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How to Learn a Language the LAZY Way

Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I want to talk about habits, habits of a lazy language learner. Remember if you enjoy these videos, please subscribe, click on the bell for notifications. Yeah, I want to talk about my language learning style now. Uh, and what I would call being a lazy language learner, which doesn't necessarily mean that you aren't being a successful language learner.

It just means that you're being lazy the way I'm being lazy. And so there are seven habits I think that we need to acquire if we're going to be effective, successful, lazy language learners, the first is to set low goals. Okay, so on my 90-Day Challenge, I've set my goal for creating LingQs at 13 for Arabic and 13 for Persian.

And there was a time when I was trying to do a hundred new LingQs in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. It was simply too much. Um, so I've changed my style. Now I set low goals. Now I regularly exceed these goals if I look at my statistics, but the low goal just gets me going. I don't see, you know that I, I don't feel any great burden or obligation I just get started.

And once I'm launched, I'll generally, you know, exceed my goals. But my first habit therefore, is to set low goals. Now I have a bit of a cheat sheet here and I'm going to make sure I don't forget. The second thing is don't compete with others. I'm not competing with other people. Uh, in my challenge, I'm not comparing myself to others.

Some people are going faster. I see that I'm ranked 1,572 on my streak. That's fine. Uh, some people are going to pronounce better. Some people are going to learn faster, slower, whatever. It doesn't matter, I'm learning it for myself. So I'm not competing. It reduces the stress level. Anything that reduces the stress level makes learning more enjoyable, makes learning more effective.

The next thing is to be a lazy language you've got to go with the flow, do things that you want to do. For example, uh, I'm on my Arabic and Persian challenge, but lo and behold, my wife starts watching a Danish series on Netflix and I love listening to Danish and there's lots of words I don't understand.

So I say, I'm going to do a bit of Danish. So I spent a day out of my week or more listening to the mini stories in Danish, uh, Hans Christian Anderson stories in Danish, uh, saving a bunch of Danish words. So that I have some sense of some of these words that I hear in this, uh, TV series called The Sea View Hotel that I don't understand.

And now I understand that a lot better. Uh, similarly I started watching an Egyptian movie for fun. So follow your wishes. And I guess that ties into the fourth habit of a lazy language learning learner, and that is treat language learning as a form of entertainment. Okay, and include entertainment. So obviously, when I watched the Danish series, I understand a lot of it.

And by doing a little work on LingQ, I understand a lot more, uh, with the movies, the Egyptian movies, I'm speaking with my tutor or at least we're going over the mini stories in Egyptian Arabic, which is different from standard Arabic. And my hope is that I'll understand Egyptian movies better, but watching an Egyptian movie, like the movie I saw, I think it's called, uh, Asmaa uh, about a woman who has AIDS in Egypt.

I can enjoy the movie. I get the... I hear the language. I don't really understand much of it, but it's a form of entertainment. It brings me into the culture, language learning is... should be entertainment as well. It shouldn't just be routine and drills and that kind of thing. So allow yourself to be entertained.

Um, another thing about being a lazy language learner is I don't prepare for my sessions with my tutor. I don't prepare, I just show up, um, with Mohammed and Egyptian Arabic, we just open up a mini story, I read a bit of it. Then maybe we have some questions on it. Then we fade into a discussion of something else.

In Egyptian Arabic or in Standard Arabic more, if we're free conversation, it's more Standard Arabic than Egyptian Arabic. I struggle in both, but I don't prepare. I just show up and, and again, whatever exposure I get, whatever I'm doing with the language, engaging with the language during that hour with Mohammed is all to the good.

So no need to get hung up about preparing for the session, lazy language learner, you just show up one-on-one and benefit. Another important... number six habit of a lazy language learner is when you're tired of doing something, go and do something else. Introduce is a lot of variety. As long as you are engaging with the language you are achieving something.

So you're tired of listening, go do more reading. I sometimes feel I have to push myself a little bit on the reading because I think the reading is, is essential to acquiring vocabulary. Uh, obviously the listening is easier to do while I'm doing other chores, um, but uh, introduce movies and switch from one language to another, uh, introduce variety around it.

Keeps it interesting. You have less of a sense that you're constantly sort of pounding on the same door. Variety keeps things interesting. Enables you to be a lazy language or, and the final seventh habit of a lazy language learner is in a way don't measure yourself. Don't compare yourself to what you did before or where you would like to be, or what other people do don't measure.

