How to learn any language in six months | Chris Lonsdale | TEDxLingnanUniversity

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    Chris Lonsdale is Managing Director of Chris Lonsdale & Associates, a company established to catalyse breakthrough performance for individuals and senior teams. In addition, he has also developed a unique and integrated approach to learning that gives people the means to acquire language or complex technical knowledge in short periods of time.
    Jan-21-2014 Update. The video transcripts are now available via the following links:
    English Only:
    www.the-third-ear.com/files/TEDx-ChrisLonsdale-LearnAnyLanguage6Months.pdf
    English + Chinese Translation:
    www.kungfuenglish.com/files/TEDx-ChrisLonsdale-LearnAnyLanguage6Months-ENG-CHS.pdf
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Comments • 17 921

  • Miguel Moncada
    Miguel Moncada Hour ago

    Almenos hubieran subtitulado este vídeo traducido al español, estaba motivado, pero no soy nada fluido para comprender ingles

  • Marco Trujillo
    Marco Trujillo Hour ago

    6 months is the time that will take to learn a new language to anyone who is immersed in that language (total immersion), only works with listening - speaking but not for reading - writing, these take longer.

  • 細谷正康
    細谷正康 5 hours ago

    次はプログラムを作って欲しいな。大変だろうけど。

  • Alejo Raffin
    Alejo Raffin 5 hours ago

    I'm Argentinian, and my English is not very good but I heard all this video in English and I understood about 75% of the message (without any subtitle), most of my training is seeing videos in English, specially English singed songs

  • Corey Brass
    Corey Brass 10 hours ago

    He spoke a lot but said little.

  • Conocimiento Áureo
    Conocimiento Áureo 11 hours ago

    In my experience as a linguist and language teacher, whether or not you can learn a language in six months depends on two factors:
    - How fast you generally pick up linguistic knowledge (words, phrases, etc.) and find patterns, including in your native tongue. (-> IQ)
    - What languages, and how many, you already know.

    Imo, it is not a given that ANYONE can learn ANY language within six months.

  • Marina Spirakou
    Marina Spirakou 11 hours ago

    This video is really helpful and he is really good at talking and explaining. 👌👍👍

  • チロルイギー
    チロルイギー 11 hours ago

    ほう。

  • KochanMaster
    KochanMaster 13 hours ago

    Kurcze nie rozumiem co on mówi. Wrócę za 6 miesięcy, może więcej zrozumiem xd

  • 룰루랄라
    룰루랄라 13 hours ago

    Im start study to 5P 7R

  • 孙长青
    孙长青 13 hours ago +1

    1.things important to you
    2.use languages as a tool
    3.comprehensible input
    4.physiological training,
    5.learn something that you feel happy,love,and curious

  • 美男。73秒に1人の

    こう言う講義を大学で聴きたい…

  • Miriam
    Miriam 13 hours ago

    In 6 months ? Fluently ? I don't believe it. Otherwise, everybody was a good speaker in any language.

  • シゲキックス
    シゲキックス 14 hours ago

    英語字幕つけたらいちいち日本語に訳す頭を使わずに理解できた!

  • シゲキックス
    シゲキックス 14 hours ago

    英語頑張るわ💪

  • ぼっち飯TV 【Japanese Meal Time】

    みんなも九州弁をマスターしてみらんですか?
    楽しいばい(^^♪

  • Isto não é Filosofia
    Isto não é Filosofia 14 hours ago +2

    It only begins at 7:00.
    To summ up (attention-meaning-relevance-memory):
    5 principles:
    I. Focus on language content that is relevant to you.
    II. Use your new language as a tool to communicate from day 1.
    III. When you first understand the message, than you will unconscisously acquire the language.
    IV. Physiological training
    V. Psychological state matters
    7 actions:
    I. Listen a Lot
    II. Focus on getting the meaning first
    III. Start mixing (verbs, nouns, adjectives)
    IV. 4 weeks:
    Week 1 Tool Box: a) what is this?, b) how do you say?, c) I don't understand
    Week 2-3 Pronouns, Nouns, Common Verbs, adjectives (you, that, give, me, hot)
    Week 4 Glue words (although, therefore, but, even though, etc.)
    V. Get a language parent.
    VI. Copy the face.
    VII. "Direct Conect" to mental images

