Learning a language? Speak it like you’re playing a video game | Marianna Pascal | TEDxPenangRoad

  • Published on May 11, 2017
  • Marianna Pascal shows how the secret to speaking a new language with confidence is all about attitude, not ability.
    Marianna Pascal helps professionals achieve greater success in life by communicating effectively in English. Marianna began her career as an actor and performed across her native Canada in film television and on stage for 15 years. Today, Marianna improves the way employees relate to their bosses, clients, colleagues and other key stakeholders. Marianna is also the Official Communication Trainer for Miss Malaysia World.
    An award-wining speaker, Marianna is known for her humorous speech on RUclip titled "Local English or Standard English" which has been seen by over a million people worldwide. Marianna is also the author of the best-selling book series English Fast & Easy. The most recent was #2 on Borders' Best-Selling List for non-fiction.

    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

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  • truc duong
    truc duong 2 days ago

    She is so inspirational . Love it.

  • Marzieana Ab Rahman
    Marzieana Ab Rahman 2 days ago

    totally agreed..society more consent on correcting the English not to encourage people speak in English..I will choose confidently speak in English whether it is wrong grammarly rather than don't try at all..

  • motivations for success

    Thank you for this video. I am from uzbekistan and it happened with me too. But after this video i will try to be confident while speaking.thank you a lot

  • 올리비아 oliviah

    If anyone needs help with English comment below I will help you

  • Anh Nguyễn Quỳnh
    Anh Nguyễn Quỳnh 7 days ago +4

    When you speak, dont focus on yourself, forcus on the other person and the result you want to achieve

    JORN CHER 7 days ago

    Language is for using, not for being perfect

  • Tina Rolfsdotter
    Tina Rolfsdotter 8 days ago

    I love this!! This is my approach to all languages is to learn the low level and just talk! 😊

  • littleluciferishere
    littleluciferishere 8 days ago

    confident beautiful lady .. giving a beautiful universal msg

  • みさき
    みさき 9 days ago +1

    Would the Japanese wanna say "ingredient" Instead of integrator?

  • Thảo Vy Thái
    Thảo Vy Thái 10 days ago

    you all need to hear this 9:19 English is not a language for only native speakers any more

  • Emil Hammar Lundberg
    Emil Hammar Lundberg 13 days ago

    The end of proper English is coming....

    Just kidding:b

  • Fiqa Diba
    Fiqa Diba 14 days ago

    Really good speech.After this,i will be more confident to speak english without worry about the grammar and the mistakes.

  • Daniel Berlonghi
    Daniel Berlonghi 14 days ago +1

    Who's here for school homework?

  • Cecilia M. Terapeuta
    Cecilia M. Terapeuta 14 days ago

    I adore you! I have to do the toefel exam on friday and speaking is muy weakest point; I get so nervous, muy brain freezes. Your talk really help me, I will try to do it that way, foucusing on conveying a message and not so much on how god ir bad I am doing It.

  • zakaria goh
    zakaria goh 15 days ago

    8:28 hahahahha

  • Phong Nguyễn
    Phong Nguyễn 16 days ago

    The greatest TED talk about communicating English I have ever listened to

  • Daniel Quaranta
    Daniel Quaranta 18 days ago


  • Luz Villamil
    Luz Villamil 18 days ago

    I'm at the moment trying to learn Thai. I have no confidence though and have no idea how to start. Neither know people who know the language.😭😔

    • Luz Villamil
      Luz Villamil 12 days ago

      @CommonCola Thanks I'm gonna need it 😔👌

    • CommonCola
      CommonCola 12 days ago

      Luz Villamil Good luck learning Thai!

  • Silver Z
    Silver Z 18 days ago

    I have learned english in just 4 years i am in a good level,
    But this year i went to the university, but the problem is we have to study all the meterials in french and french refuse to get into my head and next week i have exams and i don't know what to do i can't even understand simple questions or read a text, any advice plz i'll try my best

    • CommonCola
      CommonCola 12 days ago

      Silver Z First off, your English is really good! Secondly, best of luck to you with your university French!

  • hulk8889
    hulk8889 18 days ago

    Benim anladigim burdan fatih terim Allah kerim

  • Muhammad Arif
    Muhammad Arif 20 days ago

    why everyone not thinks like you mam? SAD why you were not our English teacher...seriously

  • Good Life
    Good Life 20 days ago

    Her speech made English more easy to learn, thanks for that

  • Frenzy1972
    Frenzy1972 20 days ago

    Definitely true, try and keep learning, they say "practice makes perfect", but we continue learning all of our lives, so enjoy the journey and have fun 😃
    When I converse with a customer or friend of a different language, it's quite fun trying to understand each other and learning new words, even if I don't know any of their language at first 🙂

  • mohammed magdi
    mohammed magdi 20 days ago

    يارتنى كنت فيصل 😅

  • Смагин Сергей

    “Be focused on the other person” - no matter which language you are using. It is still important.

  • Bee boo
    Bee boo 22 days ago

    English has never been a problem for me but I had been struggling to learn computer languages but I just realized that it is also the same as any other language; fear of being judged had been keeping me from truly making codes to solve the problems. This video has helped me realize that. Thank you

  • Kaleka Sarao
    Kaleka Sarao 22 days ago

    there should be a common language of the world containing words from every language.

