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:

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49 thoughts on “How to learn any language in six months | Chris Lonsdale | TEDxLingnanUniversity

  1. This is exactly how i learned German. I arrived in the country speaking 0 German. After 7 Months of lessons and practise I am now a fluent Speaker. His method is exactly how i improve and learn the language.

  2. I am a Spanish native speaker and I speak kinda fluent English since 13 I think and it wasn't really that hard for me to learn the language but now I am learning French and I'm really struggling with it 🙁 I am about to quit, HELP

  3. Cant believe people learn languages for fun/hobby. I find language learning VERY unenjoyable. I understand that the result is rewarding, but not the journey.
    People learning Korean for example, and living in Canada with no plans or desire to live or even visit Korea. WHY? We have limited minutes on this Earth. Why spend them with such horseshit?

  4. You want to learn a new language?Well,there are some things you need first for this:
    1.You really want it,maybe you have a friend who speaks it and somehow you want to speak it as well.As long as you strongly want something, you will achieve it.
    2.You need it.Maybe you have to work in another country,where your native language isn't used.This is called imersion.Despite what is said in the video,imersion is probably the best way to learn something new.If you live in new environment,you will subconsciously learn the language spoken pretty quickly.
    3.For example,I want to learn Germany,but because i don't really need it,especially right now,i won't be able to learn it.I also don't really like it that much,not enough to motivate me to learn it and no one speaks german in my environment.English,well,i learned it really fast when i needed it.Even tho i have to study it in school,i never really learned english at school.My homeworks never really helped me.
    You may find some multilingual guys on youtube.They are the kind of guys who learn languages because they really like to study foreign languages

  5. With 7 languages, I consider myself a polyglot. Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Italian, English and Creole. I can say that what this guy is saying is just great.

  6. I know it's kind off topic but is it just me or do foreigners write better in our language than we do? because I know that foreigners usually do much better with periods, commas etc. now I know that I'm probably gonna miss a lot of those in this comment than a foreigner because it seems as if since they're learning our language they learn more good grammar than you can actually speak yourself if you agree just let me know.

  7. He got 10 million views for stating the obvious. Have we become so detached from basic, natural principles? Every immigrant follows the exact same baby rules for language acquisition and most do well in the new language.

  8. I want to learn Spanish and Arabic but i don't know how to… I used the app Duolingo but i believe I need an alternative. I am Urdu speaker from Pakistan but i want to read Arabic and Spanish literature and for that I must learn these languages.

  9. Me and many of my classmates didn't speak english very well but then we all started watching youtube quite a lot and now we're much, much better.
    The thing is, i often don't even know the rule for something. It just sounds right if i say it in a specific way.

  10. yeah. thing bout that is that i understand and read English like native, but can't write an essay or longer YT comment.
    how the f# to correct that one when i'm the one ppl go to when they need help.
    i'm kinda learning more, reading out loud some scientific magazine from my collage, practicing pronunciation.

  11. Hello everyone!
    I'm native both in Armenian and French language and fluent in English. I'm currently learning Japanese and living there. It's really hard to apply everything Chris Lonsdale is talking about as I have trouble to understand what people are saying in general. I'm N5 level and I would like to improve my Japanese same as starting to learn Korean.
    Feel free to answer below if you want to chat in any languages I mentioned above 🙂

  12. I want to learn japanese. But I don't know how to start it. I am able to speak and write mandarin, some of the mandarin characters are similar to japanese. I hope this can help me to learn japanese.

  13. Interesting, lots of food for thought.  I taught myself (mostly) by total immersion – HAD to learn – completely motivated & worked hard at Thai.  Problem was that I do have limited memory.  Some of my younger co-learners just soaked it up immediately (+ good processing power), whereas thicko me struggled long & hard.  But six months later I drew level, two years later was ahead, now ( 30 years later) fluent bilingual.  The whole learning process in itself interesting.

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