Create Your Own Language World
We've looked at grammar. We've looked attack Lee, grammar and syntax, the bad boys of the language. And we're now at the part where we may be feeling quite confident, very confident, actually. And then there's something that comes along and simply throws us off course. Onda. We're not sure how to deal with this. We're not sure how to carry on Andi. We're thinking about throwing in the towel and say, I've come so far. I'm not even realizing how far we've come But thinking I'm flatlining, I'm not able to advance. I'm not simply able to understand. Concepts are, and I'm not really getting the gist of it. Now these are the techniques that will be looking at. This is the topic will be looking at this part of the lesson, and we'll be looking at techniques in order to help us solve. I didn't identify and solve problems. Onda, and also a very essential part of any language learning journey is information that we're acquiring. We saw the vocabulary, the grammar, the syntax already on DNA. Now w...
e need to retain this information. We need to make sure that it's not simply we're not taking in and not keeping it because we need to keep it inside as we need to be able to recall this information at any given time in the future, because if we want to really use the language in for this language, and a lot of people talk about languages as foreign languages and I don't like the idea. Not that I'm against the idea of the notion of a foreign language. But I think if you really set out toe, learn another language, then effectively. This language is your language. If you become fluent in this language, this language is going to become your language just like English is our one of whatever you're the language or languages are. And I think that's a beautiful idea because it's really the foreign element disappears. It's not something that's different anymore. It's something that's you. You've become part of this language, So in order to do this we're going to create our language world, our very own language world. And by this I mean I've already said that language learning is a personal journey is a personal experience. Onda. We need toe personalize this even further on in order to do so and It's also a great technique to avoid to boost motivation, but also to prevent discouragement Setting in and ideally, are essentially we're talking here about two key factors. The 1st 1 is filtering information, and this is learning, absorbing things that are relevant to you and your personal experience on the second factor is being flexible. How we're able to simplify concepts now mixing these together and learning these techniques. We'll be able to make the language relevant to you, which, as I said, he's a big is the thing. I mean, you're making your learning this language for yourself, and you're going to literally be able to then go on and own the language. Now. What do we mean when we talk about filtering information? As I said already, it's making your language learning process relevant to you. Now that means that we shouldn't be spending time on learning things ideally, that we will never, ever learn. So the focus here is on creating your own language world and what is relevant. So if we discuss this further, more detail, then are sorry skipped, that's filtering information, So filtering information is really if if we think about this in an in a logical way. There are many language methods out there, and we always like. And if said this that we need to combine things together. We need to be doing different activities, active passive pronunciation exercises, grammar exercises. We need to be taking a very holistic approach to this. Now, if we look at the information that we're actually receiving, I'm guessing at some point we're going to stumble across vocabulary grammar we always need. But maybe the question is, Do we need to know absolutely everything about a certain tens? If we're only down the bottom of our journey now, the simple answer is no, because information is something that even in English, we continuously acquire. You don't need to learn about atomic energy until we're actually about to become atomic scientists. It's a great topic, but most of us will never go on toe, be immersed in the language or the wordings, thieve vocabulary off atomic energy. And this is simply the same as simply applicable toe language learning as well. We need to be in the concentrating on things that are focused that we focus on that we are relevant to ourselves to our daily lives and to our surroundings. So you're going to encounter words, but on vocabulary and concepts in your courses, wherever you find yourself learning a language that you don't that you may be no, you won't understand. Immediately on the question you have to ask yourself here is is it important to being to know this now? I'm not saying that in their four, so we don't know. We know the word for knife and far, but we don't know what the word for spin is, but he doesn't matter cause we never eat with a spoon. I think if you know the way for a knife and fork, then you should go until learned the word dispute. And if screen isn't sticking than make spoons stick, put it on a post it, jot it down in a in a in a in a Bach will be talking about this as well of how to retain information effectively. But here we have to be honest to ourselves on realistic and analyze what vocabulary actually forms part of our language journey. And, as I said, specific topics or even maybe subjects that aren't specific, would I, for example, at the beginning need to know. Words that are essential are