  • Tanut Kitikulwarakorn
    Tanut Kitikulwarakorn 22 days ago

    Thank you for sharing this insight.
    I'm about to repeat the same mistake by getting better IELTS like 8 as a goal but now i change the goal to make a conversation that people understand. But how to elevate my competency

  • sohum kumar
    sohum kumar 22 days ago


    KYUJIN CHANG 23 days ago

    Thank you so much. I am very happy to get your words for non-native English speakers. You give me the mind to get a next try.

  • Trang Trần
    Trang Trần 23 days ago

    Today, i try comment in this video by English. And, one day... in the future, i will can speak English very well 💪

    • CommonCola
      CommonCola 12 days ago

      Trang Trần Best of luck learning English!

  • Veronica Gonzalez
    Veronica Gonzalez 23 days ago

    I'm from Nicaragua, i think is an important tool that we must hold it, so i love the english languaje. I like this presentation because is so clear.

  • Marcela Ďobeková
    Marcela Ďobeková 23 days ago +4

    Finally someone who is all about the effectivness not pretentiousness

  • Marialena Diamantopoulou

    Miss Marianna Pascal, I need you in the listenings of english exams!🙂 I watched the video without subtitles!

  • Oleg Qwerty
    Oleg Qwerty 24 days ago +1

    *London is the capital of Great Britain*
    Лайк, кто в теме

  • Cristian Carmona
    Cristian Carmona 24 days ago +1

    Omg, this pure gold! it's just what I needed

  • Husain tariq
    Husain tariq 24 days ago

    I'm also trying to better my level and I'm also trying but I have one extreme problem that is when I speak I suddenly forget words and I also memorise words on daily basis

  • 黃純芝
    黃純芝 24 days ago +15

    Language is for using, not for being perfect. Mistakes make perfect. Keep trying.

    • tuongvi tran
      tuongvi tran Hour ago

      yep. i think so too

    • Bhim Sen Hansda
      Bhim Sen Hansda 9 days ago +1

      Yup language is for communication. "Mastering" it only comes AFTER that. And mistakes only make you better for mastering it.

  • zaner
    zaner 25 days ago +1

    I do not know a single native english speaker who will be offended if you speak low-level english. We all know it is impossible to learn english overnight, and it takes a long time to achieve perfection.

  • Claudio Souza
    Claudio Souza 25 days ago +1

    I just loved your talk and the way you've made things clear through it!! Congratulations! ; - )

  • Ansari Hashim
    Ansari Hashim 26 days ago +1

    Yes.. I'll try me best to communicate in English with confidence .......

  • Ashu Karki
    Ashu Karki 26 days ago

    The line she said is so true. We don't want to make mistakes, these mistakes won't matter if we speak with confidence.

  • Michael Yordy
    Michael Yordy 26 days ago +1

    Misleading for anyone who wants to use a foreign language professionally and must pass a battery of grammar tests.

  • Mohd Sharique
    Mohd Sharique 27 days ago


  • Márcio Fraga
    Márcio Fraga 27 days ago

    COOL !!!!

  • Mohamed abdulaahi jama

    I would like to thank TED
    really find in fact

  • Stanislav P.
    Stanislav P. 27 days ago

    Oh, god. A language is definitely something to be mastered, for the sake of each language's beauty. I agree on a few things here, but the approach of "what's important is being understood" reminds me of people misspelling words and then saying "but you understood, didn't you?". Then they'll end up all speaking like that Malaysian worker, thinking you don't need to make any other effort.

  • SOHEL Sk
    SOHEL Sk 27 days ago

    Amezing amezing .

    TAM TRINH CONG 28 days ago

    great share your ideas, thanks.

  • Tânia Lin
    Tânia Lin 28 days ago

    I love English, vocabulary is a big problem of mine how can I deal with it?

  • VietNam Motherland
    VietNam Motherland 29 days ago

    You said so true... When my teacher asking me a few english questions... I stand up and around me is so many people... My heart beat very fast. i cant say anything even easy words and a lot of vocabulary i use to know just disappeared

  • markus arocious
    markus arocious 29 days ago

    I am guilty of that ineffective english speaking..You know an introvert speaking to an unfamiliar person. After speaking to that person I realize I could have spoken better if I was not afraid of talking to that person

  • Satyam Pandey
    Satyam Pandey Month ago

    Grammar isn’t very important for informal or regular conversation but should very careful at formal or official conversations bcs when it’s formal it’s not about only one individual it can affect the whole unit bt we can go with informal English only when it’s about an individual.

  • Satyam Pandey
    Satyam Pandey Month ago

    Trying to grasp the very effective lesson from this speech.

  • Mohammed Errahmouni

    If you want speak english yes you can just try you can do it

  • De Otio
    De Otio Month ago +1

    This completely nails my relationship with learning German!! Great tips that I plan to use moving forward.

  • Alexander
    Alexander Month ago

    Thank you for lessons, I am interesting in learning english as playing. Especcially I like example: playing piano:)

  • Libor Supcik
    Libor Supcik Month ago

    The how=the level. Absence of mistakes is not all of the how; add attitude & EQ & IQ. Still I missed on how/whether gaming helps/trains to focus on the other person and the result

  • nada ramma
    nada ramma Month ago +1

    i'am tunisien and i'am a reaserch student , i'am working on my language and it's possible to be a very well english speaker just be positive

  • GoldDeniel
    GoldDeniel Month ago +1

    I play VRChat a lot, sometimes I can speak English fluently as if I was a native speaker.
    Final exam in school from English: Failed.
    My question: HOW?