LEARN ENGLISH PODCAST: YOU MUST DO THIS TO IMPROVE FAST (+ BEST METHOD)Jun 05, 2021
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podcastapps let's say today we're going to talk about deliberate
learning versus passive learning. and more specifically why you need to embrace the hard times why you need to learn to love when things get a little hard with your learning so i think
thisepisode is going to be very valuable for you and you are going to learn a lot and in the end just I'm going to go over my favorite
methodthat ties everything together, which will sum up what I'm talking about in this episode.
I will also give you some examples from my life that will help you understand. just the importance of this concept of embracing when the going gets tough now embracing something means learning to love it to see it as a positive instead of a negative but before we get into that let's talk about deliberate learning. ning versus passive learning i'll give you an example so deliberate learning is kind of like learning grammar rules so lets say you're in a language school and your teacher says ok let's learn the present perfect this is when you we use these are the rules and you have to focus on that and try to memorize it try to learn these concepts whereas passive learning is when you are watching a tv show in English and naturally you get that information which I have talked about a lot , it is very important to get input because that is how you will really absorb English and get used to the English language, but the opposite again is the deliberate learning of grammatical rules when you focus on learning new words and phrases when you use a
methodthat I am going to to talk about later when trying to learn to say a word that is hard for you to say and practice this a few times and practice it again the next time. next week that's deliberate learning now deliberate learning needs more refocusing needs more focus because let's say you're watching a YouTube video in English sometimes you can just turn off maybe you're doing this when you're cleaning the house or on your way to work or when you are working out and you can multitask quite a bit with this because you don't need your full focus all the time you are watching a video listening to something while doing other things while deliberate learning when you are studying the grammar rules is giving you to this task all your focusing is harder to do it takes more energy it takes more concentration on this task and i know from experience and i also know from the comments on my youtube channel that it often happens when you start something that is a bit more difficult and then think oh this is too hard I can't do it let's listen to a podcast episode instead or just Let's go to YouTube and see what videos are available right now and I do this too so if I'm trying to focus on something with my work it's a little bit hard I'll switch the tab and just check my emails or check the youtube tab and i will see oh there is something new there what can i see or i pick up my phone and check my emails so this is a big problem and i think its actually getting worse.
I'll leave a link to my video where I talk about social media and how addictive it can be and how it takes our focus away most of the time, but the concept I really want to talk about today is embracing the difficulty, so this means really getting excited, it's okay to get excited when something is too hard for you or when something seems pretty hard to do and the main reason for that is that this is where you grow this is where you're going to
improvethe most is finding something that's hard and learning how to do it let's talk out of some examples i am going to give an example outside of language learning first and this will help you understand that for me i am trying to
improveand its always my abili i like to play soccer so i play soccer for a couple of teams and i will go to the field once or twice a week on the way home from work and I'll do some soccer drills, so this is deliberate learning here, deliberate practice while just playing one game. it's more, um, it's not so deliberate because you're not working on specific things, you're playing a game, but when I go to the field to practice, I do specific exercises with my left foot especially and at first these exercises are really hard, it's hard to explain what exercises they are, but just imagine I'm trying to do some advanced stuff with my weak foot with my left foot, which isn't as strong as my right foot, so at first when I start a new exercise, I'm falling over, I'm missing the ball and if anyone is watching they're probably thinking this guy is terrible at football but it's not that I'm terrible at football which maybe I am but I'm just doing a new exercise that is very difficult. doing it at first with something new is hard to do and there was a new exercise I started the other day and I was like oh I can't do this and in your head you're thinking maybe I should do something else maybe I'll never be able to do this, but for the last two or three weeks, um, I've been concentrating on this exercise and I'm very close to doing it at a level that I'm very happy with and it's all because I changed my mindset and I thought well, when a task is difficult, that's when i grow up because this homework is something i can't do now but if i learn it it means i'm getting better in a very specific way so that's an example with soccer it's the same with learning guitar maybe there is a chord like a very special something you have to do with your fingers to make a specific sound but you can't do it at first however if you think it's ok i will do it i know it's hard now but if i keep practicing and i'm consistent with that so i'm going to master this skill i'm going to get to a stage where i can do it automatically it's the same with ng language learning too now an example from my life is i found spanish pronunciation very difficult.
I had a big problem saying specific sounds like the r sound and it's very difficult or different in Spanish for me, but I went through a period where I accepted this difficulty and improved in all these areas and did the things that in Spanish where I really had to. focus on getting better i really had to focus on those specific tasks which is when i got better the most i also did inputting, listening etc. and that helped too, but for me, what really made my spanish advance was to accept the difficult things to do at this stage, however, this is important, not all things that are difficult will make you advance, it's ok, like this that not everything you do that is difficult will help you improve, it is also important to think about what are the most efficient things I can do with my time to improve, so if you think about this in English, maybe memorize verb patterns or verb tables, sorry it's hard.
