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  • You want to learn a language.

  • I will save you hundreds of dollars and hours by the end of this video.

  • I will show you three paths to fluency,

  • the most effective one you've probably never heard of.

  • And then I'll show you how to deconstruct any language,

  • how to start understanding it, and how to achieve fluency.

  • When most people start learning a language, they are blinded by grammar issues.

  • Focusing on each aspect of grammar, you can't see the whole forest because of the trees.

  • The language will only start to make sense when you rise above the trees.

  • Let's start your path to fluency and get out of that grammar forest.

  • You don't need grammar; you need sentence patterns.

  • The patterns determine the grammar.

  • Only knowing the grammar is like having a lot of ingredients but no recipe.

  • Sentence patterns is like the recipe.

  • Get all of these sentence patterns with audio.

  • That's the fastest way forward.

  • To acquire the patterns, practice the audio daily in a spaced repetition format.

  • The phrases will become like lyrics to a song:

  • they'll bounce around in your head for days and weeks,

  • and you'll find yourself repeating them, knowing the meaning or not.

  • Other spaced repetition training on the market only reminds you when you're about to forget.

  • Glossika is built differently:

  • we intensively build the patterns

  • so you know them intuitively without a need to remind you.

  • By now, you probably have a good basic working knowledge of vocabulary, at least 500 words.

  • We'll only focus on sentence and word manipulation in full sentences.

  • We won't add too much vocabulary,

  • which you can expand later when you need it.

  • This is primarily an audio training path.

  • You can start the second path up from here.

  • On that path, you will work more with the written word,

  • and I'll come back and describe it in more detail.

  • This is where it's just lots of hard work:

  • keep practicing all those sentence patterns with the vocabulary you already know.

  • Don't get stuck on any one vocabulary or pattern.

  • Just go on to the next one!

  • This is just something you do every day!

  • The magic here is that your brain is actually doing most of the learning for you in the background, and our GSR schedule helps you consolidate while you sleep.

  • Without analysis paralysis on a small number of sentences,

  • it's easier for your brain to learn the patterns intuitively.

  • Writing Systems will slow down your learning process.

  • Make sure you download our guide for using Glossika where we talk about writing systems more.

  • Writing is something cultural and is better suited for native speakers.

  • Native speakers consider their writing system as very important and dear to them,

  • as it represents their identity.

  • However, writing systems do not affect how a language is spoken,

  • and thus are not even part of linguistic science.

  • Since writing systems are not phonetic even when written with an alphabet,

  • they are in no way the fastest way to get where you're going.

  • What should you do?

  • Get everything in transcription until you're speaking,

  • then come back and learn the writing later.

  • Think about native speakers: they were exposed, they mimicked, they mumbled, they talked, they communicated.

  • Then they went to school and started learning to read.

  • Then a few years later they started learning grammar.

  • Then they learned how to craft essays.

  • Then they had a language class that taught everything in the opposite order, and nobody got fluent.

  • Those who took the harder second path, will have joined us by now.

  • It would have taken twice as long to get here,

  • because they focused on learning the writing system first.

  • If you're feeling tired, be proud of your gains and how far you've come.

  • From here you really can see the big picture and how the language works.

  • The grammar forest below also makes better sense though you may not be able to see all the details yet.

  • You're better off up here than standing down there,

  • because all those tiny little details in the leaves can't compare to the big picture you now have.

  • Before going on, let's take the alternate route and see what happens.

  • This is the harder path where we learn how to read the foreign language.

  • Since you've already learned how to speak,

  • you'll recognize words that you already know in speech and it will help you learn the writing much faster.

  • Don't be fooled by Latin writing either.

  • Many languages are not spelled like they're pronounced and each language has a different system.

  • Difficult Asian writing systems can be learned quickly by following Glossika's guides.

  • Your language learning will feel like it's slowing down, but this is only temporary.

  • Start reading short stories that you already know because you can guess what the story is talking about.

  • Don't look up every word,

  • just think about the meaning of the story and the words will start to make sense.

  • Practice reading everything aloud or after a native speaker.

  • The repetition of common phrases and vocabulary means you're going to start acquiring vocabulary extremely quickly.

  • Progress feels slow. Retell the stories in your own words.

  • You'll force yourself to start using more vocabulary this way.

  • Keep trying to retell the stories with a tutor or friend, or make a video.

  • Fluency means you speak what you want and it flows without hesitation.

  • You're lacking vocabulary, so it's easy to plateau and give up.

  • Now is the time to add vocabulary.

  • Learning the writing system allows you to do lots of reading,

  • and live and use the language daily (to acquire specific cultural references).

  • You may be able to speak fluently,

  • but you still have a lot to learn to mastery.

  • This is likely the most difficult of all stages.

  • Few people get past this point.

  • You now read and speak the language with little effort.

  • Complacency has set in. You have little to gain by going farther.

  • You understand almost everything.

  • Things you don't understand, you may incorrectly blame the speaker or just call it a dialect.

  • You might not care if you don't understand proverbs or cultural references.

  • If you want true mastery, you should care.

  • This is a steep slope, and the hardest work is required here.

  • Hit the books for a year or two:

  • read the high school and college literature books in your target language.

  • Try translating a novel back to your language to earn your C2 level.

  • You know you've mastered the language when you start using it for big chunks of time.

  • Your first language will definitely be your hardest to learn.

  • Once you've mastered a language, you'll be curious about other languages and realize they're not that hard anymore.

  • Each language will open a new world of opportunities and experiences that will enrich your life.

  • Don't wait; get started today!

You want to learn a language.

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