  • えのきだなおと
    えのきだなおと 14 hours ago

    タメが長い…

  • Paola asanza
    Paola asanza 16 hours ago

    Mi tío me hizo ver esta wea para aprender inglés 😒

  • こっぺぱん
    こっぺぱん 17 hours ago

    胡散臭い

  • Ginger Floof
    Ginger Floof 17 hours ago

    If you get a feedback loop in your face, just move your face away from the (native) speaker.

  • BOT Michelle
    BOT Michelle 18 hours ago

    全然現在完了進行形使わんやん

  • つるさん福岡。
    つるさん福岡。 19 hours ago

    字幕が白なんで、背景が白の時に字幕がみにくい。

  • otros1761
    otros1761 20 hours ago

    Esto es M E N T I R A!!!!!!
    Qué pena que se engañe a la gente, y esta encima se lo crea.

  • John Roberts
    John Roberts 22 hours ago

    Chris please speak some Chinese, I need some proof, seems like a lot of hype/hot air. Searched your twitter, watched other videos yet not one word of Chinese from your lips, strange!!??!!

  • GUS CORD
    GUS CORD Day ago

    PORQUE MIERDA PONEN EL TÍTULO EN ESPAÑOL SI EL VIDEO ESTÁ EN INGLES SIN TRADUCCIÓN

    • otros1761
      otros1761 20 hours ago

      Creo que tiene subtítulos

  • Guobing huan Gbh

    You have to understand the cultural background of the language.

  • Guobing huan Gbh
    Guobing huan Gbh Day ago +2

    Can you speak Chinese? Show my your learning capabilities

  • カメカメ屋
    カメカメ屋 Day ago

    まずこの方法を知るために英語を勉強しないといけない。

  • Leon DH
    Leon DH Day ago

    Wow

  • かいだこうき

    嘘つけ

  • craig clermond
    craig clermond Day ago

    this man is talking alot of common sense here .im going to try applying some of these tools from today

  • Ashley Victoria
    Ashley Victoria Day ago

    Amazing!

  • Heart Yue
    Heart Yue Day ago +1

    English、French、Spanish、Italian are just like dialects to each other. Chinese is really another language.

    • Conocimiento Áureo
      Conocimiento Áureo 11 hours ago

      Chinese is not actually *a single* language. It's like saying "I speak European". China has multiple different languages of which some are mutually intelligible, though they do have common roots and use the same writing system.

  • Diony Bigu
    Diony Bigu Day ago +1

    Who is she? I wanna see her speaking in Portuguese. Is so cute watch a foreign speaking portuguese 6:20

  • TwistedSouL
    TwistedSouL Day ago

    I wanna learn how to draw in 5 days now!

  • W V
    W V Day ago +4

    6:58
    This story is not specific. I think the important thing is passion, it is difficult to make a great effort without passion. Also I know how to learn simple and better.

  • Gustavo Villeda
    Gustavo Villeda Day ago

    I will,

  • νικος γιώργος

    I don't like his body language

  • Miss valantina
    Miss valantina Day ago

    the class is very very useful but the man looks a little bit tired and the sound he makes while breathing is a little bit annoying

  • Miled Chehab
    Miled Chehab Day ago

    genius thanks so much

  • Enoch b
    Enoch b Day ago +5

    "Copy the face muscle" does the language you speak affect the way your face look? Yes

  • HondaCB400F
    HondaCB400F Day ago

    3000語覚えたら98%をカバーできるっていうのは勇気付けられるね。

  • Diego Pérez
    Diego Pérez Day ago

    I have been studying german since the start of this year, yet i only understand very little and produce close to none sentences of my own

  • 笑顔
    笑顔 Day ago

    I wanted to watch this video earlier!!

