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THE SECRETS OF LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE BY LÝDIA MACHOVÁ

I love learning foreign languages.

In fact, I love it so much that I like to learn a new language every ______ (1) years, currently working on my eighth one. When people find that out about me, they always ask me, "How do you do that? What's your _______(2)?" And to be honest, for many years, my answer would be, "I don't know. I simply _______ (3)learning languages."

But people were never happy with that answer. They wanted to know why they are spending years trying to learn even one language, never achieving fluency, and here I come, learning one language after another. They wanted to know the secret of _______ (4), people who speak a lot of languages. And that made me wonder, too, how do actually other polyglots do it? What do we have in _______(5)? And what is it that enables us to learn languages so much faster than other people?

I decided to _______(6) other people like me and find that out. The best place to meet a lot of polyglots is an event where hundreds of language lovers meet in one place to practice their languages. There are several such polyglot events organized all around the world, and so I decided to go there and ask polyglots about the _______(7) that they use.

So I met Benny from _______ (8), who told me that his method is to start speaking from day one. He learns a few phrases from a travel _______ (9) and goes to meet native speakers and starts having conversations with them right away. He doesn't mind making even _______(10) mistakes a day, because that's how he learns, based on the feedback. And the best thing is, he doesn't even need to travel a lot today, because you can easily have conversations with _______ (11) speakers from the comfort of your living room, using websites.

I also met Lucas from _______(12) who had a really interesting method to learn Russian. He simply added a hundred random Russian speakers on _______(13) as friends, and then he opened a chat window with one of them and wrote "_______(14) " in Russian. And the person replied, "Hi, how are you?" Lucas copied this and put it into a text window with another person, and the person replied, "I'm fine, thank you, and how are you?" Lucas copied this back to the first person, and in this way, he had two strangers have a ___________(15) with each other without knowing about it. And soon he would start typing himself, because he had so many of these conversations that he figured out how the Russian conversation usually starts. What an ingenious method, _______ (16)?

And then I met polyglots who always start by __________(17) sounds of the language, and others who always learn the 500 most frequent words of the language, and yet others who always start by reading about the _______ (18).

If I asked a hundred different polyglots, I heard a hundred different approaches to learning languages. Everybody seems to have a unique way they learn a language, and yet we all come to the same _______ (19) of speaking several languages fluently.

And as I was listening to these polyglots telling me about their methods, it suddenly dawned on me: the one thing we all have in common is that we simply found ways to _______ (20) the language-learning process.

All of these polyglots were talking about language learning as if it was great fun. You should have seen their faces when they were showing me their _______(21) grammar charts and their carefully handmade flash cards, and their statistics about learning vocabulary using _______(22), or even how they love to cook based on _______(23) in a foreign language. All of them use different methods, but they always make sure it's something that they personally _______(24).

I realized that this is actually how I learn languages myself.

When I was learning _______(25), I was bored with the text in the textbook. I mean, who wants to read about Jose asking about the directions to the train station. Right? I wanted to read "_______ _______(26) " instead, because that was my favorite book as a child, and I have read it many times. So I got the Spanish translation of "_______ _______(26*) " and started reading, and sure enough, I didn't understand almost anything at the beginning, but I kept on reading because I loved the book, and by the end of the book, I was able to follow it almost without any _______(27).

And the same thing happened when I was learning _______(28). I decided to watch "_______(29)," my favorite sitcom, in German, and again, at the beginning it was all just gibberish. I didn't know where one word finished and another one started, but I kept on watching every day because it's "_______(30)." I can watch it in any language. I love it so much. And after the second or third season, seriously, the _______(31) started to make sense.

I only realized this after meeting other polyglots. We are no _______(32) and we have no shortcut to learning languages. We simply found ways how to enjoy the process, how to turn language learning from a boring school subject into a pleasant activity which you don't mind doing every day.

If you don't like writing words down on paper, you can always type them in an app. If you don't like listening to boring textbook material, find interesting content on _______ (33) or in podcasts for any language. If you're a more _______ (34) person and you can't imagine speaking to native speakers right away, you can apply the method of ___________ (35). You can talk to yourself in the comfort of your room, describing your plans for the weekend, how your day has been, or even take a random picture from your phone and describe the picture to your imaginary friend.

This is how polyglots _______ (36) languages, and the best news is, it's available to anyone who is willing to take the learning into their own _______(37). 


Ex. 1 Listening to the text and fill in the gaps


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Ex. 2 Fill in the gaps with following words: foreign, secret, phrasebook, conversations, copied, learning, sitcom, geniuses, introvert

  1. Benny learns a few phrases from a travel __________ and goes to meet native speakers and starts ____________ having with them right away.
  2. I heard a hundred different approaches to ____________ languages.
  3. I love learning ___________ languages.
  4. It you are _________ , you can talk to yourself in the comfort of your room.
  5. Lidiya decided to watch "Friends," my favorite __________, in German.
  6. Lucas __________ messages and put it into a text window with another person.
  7. People wanted to know the ________ of polyglots.
  8. Polyglots are no __________ and they have no shortcut to learning languages.

Ex. 3 Correct the mistakes

  1. Lidiya like to learn a new language every five month.
  2. Benny doesn't mind making even 500 mistakes a day, because that's how he learns, based on the feedback.
  3. Lidiya met polyglots who always start by singing sounds of the language.
  4. Polyglots simply found ways to hate the language-learning process.
  5. When Lidiya was learning Spanish, she read “Friends”.

Ex. Answer the questions

  1. How many languages does Lidiya know?
  2. Where can you meet polyglots?
  3. How did Lucas learn Russian?
  4. What language did Lidiya learn by watching series?

 

 

Ex. 1 Listening to the text and fill in the gaps


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Ex. 2 Fill in the gaps with following words: foreign, secret, phrasebook, conversations, copied, learning, sitcom, geniuses, introvert

  1. Benny learns a few phrases from a travel __________ and goes to meet native speakers and starts ____________ having with them right away.
  2. I heard a hundred different approaches to ____________ languages.
  3. I love learning ___________ languages.
  4. It you are _________ , you can talk to yourself in the comfort of your room.
  5. Lidiya decided to watch "Friends," my favorite __________, in German.
  6. Lucas __________ messages and put it into a text window with another person.
  7. People wanted to know the ________ of polyglots.
  8. Polyglots are no __________ and they have no shortcut to learning languages.

Ex. 3 Correct the mistakes

  1. Lidiya like to learn a new language every five month.
  2. Benny doesn't mind making even 500 mistakes a day, because that's how he learns, based on the feedback.
  3. Lidiya met polyglots who always start by singing sounds of the language.
  4. Polyglots simply found ways to hate the language-learning process.
  5. When Lidiya was learning Spanish, she read “Friends”.

Ex. Answer the questions

  1. How many languages does Lidiya know?
  2. Where can you meet polyglots?
  3. How did Lucas learn Russian?
  4. What language did Lidiya learn by watching series?

 

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