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  • Hey guys today, I want to share a story with you

  • about something that I learned while I was watching SpongeBob SquarePants,

  • and I know this sounds silly, but this is actually one of the most

  • valuable lessons I've ever learned about language learning.

  • So a lot of you know that I have spent a lot of time in foreign countries

  • learning foreign languages and practicing my foreign languages with native speakers.

  • And if you have ever been in that situation yourself

  • then you're very familiar with the

  • feeling of terror that comes along with the moment when

  • you actually have to speak that language to a native speaker,

  • and you start to feel self-conscious

  • and you get all these scary thoughts in your head about screwing up

  • and having people laugh at you,

  • and you know, saying something wrong.

  • And then the moment comes, and you actually speak this foreign language,

  • and maybe they do laugh at you, and all of a sudden you just come to the

  • And all of a sudden you just come to the realization that you are a failure and I suck

  • and I never should have tried this.

  • This is a problem with attitude.

  • A lot of times we come at language learning with the wrong attitude.

  • So while I was watching Spongebob I came across this clip of him,

  • all down in the dumps because

  • he came to the realization that he is ugly,

  • so I want you to pay attention to SpongeBob's attitude

  • and what he does in this clip

  • I'm ugly

  • You're ugly and what?

  • Square?

  • No. Proud.

  • I'm ugly, and I'm proud. I'm ugly and I'm proud

  • Louder!

  • I'm ugly and I'm proud, I'm ugly and I'm proud, I'm ugly and I'm proud!

  • So what does this have to do with language learning?

  • Well a lot of times we fail at language learning

  • because we come at it with the wrong attitude

  • We look at errors and mistakes and bad grammar and accents as if these are something to be ashamed of,

  • just the same way as Sponge Bob was ashamed of being ugly.

  • But if you have this attitude you will not progress in your language.

  • One of the things you have to learn when you're learning languages

  • is you have to learn to be bold,

  • and you have to learn to have confidence,

  • and you have to learn to be proud and embrace your mistakes.

  • And you have to learn to have the mindset that

  • mistakes are not your enemies.

  • They're your friends,

  • they're there to help you learn more of the language.

  • And if you spend all your time

  • just trying to avoid making mistakes,

  • then you're never gonna learn anything.

  • So a useful trick is just learning how to reframe your situation.

  • Every time you make a mistake,

  • you can shrug your shoulders just like Spongebob and say I'm ugly

  • or

  • you can learn to embrace that and enjoy it

  • and start to say every time I make a mistake,

  • I'm learning something.

  • And maybe the people will correct you,

  • maybe they'll laugh at you, and yeah, it doesn't feel good.

  • But you're learning something and

  • you can learn to enjoy that sensation.

  • The one thing I don't want to see you doing is

  • failing to practice your target language because you're too afraid of making mistakes

  • because you cannot learn a language with your mouth shut.

  • So take a lesson from Spongebob,

  • and if you're sitting there all humped over like this saying,

  • "I have an accent," you have the wrong attitude.

  • You have to learn to embrace your accent,

  • embrace your mistakes embrace your screw-ups.

  • And you have to become proud and bold and confident

  • and throw your hands in the air and say

  • "I'm not perfect, I screw up all the time

  • but I'm learning and I'm getting better,"

  • and people will respect that.

  • This says a lot more about your character,

  • then even if you were able to speak perfectly

  • 100 percent of the time, people don't care about that.

  • It's more important to be bold.

  • Thanks for watching the video, and we'll see you guys next week.

Hey guys today, I want to share a story with you

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What SpongeBob taught me about language learning

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    Fingtam posted on 2018/04/07
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