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  • Hey guys! How's it going? My name is Micaela, and I got a brand new camera, and I love the

  • quality, I feel like the video is a lot more crisp and less distorted, and easy to watch,

  • so I'm going to make a quick and dirty video, these are 5 quick tips to help you improve

  • you learning your second language, whatever language that may be.

  • Be it English, or Japanese, or French, or Korean, or Chinese, or Italian, or Spanish,

  • or... I dunno.

  • When I was younger I used to teach English to a class of elderly ladies who were about

  • 60-70 years old. Every week they would come to my class and they would love speaking English,

  • and they would tell me all the time, that they loved learning English because "English

  • keeps the mind young!"

  • When you can speak two languages, you also adopt two different ways of thinking, two

  • different ways to express the same thought or idea, and you open yourself to different

  • ways to express the same thought and idea.

  • And if you can get to a point where you are speaking two different languages every day,

  • it's a really good workout for your brain, it's very healthy for you.

  • So for Tip #1, because learning a language is a lot like exercise, it is vital that every

  • day you give yourself a bit of a warm-up, or at least a review. And this isn't like

  • school, you don't need to sit down for an hour and do an entire lesson.

  • It's important to keep everything in the front of your mind, otherwise you're going to forget

  • it, so, every day, no matter what, even if it's just writing your own name on a piece

  • of paper, or writing a sentence you learned the previous day on a piece of paper, or saying

  • something out loud, make sure that you are USING the language at least once a day.

  • It's really important when you learn a new language, to utilize every aspect of your

  • body and mind, sometimes that means that speaking out loud even if you're not talking to anybody.

  • So even just waking up and reciting a phrase you learned the previous day, it'll help a

  • lot.

  • TWO!

  • Immersion is definitely the fastest way to pick up a new language, but for those of you

  • who cannot travel across the world and live in the country that speaks the language you

  • want to learn, I know that not everyone has that privilege, what you can do is start surrounding

  • yourself with that language where you live.

  • Our playstation is in Japanese, and I'm pretty sure that if you live in other parts of the

  • world you can change the language of your playstation, or your smartphone, or your computer,

  • to the language that you're learning.

  • So if changing the language on your electronic devices doesn't really suit you, that's okay,

  • what you could try instead is picking up magazines or books written about things you are interested

  • in, in the language that you want to learn.

  • For example, I really love cooking, and so I have a ton of cooking books, and they're

  • not necessarily about Japanese cooking, they're about cooking all over the world, but they're

  • in Japanese.

  • So even if you're not able to, say, travel to Japan to learn Japanese, or travel to China

  • to learn Chinese, or travel to Korea to learn Korean, that's okay, by making several changes

  • to your environment you can immerse yourself in a second language in your own home.

  • Tip #3

  • I have to kind of eat my words here because in an older video I once said, "Do not learn

  • Japanese from Anime because nobody speaks the way that they do in Japanese cartoons",

  • when learning a new language, it is really important to expose yourself to speaking and

  • the rhythm, and in that sense, I think, sure, watching anime or cartoons is a great idea.

  • If you're like me and you're really into music, what really worked for me was learning the

  • words to Japanese songs. Just by singing along to these songs whether I understood the grammar

  • or the meaning behind the words or not, I was getting my brain and my mouth accustomed

  • to a foreign language, and the way that it sounds, and the rhythm, and the way that things

  • should be pronounced.

  • If music is not your thing, expose yourself to movies, TV programs, even cartoons, and

  • try and pick up little phrases or copy what you hear them say, just because it helps make

  • your mouth move.

  • I think developing the motorskills to speaking a second language, like getting your mouth

  • moving, is really just as important as every other aspect of learning a language. So, if

  • you're at home alone, and you're watching TV, and they say something, try saying it

  • back! Try saying it the exact same way that they do.

  • Tip #4!

  • One of the most effective ways to learn a new language is to find the language's relevance

  • to YOU. So what works for me even now, after ten years of living in Japan, is, sometimes

  • I'll see a word or a sentence, and I'll ask myself, "Okay, I know how to say this in English,

  • how would I say this in Japanese?" How would I say this in the language I'm studying? If

  • you don't know, look it up, and write it down.

  • Say you've learned how to ask where something is. In Japanese, it's "doko desu ka?". Maybe

  • I'm thinking, "Hmmm, where is the cat? "Neko wa doko desu ka?"

  • Chinami ni, neko ga koko ni imashita. (By the way, the cat's here.) Lon-kun desu. (This

  • is Lon.) Lon-kun wa, anmari, douga ni deru no ga, suki janai desu. (Lon doesn't like

  • to be in videos.)

  • Bye bye.

  • I'm pretty sure he hates me.

  • Finally, tip #5!

  • Study buddies! You need a study buddy! And if there's nobody in your immediate area,

  • nobody you know personally who is on the same language learning journey as you, join an

  • online community, and try to meet people with similar interests and similar goals, not only

  • because you can motivate each other, but you can also have a little competition.

  • For me, I'm super competitive, seeing the progress of other people really motivates

  • me to try harder, and try to progress more than them. I'm terrible, I know, but I think

  • a lot of people are like that.

  • So by getting study buddies, you're suddenly holding yourself to a different standard,

  • and you're kind of checking everybody else's progress to see if you are up to speed, and

  • I think it's a healthy way to push yourself to keep improving, and motivate yourself to

  • study a little bit every day.

  • There will be times when you feel like you've plateau'd, like you've reached the point where

  • you're not really learning anything new, and, nothing's really improving, but I also think

  • that plateauing just proves that you're getting comfortable with the level that you're at.

  • And because you're comfortable, you don't feel like you're actually getting any new

  • information, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, it gives you a moment to kind of

  • take a breather.

  • The important thing is: Don't give up.

  • The important thing is that you just keep at it, keep at it.

  • Even for people like me, I've been living in Japan for 11 years this summer, and there

  • are words that I encounter almost every day that I don't know! And, that's okay! Like,

  • it's okay not to know everything, it's always going to be a work-in-progress, but it gets

  • easier. You know, learning a second language has opened my life up to plenty of new opportunities,

  • plenty of interesting people, and it's taken me across the world!

  • And I'm sure, that if you keep it up, you'll see the same results! So that's it for my

  • new camera video, if you are looking for a language buddy, leave a comment and maybe

  • you can make some friends, or keep each other in check, because I know that a lot of people

  • watch my videos because they're interested in Japan and the Japanese language, OR, they're

  • interested in English, and making English speaking friends, so this is a perfect opportunity

  • for you guys to find friends and buddy up!

  • Leave a comment below and see who you can meet!

  • Alright, talk to you soon! Bye!

Hey guys! How's it going? My name is Micaela, and I got a brand new camera, and I love the

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