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Steve's Language Learning Tips, The 5 Stages of Enjoyment in Language Learning

The 5 Stages of Enjoyment in Language Learning

Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here, and today I'm going to talk about the

most important thing in language learning, and that is enjoyment.

Enjoyment is not only the goal of language learning, enjoyment is how you

manage to succeed in language learning.

And I'm gonna talk about the five stages of enjoyment because after all, as

we go through learning the language, we are in different stages of either

we're beginning the language or we're starting to get ahold of the language.

And there are different kinds of enjoyment.

At least that's how I experience language learning.

So when we begin the first stage, when we're starting to discover the language,

at first it's all noise, but somehow as if by magic, what was noise becomes words,

uh, you start to be able to read a little bit even though you listen many, many

times and keep on missing the same parts of what you're listening to and, and you

look up words, let's say on LingQ, and you review them and you listen again.

And...

but it's exciting.

It's, it's that excitement of discovering something new and, and that's in the

first stage of learning a language that kind of maintains me because

so much of it is, is not meaning.

It's, it's unclear and, and it, it just seems so strange at first, and

particularly when I was learning Persian and Arabic with different writing

systems, it's so difficult at first.

However, there's that enjoyment, that excitement of, of sort of,

I'm embarking on something new.

I'm gonna learn this.

What to me is an exotic language and, and I find that initial period very enjoyable.

And so there is that first period of enjoyment of discovering something new.

But then after a while, we get tired of listening to the same

stuff over and over again.

There's a lot of repetitive listening in the early stages in order to, you

know, to get a hold of the new language.

So in that second stage, all of a sudden what we have been listening to, even

though we don't really understand it all that well, it's becoming familiar.

We're going to, we're going back to something that's no longer brand new.

In fact, it's familiar.

Still we understand 10, 15%.

It seems like there's an endless number of words to learn, but it's a familiar.

And, and I enjoy that challenge when I'm starting to get a bit of a sense

of the language and it's familiar, familiar sounds, listening to the

same sounds that I don't understand, struggling with the same writing

system that still presents challenges, uh, but it's a familiar environment.

I, I miss it when I'm away from it.

I enjoy going back to it, even as the language remains very unclear for me, I

enjoy that second period as we're starting to turn the corner in the language.

Now, the third period, which is kind of that long plateau, which for some

people can be a period of frustration.

For me, it's, it's not a period of frustration because I'm now in a

situation where I understand, depending on the content, you know, 20, 30,

40, 50% of some content, if I go back to some of my earlier, sort of, mini

stories in LingQ where I've heard them so many times, I understand 70%, 80%.

And every time I listen, I pick up something new of my old beginner

material, and then I push myself forward into new and more difficult material.

And, and I'm starting to feel that I am going to be able to understand

that language, even though the language still is a bit opaque.

It's still not really comprehensible, but I recognize that I understand a

lot more than I understood before.

I almost feel as if I shouldn't understand it, but I don't fully, I

understand some words, but I can't get a sense of the whole meaning.

But still it's enjoyable because I sense that I'm on the verge of

reaching, you know, a level of, of comfortable comprehension.

I'm not there yet, but I think I'm gonna get there.

So that sort of plateau period, which is quite long, it seems there's an

endless number of words to learn.

It doesn't bother me 'cause I know that if I continue with my good

language learning habits, if I continue listening and reading, just as I've

already progressed from where I was before, I will continue to progress.

The brain is getting used to the language.

The brain is already much more used to the language than it

was in the previous stages.

Now the fourth stage, which is in many cases, you know, as far as

people go, it's as far as I have gone in a number of my languages.

It's where I understand 80% of most, uh, language content, uh, of movies.

It can vary, but let's say 60, 70, 80%, I understand.

I'm comfortable if I'm in a conversation with someone.

I can hold up my end of the conversation, I understand what the person is saying.

I'm able to get my meaning across.

Sometimes, you know, with mistakes or sometimes I can't remember words, and

sometimes I don't understand some of the things that are said to me, but by and

large, I am functional in the language.

I meant B2, call it almost B2.

I'm functional, and if I leave the language there, I've got

something that I can come back to.

So that's a sense of, you know, achievement accomplishment.

It's, it's for, in many languages, it's the end of the line.

I made it.

If I leave it and let it slide into disuse, if again, I'm in a situation

where I need it, I can bring it back.

So I can tick it off.

This is a language that I have learned.

That doesn't mean I'm perfect, but I've learned it.

So that's stage four of enjoyment.

Now, stage five, which is the ultimate, is when you are totally

comfortable in the language.

You understand the movies.

You can be in any situation at any time.

You cannot speak the language for two years and you come back to

it and you're just about where you were when you left off.

Uh, this is like, I call it a C1.

This is where I feel, you know, and I can listen to literature,

I can read literature, I can do whatever I want in the language.

That is sort of the ultimate.