Accept the fact that the process is success. Success is the fact that you are engaging with the language, accept the fact that whatever you're doing as a lazy language learner, it is helping you. It is helping the brain get used to the language. Some days you would like to be better. Some days you're better than you thought you were.

Uh, sometimes you feel you have achieved a lot over the last three months. Some days you feel you're treading water. It doesn't matter. The fact that you are engaging with the language is in itself success. The fact that you are enjoying the process, the fact that you are continuing to get involved with the language, listening, reading, watching movies, speaking, whenever you're doing that is that that makes you successful because you're continuing to do it.

And if you continue to do it, and if you enjoy the process, even as a lazy language learner, you will reach your goals faster than, in my opinion, forcing yourself to do things that you don't want to do. So there you have the seven habits of a lazy language learner, which I consider myself to be. Although I do spend a lot of time with my languages.

Bye for now.


How to Learn a Language the LAZY Way Wie man eine Sprache auf die faule Art lernt

Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I want to talk about habits, habits of a lazy language learner. Remember if you enjoy these videos, please subscribe, click on the bell for notifications. Yeah, I want to talk about my language learning style now. Uh, and what I would call being a lazy language learner, which doesn't necessarily mean that you aren't being a successful language learner. Uh, y lo que yo llamaría ser un estudiante de idiomas perezoso, lo que no significa necesariamente que no estés siendo un estudiante de idiomas exitoso. Uh, e o que eu chamaria de ser um aprendiz de idiomas preguiçoso, o que não significa necessariamente que você não está sendo um aprendiz de idiomas bem-sucedido.

It just means that you're being lazy the way I'm being lazy. Es bedeutet nur, dass du genauso faul bist wie ich. Solo significa que estás siendo flojo de la misma manera que yo estoy siendo flojo. Significa apenas que você está sendo preguiçoso do jeito que eu estou sendo preguiçoso. And so there are seven habits I think that we need to acquire if we're going to be effective, successful, lazy language learners, the first is to set low goals. E, portanto, há sete hábitos que acho que precisamos adquirir se quisermos ser aprendizes de idiomas eficazes, bem-sucedidos e preguiçosos. O primeiro é estabelecer metas baixas. Okay, so on my 90-Day Challenge, I've set my goal for creating LingQs at 13 for Arabic and 13 for Persian. Okay, bei meiner 90-Tage-Challenge habe ich mir als Ziel für die Erstellung von LingQs 13 für Arabisch und 13 für Persisch gesetzt. Bien, en mi Desafío de 90 días, fijé mi objetivo para crear LingQ en 13 para árabe y 13 para persa.

And there was a time when I was trying to do a hundred new LingQs in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. Und es gab eine Zeit, in der ich versuchte, hundert neue LingQs auf Arabisch, Persisch und Türkisch zu machen. It was simply too much. Um, so I've changed my style. Now I set low goals. Now I regularly exceed these goals if I look at my statistics, but the low goal just gets me going. Jetzt übertreffe ich diese Ziele regelmäßig, wenn ich mir meine Statistiken ansehe, aber das niedrige Ziel bringt mich einfach in Fahrt. I don't see, you know that I, I don't feel any great burden or obligation I just get started. Ich sehe nicht, du weißt, dass ich, ich fühle keine große Last oder Verpflichtung, ich fange einfach an. No veo, sabes que yo, no siento ninguna gran carga ni obligación, solo empiezo.

And once I'm launched, I'll generally, you know, exceed my goals. Und sobald ich gestartet bin, werde ich im Allgemeinen meine Ziele übertreffen. But my first habit therefore, is to set low goals. Now I have a bit of a cheat sheet here and I'm going to make sure I don't forget. Jetzt habe ich hier eine Art Spickzettel und werde sicherstellen, dass ich es nicht vergesse. Ahora tengo una pequeña hoja de trucos aquí y me aseguraré de no olvidarla. The second thing is don't compete with others. Die zweite Sache ist, nicht mit anderen zu konkurrieren. I'm not competing with other people. Uh, in my challenge, I'm not comparing myself to others.

Some people are going faster. I see that I'm ranked 1,572 on my streak. Ik zie dat ik op de ranglijst van 1.572 sta op mijn streak. That's fine. Uh, some people are going to pronounce better. Uh, manche Leute werden sich besser aussprechen. Some people are going to learn faster, slower, whatever. It doesn't matter, I'm learning it for myself. So I'm not competing. It reduces the stress level. Anything that reduces the stress level makes learning more enjoyable, makes learning more effective.

