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Becky: Listeners, are you afraid of making mistakes? Afraid you’ll never get fluent?
Peter: What are your language learning fears?
Becky: Welcome to Innovative Language Learning Sunday News! I'm Becky and I'll be your host. My co-host today is the founder of InnovativeLanguage.com... Peter Galante!
Peter: Hi everyone! Peter here.
Becky: In this Sunday News, we’re killing off the top 4 language learning fears, Halloween-style.
Peter: Plus, find out how you can master your language with an exclusive MONSTER deal...
Becky: ...28% OFF Basic and Premium... and 2 free Audiobooks!
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Peter: Listeners... are you afraid of making mistakes?
Becky: Are you afraid you won’t reach fluency?
Peter: These are common language learning fears we hear from listeners.
Becky: So, today... Peter and I are taking the top 4 language learning fears….
Peter: ...And we’re killing them. You’ll learn how to overcome them with effective tactics.
Becky: And whether you should be worrying about them at all.
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Becky: Get a Monster 28% OFF Basic or Premium
Peter: ...and 2 Free Audiobooks as gifts by October 28th, 2016.
Becky: Listeners, that’s just $2.88 a month and up to $67.20 in total savings.
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Becky: Or even easier, if you’re on the site, click the link in the lesson description right now!
Peter: Now, Becky, let’s talk language learning fears.
Becky: Alright!
Peter: What’s first on the list? What are our listeners terrified of?
Becky: The first one is... “I’m afraid I’m not good enough to start speaking. I freeze up.”
Peter: That’s a really good one. Listeners, do you feel like you’re not good enough to start speaking?
Becky: It’s a pretty common fear... or misconception, I think... that most learners have.
Peter: Here’s how you overcome it.
Becky: Step one - the best way to get good at speaking is to start speaking from day 1.
Peter: So if you’re holding yourself back because you think you’re not good enough...
Becky: ... well, that’s exactly why you’re not good enough.
Peter: You need to open your mouth and start talking!
Becky: Now, that’s easier said than done. Listeners, if you’re wondering what to say....
Peter: ...Here’s step two. In our lessons, you get the exact phrases and scripts...
Becky: ...for introducing yourself, making small talk, ordering food, expressing opinions, and much more!
Peter: So, if you don’t know what to say, the lessons give you the exactly what you need.
Becky: Or step three- Learn with your own teacher with our Premium PLUS plan.
Peter: That’s right, Becky. Listeners, with Premium PLUS, you learn with your own teacher.
Becky: They’ll tell you what to say and how to say it...
Peter: ...so you truly learn to speak like a native! Step four- Talk to yourself.
Becky: Oh yea, I remember you said you used that yourself to get good.
Peter: Yes because sometimes you just don’t have a friend to talk to.
Becky: I thought you had like 3 kids, a wife... and so many friends, Peter!
Peter: We’re talking language learning, Becky.
Becky: Still talking to yourself! Alright! But I think it does work because I tried it after you said that you did it... and it works!
Becky: Fear number two is... “I’m afraid I’ll never be fluent”
Peter: I used to worry about that one too.
Becky: Really?
Peter: Well, only as a beginner. I started learning Japanese first and, it’s funny because the longer I kept at it, the better my Japanese became, and the less worried I was about fluency.
Becky: So, how can our listeners overcome this?
Peter: First, set small, measurable goals. The problem is...fluency is a very big, vague goal.
Becky: That’s true.
Peter: I mean, what is fluency exactly? There are over a million words in the English language and we use about... Becky?
Becky: ...2,000 or so?.
Peter: So listeners...
Becky: ...focus on small, measurable goals.
Peter: Set a goal like... being able to introduce yourself in 5 lines...
Becky: ...Or having a 5-minute conversation.
Peter: Something you can measure so you know you reached it.
Becky: Right, because you can’t measure fluency. It’s a pretty vague goal.
Peter: Also, Becky, it’s just a matter of time. Getting good at a language is simply about putting in the time.
Becky: Right. Listeners, simply put, the longer you stick with learning a language... the better you get.
Peter: And that’s a guarantee. Okay Becky, what’s the third fear?
Becky: The third fear is... “I’m afraid that I’m not making any progress.”
Peter: If you’re afraid you’re not making progress, there are two things you can do right now.
Becky: First, use the dashboard to track your progress. If you need numbers to believe it...
Peter: ...our dashboard tracks your progress. Just take a look at the progress reports and stats.
Becky: Second, try a harder lesson on the site. It sounds crazy and you might not understand it at first...
Peter: ...but you will in minutes. Our lessons come with line-by-line translations...
Becky: ...and the lesson hosts explain everything. Then you’ll be making progress...
Peter: ...because you now understand something you didn’t minutes ago.
Becky: The fourth fear is... “I’m afraid of not understanding anything I hear.”
Peter: This is very common. You hear advanced grammar and vocabulary...
Becky: ...and it goes completely over your head. That’s my biggest fear, Peter.
Peter: To beat this ... if you’re taking an advanced lesson, simply read along.
Becky: Reading along with our line-by-line tool is the best way to instantly understand advanced conversations.
Peter: The translations and scripts are right in front of you.
Becky: Peter, what about in real-life situations?
Peter: Great question! For real-life situations, learn useful phrases like “Can you say it more slowly?,” “Can you use simpler words?” or “I don’t understand what that meant.”
Becky: There’s nothing wrong with saying that you didn’t understand something. Or with asking for help.
Peter: Exactly. And our Survival Phrases lessons cover must-know phrases like this.
Becky: So, these are the top 4 fears. But tell us listeners...
Peter:... what other language learning fears have you had?
Becky: Leave us a comment in the comment section!
Peter: And if you want to finally master your language, now is the chance.
Becky: Get a Monster 28% OFF all Basic or Premium Subscriptions...
Peter: and 2 Free Audiobooks as gifts when you upgrade.
Becky: You unlock our proven language learning system, with over 500 million lessons delivered.
Peter: That’s hundreds of audio and video lessons by real teachers...
Becky: ...New lessons every week, lesson notes to read with, Premium study tools...
Peter: ...Mobile apps so you can learn anywhere, anytime, and much more.
Becky: Get a Monster 28% OFF Basic or Premium
Peter: ...and 2 Free Audiobooks as gifts by October 28th, 2016.
Becky: Listeners, that’s just $2.88 a month and up to $67.20 in total savings.
Peter: Use this exclusive coupon code: MONSTER2016
Becky: Or even easier, if you’re on the site, click the link in the lesson description right now!

