a language in an active way by writing, I just

  • find it very helpful for me to use my hand when I'm learning something. Even if I never

  • look at it again, I do like this with a paper, throw it over my shoulder. For me, it's very

  • helpful to write things down again and again. Sometimes it's very helpful.

  • Other ways of being active, are of course, doing speech practice, having someone you

  • can speak to. But if you don't have anyone to speak to, don't worry, because you can

  • speak to yourself. You can speak, and speak, and speak to yourself.

  • When you're watching engVid videos, you can write comments.

  • You can also do the quiz at the end of the lesson.

  • These are ways to be interactive. And I encourage you to take notes of the lessons as well.

  • Just keep doing it, be active, and that is what's going to get you out of that frustration of:

  • "I'm learning a language, but I think I'm learning a language, but I'm not getting any better."

  • Because if you are just watch, watch, listen, listen - it's not going to

  • take you where you want to be with learning your language in a quick enough, fast enough time.

  • So what I want to do now is invite you to leave a comment, if you've got any tips for

  • learning a language in an active way. And also, after you leave a comment,

  • go and do the quiz for today's video.

  • I want to say thank you for watching, and come and join us again at engVid soon.

  • And until next time, bye.

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光聽就能學會一門語言嗎? (Can you learn a language just by listening?)

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