The next thing is to be a lazy language you've got to go with the flow, do things that you want to do. Das nächste ist, eine faule Sprache zu sein, man muss mit dem Strom schwimmen, Dinge tun, die man tun möchte. Lo siguiente es ser un lenguaje perezoso, tienes que ir con la corriente, hacer las cosas que quieres hacer. For example, uh, I'm on my Arabic and Persian challenge, but lo and behold, my wife starts watching a Danish series on Netflix and I love listening to Danish and there's lots of words I don't understand.

So I say, I'm going to do a bit of Danish. So I spent a day out of my week or more listening to the mini stories in Danish, uh, Hans Christian Anderson stories in Danish, uh, saving a bunch of Danish words. So that I have some sense of some of these words that I hear in this, uh, TV series called The Sea View Hotel that I don't understand.

And now I understand that a lot better. Uh, similarly I started watching an Egyptian movie for fun. So follow your wishes. And I guess that ties into the fourth habit of a lazy language learning learner, and that is treat language learning as a form of entertainment. Und ich denke, das hängt mit der vierten Gewohnheit eines faulen Sprachenlernens zusammen, und das ist, das Sprachenlernen als eine Form der Unterhaltung zu betrachten. En ik denk dat dat aansluit bij de vierde gewoonte van een luie taalleerder, en dat is om het leren van talen te beschouwen als een vorm van entertainment. Okay, and include entertainment. So obviously, when I watched the Danish series, I understand a lot of it.

And by doing a little work on LingQ, I understand a lot more, uh, with the movies, the Egyptian movies, I'm speaking with my tutor or at least we're going over the mini stories in Egyptian Arabic, which is different from standard Arabic. Y al hacer un poco de trabajo en LingQ, entiendo mucho más, eh, con las películas, las películas egipcias, estoy hablando con mi tutor o al menos estamos repasando las mini historias en árabe egipcio, que es diferente. del árabe estándar. And my hope is that I'll understand Egyptian movies better, but watching an Egyptian movie, like the movie I saw, I think it's called, uh, Asmaa uh, about a woman who has AIDS in Egypt.

I can enjoy the movie. I get the... I hear the language. I don't really understand much of it, but it's a form of entertainment. It brings me into the culture, language learning is... should be entertainment as well. It shouldn't just be routine and drills and that kind of thing. No debería ser solo rutina y ejercicios y ese tipo de cosas. So allow yourself to be entertained. Lassen Sie sich also unterhalten.

Um, another thing about being a lazy language learner is I don't prepare for my sessions with my tutor. I don't prepare, I just show up, um, with Mohammed and Egyptian Arabic, we just open up a mini story, I read a bit of it. Then maybe we have some questions on it. Then we fade into a discussion of something else. Dann blenden wir in eine Diskussion über etwas anderes ein. Luego nos desvanecemos en una discusión de otra cosa.

In Egyptian Arabic or in Standard Arabic more, if we're free conversation, it's more Standard Arabic than Egyptian Arabic. I struggle in both, but I don't prepare. I just show up and, and again, whatever exposure I get, whatever I'm doing with the language, engaging with the language during that hour with Mohammed is all to the good. Simplemente aparezco y, una vez más, sea cual sea la exposición que tenga, lo que sea que esté haciendo con el idioma, comprometerme con el idioma durante esa hora con Mohammed es todo para bien.

So no need to get hung up about preparing for the session, lazy language learner, you just show up one-on-one and benefit. Sie müssen sich also nicht mit der Vorbereitung auf die Sitzung aufhalten, fauler Sprachenlerner, Sie kommen einfach einzeln und profitieren. Así que no hay necesidad de obsesionarse con la preparación de la sesión, estudiante de idiomas perezoso, solo aparece uno a uno y se beneficia. だから、セッションの準備に夢中になる必要はありません、怠惰な言語学習者、あなたはただ一対一で現れて利益を得るだけです。 Dus je hoeft niet vast te zitten aan de voorbereiding van de sessie, luie taalleerder, je komt gewoon één-op-één opdagen en profiteert ervan. Another important... number six habit of a lazy language learner is when you're tired of doing something, go and do something else. もう1つの重要な...怠惰な言語学習者の6番目の習慣は、何かをするのにうんざりしているとき、行って何か他のことをすることです。 Introduce is a lot of variety. Einführung ist eine Menge Abwechslung. 紹介はバラエティに富んでいます。 As long as you are engaging with the language you are achieving something. あなたがその言語に従事している限り、あなたは何かを達成しています。

