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  • How do language hackers learn new language in months and reach native proficiency? These TED talk speakers share with us their tools, principles, techniques to hack our brain and learn foreign languages effectively and speedily.

    • How can we learn any language in a few months?
    • What are the principles and tools language hackers use to learn new languages? 
    • What can TED Talks offer us?
    • What are other Web sites that will help in language learning?
  Dishes  - General Hacking Tips
  • Dish 1 : 5 techniques to speak any language | Sid Efromovich | TEDxUpperEastSide (14:50 mins)

  • 5 techniques:

    1. Take a deep breathe, and relax. Get things wrong with our sound database.
    2. Scrap the foreign alphabet.
    3. Finding a stickler (language friend).
    4. Shower conversation.
    5. Buddy formula (target language is best language in common with buddy).
  • Sid is our resident hyperpolyglot. He grew up in Brazil and after some journeying around the world, he now lives an exciting life in New York where he works as a Sugar Trader. 

    Teaching has always been one of his passions and he has led groups of young leaders since 2006. He has given workshops, talks and classes in 3 different continents and is currently a Master Teacher in Skillshare where he teaches classes on nurturing happiness and learning foreign languages. 

  • Dish 2 : How to learn any language in six months | Chris Lonsdale | TEDxLingnanUniversity (18:26 mins)

  • 5 principles and 7 actions: 

    1. Four words, attention, meaning, relevance and memory,

    2. Use your language as a tool to communicate right from day one

    3. Comprehensible input: understand the message, acquire unconsciously

    4. Physiological training: Speaking takes muscle

    5. And the final principle is state. Psycho-physiological state.

    7 actions:

    1. Listen a lot. I call it Brain Soaking
    2. Get the meaning first, even before you get the words.
    3. Start mixing.
    4. Start with the tool box,
    5. Get yourself a language parent.
    6. Copy the face. You got to get the muscles working right to sound right.
    7. “Direct connect.”
  • Chris Lonsdale is Managing Director of Chris Lonsdale & Associates, a company established to catalyse breakthrough performance for individuals and senior teams. In addition, he has also developed a unique and integrated approach to learning that gives people the means to acquire language or complex technical knowledge in short periods of time. Jan-21-2014 Update. The video transcripts are now available via the following links:

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