In this brief TedxWarsaw talk (the theme of the conference being “Poke the Comfort Zone”) Benny Lewis of Ireland talks about how he “hacked” the process of learning a language… and in the process developed his conversational abilities in not one but many languages.
I chose to showcase this video here because I think it summarizes and allays a lot of the anxieties that college students and other adult language learners have when learning a language and wanting to speak a language well. Among others those concerns tend to be:
- the fear that you need to master a lot of vocabulary and grammatical forms before you can speak coherently,
- the concern that native speakers will be frustrated or annoyed by you if you can’t speak perfectly,
- If you can’t travel abroad you will never master a language, and
- that there is a”language gene” : some of us are born with it and others are not.
Benny Lewis offers some very simple, practical, and do-able suggestions for learning a language…based upon his own experience and out of his passion to learn.
Watch the video and let us know your thoughts!