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The Best TED Talks on Language Learning [Exclusive Video]

I’ve been learning Hindi slowly for 3 years now, and I got to the point where I was just not happy with my progress. I felt progress was too slow and I wasn’t making the most of actually living in India. So I went search for the answer to speed up my language learning.

After watching hours of language learning videos on YouTube, I was able to separate the fake from the real. There are a lot of fakers on YouTube with language learning videos with The below 3 videos formed my decision to renounce English and begin only speaking Hindi. I’m quitting English for an entire week to see if it helps speed up my learning. I won’t even talk in English to my family and friends, they’ll have to use a translator app.

I expect it’ll help immensely because it’s replicating how we all learnt our mother tongue as kids: listening > speaking > screwing up > repeating. What I think is that language learning is 80% practice and 20% grammar, so I’m going to put that to the test. Goodbye English.

I’ll post an update after the week ends!

By Karl Rock

Karl Rock, is a Hindi speaking Kiwi ex-pat who take viewers behind the scenes of incredible India and its neighbours. He has visited every state and union territory in India, and its culturally similar neighbours – Pakistan and Bangladesh, and aims to make others fall in love with India and the subcontinent.

4 replies on “The Best TED Talks on Language Learning [Exclusive Video]”

80 percent practice and 20 percent grammar. By grammar do you just mean written hindi ? That’s really interesting, because i’ve been saying that i feel like my lack of knowledge in hindi grammar has been holding me back. My vocabulary is pretty big now but hard to during the words together in the right order. I probably need to go to India for another solid month to get some good practice in.

Hey Renee, learning to use words in the right order is all practice. By grammar I mean learning the syntax and rules of the language – learn these in small chunks and focus on practice them. I’m writing a book and making a video on exactly how I learnt Hindi at the moment, that’ll shed a lot of light on the topic and help you learn Hindi faster than I did.

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