So you're tired of listening, go do more reading. だからあなたは聞くのにうんざりしているので、もっと読んでください。 I sometimes feel I have to push myself a little bit on the reading because I think the reading is, is essential to acquiring vocabulary. 語彙を習得するためにはリーディングが不可欠だと思うので、リーディングに少し力を入れなければならないと感じることがあります。 Uh, obviously the listening is easier to do while I'm doing other chores, um, but uh, introduce movies and switch from one language to another, uh, introduce variety around it. ええと、明らかに私が他の雑用をしている間は聞くのが簡単です、ええと、ええと、映画を紹介し、ある言語から別の言語に切り替えます、ええと、その周りの多様性を紹介します。

Keeps it interesting. それを面白く保ちます。 You have less of a sense that you're constantly sort of pounding on the same door. Sie haben weniger das Gefühl, ständig an dieselbe Tür zu klopfen. Tienes menos sensación de que estás constantemente golpeando la misma puerta. 同じドアを常にドキドキしているという感覚はあまりありません。 Variety keeps things interesting. 多様性は物事を面白く保ちます。 Enables you to be a lazy language or, and the final seventh habit of a lazy language learner is in a way don't measure yourself. Ermöglicht es Ihnen, eine faule Sprache zu sein oder, und die letzte siebte Gewohnheit eines faulen Sprachenlerners ist, sich selbst nicht zu messen. Te permite ser un idioma perezoso o, y el séptimo hábito final de un estudiante de idiomas perezoso es, en cierto modo, no medirte a ti mismo. あなたが怠惰な言語になることを可能にします、または怠惰な言語学習者の最後の7番目の習慣はある意味で自分自身を測定しないことです。 Don't compare yourself to what you did before or where you would like to be, or what other people do don't measure. 以前にしたことやなりたい場所、または他の人が測定していないことと自分自身を比較しないでください。

Accept the fact that the process is success. プロセスが成功しているという事実を受け入れます。 Success is the fact that you are engaging with the language, accept the fact that whatever you're doing as a lazy language learner, it is helping you. 成功とは、あなたがその言語に取り組んでいるという事実であり、怠惰な言語学習者として何をしていても、それがあなたを助けているという事実を受け入れます。 It is helping the brain get used to the language. それは脳が言語に慣れるのを助けています。 Some days you would like to be better. いつかあなたはもっと良くなりたいです。 Some days you're better than you thought you were. ある日、あなたはあなたが思っていたよりも良くなっています。

Uh, sometimes you feel you have achieved a lot over the last three months. ええと、過去3か月で多くのことを達成したと感じることがあります。 Some days you feel you're treading water. ある日、あなたはあなたが水を踏んでいると感じます。 It doesn't matter. Es spielt keine Rolle. 関係ありません。 The fact that you are engaging with the language is in itself success. あなたがその言語に従事しているという事実はそれ自体が成功です。 The fact that you are enjoying the process, the fact that you are continuing to get involved with the language, listening, reading, watching movies, speaking, whenever you're doing that is that that makes you successful because you're continuing to do it. あなたがプロセスを楽しんでいるという事実、あなたが言語に関与し続けているという事実、聞いている、読んでいる、映画を見ている、話す、それをしているときはいつでもそれはあなたがし続けているのであなたを成功させるということですそれ。

And if you continue to do it, and if you enjoy the process, even as a lazy language learner, you will reach your goals faster than, in my opinion, forcing yourself to do things that you don't want to do. そして、あなたがそれを続け、そしてあなたがそのプロセスを楽しんでいれば、怠惰な言語学習者としてさえ、あなたは私の意見では、あなたがしたくないことを自分自身に強制するよりも早くあなたの目標に到達するでしょう。 So there you have the seven habits of a lazy language learner, which I consider myself to be. だからあなたは怠惰な言語学習者の7つの習慣を持っています、それは私が自分自身であると思います。 Although I do spend a lot of time with my languages. 私は自分の言語で多くの時間を過ごしますが。

Bye for now. またね。