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Becky: Well that’s going to do it for this edition of Innovative Language Learning Sunday News!*
Peter: Bye everyone!*
Becky: Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you all next time.*

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SpanishPod101.com
Sunday at 6:30 pm
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What Spanish learning fears have you had? Are you afraid you're not good enough to speak? Are you freezing up? Let us know!

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SpanishPod101.com
Monday at 1:25 am
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Hola Gloria,


Thank you for your sharing!

That sound great, you could practice your german.

And yes the same happens between Second languages english learner as well as any one learning a new language.

We just need to keep practicing. :sunglasses:


Saludos,

Carla

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Gloria
Thursday at 3:09 am
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Thank you Carla. Yesterday I saw a woman who was born in Germany and who speaks both German and English. I put my German into practice. I am an Absolute Beginner in GermanPod101 but I learned enough to be able to communicate with her in simple German sentences. She complimented me.


I have noticed something among the Mexicans in my community who have learned English as a second language. It's not the mistakes, as we all make them, but often times they get stuck on finding a correct word and can't finish what they want to say. I have patience with them because I understand.


So now I will have to take a lesson from this because I have the same problem speaking to them. Thank you for your encouragement Carla because I know I have to practice regardless of not knowing everything yet and it is the practice that will make me improve.

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Wednesday at 1:13 pm
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Hola Gloria,


Thank you for sharing you experience. :wink:

I know one wants to sound fluent and very proficient, but its ok to make mistakes. :thumbsup:

Don't worry about it, this is why you're learning. Even native speaker make mistakes, take that in mind.

Don't stop practicing or won't stick!


Saludos,

Carla

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Wednesday at 1:08 pm
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Hola Ronald,


Thank you for sharing.

It's ok. It happens. It's good if you star practicing in front a mirror. :thumbsup:

You can talk about anything, trust me it will help.


Saludos,

Carla

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Gloria
Monday at 8:55 am
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I had three fears. The first one was that I was afraid of making mistakes when I talked to someone in their native tongue. The second one was that I couldn't understand a lot of what others were saying and if they talked to me in their native tongue, I would have to answer them in their language, which goes back to my first fear of making mistakes.


My third and most recent fear was asking questions in the comment section about things I did not know in the foreign languages I am studying. I sort of figured I was the only one who didn't know anything and I didn't want to expose myself.


I no longer have the second and third fears. I now ask the person to repeat what I didn't understand. I also ask questions in the comments about things I don't understand or I ask a person who lives in my community to help me.


However, I find that if the person I am speaking with is bilingual, it is much easier for me to speak English. So I have to force myself to speak in the new languages I am learning. Therefore I am still working on the first fear.


Thank you SpanishPod101 for being here for me.

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ronald
Sunday at 10:31 pm
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I freeze up and can't think of what I'm suppose to say; I know that I'm making progress but...