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Steve's Language Learning Tips, Do Your Emotions Affect Your Success in Learning a New Language?

Do Your Emotions Affect Your Success in Learning a New Language?

Europe was still in the Dark Ages.

Hi, Steve Kaufmann here again, and today I wanna talk about what I call

the magic of language learning, the emotional side of language learning.

Now, if you enjoy these videos, please subscribe.

Click on the bell for notifications, and if you follow me on a podcast

service, please leave a comment.

I do appreciate it.

So, you know, in my previous video I talked about how important

it was to reward ourselves.

For every little thing you do, every time you are able to do something

in the language, reward yourself.

But there's another aspect to rewarding yourself, and that is to

indulge in those things that make the language interesting to you.

And even if you are not doing these things in the target language, if you

are cultivating that interest, if you are cultivating the magic, you are

going to motivate yourself to learn the language, and I wanna talk about

some examples from my own experience.

So first of all, when I started learning French, I had a professor

who made French culture French civilization, very interesting to me.

As a result, I started watching French movies.

Prior to that, I wasn't interested in French, even though we had it

at school and so I couldn't speak.

And then when I followed my interests In French movies, French...

everything to do with France, and eventually ended up going

to France, that spurred me on.

The same with Chinese.

I got very interested in basically the modern history of China, the twenties

and thirties as China struggled, sort of coming into contact with Western

civilization, Western imperialists.

Uh, a very proud and, and old culture having to face certain new realities.

That whole romance of that period motivated me to learn, uh, Chinese and

I can go on and on with other examples.

Russian, when I watched ... a movie, a Russian movie from the 19th century.

Uh, it conjures up this romantic image may not be an accurate

reflection of what Russia is or was, but it's part of what motivated me.

It becomes the, the sort of magic, the emotions, because

emotions are very important.

We know from cognitive science research that when we learn something, if the

brain sees things that are new and meaningful to the brain, the brain is

more likely to remember those things.

And so that emotional side, that emotional connection is important.

I find that if I listen to something in the target language and I enjoy,

I like the voice, I enjoy the subject matter I'm more likely to remember,

I'm more, more likely to learn from it.

Another example is my current experience with, uh, Persian,

Turkish, Arabic, that, you know, central Asia, middle Eastern world.

So in addition to what I do on LingQ where I study and I explore some

of the great content that we have, for example, in Turkish and in, in

Persian, that Sahra has prepared for me on Iranian history and so forth.

I also indulge my interest by reading in English.

Uh, so I wanted to show you some examples.

So here's a book for example about Selim, who was one of the great emperors of

the Ottoman Empire and how he, you know, killed his brothers and fought to gain the

throne and what he did with the throne.

I just started into the book and it is fascinating, uh, and it conjures

up that Turkish world, the Turkey connecting with the Safavid, the Shiite,

uh, forces in, uh, next door, Iran.

All of that is part of that Turkish/Iranian world.

And as I get into that, of course I get into the whole

magic again of Central Asia.

Central Asia a thousand years ago was a major center of world learning.

We sometimes forget that, uh, at a time when, uh, Europe was still in the Dark

Ages, there were scientists in Central Asia who were measuring the stars

and, you know, the orbits of, of , you know, planets and this kind of thing.

Uh, and their language was Persian.

In fact, here's another book.

I, I, I tend to go buy books because I, I want to indulge my interest

because that then motivates me to work harder on my Persian, my Turkish,

my Arabic, um, The Persianate World.

Um, one that I started into, by the way, is The Lost Enlightenment, which

again, deals with very specifically this Central Asia Bohara, uh, Samarkand

center of learning for quite a few hundred years, which contributed to

the modern world as we now know it.

All of that is a bit of a digression and a distraction, but I don't

begrudge myself the time that I spend reading in English about all of these

things because it motivates me in my learning of these languages and

my discovery, uh, of these cultures.

Because inevitably when we learn the language, we discover culture.

We discover new areas that previously were perhaps a collection of

stereotypes come alive for us.

So I suggest you do indulge your interests, whatever they may be.

It might be Anime in the case of Japanese, or K-Pop in the case of

Korean, whatever those interests are.

Or if you wanna watch a movie with, you know, subtitles in your own language,

even if you don't understand much.

This was the case when I started into Russian.

It's, um, it's, it may not do that much for your language learning, but it is

stimulating, it triggers that interest and that's so important in language learning.

And I did do, uh, a couple of videos one 13 years ago, one nine

years ago on the importance of our emotions in language learning.

So I suggest you have a look at those as well.

Thank you for listening.

Bye for now.


Do Your Emotions Affect Your Success in Learning a New Language? Beeinflussen Ihre Emotionen Ihren Erfolg beim Erlernen einer neuen Sprache? Do Your Emotions Affect Your Success in Learning a New Language? ¿Afectan las emociones al éxito en el aprendizaje de un nuevo idioma? Vos émotions influencent-elles votre réussite dans l'apprentissage d'une nouvelle langue ? Le emozioni influiscono sul successo nell'apprendimento di una nuova lingua? 感情は新しい言語学習の成功に影響するか? As suas emoções afectam o seu sucesso na aprendizagem de uma nova língua? Влияют ли ваши эмоции на ваш успех в изучении нового языка? Duygularınız Yeni Bir Dil Öğrenmedeki Başarınızı Etkiliyor mu? Чи впливають ваші емоції на успіх у вивченні нової мови? 您的情绪会影响您成功学习一门新语言吗?

