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Hey my name is David and I want to share you some language learning tips and tricks that I have picked up over the years. Right now we’re in Brazil just south of the Amazon basin and I remember what it felt like when I first started to learn the language. If you’re trying to learn a new language too then we’re probably a lot alike. I remember that I wanted to learn to speak the language fluently and proficiently. I wanted to understand what other people were saying and be able to express myself well without sounding like a foreigner like a gringo.
I started remember what it felt like when I tried to talk to my neighbor over here. The first time I saw him I said hello friend and I couldn’t think of anything else to say. Well actually I didn’t know I’m not saying anything else so I just sat there and worked with him with a big old stupid grin on my face and wished a hole would open up underneath me and swallow me away but anyways let’s go inside and I’m going to show you around and I’m going to share with you tips and tricks for you to learn a new language quickly.
Yeah I mean I knew I could learn to speak a new language and I have learned English as mother knew I have all the abilities that I needed to learn to speak another language ti’s funny because I still remember sitting there with a big green book full of dialogues memorizing and learning how to ask for direction and memorize the conjugated verbalism and it’s horrible in portion it’s just like 69 different ways to conjugate the verb and then you know and then you study the words and learn the word bam 5 minutes later you can’t remember that word or worse yet you learn it and practice it and then you don’t know how to use it correctly in a sense it’s like a the mind goes blank the roots get caught in the road and that’s a frustrating experience or worse yet in and then you go and you talk to somebody and you use that word of phrase and you they look at you with a bright look on the face because they don’t understand what you’re saying.
Or even worse when you first saw laughing because you say something stupid you know it’s humiliating at times. You know you finally get up the courage to go out somewhere and group of people and you just sit there and feel stupid because you don’t understand anything that everybody is saying. I think all in total is going to be about a year or so actually study from rules or book mostly a lot of work and it wasn’t from the book. I think living around people who actually know other language which just really help because I could observe and see what is working and what wasn’t and so yeah a lot of different like quitting and giving up but I knew that if they could do it I could to so it just a matter of discovering their secrets and finding out what worked and what didn’t to overcome various language learning obstacles that I faced. I think my motive is probably word purist. I know most people who want to learn a new language to increase their job security in times of economic crisis or even to get a better job and make more money others want to learn the language to travel the world and enjoy life and even others just want to be poor culturally fine but I think mostly I just wanted to impress people.
Now I was really self conscious and shy and timid and I thought somehow and my due wasn’t a great communicator and I thought that my learning speed foreign language fluently but it won’t respect anymore and now I have no idea why I thought that but that’s just what I thought. You know kind of like go back and rub it in faces of everybody that are going to laugh at your mistakes. Yeah I have to confess I have said some really stupid things that came up totally wrong and the language. Now I look back in all those mistakes and I laugh at myself because it really was hilarious. Well at the time that it bothered me like one instance in particular we’re asked the weight of the coconut water and you got this really funny look in this space because it sounds like I was saying poop water but unfortunately it was close enough that he understood what I wanted and he turned around and just went and got it but not before a really confused look flashed briefly across his face and as soon as I said it I knew that I made a mistake. I was totally embarrassed but you know looking back at it now is hilarious.
I’m still learning and it’s a lot of fun. It’s a great feeling when you eliminate those embarrassing clauses so that you would talk another language without stumbling all over the words and even when you learn the language fluently and proficiently communicate with other people and make new friends meet the love of your life like I did. I got my wife and I have two beautiful daughters and it’s extremely satisfying especially if you can go back and talk to those people who used to laugh at you before so most people saw how well they can speak in their language plus the fact that it was my mother tom and they all want to learn it then I really started to get request to teach English as well and learned about English started but they get frustrated and end up quivy so I didn’t really plan on teaching but I have of request I started of helping a group of friends and the classroom and things just kept going by working and every 10 months later we got a group of Americans coming down and the students are really excited when they saw what they could communicate with them and so things just roll in and exploded then. Well you know I never really pan on doing anything like this when I started college my dream used to be a doctor but I met this beautiful Brazilian woman who fell in love got married and the rest as they say is it’s history but anyway I was hoping other people were worried about what I was doing starting to get around people and started calling from Japan and Portugal and the U.S. all over the place asking me to help them on the line and the first I turned them down because I was really focused on the students here luckily but my wife gave me a good time like why is it going to do mine always standing ways and you know I think she was right because you’re scared to step up to the play and try something new and then you like to help my students who luckily I have no idea how to help them on the line and I think I’m technologically challenged or something but anyway that’s a great friend now so I got this little program right now to help my students husband to teach them the tips and tricks that I learned from other languages learners over the years and we released it and those are wild I think we had 500 people sign up and in 3 days I was our technological limited time so we re-launched it again recently and met a 1339 students and it was absolutely crazy.
So here’s the deal I got this information that’s been helping my students and I think you can beneficial for a lot of other people. It’s also that talent of your and my wife is going to come around and ask what I have been doing and what my goals are for the future and I don’t want to another lasher so what I set up this little website to see what kind of interest in feedback that get from people who want learn other languages or even English students who want to take their skills to the next level and I begin a lot of great questions we’re going to go ahead and start answering some of the more common ones here on the blog to a video maybe we leave it scheduled and teleseminars and based on your questions, what you tell me you need we’ll go ahead and help you the best that we can and we’ll go ahead and translate some of this information that we already have it’s been helping our English students maybe we’ll go ahead and do create something totally different. So I really don’t know where this is going to go yet. You tell me what you need help with and I ‘ll do what I can based on my own language learning experience my observations and thousands of other language students over the years.
And in time when you go ahead and answer some of the more common questions here on the blog and through the videos and you can keep in touch with me by commenting on the videos and the blog and reply to my emails but let’s start with this one tell me a little bit about yourself, what language you want to learn, what your goals are why you want to learn it all that kind of good stuff.
I look forward to talking to you and getting to know you better and helping you learn a new language.