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.
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  1. Muhammad Atho'illah
    Muhammad Atho'illah
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    I'm trying to learn Korean in this quarantine

  2. Cute Music
    Cute Music
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    It's my first day in learning German language I already learned English by myself I will back after 6 months Start from 01/06/2020

  3. mutiannisa febrina
    mutiannisa febrina
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    Its been 3 month quarantine but i'll be seriousss learning spanish right now, a little bit too late, doesnt it? :(

  4. Lincoln França
    Lincoln França
    Degi Síðan síðan

    me (learning english) ! if have someone looking for learning portuguese and have english as a first (or fluent) language , lets talk

  5. Richard Jones
    Richard Jones
    Degi Síðan síðan

    I do not dispute that these are useful tips for learning another language. But, unless you are unusually adept at learning foreign languages, I do dispute that you will become fluent in a second language within six months using these, or any other tips. Even his tips are self-contradictory. Avoid immersion, but surround yourself with the language you want to learn? Children, whose brains are perfectly adapted to Learning language, because they have not yet lateralized I to right brain left brain functions, take far longer than six months to learn to speak their own language Despite unknowingly employing all these tips. I have conscientiously applied myself to learning several languages, including living in the country‘ whose slanguage I sought to learn, Employing a native tutor, surrounding myself with the sights and sounds of the target language, and studying every day, I have never come close to fluency in another language in so short a time. If this were indeed possible for the average bloke, Government foreign language programs for it’s diplomats and intelligence officers would be much shorter than they are now. Presumably, they know what they’re doing because they’ve been doing it for a lot longer than this guy. So kudos to this gentleman for his innate ability to learn a foreign language. But I am not convinced that this is an achievable goal for the average person.

  6. Varun
    Degi Síðan síðan


  7. Maureen Dera
    Maureen Dera
    Degi Síðan síðan

    Any native/ fluent French speaker willing to help please....I will be so delighted

  8. maryam thr
    maryam thr
    Degi Síðan síðan

    can someone please do me a favor and be my french language parent please?????????????

  9. Emi Billaud
    Emi Billaud
    Degi Síðan síðan

    Ce cours était tout simplement génial 👏👏👏 tellement de motivation, et une vision de l'apprentissage enrichissante 👍

  10. cancha reglamentaria
    cancha reglamentaria
    2 dögum síðan

    I would like to learn a second language.

  11. Norma Alvarado
    Norma Alvarado
    2 dögum síðan

    Hello. I'lL bE bAck... (11/28/20)

  12. Reynaldo Hoces
    Reynaldo Hoces
    2 dögum síðan

    I would like to improve my English pronunciation and grammar. Somebody could you help me? Be my language parent? Thank you ^^

    1. Reynaldo Hoces
      Reynaldo Hoces
      2 dögum síðan

      @Norma Alvarado Thank you ^^ I installed the app and It is useful.

    2. Norma Alvarado
      Norma Alvarado
      2 dögum síðan

      @Reynaldo Hoces I unfortunately have too many study partners already. But I'm sure you'll find someone right there.

    3. Reynaldo Hoces
      Reynaldo Hoces
      2 dögum síðan

      @Norma Alvarado thank you my friend, could you have time to practice talking?

    4. Norma Alvarado
      Norma Alvarado
      2 dögum síðan

      If u don't find anyone, u can download hello talk and practice with natives there who want to learn your native language

    2 dögum síðan

    Perfect ..

  14. TESU
    3 dögum síðan


  15. Purui Liu
    Purui Liu
    3 dögum síðan

    It's not because people can't learn a second language as adults, it's the attention spam made us hard to focus on something and have the capability to learn and reflect and stay focused for 6 months. Learning is mostly about persistence and determination.

  16. あかさた
    3 dögum síðan


  17. Lol Lol
    Lol Lol
    3 dögum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="759">12:39</a> me soaking my brain in kdramas and kpop lol

  18. Ugh Humans
    Ugh Humans
    3 dögum síðan

    Anyone wants to join my instagram group where we learn each other’s language and try to speak with each other in their language

  19. Abouther Story
    Abouther Story
    3 dögum síðan

    Huhu, không có vietsub😔

  20. Andrew Burnett
    Andrew Burnett
    3 dögum síðan

    Ah... it was the train ride...

  21. Abhijith S Nair
    Abhijith S Nair
    4 dögum síðan

    I wonder if I'm the only one who thinks it's easier to learn a new language than tolerating his talk?

  22. dud-dee Amoudi
    dud-dee Amoudi
    4 dögum síðan

    this man is right. when i was 15, i started learning english in an english course. 6 months later i started being a tourist guide after school and most of my guests didn't believe that i just learned english for six months that time. another story 2 years ago, i quit working and went back to my hometown where i had no idea what to do there. then i was asked if i could develop a web based application for a government project and i said yes which was actually i knew nothing about web based apps. youtube helped me a lot that i could complete my job in two months and the result satisfied my client.