Europe was still in the Dark Ages. ヨーロッパはまだ暗黒時代でした。

Hi, Steve Kaufmann here again, and today I wanna talk about what I call Hi, Steve Kaufmann here again, and today I wanna talk about what I call

the magic of language learning, the emotional side of language learning.

Now, if you enjoy these videos, please subscribe.

Click on the bell for notifications, and if you follow me on a podcast

service, please leave a comment.

I do appreciate it.

So, you know, in my previous video I talked about how important

it was to reward ourselves.

For every little thing you do, every time you are able to do something

in the language, reward yourself.

But there's another aspect to rewarding yourself, and that is to But there's another aspect to rewarding yourself, and that is to

indulge in those things that make the language interesting to you.

And even if you are not doing these things in the target language, if you

are cultivating that interest, if you are cultivating the magic, you are

going to motivate yourself to learn the language, and I wanna talk about

some examples from my own experience.

So first of all, when I started learning French, I had a professor

who made French culture French civilization, very interesting to me. フランス文化をフランス文明にした人、私にとって非常に興味深いものです。

As a result, I started watching French movies.

Prior to that, I wasn't interested in French, even though we had it

at school and so I couldn't speak.

And then when I followed my interests In French movies, French...

everything to do with France, and eventually ended up going

to France, that spurred me on.

The same with Chinese.

I got very interested in basically the modern history of China, the twenties

and thirties as China struggled, sort of coming into contact with Western

civilization, Western imperialists.

Uh, a very proud and, and old culture having to face certain new realities.

That whole romance of that period motivated me to learn, uh, Chinese and その時代のロマンス全体が、中国語と

I can go on and on with other examples.

Russian, when I watched ... a movie, a Russian movie from the 19th century.

Uh, it conjures up this romantic image may not be an accurate うーん、それはこのロマンチックなイメージを思い起こさせますが、正確ではないかもしれません

reflection of what Russia is or was, but it's part of what motivated me. ロシアが何であるか、またはあったかを反映していますが、それは私を動機づけたものの一部です.

It becomes the, the sort of magic, the emotions, because

emotions are very important.

We know from cognitive science research that when we learn something, if the

brain sees things that are new and meaningful to the brain, the brain is 脳は、脳にとって新しくて意味のあるものを見ます。

more likely to remember those things. それらのことを覚えている可能性が高くなります。

And so that emotional side, that emotional connection is important.

I find that if I listen to something in the target language and I enjoy,

I like the voice, I enjoy the subject matter I'm more likely to remember,

I'm more, more likely to learn from it.

Another example is my current experience with, uh, Persian,

Turkish, Arabic, that, you know, central Asia, middle Eastern world.

So in addition to what I do on LingQ where I study and I explore some

of the great content that we have, for example, in Turkish and in, in

Persian, that Sahra has prepared for me on Iranian history and so forth.

I also indulge my interest by reading in English.

Uh, so I wanted to show you some examples.

So here's a book for example about Selim, who was one of the great emperors of

the Ottoman Empire and how he, you know, killed his brothers and fought to gain the

throne and what he did with the throne.

I just started into the book and it is fascinating, uh, and it conjures

up that Turkish world, the Turkey connecting with the Safavid, the Shiite,

uh, forces in, uh, next door, Iran. ええと、軍隊が、ええと、隣のイランにいます。

All of that is part of that Turkish/Iranian world.

And as I get into that, of course I get into the whole

magic again of Central Asia.

Central Asia a thousand years ago was a major center of world learning.

We sometimes forget that, uh, at a time when, uh, Europe was still in the Dark

Ages, there were scientists in Central Asia who were measuring the stars

and, you know, the orbits of, of , you know, planets and this kind of thing.

Uh, and their language was Persian.

In fact, here's another book.

I, I, I tend to go buy books because I, I want to indulge my interest

because that then motivates me to work harder on my Persian, my Turkish,

my Arabic, um, The Persianate World. 私のアラビア語、ええと、ペルシア語の世界。

Um, one that I started into, by the way, is The Lost Enlightenment, which

again, deals with very specifically this Central Asia Bohara, uh, Samarkand

center of learning for quite a few hundred years, which contributed to 数百年にわたる学習の中心地であり、

the modern world as we now know it.

All of that is a bit of a digression and a distraction, but I don't

begrudge myself the time that I spend reading in English about all of these

things because it motivates me in my learning of these languages and

my discovery, uh, of these cultures.

Because inevitably when we learn the language, we discover culture.

We discover new areas that previously were perhaps a collection of 以前はおそらく集合体だった新しい領域を発見します

stereotypes come alive for us.

So I suggest you do indulge your interests, whatever they may be. ですから、興味が何であれ、興味をそそることをお勧めします。

It might be Anime in the case of Japanese, or K-Pop in the case of

Korean, whatever those interests are.

Or if you wanna watch a movie with, you know, subtitles in your own language,

even if you don't understand much.

This was the case when I started into Russian.

It's, um, it's, it may not do that much for your language learning, but it is

stimulating, it triggers that interest and that's so important in language learning.

And I did do, uh, a couple of videos one 13 years ago, one nine

years ago on the importance of our emotions in language learning.

So I suggest you have a look at those as well. ですので、こちらも合わせてご覧になることをお勧めします。

Thank you for listening.

Bye for now.