Now you don't have to achieve that in the language in order to

enjoy the process of learning the language or to enjoy the language.

I enjoy the language at the beginning.

If I start another language, uh, might be Hindi or something, I'm

gonna enjoy that initial period of discovery, then I'm gonna enjoy that

second stage when it's familiar.

It's a familiar struggle, but it's a familiar environment.

I don't mind that.

I enjoy that.

Then when I'm on that long plateau, where it seems as if I'm not progressing

and yet I'm understanding more and more I feel as if I should understand.

I almost understand, but I don't understand.

Uh, but then the fourth stage is when I'm kind of at, almost at

the final stage of my journey.

I'm comfortable, I'm happy I can tick it off.

It's mine.

But then with some languages, if I get the opportunity, I'll push myself

through to that final stage of enjoy...

enjoyment.

But all stages are enjoyable.

And enjoying the language learning process is not only the key to success,

but it also should be the goal.

So thank you for listening, and if you enjoy my, uh, enjoy my videos,

please um, you know, subscribe.

And I'll leave you with, uh, a couple of videos that I've done

on a similar subject in the past.

Bye for now.


The 5 Stages of Enjoyment in Language Learning Die 5 Stufen des Vergnügens beim Sprachenlernen The 5 Stages of Enjoyment in Language Learning Las 5 etapas del disfrute en el aprendizaje de idiomas Les 5 étapes du plaisir dans l'apprentissage des langues 語学学習における楽しみの5段階 As 5 fases do prazer na aprendizagem de línguas Dil Öğreniminde Eğlencenin 5 Aşaması 语言学习的五个享受阶段

Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here, and today I'm going to talk about the

most important thing in language learning, and that is enjoyment.

Enjoyment is not only the goal of language learning, enjoyment is how you

manage to succeed in language learning.

And I'm gonna talk about the five stages of enjoyment because after all, as

we go through learning the language, we are in different stages of either

we're beginning the language or we're starting to get ahold of the language.

And there are different kinds of enjoyment.

At least that's how I experience language learning.

So when we begin the first stage, when we're starting to discover the language,

at first it's all noise, but somehow as if by magic, what was noise becomes words,

uh, you start to be able to read a little bit even though you listen many, many uh, começamos a ser capazes de ler um pouco, apesar de ouvirmos muitas, muitas

times and keep on missing the same parts of what you're listening to and, and you

look up words, let's say on LingQ, and you review them and you listen again.

And...

but it's exciting.

It's, it's that excitement of discovering something new and, and that's in the

first stage of learning a language that kind of maintains me because erste Phase des Erlernens einer Sprache, die mich irgendwie aufrecht erhält, weil

so much of it is, is not meaning.

It's, it's unclear and, and it, it just seems so strange at first, and

particularly when I was learning Persian and Arabic with different writing

systems, it's so difficult at first.

However, there's that enjoyment, that excitement of, of sort of, Aber es gibt diese Freude, diese Aufregung, diese Art von,

I'm embarking on something new. Ich bin dabei, etwas Neues zu beginnen.

I'm gonna learn this.

What to me is an exotic language and, and I find that initial period very enjoyable. Für mich ist das eine exotische Sprache, und ich finde diese Anfangszeit sehr angenehm.

And so there is that first period of enjoyment of discovering something new.

But then after a while, we get tired of listening to the same

stuff over and over again.

There's a lot of repetitive listening in the early stages in order to, you

know, to get a hold of the new language.

So in that second stage, all of a sudden what we have been listening to, even In dieser zweiten Phase wird das, was wir bisher gehört haben, auf einmal auch

though we don't really understand it all that well, it's becoming familiar. Auch wenn wir es nicht wirklich gut verstehen, wird es uns immer vertrauter.

We're going to, we're going back to something that's no longer brand new.

In fact, it's familiar.

Still we understand 10, 15%.

It seems like there's an endless number of words to learn, but it's a familiar.

And, and I enjoy that challenge when I'm starting to get a bit of a sense E, e eu gosto desse desafio quando estou a começar a ter um pouco de noção

of the language and it's familiar, familiar sounds, listening to the

same sounds that I don't understand, struggling with the same writing

system that still presents challenges, uh, but it's a familiar environment. System, das immer noch Herausforderungen mit sich bringt, aber es ist eine vertraute Umgebung.

I, I miss it when I'm away from it. Ich vermisse es, wenn ich nicht da bin.

I enjoy going back to it, even as the language remains very unclear for me, I Ich greife gerne darauf zurück, auch wenn die Sprache für mich sehr unklar bleibt.

enjoy that second period as we're starting to turn the corner in the language. Genießen Sie diese zweite Periode, denn wir fangen an, die Sprache zu ändern.

Now, the third period, which is kind of that long plateau, which for some

people can be a period of frustration.

