September 16, 2019

Impossible tasks and bad techniques

If you see someone trying to lift a 500 kg stone with rollerblades on their feet, maybe knowing that that person had never done any exercise in their lives before, it's clear to you that that person will not lift the stone.

Firstly, the stone is just too heavy and secondly, it's really a dumb idea to try to lift it with your rollerblades on.

Unfortunately, the way people are trying to achieve language proficiency in some languages, is something you cannot see with your eyes, and a lot of people simply don't realize that either the goal they are working towards is impossible to achieve or the methods they are using will not work.

Some very difficult languages just cannot be learned to a satisfactory level with current methods. It's just like trying to lift that very heavy rock with rollerblades on.

So..if you are learning a language and are not making progress the problem might not be your lack of talent, but rather the fact, that with the methods you are using, you just objectively cannot learn what you are trying to learn.

8 comments:

  1. This is a huge topic, but I only want to say 1 thing. Learning a language is a very complex project, involving many factors. Treat each language you learn as different, even if they are related.

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    1. But wouldn't you be wasting a lot of time if the two languages were Spanish and Portuguese for instance and wouldn't that be considered a bad learning approach?

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  2. Hi Vlad,yesterday I listened to an old podcast(language is culture)with David Mansaray in which you told that massive listening is key to reach a high level of performance and fluency in another language..based on your past experiences would you suggest to immerse yourself with tons of listening?if so,how many hours do you recommend?sometimes I feel that if i’m able to do many hours in a narrow space of time my fluency improves very fast..is this your experience too?thanks

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    1. Hi Alessandro. Yes, I still think it's true. But you have to be paying attention to what you are listening to. It doesn't work if you have the audio on as a sort of background music or something like that. As for how many hours.. the more the better. I did it until I burned out on that given day. The good news was, that at least for me, I was able to burn out later and later every day as I did this.

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  3. Hi Vladimir, first of all, congratulations to you because of your channel on YouTube I just meet you today and I spent some hours watching your videos and OMG there have great tips! I think this post is really interesting because I was studying English with the wrong methods and to find a great way to learn is the key to learn whatever thing.
    Btw I hope you back to post things on YouTube as well and continue to learn and share your insights and experience with us for a long time. Tks and abraço do Brasil. :)

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  4. Hey Vlad,I’ve just listened to your last podcast recorded in italian and I can tell you that it was great..you’re ability to convey messages in that language is still very good even though you haven’t spoken Italian for a while(i’m Italian,so I think my opinion has a certain value:))..i didn’t know you stopped your learning path because of haters..let me tell you that if someone with your talent gets discouraged by haters other people who lacks your ability should not even open their mouth trying to speak foreign languages..I really appreciated this podcast..looking forward to the next one..greetings from Italy

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    1. HI Alessandro. Thank you very much for the nice words:) I'll try to record more. All the best.

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