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Steve's Language Learning Tips, Is Language Learning A Bit Like Fishing?

Is Language Learning A Bit Like Fishing?

Patience in language learning is like fishing. Hi there today I'm going to talk about something I've mentioned before, patience in language learning, and I'm going to use a comparison, sort of like a metaphor, and I'm going to say that language learning is like fishing.

Now, if you enjoy my videos, please subscribe. You can click on the bell to get notifications. And of course, I welcome you to come and join me at LingQ, which is where I learn languages. First of all, if you look at my statistics for the week, I'm sort of slowing down. I'm creating fewer new Known words. I probably won't reach my goal of 20000 Known words. On the positive side, I've had three discussions recently with Mohammed in Cairo and I just feel I'm doing a lot better.

And, you know, it's nice to, I might step it up here again, but it's nice to have that feeling that you're doing well. And in the end, it's how you feel about your language that matters. Doesn't matter whether other people point out inadequacies. If you feel more comfortable, I feel more comfortable. I understand more. I can say more. I'm happy and I will continue until the end of November. One other thing, Expo Lingua, which normally happens in Berlin around this time of year, a language conference, international language conference, mostly in German, their conference is going to be online. (German)

So I leave a link to the conference in the description box. And it's the 18th to the 21st of November. It's all online, it's mostly in German. I look forward to seeing you there. And now let's get back to my main discussion.

So I was thinking about this this morning. I like to study languages in the morning, I get a sense of pleasure just going through text now in Arabic, seeing more and more on my iPad, there's more and more white words. There's fewer and fewer new words, now that I can go through chunks of the text listening to the original audio, you know, from these podcasts, I read the English translation that Google provides and I listen to the Arabic and I can sort of follow connect the words to what I'm reading.

Then I go through the text and I pick off, you know, the words that I still don't know and some of the words that are yellow that I've looked at before. But I've forgotten and I enjoy doing this. It's like fun. And I'm doing it early in the morning. And it reminded me of my friend who lives in Calgary and the sort of during the fly fishing season. He likes to get up at 5:00 in the morning and go fishing on the Bow River, which flows through Calgary and which is meant to be one of the best fly fishing rivers in the world.

Or so people in Calgary like to say. But, you know, it made me realize and of course, his fishing is catch and release, and that's the nature of learning words. We learn a word and then we throw it back into the pile of words that we actually still don't know, except in languages we end up eventually keeping the fish, whereas in fly fishing, they release the fish and catch another fish. I don't particularly enjoy fishing.

But to be a fisherman, you have to enjoy the process of fishing, you can't be there saying, geez, like, you know, why haven't I got a fish? I'm in a hurry to catch a fish. It's the same when we learn languages. We can't be saying, geez, why am I not doing better? How quickly can I, you know, learn this language so I can speak it? We have to have this sense of enjoyment,

patience enjoy the process. And unlike and in fishing, if you're not fly fishing on the Bow River, the chances are you are going to eventually catch some fish. I have been fishing I've been fishing in, you know, on Vancouver Island, Campbell River, Port Alberini and out at 4:30/5 five in the morning and just watching all the birds and the wildlife and the forests and not really caring about whether I catch a fish or not. I guess some of the keener fishermen are very keen to catch fish.

I'm not. I've been on Slave Lake where there's lots of fish. You just put your line down, you pull up a fish pike or pickerel or whatever it is. But the thing about fishing is that it's, you know, fishing is sort of universally popular. Not that everyone likes fishing. I'm not a big fisherman, but in every country of the world, people enjoy fishing. So it's a very popular thing to do. People enjoy it because they can sit there by the stream or you can travel, you can go fishing in Argentina, you can go fishing in Japan, you can travel the world fishing.

So again, it makes it a bit like language learning in that it brings us into, you know, beautiful scenery, different countries. And the same way language learning brings us to interesting subject matter, enables us to discover new cultures. And if we enjoy the process, you will stay with it, will want to do it again, will gradually catch fish. We may have to return some of the fish, but we'll eventually get some fish. We may eat that fish.

