Language Bits

Just some bits and bobs I’ve watched / read lately about language learning that I found interesting. Enjoy!


 

Steve Kaufmann has a nice video up about dealing with anxiety and language learning, specifically while speaking, but what he says can really be applied to all aspects of language learning.

Favorite quote:

“Every time I communicate in the language, I should say good, I communicated, not worry about what I missed or forgot, or worry about how I sounded. Simply say I did well, I did as well as I was able to do.”

If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I have crazy perfectionistic expectations for myself, which is really kind of stupid. It’s always a battle for me to relax and say, hey, you did a pretty good job there, errors and all. Steve’s video is a nice reminder.

In other news, learning a new word stimulates the same region of the brain as sex, research shows. Well, this puts learning tons of new words all at once in a much different light, doesn’t it? 🙂

Here’s a video about how people often try to keep the idea going that German is inherently harsh sounding. While I do think that German might sound harsher than other languages at times (it does have a fair bit of hard consonants), it certainly isn’t the case that every (or even many) Germans routinely sound like screaming Nazis – which is kind of the running joke.

 

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