For me, it's, it's not a period of frustration because I'm now in a

situation where I understand, depending on the content, you know, 20, 30,

40, 50% of some content, if I go back to some of my earlier, sort of, mini

stories in LingQ where I've heard them so many times, I understand 70%, 80%.

And every time I listen, I pick up something new of my old beginner

material, and then I push myself forward into new and more difficult material.

And, and I'm starting to feel that I am going to be able to understand

that language, even though the language still is a bit opaque.

It's still not really comprehensible, but I recognize that I understand a

lot more than I understood before.

I almost feel as if I shouldn't understand it, but I don't fully, I

understand some words, but I can't get a sense of the whole meaning.

But still it's enjoyable because I sense that I'm on the verge of

reaching, you know, a level of, of comfortable comprehension.

I'm not there yet, but I think I'm gonna get there.

So that sort of plateau period, which is quite long, it seems there's an

endless number of words to learn.

It doesn't bother me 'cause I know that if I continue with my good

language learning habits, if I continue listening and reading, just as I've

already progressed from where I was before, I will continue to progress. Ich habe bereits Fortschritte gemacht, und ich werde weiter vorankommen.

The brain is getting used to the language. Das Gehirn gewöhnt sich an die Sprache.

The brain is already much more used to the language than it Das Gehirn ist bereits viel mehr an die Sprache gewöhnt, als es

was in the previous stages. in den vorangegangenen Phasen war.

Now the fourth stage, which is in many cases, you know, as far as Die vierte Stufe, die in vielen Fällen, soweit es sich um

people go, it's as far as I have gone in a number of my languages. Das ist das, was ich in einigen meiner Sprachen erreicht habe. é o mais longe que já fui em algumas das minhas línguas.

It's where I understand 80% of most, uh, language content, uh, of movies.

It can vary, but let's say 60, 70, 80%, I understand.

I'm comfortable if I'm in a conversation with someone.

I can hold up my end of the conversation, I understand what the person is saying. Ich kann meinen Teil des Gesprächs aufrechterhalten, ich verstehe, was die Person sagt. Consigo manter a minha parte da conversa, compreendo o que a pessoa está a dizer.

I'm able to get my meaning across. Sou capaz de transmitir o que quero dizer.

Sometimes, you know, with mistakes or sometimes I can't remember words, and

sometimes I don't understand some of the things that are said to me, but by and

large, I am functional in the language.

I meant B2, call it almost B2. Ich meinte B2, nennen Sie es fast B2.

I'm functional, and if I leave the language there, I've got Ich bin funktional, und wenn ich die Sprache dort lasse, habe ich Sou funcional, e se deixar a língua lá, tenho

something that I can come back to. etwas, auf das ich zurückkommen kann. algo a que eu possa voltar.

So that's a sense of, you know, achievement accomplishment. Portanto, é um sentimento de, sabe, realização.

It's, it's for, in many languages, it's the end of the line.

I made it.

If I leave it and let it slide into disuse, if again, I'm in a situation Se o deixar e o deixar cair em desuso, se, mais uma vez, me encontrar numa situação

where I need it, I can bring it back.

So I can tick it off.

This is a language that I have learned.

That doesn't mean I'm perfect, but I've learned it.

So that's stage four of enjoyment.

Now, stage five, which is the ultimate, is when you are totally

comfortable in the language.

You understand the movies.

You can be in any situation at any time. Pode estar em qualquer situação em qualquer altura.

You cannot speak the language for two years and you come back to Não se consegue falar a língua durante dois anos e volta-se a

it and you're just about where you were when you left off. e está praticamente no mesmo ponto em que estava quando parou.

Uh, this is like, I call it a C1.

This is where I feel, you know, and I can listen to literature,

I can read literature, I can do whatever I want in the language.

That is sort of the ultimate.

Now you don't have to achieve that in the language in order to

enjoy the process of learning the language or to enjoy the language.

I enjoy the language at the beginning.

If I start another language, uh, might be Hindi or something, I'm

gonna enjoy that initial period of discovery, then I'm gonna enjoy that

second stage when it's familiar.

It's a familiar struggle, but it's a familiar environment.

I don't mind that.

I enjoy that.

Then when I'm on that long plateau, where it seems as if I'm not progressing

and yet I'm understanding more and more I feel as if I should understand.

I almost understand, but I don't understand.

Uh, but then the fourth stage is when I'm kind of at, almost at

the final stage of my journey.

I'm comfortable, I'm happy I can tick it off.

It's mine.

But then with some languages, if I get the opportunity, I'll push myself

through to that final stage of enjoy...

enjoyment.

But all stages are enjoyable.

And enjoying the language learning process is not only the key to success,

but it also should be the goal.

So thank you for listening, and if you enjoy my, uh, enjoy my videos,

please um, you know, subscribe.

And I'll leave you with, uh, a couple of videos that I've done

on a similar subject in the past.

Bye for now.