  • 竜田揚げ
    竜田揚げ Day ago

    今の時代だとディスコードやスカイプなどでオンラインゲームを楽しみながら外国語に触れてみるのもいいかもね

  • キルワンタン

    絵が上手くなる方法も知りたかったな。

  • Diana Conde
    Diana Conde Day ago

    Amazing TEDtalk... worst audience ever XD

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    Adriano Devon Day ago

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  • snow T
    snow T Day ago +1

    Anyone comments here who wants to learn Japanese!!
    I want to learn English through conversation!

    • Eligh B
      Eligh B Day ago

      Sure thing why not!!

  • Sagar Sir
    Sagar Sir Day ago

    6 MONTHS !!
    Only 2 months is enough !

  • ぽこたん
    ぽこたん Day ago

    なるほど!わからん

  • Manar Fikry
    Manar Fikry Day ago

    6:25 immersion in a new country is bad but 12:23 brain soaking is good!! Aren't they the same thing??

  • S D
    S D Day ago

    All Students should watch this at beginning of semester.

  • Lupa et Borealis

    For me the question is: is language learning still worth it? These days for most of the people (and companies) the konwledge how to use Google Translate is sufficient...

  • taiki nakazawa
    taiki nakazawa Day ago

    そして8つ目の実践


    実践せよ

  • بعطيـكّ عَبلاطّـه

    زرق ام المقطع

  • オツシャレ
    オツシャレ Day ago

    学ぶ意欲or学ぶ必要性が無いとそもそも取り組みさえしない。俺のように

  • Alex Kostko
    Alex Kostko Day ago +1

    Define fluent. Show some skill you are talking about. Speak some Chinese instead of talking if flying and drawing.

  • panda dragon
    panda dragon Day ago +1

    14:05 yes and no. For instance it works fine with yt videos (it's basically always the same basic vocabulary + some specific vocabulary directly linked to the yt channel + slang words).
    Yet in the every day life there is always a new word appearing from nowhere >

  • d ymkw
    d ymkw Day ago

    字幕ありがとう👍

  • no gi
    no gi Day ago

    本当に覚えれるのか?

  • Intec Hesed
    Intec Hesed Day ago

    Ty 4 the presentation, man.

  • jick吉楼
    jick吉楼 Day ago

    非常に面白い

  • Arina Shórokhova
    Arina Shórokhova Day ago +2

    I wish I had a teacher like this man. So passionate about his topic.

  • Faraday Sage
    Faraday Sage 2 days ago

    Yeah, six months. Five months learning and one month study repetitively for 37 years

  • Claire Walter
    Claire Walter 2 days ago

    This man doesn't have a degree in Linguistics, Education, or SLA. Who decided they would let him present? We want Stephen Krashen or Noam Chompsky.

    • Endy
      Endy 19 hours ago

      You don't have to have a degree in anything, a degree is simply what proves that your sufficient in something. But you don't need one to let others know that your full of knowledge. Degrees are useless in that case.

  • Kyle F.J
    Kyle F.J 2 days ago +2

    I wish I could speak English fluently

    • theonedying
      theonedying Day ago

      Learning a language really takes a lot of listening BUT becoming fluent speaker literally requires speaking. You can talk to yourself, think out loud (in English), read English paragraphs out loud, have a fake presentation etc. Just start to speak out loud, act like you're in a deep argument with somebody, and it will become better 🙂

  • Louis Molywacky
    Louis Molywacky 2 days ago +34

    I wanted him to show his own acievement.He should`ve spoken in fluent chinese some part in the lecture.

    • JOSEPH WALSH
      JOSEPH WALSH 8 hours ago

      Louis - Unless YOU speak fluent Chinese, How could you judge ??

    • Daguang Shine
      Daguang Shine 16 hours ago

      in fact ,he speak chinese very good :)

    • Zhenxiong Feng
      Zhenxiong Feng 17 hours ago

      but he addressed a horrible conception in Chinese:soak your brain in spicy hot soap..... Maybe it's a good dish in Southern China😏

    • John Roberts
      John Roberts 22 hours ago +3

      Yes thought the same, difficult to take seriously when there is no proof. Searched his twitter, other videos, not one word of Chinese!