It's delicious. It can be delicious, can be prepared in different ways. So, you know, I just thought of this like, sitting there this morning doing my, enjoying the process. I don't know how much I'm progressing in my Arabic in terms of speaking. I don't know that I speak much better than I did before. I will have sort of an exit video here after my 90-Day Challenge in Arabic. And you can judge. Probably don't speak much better, certainly understand much better.

And I enjoy the process. I'm not impatient. And I think this is the attitude of a good fisherman. Patient, skilled, good preparation, you know, making sure they select the right bait. So we have to find the right bait, the right content, things of interest to us so that we get engaged with the language. Fisherman wants to fish. If The fisherman doesn't want to fish, he's not going to catch any fish. Similarly, in language, we have to want to learn, but we should really do it with patience and enjoy the process.

So there you have it. A bit of a metaphorical discussion comparing the joys of fishing with the joys of language learning. I look forward to hearing your comments. Bye.


Is Language Learning A Bit Like Fishing? Ist Sprachenlernen ein bisschen wie Angeln? ¿Se parece el aprendizaje de idiomas a la pesca? L'apprentissage des langues est-il un peu comme la pêche ? L'apprendimento delle lingue è un po' come la pesca? 語学学習は釣りに似ている? 언어 학습도 낚시와 비슷하나요? Aprender línguas é um pouco como pescar? Похоже ли изучение иностранных языков на рыбалку? Dil Öğrenimi Biraz Balık Tutmaya Benzer mi? Вивчення мови схоже на риболовлю? 语言学习有点像钓鱼吗? 語言學習有點像釣魚嗎?

Patience in language learning is like fishing. Patience in language learning is like fishing. Hi there today I'm going to talk about something I've mentioned before, patience in language learning, and I'm going to use a comparison, sort of like a metaphor, and I'm going to say that language learning is like fishing. Hi there today I'm going to talk about something I've mentioned before, patience in language learning, and I'm going to use a comparison, sort of like a metaphor, and I'm going to say that language learning is like fishing.

Now, if you enjoy my videos, please subscribe. You can click on the bell to get notifications. And of course, I welcome you to come and join me at LingQ, which is where I learn languages. First of all, if you look at my statistics for the week, I'm sort of slowing down. I'm creating fewer new Known words. I probably won't reach my goal of 20000 Known words. On the positive side, I've had three discussions recently with Mohammed in Cairo and I just feel I'm doing a lot better.

And, you know, it's nice to, I might step it up here again, but it's nice to have that feeling that you're doing well. 而且,您知道,这很高兴,我可能会再加一点,但是很高兴您感觉很好。 And in the end, it's how you feel about your language that matters. Doesn't matter whether other people point out inadequacies. If you feel more comfortable, I feel more comfortable. I understand more. I can say more. I'm happy and I will continue until the end of November. One other thing, Expo Lingua, which normally happens in Berlin around this time of year, a language conference, international language conference, mostly in German, their conference is going to be online. (German)

So I leave a link to the conference in the description box. And it's the 18th to the 21st of November. It's all online, it's mostly in German. I look forward to seeing you there. And now let's get back to my main discussion. En laten we nu teruggaan naar mijn belangrijkste discussie.

So I was thinking about this this morning. I like to study languages in the morning, I get a sense of pleasure just going through text now in Arabic, seeing more and more on my iPad, there's more and more white words. There's fewer and fewer new words, now that I can go through chunks of the text listening to the original audio, you know, from these podcasts, I read the English translation that Google provides and I listen to the Arabic and I can sort of follow connect the words to what I'm reading.