    1. dud-dee Amoudi
      dud-dee Amoudi
      14 klukkustundum síðan

      ​@Mel L my native language is Indonesian. my class was 3 times 90 minutes a week. in indonesia we had more than 12 subjects to learn at school that time. but i focused only on the subjects i was interested to. English, physics and math were my favorite subjects so i focused on those 3. for the English lesson, i mostly learned by listening to english 900, a cassette to train my listening comprehension and conversation skills. but i didn't force myself in learning english. i tried studying as relax as possible. the rest, i just reviewed my notes from the course once in a while, watched english movies and news programs, memorizing words (about 5-10 words a day), tried to think in english. that's it.

    2. Mel L
      Mel L
      17 klukkustundum síðan

      Nice! What is your native language and how did you go about learning English? Did you go really intense? How much time did you spend per day?

  23. Galizée Sellier
    Galizée Sellier
    4 dögum síðan


  24. tintalatx
    4 dögum síðan

    some italian can help me?

    1. Norma Alvarado
      Norma Alvarado
      2 dögum síðan

      Hello talk app

  25. pp alva
    pp alva
    4 dögum síðan

    h f w fwhfefwihfddewbfdk e g rir y e n eh higewwiuytr877323txgc guic g 3ej2rout2egheqedg jg ll.hjHQWWETE T3T23JASG

  26. Thiago Monassa
    Thiago Monassa
    4 dögum síðan

    I wanna learning english, if there is someone here for helping me I'll be happy, my level in english is intermediate.

  27. Kunal Singh
    Kunal Singh
    4 dögum síðan

    Please Help Me....!🙏 I want to learn English Speaking But I have no one to talk. Anyone Who Have Time 10-15 mint. Give me. It helps me alot

  28. Thanmay Naz
    Thanmay Naz
    4 dögum síðan

    Ok guys I'm tryna learn French ... I'll be back in 6 months ..hoping for the best

  29. Morganville94
    4 dögum síðan

    I am learning Norwegian and giving myself the time frame till December to at least be able to converse in the language

  30. kungfreddie
    4 dögum síðan

    Bla bla bla bla bla... get to the point already!

  31. Milena Kuzmanovic
    Milena Kuzmanovic
    4 dögum síðan

    I didn't even realize I actually used basically all of these learning English (though tbh I wasn't consciously trying to learn more than I had at school, I was just too impatient to wait for some translations for books, bored at my grandparents' and the only channel that had anything interesting to me at that time had no subtitles and then eventually my best friend and I started using it to talk every day so that other people wouldn't listen in)

  32. 熊恩泽
    4 dögum síðan

    You missed TAIWAN in the map of China, please fix it.

  33. ssamby boyz
    ssamby boyz
    5 dögum síðan

    I don't understand English very well. However, I would like to learn German as quickly as I could. I thought that would be a lot easier for me if I learned plenty of German vocabulary. Please let me if I should consider learning whether the vocabulary or the grammar of such arduous language. Your suggestions would be highly appreciated. Thank you and have a beautiful day.

  34. auntjemima
    5 dögum síðan

    Gonna learn French. Will come back to this comment in a month to give an update on my progress.

  35. Maria Rosales
    Maria Rosales
    5 dögum síðan

    Gracias por compartir.siempre es bueno conocer nuevas técnicas para aprender.

  36. iBot
    5 dögum síðan

    Certainly not through the educational system.

  37. Chi Hori
    Chi Hori
    5 dögum síðan


  38. Aimen Rizwan
    Aimen Rizwan
    5 dögum síðan

    I’m trying to learn Arabic :)

  39. carpe diem
    carpe diem
    5 dögum síðan

    The US State Department has 70 years experience training government staff to learn languages as efficiently as possible, and at the end be able to proficiently use it, both written and speaking ability. They rate languages according to level of difficulty for an English speaker, and the required time it takes. Check out Foreign Language Training on their web site. The time required for Italian is 24 weeks as opposed to either Chinese language, 88 weeks. That is five hours a day, five days a week for two years (allowing a few pauses). Would it be faster if one lives in the particular country? Of course. But six months compared to two years? I don't think so. Italian, on the other hand does work out to six months if studied the same hours per day. They go by average ability. It's also faster if it's a third or fourth language, as the first "second" language is a handful and they get progressively easier. So, is this guy correct? He's partially correct. It depends on the language. And you can definitely speed up the process by being forced to use it. I would bet the State Department is on to this by now. It's probably incorporated into their curriculum. In the end, to become fluent takes a lot of work.

  40. JP SHIN
    5 dögum síðan

    There's nothing new suprizing method or way of thinking expect that brain soaking thing Now I'm going to prepare boiling water and start the brain soaking😍

  41. Panji Mahesya
    Panji Mahesya
    6 dögum síðan

    Simply tips, thanks

  42. NOAH L
    NOAH L
    6 dögum síðan


  43. Lauren Tree
    Lauren Tree
    6 dögum síðan

    I’m here instead of doing actually school work..