necessary. Teoh. Do I need to know the work for makeup? No. Do I need to know unless I want to wear makeup? Do I need to know the word for nail vanish? I don't wear nail varnish, so I don't need it. And then there are other things as well. Different kinds of sports, different kinds of activities at the moment. Right now, I don't need because it doesn't form part of my daily life. Learned daily language, experience, my language environment. So that's a really great idea. So if we're reading something in a book or in an app and we don't quite get it and we don't I need to get it. We feel that we don't need to get it in this simple and teres don't get it. But at the moment, if you think that is something that was relevant to you later, or it could be a general important of general interest, feel free to jot it down. A technique I like doing is having a Bach having a a book on Mt. Bach with vocabulary in it and all the stuff that I need to learn. I have different techniques. We already saw the post. It's I like writing stuff down. So all those things I want to learn and to memories I put towards the front of the Bach and the things that I don't really need to learn. I put up the back and this is a less that Every now and then I will consult and see if I think it's necessary for me to go back and this word and put it to the front because the one in the back is the one that I'm not concentrating on, the ones I don't need to know at all. For the moment, I will never write down the stuff I might do. I will put to the back so we can go on now to talk about a very important factor, a decisive factor in this process. And it's what I would like to call as being flexible. Now that doesn't mean that you had to be greater gymnastic, something I'm personally not very good. So I'm not literally physically very flexible, but my mind, I would probably say, is now. This means ideally and essentially the ability to simplify information on we simplify information. We're thinking of different ways of how to express ourselves on automatically. By doing so, we're essentially finding synonyms, looking for synonyms for similar ways of saying exactly the same thing. This goes for words. It also goes to set expressions and phrases. Now I would like to show an example and have used German because German, as apart from being a wonderful language which are languages, are actually. But we have a phrase in German. We did called my never mind long. Nah, when you always say someone German saying, Ah, my name, my enough is this nish MacLeish And it means, in my opinion, but we can see that it doesn't literally mean in my opinion, because there's no word for in there in the German. The word for in is in our and it's clearly not here. We have something that's exactly the same, which is my but it looks weird. It sounds my minor, but it's in the generative case, and then we have the word for opinion, which is my Nung. And then you have this little word here, which is actually the proposition, and it means after according to so we literally saying in German according to my opinion, are if we do a bit like the order off my opinion according to, and we can think like Yoda and think Well, uh, off my opinion, according to I think, Oh, I say I think of my opinion according to its not possible we can think of it like that. That's the way you've also retaining this information. I'm guessing, however, that monster was aren't ever going to think of when they think of minor manual nothing German instead of saying in mine opinion which doesn't exist, unfortunately. But instead of saying my name, I know you could think like Yoda. I'm guessing. However, most of us won't like to do that because it's just simply, too. When you start thinking like that, then where does it stop is? How is, he said, based a possibility. So I won't discard that. But I'm guessing most of us won't ever do that. Now the question is, until we feel more comfortable in speaking German, how can we actually get around this monstrosity of a sentence or not? A sentence of phrasing? Well, how about we simplify it and we know the word are we know here because we can see that the word is opinion, but you can say injured. It's been their mind long, which in English literally means I am off the cause. It's generative opinion, and we say that in English we say I'm of the opinion, even though it sounds maybe quite antiquity, slightly old fashioned. I'm of the opinion that you know but exist. It's something that we use in English, but we can simplify this even further as well. Essentially, when we say it's been their mind on our May now may know Now what are we saying were saying? I think I believe because it's something that you think now if we already started learning the language, we already know that we will have already learned the present tense. And you can say it's Denker or is global and Denker looks like thinker. So I think Jenkin Denker, I think, and Glauber is, I believe, But we could also try and memorize the word my Nung. I think what mining an opinion don't sound similar at all because they don't they they there's no relationship between the two whatsoever. But if we were to turn around and say, Well, there's actually a word in English to mean and you're saying that you would never say Oh, I mean that I mean, this is impossible but I think it's impossible. I think this is impossible, But if someone says to you, what do you mean? And it's mean, what are you saying? What do you actually want to say? And this is exactly the same as my long So it's almost it doesn't mean meaning, but it's eight shares the same origin, let's