Put Language into Practice: Speaking Fluently
probably this is one of the most important parts of it. Because when I say we're learning a language, we want toe ideally learn a language to become fluid and to speak fluently because you could write fluently really for communicating with people. Then we really need to be speaking fluently. We need to be communicating. We need to feel the ease, Wilma communicating. And we need to really go out there and master toe Ace toe. Hold the language. Now, by doing that, we already saw we need to put language into practice. So I'd like to discuss with you a few techniques for speaking fluently on my super ultimate nerdy tips for language learning. Now for speaking, I think there are very many ways we can actually put language into practice on encourage our speaking ability and to really go out on to attain to go for that goal of speaking fluently. And I'd like toe sheriff, you have them with you now so and these can be apply are applicable to any situation toe anyone wherever you are, you could...
be in New York, Wyoming. The Kalahari doesn't That's probably not. So you need maybe an Internet connection. But if you're tuning in and watching me now from anywhere, anywhere throughout the globe, that I'm assuming you have a global Internet connection and connection and you're able to, uh, to access the World Wide Web. So a great activity in order to practice your language skills is to find a language partner, someone that shares your passion for learning a language or maybe even doesn't want toe speak. You doesn't want to learn your language, but it but no. So it doesn't want to lending with your leg, but speaks the language you are learning, and this would be a language exchange. So in the first idea, in the first case, you'd have someone that wants to learn together with you a group, another person, like I do with my brother. That really brings out the best in you that spurred you on that motivates you that sets goals like Ugo and wants to imitate, to reach exactly the same level and ability that you ideally on, will master on the 2nd 1 would be what we call a language exchange where you're exchanging. You're speaking to another person in the language there, telling you they're giving you feedback on their letting, you know what they think about your abilities. And then they say after an hour are 30 minutes. Hey, my turn. And now I'm going to speak to you in English, and then you tell them what you think about their English is great because you're really actually helping them with that language skills in English. And you're helping there, helping you by allowing them by allowing you sorry to speak to them in their language. So it's really beneficial for both sides in this, and it's really a win win situation for both. Now it is being online. Then we also have online the ability to shut to people online. This could be friends abroad via Skype. They could also be online chat rooms. It could also be on online platforms where we're able to for simply for free or maybe for a small amount of money, to actually chat onto, maybe submit exercises that we do need the language. Another option is also online communities like, for example, a bubble. If you join bubble and you're learning a language, then you couldn't send messages to everyone else. He was also learning the language you can see what level they're up to, and you can practice your reading in your writing skills with them there as well. One of the goals that we looked up on the ways of our rewarding ourselves. It's the goal abroad. The go abroad is obviously a great idea because you can spend the time before learning the language. And then you're thrown into the deep end again because you have to learn. You have to speak the language of the of the place that you're in on. But it's also incredibly rewarding because you feel as if you've put so much effort into doing it. And now you have the real opportunity to really be surrounded 24 7 with the language on the language culture on the last one, which is one of my personal favorites, is really to talk to yourself. If you've got no one else to talk to, and no one is able to talk to you for whatever reason, then don't hold back and talk to yourself. Now there's some situations you may not want to do that, but I've seen a lot of people speaking to themselves in San Francisco, so I'm thinking it's not last such a problem. It's not such a problem in Berlin. It's completely normal. People speak to themselves every single time. When I first arrived, I thought, Wow, why? What is he doing? And then I noticed that I'll be like, Oh, damn, I left my keys at home. But instead of thinking that I say to myself and then I think, well, everyone else is able to hear that Why? I just said it, but it's just it's just the linguistic culture. It's just what people did. Yeah, doesn't mean you crazy. It doesn't mean, you know, you're on, you walk in, I'm going in the wrong direction. But I know that. But I say to myself now you can do that. You can do that with anything. With the language, you can say, like, Oh, this is an orange like may sound A bit weird. Maybe do it first in the security of your own, the safety of your own home in a confined space, you might know what you were doing all the time on the street, but at least you're able. You're practicing your getting the words out. You're working on your pronunciation on your being constant with it. Your your This is like an actress sketch back. Then way is etching something into your mind. And, uh, do you have maybe any ideas, our thoughts about how you would like toa speak fluently? If there's something that you've come up with, I have a question about that. So a lot of people say, and I'm an actor, So sometimes I have lines to learn or a dialect toe learn, and what I'll do is I'll listen Teoh like, for example, when I had to learn a Korean dialect, I had a linguists read my lines in Cree, and I listened to it before bed because people say If you learn right before you go to sleep, you'll retain it more. And you talked a little bit about exercise, and I'm wondering and sleep. But I'm wondering if that if you find that to be the case that people work on their language before bed, that would. So it doesn't have to be immediately before, but but it definitely helps because the most of if I remember correctly and I think studies have shown that you, you you retain more information in your sleep, which is probably expected, probably explains why that when you dream in another language, especially at the beginning, sometimes you feel as if you speak the language fluently in your sleep and then you wake up and you think I was speaking fluent for job, be in my dream. And now I had even string a sentence together. That's not fair. It could be simply the case that I will mind obviously while we're sleep while we're sleeping is working overtime and he is making is transferring the the vocabulary. The information that we're that we're obtaining to A were using actively in our sleep on gather that gets story into the short term or long term memory effectively depends on what we do with it. So, yes, anyone else have ideas about how to speak more fluently? Okay, so which leads me on to my ultimate nerdy tapes, which ah, the following. So I said it before, and I'll say it get just to just, uh, you know, uh, to carry on with this love your grammar. Oh, if you don't love it, understand it. Really. Try and understand it, Andi, because if you understand that you're going to understand how the language works, and another one is to become best friends with your dictionaries. Dictionaries can also be vocabulary list any kind of word vocabulary retention involved. Embrace it, embrace it, right the stuff down. Read the stuff, write it down. Parliament posters all around the flat, all around, wherever you come. Most importantly as well, is be yourself and be prepared to embrace the new you. It's a journey that were on on this journey involves making a lot of changes, changes. However, the are for the good Onda adapting to new situations, and we have to ultimately adapt to the new ours that we want when we speak. Uh, Danish. We want toe speaking a Danish way on this. Danish is the new Danish year. Are the new Swedish you the new Russian? You Andi. Last but not least, is immersion in immersion all the way. Make sure you're completely, completely and always surrounded by as much of the language as you possibly can be, and you can fit that into your daily life as much as possible. Whether listening to stuff reading stuff, visualize ing stuff, there's nothing stopping you, even if you're at work. Tell your colleagues that you're gonna put post its on the wall on your little space on. Uh, if they have a problem, they can come and see me. Maybe not, depending on how I had a great work around for the talking to yourself. Accuses says one work around is if you're in the street. If you a shy person, you don't want to talk to yourself. On the street is to pretend to do mobile phone and talking to me so many times. Just make sure that your phones on silent in case someone rings. It's really like, Yeah, I'm just gonna repeat this for everything. And then someone comes close and you change. You change the vocabulary and then you say a proper sentence again. It's like you're going back, Teoh reciting of urban officers of the phone calls. And then it's not. So you've defeated the objective, thereby making yourself look silly. But apart from that is long. It's on silent. Brilliant idea is a brilliant idea