But will that really help you improve your ability to speak fluently and accurately? Probably not. However, if you work on other methods and I'm going to talk about them soon and you find them difficult. grow, so use methods that really help and also get to that stage where when you find something difficult, get excited because that's where you're going to improve, that's where you're going to grow, for example, with learning English. i am going to talk about a main method or two main methods now the first is learning the sounds of
englishand learning what to do with your mouth so that those sounds are more accurate when you speak now i have a course called the fluency program if you are going tofluency. com and you click on the menu bar there's a link to the program there if you want to check it out but within that course I go through different sounds of English and different areas of pronunciation and pe Some people send me their recordings when they go through this and there are certain sounds that people find it difficult to do.
There are also certain areas of the course that people find difficult and what I notice is that again at the beginning the recordings are not that great. but with practice and knowing what to do with your mouth this gets much better eg some people find it difficult to say the different sounds eg which are quite similar eg there is the e sound and the e sound sit down sit sit eat eat where you have the short sound and the longer sound and it's slightly different in your mouth and Spanish speakers especially find this difficult but when you get to this stage you may think ugh I can't do it I can Don't make those sounds it's too hard yeah you think you are if you catch yourself thinking that's when you say okay we're going to do it all let's really make this my focus now and I'll do it and it takes energy it takes to because it's not comfortable doing this but again, this is where you're going to grow so that you can then learn how to make those different sounds, practice them, record your own voice and then repeat them, um, once you get the hang of it and then after. in a while this is this it will become normal it will become automatic for you when you say these different sounds so you can think about it with all the areas of english pronunciation you can practice it with all the sounds of english another example could be connected speech too or the schwa sound could be missing syllables it could also be a relaxed pronunciation where you try to practice I want and then that's going to want to go I'm going to want to go soon I'm going to want to go soon that might sound really hard to say right now, but again, if you just practice this you can get there so that's one method the other method is my favorite method the lrc method which is similar to the pronunciation method but instead we're learning ph rases so you find a phrase like i'm going to want to leave soon you listen to the sentence you repeat it you record your version of this and then you listen to your sentence and compare it with the original ok so What you are doing is again, really you are focusing on precision here.
I'm going to want to leave soon. changed to relaxed um pronunciation to i'm going to want to go soon i'm going to want to go soon and to do that you need to slow down the audio you need to really focus on the audio practice saying it there will be times when you just can't say it correctly but again if you keep practicing and adopting this, you'll really learn to love this feeling of discomfort, that's where you're going to grow, that's where you're really going to progress with everything but again, don't do this just for any kind of method, focus on the methods that will help you for example , another example is when you are reading a book and you want to learn new words and phrases it can be annoying when you don't understand the words because let's say yes let's say you just got a new book it's a b2 Book rated reader and you read a page and there are some words and phrases that you don't understand, it can really make you feel bad. all these new words and phrases i can learn today be curious about new words and phrases enjoy learning new words and phrases because that's how you're going to improve your vocabulary by finding words and phrases you don't understand by learning them context and getting long repetition term, so the three methods I have described here are learning new words and phrases through articles and books, etc. working on the English phrase imitation method or the lrc method where you repeat phrases and also working on the specific sounds of English and other areas of pronunciation those are the three things that I think really help you advance with your English and if you find yourself doing too much passive learning so find some time to do this deliberate practice this deliberate learning and make sure you do it when you can have the time and space to focus on it because it's going to require more of your attention and if people interrupt you , then it won't be so easy to get on with it. but again think of this in terms of I'm not sorry don't think of this in terms of my English is terrible I can't do it think of it as it's a huge opportunity for me to improve in this area and it's that constant . learning steadily that will really advance your english so i would love to hear what you think about this and talk about your mindset um if there is a comment section below wherever you are listening to this talk about your mindset with you r learning and when you have stopped learning because it has become too difficult or when you are going to use this in the future when it comes to deliberate practice and let me know what other methods you are going to include when it comes to this area of English too now if you have enjoyed it and share it with someone you think would benefit from it and also go to tofluency.com t-o-f-l-u-e-n-c-y dot com to learn more about my methods and also to get a free book of the five-step plan to English fluency and, If you can't find it anywhere, just search fluency t-o-f-l-u-e-n-c-y on youtube or google to find more of what we do. you found it useful and i'll talk to you soon bye
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