How to Learn a Language: INPUT (Why most methods don't work)


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Language. It’s a pretty cool thing, quite useful. I can still remember back when I was a toddler, about 2 years old learning my first language, English. My Mom taught me how the order in English is subject verb object, and helped me make flashcards so I could memorize vocabulary and helped me for hours and hours to get the different verb tenses right. Fast forward several years and In college I came over to Japan on a foreign exchange program where I would learn another language. About two years after arriving in the country, I took and passed the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. To be fair, I did live in the country, but the concepts I’ll discuss in this video will be effective even if you don’t have access to native speakers. Lately there are all kinds of great resources and techniques on language learning. In particular, spaced-repetition system-based virtual flashcard programs like Anki are popular and very useful, but… is that really the most efficient way to sink language into our brains so it can be used on the fly? After all, how many parents have to give their child a deck of flashcards for review to help their kids reach fluency in their mother tongue? Of course I was kidding earlier and I learned English through magic like every other baby.