Then I go through the text and I pick off, you know, the words that I still don't know and some of the words that are yellow that I've looked at before. Dan ga ik door de tekst en ik pik er, je weet wel, de woorden uit die ik nog steeds niet ken en enkele van de woorden die geel zijn waar ik eerder naar heb gekeken. But I've forgotten and I enjoy doing this. It's like fun. And I'm doing it early in the morning. And it reminded me of my friend who lives in Calgary and the sort of during the fly fishing season. Und es erinnerte mich an meinen Freund, der in Calgary lebt, und an die Art während der Fliegenfischersaison. He likes to get up at 5:00 in the morning and go fishing on the Bow River, which flows through Calgary and which is meant to be one of the best fly fishing rivers in the world.

Or so people in Calgary like to say. 卡尔加里的人们都喜欢这样说。 But, you know, it made me realize and of course, his fishing is catch and release, and that's the nature of learning words. We learn a word and then we throw it back into the pile of words that we actually still don't know, except in languages we end up eventually keeping the fish, whereas in fly fishing, they release the fish and catch another fish. 私たちは単語を学び、それを実際にはまだわからない単語の山に戻します。ただし、言語では最終的に魚を飼うことになりますが、フライフィッシングでは魚を放して別の魚を捕まえます。 I don't particularly enjoy fishing. 私は特に釣りが好きではありません。

But to be a fisherman, you have to enjoy the process of fishing, you can't be there saying, geez, like, you know, why haven't I got a fish? I'm in a hurry to catch a fish. It's the same when we learn languages. We can't be saying, geez, why am I not doing better? How quickly can I, you know, learn this language so I can speak it? We have to have this sense of enjoyment,

patience enjoy the process. And unlike and in fishing, if you're not fly fishing on the Bow River, the chances are you are going to eventually catch some fish. I have been fishing I've been fishing in, you know, on Vancouver Island, Campbell River, Port Alberini and out at 4:30/5 five in the morning and just watching all the birds and the wildlife and the forests and not really caring about whether I catch a fish or not. I guess some of the keener fishermen are very keen to catch fish. Ich denke, einige der scharfsinnigeren Fischer sind sehr daran interessiert, Fische zu fangen.

I'm not. I've been on Slave Lake where there's lots of fish. You just put your line down, you pull up a fish pike or pickerel or whatever it is. Je legt gewoon je lijn neer, je trekt een snoek of een snoek omhoog of wat het ook is. But the thing about fishing is that it's, you know, fishing is sort of universally popular. Not that everyone likes fishing. I'm not a big fisherman, but in every country of the world, people enjoy fishing. So it's a very popular thing to do. People enjoy it because they can sit there by the stream or you can travel, you can go fishing in Argentina, you can go fishing in Japan, you can travel the world fishing.

So again, it makes it a bit like language learning in that it brings us into, you know, beautiful scenery, different countries. And the same way language learning brings us to interesting subject matter, enables us to discover new cultures. And if we enjoy the process, you will stay with it, will want to do it again, will gradually catch fish. We may have to return some of the fish, but we'll eventually get some fish. We may eat that fish.

It's delicious. It can be delicious, can be prepared in different ways. So, you know, I just thought of this like, sitting there this morning doing my, enjoying the process. I don't know how much I'm progressing in my Arabic in terms of speaking. I don't know that I speak much better than I did before. I will have sort of an exit video here after my 90-Day Challenge in Arabic. アラビア語での90日間のチャレンジの後、ここにある種の終了ビデオがあります。 在我的阿拉伯语 90 天挑战赛结束后,我将在这里放一段退出视频。 And you can judge. そして、あなたは判断することができます。 Probably don't speak much better, certainly understand much better. おそらくあまり上手に話さないでください、確かにもっとよく理解してください。

And I enjoy the process. I'm not impatient. And I think this is the attitude of a good fisherman. Patient, skilled, good preparation, you know, making sure they select the right bait. So we have to find the right bait, the right content, things of interest to us so that we get engaged with the language. Fisherman wants to fish. If The fisherman doesn't want to fish, he's not going to catch any fish. Similarly, in language, we have to want to learn, but we should really do it with patience and enjoy the process.

So there you have it. A bit of a metaphorical discussion comparing the joys of fishing with the joys of language learning. I look forward to hearing your comments. Bye.