say And this is a clear example off a German saw fix. So in English, we have sure, unlike nation specifications, ing learning, doing, running and in German, this is the equivalent. We haven't long because it comes from a verb on. The verb is mine, in which is the same will have the same origin is to mean, but he doesn't mean to mean here, but we can. The great thing about this here is if we think about we analyze, we think simple and we think miner mining now is essentially is Denker or its global or it's minor and then from minor. If we think of dinking, then we have global, and then we have mining. And then we have mining. So that's also automatically a link that we have, from the verb to a word that in German doesn't look anything like opinion. Because if we analyze is in Spanish, it's very, very similar to the wording in English. In my opinion and me opinion, in my opinion and in German, we don't have our unfortunately, but we can still, if we're unsure about saying this and we don't we think, Gosh, the stupid proposition that comes after the the known, which is in the generative case I'm never gonna be able to muster that. Now the answer is the simple Answer these. You will master it. But if you're if this is what's stopping you from speaking from using the language effectively and you feel unsure about doing this, then simplify. There's no reason why not, because essentially, we just saying the same thing. It's just less elaborate and by doing. Soul will also learn more about our own language as well, because we'll start realizing that there are different ways in English, that we can say exactly the same thing now, obviously, for every single word, let's say, For most of the vast majority of words that we have, there is an equivalent, maybe not for an article. But if we think about to see to eat, there's always some way of rephrasing that to eat could be to digest. It's not exactly the same, but it's still a different way of perceiving the things. And this is essentially what language does anyway. Germans have a really good were. Where is the date on Shaolin going? Kind of adopted in English, even though we don't really see it. But it's the way of seeing the world. And this is essentially what we're doing, what we're dealing with. When we look at languages that have also Grandma, it goes for for, for reading, for different writing systems. It's a different way of a speaker perceiving the world in his or her language, and that's all we're doing here. But we can go. We can tackle this in an effective and simple way by simply reducing the information that we have. You might sound less elegant, eloquent, but does it matter at the beginning? Most definitely not. And then once we've built these associations and we're comfortable out using this, then we can go under from Denker to spend them. I long to grasp my never mind, but I'm emphasizing his Minow is mine. I mean, no, we just in minor but minor. My noona has been there. My long or is Denker Club is minor. So, um, I would hear for are therefore, like us toe Think off a similar exercise, but in English Andi, just spend a few minutes jotting down how we would reword this simple sentence in English. A pope being flexible? Exactly. No, actually, I could have made this much more difficult, and I've now made it really simple. But even if its simple, we can still simplify words because we can have synonyms. Father, it's a shame I've actually made even simple a simple as it is, because they could have made it much more much more difficult. But if we just take a few seconds to think how we can say this in another way, and actually, if you feel like it, make it more difficult because also, I mean, if we know the word anyway, then there's no reason why we can't once we've got a simpler word. Strive for the difficult word. So we've seen the 1st 1 already, right? We already looked at, In my opinion, how could we say this in English again? An idea, I think her exactly. I think Sandra, would you there? Yeah, I think exactly. I think I believe, um, it's my conviction. Even although that sounds a bit a bit too over the top. How about the next part mastering your language? If you want to be really fancy, we could say language acquisition. Now, this is something that I would and this is something you would find in a in a linguistic journal second language acquisition. It's also something Morsi in bilingualism, second language acquisition, mastering the language mastery and this is actually the simple way. But as they said, we can also reverse the reverse that and make it much more, much more complex and totally awesome is something that we wouldn't say in Britain anyway. But what would be the essentially the simplified notion of totally great is great. Exactly. And if we so we can also use that so language learning is great, or if we want to use this as an intensifier for awesome, then we can simply say very right, Very good, very, really good. It's really good. It's really great. And that's essentially what we're doing here. We're looking information where absorbing information on We're simply trying to reword it, to put it in a different way. And this is simply the exercise, the activity of being flexible when we speak, when we speak our own language and and how we can apply this not only to the language that we're learning, but to our language, because it's also a great weight in English, as English speakers to actually discover new praises in new ways of same things and seeing this whole thing of the vet and showing the way we perceive the world to simply change that, to spice it up a bit.