  44. 魏清
    6 dögum síðan


  45. Das Kampffredchen
    Das Kampffredchen
    6 dögum síðan

    You learn faster if something is important to you Me : Learns english through games and ISpulse

  46. Benjamin Salazar
    Benjamin Salazar
    6 dögum síðan

    Í am learning icelandic while in quarantine, it would be my third lenguage

  47. Naemi Kahsay
    Naemi Kahsay
    7 dögum síðan

    Thanks bro

  48. Exal The Great
    Exal The Great
    7 dögum síðan

    Great talk, I started speaking 1 hour of French every day with a native speaker, and I am sure I can get there even faster than 6 months at this point! Aiming for 3 months, using these principals and modeling the language learning process of others who learn quickly can give incredible results! This is for real, no excuses to not try learning now :)

  49. Your channel World wide
    Your channel World wide
    7 dögum síðan

    I wanna learn alemão but I I don't know any partner for conversation everyday.. it's very good if anyone know this language. We can learn that

  50. Jbn Suner
    Jbn Suner
    7 dögum síðan

    starting tomorrow i will learn Italian

  51. Moussa Thioub
    Moussa Thioub
    7 dögum síðan

    thank you also ! that is very useful.

  52. Jikku Joy
    Jikku Joy
    7 dögum síðan

    No words... Great

  53. Manuel amador
    Manuel amador
    7 dögum síðan

    Would somebody from here like to practice english with me?

  54. Nadia Franke
    Nadia Franke
    7 dögum síðan

    I'm a native speaker from the South of Brazil. Does anybody want to learn Portuguese ? I'm willing to help you for free. Send me a message on YT in case you are interested :)

  55. Linh Hoang
    Linh Hoang
    7 dögum síðan

    Where is he from? I want to learn Australian accent

    1. Zipporah Thecushite
      Zipporah Thecushite
      7 dögum síðan

      New Zealand

  56. ohi gill
    ohi gill
    7 dögum síðan

    My English is weak but I understood all what you said .. thanks for the video

  57. Agshin Isayev
    Agshin Isayev
    7 dögum síðan

    I cound not continue to watch video because of his manner of explanation. he is to much impulsive.

  58. Agustina Villarruel
    Agustina Villarruel
    8 dögum síðan

    I learned Portugues without classes. I have never studied portugues, even I didn't realize that I could speak and understand it. I learned watching videos in portugues. Without pay anything. I have been studying English since I was a Child at school. And now with 19 years there is a lot of words and things that i can't understand. I'm in this video for try to have a better listening and learn, because is the best form to learn.. and cheaper. Kisses from Argentina.

  59. Afifah Umniah
    Afifah Umniah
    8 dögum síðan

    Really helping me. Currently trying to fluent in english, but I do understand some Korean language because I'm watching drama and their song, still want to learn too. And now I want to study Thai language, thanks to my biased personality to idol from that country. They make me want to learn many language in the same time

  60. Camilo Mórtigo
    Camilo Mórtigo
    8 dögum síðan

    I'm native spanish speaker, and during quarantine I'm trying to learn swedish and improve my german.

  61. jose jimenez
    jose jimenez
    8 dögum síðan

    some one to learn or practice spanish?,, i want to learn or practice english

  62. amri nourane
    amri nourane
    8 dögum síðan

    Am gonna start with english I will give u updates after 6 months 😁😁😁

  63. bb aa
    bb aa
    8 dögum síðan


  64. Ashok Negi
    Ashok Negi
    8 dögum síðan

    Now i can understand what my dog is trying to say

  65. 部背
    8 dögum síðan


  66. Lorraine Knott
    Lorraine Knott
    8 dögum síðan

    Thank you Chris, I am learning Italian at home and your presentation has given me valuable knowledge and saved me from wasting a lot of time.

  67. Bao Richard
    Bao Richard
    9 dögum síðan

    the chinese he spoke at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="758">12:38</a> is very good witout any accent.

  68. nobody
    9 dögum síðan

    sorry i cant watch youe video cause my english is weak😂😂

  69. arseniclullaby87
    9 dögum síðan


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    9 dögum síðan


  71. arseniclullaby87
    9 dögum síðan


  72. Onewxrld Music
    Onewxrld Music
    10 dögum síðan

    To learn a language, get yourself a girlfriend or a boyfriend talking the language. It make marvels and the sooner you know, you are talking it

    1. Sông Đất Quảng
      Sông Đất Quảng
      6 dögum síðan

      With somebody, learn language is easier than to find boy or girl friend!

  73. Dio Brando
    Dio Brando
    10 dögum síðan

    My teachers spent 12 years to let students understand the basic english.

  74. Amir Loucif
    Amir Loucif
    10 dögum síðan

    amazing video , really inspiring

  75. Unknown ID
    Unknown ID
    10 dögum síðan

    I want to learn Japanese for anime😁

  76. Anon
    10 dögum síðan

    Wow? Just need to learn 3000 words... That sounds flopping simple!

  77. JJ Keller
    JJ Keller
    11 dögum síðan

    Why is he so mad at me?

  78. Dijahtal Arts
    Dijahtal Arts
    11 dögum síðan

    The principals are correct but the 6 months idea is pure nonesense

  79. Ghaelen88
    11 dögum síðan

    Great stuff! This guy is so passionate about it!

  80. The Prince Wolf
    The Prince Wolf
    11 dögum síðan

    Alguien q hable castellano :v¿?