Language Learning Progress Videos: Why They're a Great Idea
Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I want to talk about progress videos, how they can be an important part of your language learning strategy. Remember if you enjoy these videos, please subscribe click on the bell for notifications. If you're listening to this on a podcast, uh, please leave a review. Okay.
So what do I mean by progress videos? Uh, I'm about to do one by the way. It's, uh, I think four or five minutes of me speaking, in fact I have done it. It's four or five minutes of me speaking in Persian, in Farsi, uh, you know that I'm on a 90-Day Challenge, half Arabic, half Persian. I want to improve my level in these languages.
So I've done a video where I speak in Persian. I speak about my experience of learning Persian, what I've been doing to learn Persian. What has helped me to learn Persian. So this then becomes a record of where I am on that date, roughly at the midpoint of my 90-Day Challenge. I'm going to put this up on YouTube.
People will look it. As is usually the case some people will say, that's very nice. Some people will criticize. Some people will say you just read it. And a whole range of reactions, most of the reactions are very encouraging, which is the way it should be. But the big thing about a progress video is you, it's a, it's an opportunity for you to sort of take a snapshot of where you are at a particular point in time.
And I've often felt that, um, maybe even at LingQ we should have, like everyone should have a portfolio where they can have things they have written. Obviously we have the statistics of how many words you've learned and LingQs you've saved and stuff, but also regular milestones of each learner speaking in the language they're learning: two minutes, one minute, three minutes, five minutes, either a monologue or speaking with someone else.
And so over time, this then becomes a record of who you are in that language. Um, to some extent my, uh, tutor reports are a record because I can go back six months, 12 months. I can do that in Arabic. I can do it in Persian now, or going back to Turkish or any other language where I've had a tutor. And I can look at my, uh, tutor report, which the tutors have usually recorded for me.
And I can recollect again where I was at that point in time in my learning. But uh, now creating this sort of, um, video record of, of where I am my progress, uh, I think it's very valuable and it has a number of advantages. First of all, in order to produce a three or five minute video speaking, uh, it forces you to concentrate.
And then obviously you're going to look at what you said, and you're going to discover, you're going to see without anyone pointing them out, all the mistakes. So it is a very good way of becoming aware of where your shortcomings are, so that you can then work on them. Uh, you'll get comments from other people which may also be important.
But I think... the main thing is that you get to focus in on where you are in the language. And so I would like to encourage other people to do this. But talk specifically, talk about what you have been doing in the language, what has worked for you, but do it in your target language. And I'd be quite happy to look at these, uh, comment on them.
I've... depending on how many we get, I may not be able to comment on all of them. Uh, obviously I'm particularly interested in people who are using LingQ, uh, to learn a language and to hear from them in their language, uh, what their experience has been, sorry, in their... in the language they are learning, to hear what their experience has been.
Um, yeah, I think, and, and of course, uh, just as I put this on YouTube, which is a, a form of social media and I will tweet it out, uh, people may want to, uh, post these progress videos on their various, you know, social media outlets because, well, we learned for ourselves language learning is such a rewarding thing to do.
It's something that we also want to share with other people. So again, I'd be interested in people's reactions to this idea of regular progress videos, uh, as, uh, all of us in our own way, uh, are engaged in this a rewarding journey of learning other languages now. So I will leave you with my progress video, uh, in Persian and I look forward to seeing you, uh, uh, come back to me with where you have done progress videos and where they can be found. So thank you for listening. And, uh, I look forward to seeing those progress videos, and now here's some Persian and don't be too hard on me because this is unrehearsed and I'm just letting it all hang out.
Bye. For now.