  • - Ben Nu Productions -
    - Ben Nu Productions - 2 days ago +1

    they way (or lack of the way) they put the mic on him was just terrible LOL

  • Ben Baxter
    Ben Baxter 2 days ago

    Just practice everyday , that's the only way , there is not a magic spell for this.

  • Mirza Humo
    Mirza Humo 2 days ago

    I have learnt German in 5 months and I have gained 70% points of 100% on test.

    • Miriam
      Miriam 14 hours ago

      Grammar and writing is one thing, but speak fluently is another.

  • Daniel Alberto Gonzalez Soriano

    Amm, yes Japanese...

  • Гуля Чатаева

    i feel being scolded

  • yo yo
    yo yo 2 days ago +16

    素晴らしいプレゼンだね
    今英語と中国語と韓国語を同時に勉強してる自分としては良い刺激を受けた。頑張ろう

  • pgm cyber
    pgm cyber 2 days ago

    学びたい言語に対する情熱がなければ執着もしない。ってことかな。言語の親となる人のパートナーの助け船は重要ですね。

  • abc ___
    abc ___ 2 days ago

    何故日本語字幕がねえんだよ
    おすすめ出てきたのに見れないやん

    • ぽよふわちゃん!
      ぽよふわちゃん! 2 days ago

      日本語字幕あるよ~
      画面に字幕ボタンあるから押して見て

  • Matt
    Matt 2 days ago

    用词简单但还是听不懂,是不是没救了

  • fafa guan
    fafa guan 2 days ago

    who wanna be my language parent,let us learning English together,im Chinese you can follow me🤝

  • hanaogra
    hanaogra 2 days ago

    なるほど、まずは英語をマスターしてから来いっていう皮肉ね

  • fly sky
    fly sky 2 days ago

    Passionate speaking!!!

  • S AJ
    S AJ 2 days ago +1

    あかん・・・そもそも英語が分からんから何言ってるかさっぱりや  興味あって見たのに・・・・

  • ꦳ꦴꦵꦶꦷꦸꦹꦺꦻꦼꦽꦾꦿꦃꦂꦁꦀ

    相手を貶す所から始める 疑似軍隊式の教育を無意識にやる教師はトラブルを起こす

  • 五十嵐嗣
    五十嵐嗣 2 days ago

    This movie is Perfect!!

  • うざみみピチュー

    but japanese not easy

  • ゼアクフィジー

    I don't understand what you are trying to say because .......

  • Brian Carlow
    Brian Carlow 2 days ago

    why is he shouting???

  • Srinidhi ಶ್ರೀ

    💟ನಾನು ಸಹ ಅನೇಕ ಭಾಷೆಗಳನ್ನು ಕಲಿಯಬೇಕು💟
    Anyone know which language this?

  • Eric Verster
    Eric Verster 3 days ago

    Muchas gracias por el video meng. Creo que estos methodicos ya estuve probando y viene naturalmente. Es proceso largo pero es importante para saber in miami.

  • kage fumi
    kage fumi 3 days ago

    知恵

  • Daniel Pedro
    Daniel Pedro 3 days ago

    So passionate , I would go to war with you man , you love it so much its amazing .

  • 333Lithium333
    333Lithium333 3 days ago

    Lemme tell ya a secret guyz, if you really wanna learn a language find a chick that speaks the language that you wanna learn.

  • po toi
    po toi 3 days ago

    I just learning English ues this.

  • Aydosh1991
    Aydosh1991 3 days ago

    It is so true about wanting to actually learn the language. My school tried to teach me French for seven years but as I was not interested I never learnt anything, However I found myself in Turkey in my early 20's, without realising I was applying some of the things spoken about here and within 4 months I was speaking basic Turkish. If you want to do something you will find a way.

  • ライアン
    ライアン 3 days ago

    iPhoneがあれば問題無い

  • Amr Alkhatib
    Amr Alkhatib 3 days ago

    If this man tried to learn German he would absolutely change his Theory.

    • Chery Lyn
      Chery Lyn 3 days ago

      Amr Alkhatib i learnt german in 4 Months. I was really shocked my parents too and my family also. He is right.