How to learn any language in six months | Chris Lonsdale | TEDxLingnanUniversity

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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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English + Chinese Translation:

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30 Replies to “How to learn any language in six months | Chris Lonsdale | TEDxLingnanUniversity”

  1. Ruth Delvin

    Firstly, I would find Mr Lonsdale more credible if he actually demonstrated his fluency in Chinese.  He is a good salesman but not an empathetic one and might well be a candidate for anti-hypertensive treatment.   What he demonstrates admirably is that if you put a value on yourself, the world tends to accept you at it.  Vietnamese, by the way, is in not related to Chinese, though it does contain some Chinese words in much the same way that English contains some Italian ones.  Mr Lonsdale may have gained the impression that it did if he was associating with ethnic Chinese people living in Vietnam.

  2. Hao


    1. 听的时候去猜大意,抓主旨,不要纠缠细节;
    2. 要勇敢去说,说的过程中大脑在组织语言,从而得到了充分的练习;
    3. 从已知推未知,将简单的单词排列组合,衍生更多意思;
    4. 在头脑中构建图像来表示一个意思,不同的语言只是不同的频道,说的其实都是一个意思。


  3. Liloup Sauvadet

    I’m sixteen, turning seventeen soon, I’m French and learning languages always has been one of my biggest talent, thanks to inner abilities. I believe that leaning a new language is all about how interested and how dedicated you are to it. As an example, none of my parents is an English speaker. My exposition to English language has always been though English words in everyday culture. I’ve learned it quite quickly, since I was diving myself into it. The best you can do in order to acquire knowledge in a certain language rather fast is to learn a bit everyday. Read, and I’m not talking about endless paragraphs, I’m talking about small sentences or questions (I highly recommend you to sign up to Quora, therefore you’ll be able to receive small questions and their answers everyday about topics you are interested in). Once you know enough, you’ll be able to recognize the least difficult phrases structures, and they’re the key in you global understanding of the language, because learning words from them is easier than trying to understand and learn words and grammar rules from the more advanced structures. Eventually, of course, you’ll be able to focus your attention on the structures that are harder to understand, but you’ll make it anyway, thanks to the knowledge you’ve already gotten before.

  4. Egolith

    As someone who is fluent in Chinese, I can say that he does have good points in there. I learned a lot of chinese around topics that I was interested in. Though I did take 4 hour Chinese classes M-F for 3 years straight. I'm curious as to how much Chinese he actually can speak…

  5. Critic121 Kibitzer

    Even English … I have problems with … what more another language. Sometimes I can’t even pronounce the English words properly … English is my first language!

    I believe it’s in the mind … an intelligence, one is born with. Some of my friends can pick up languages so easily … and people say I speak like an Indian person … my tongue … I have Indian blood … but the rest of my siblings don’t have this problem!!! My brother even speaks Mandarin … from school …

    Damn!!! I really inherited lots of short comings!!! … handed a bad deal of genetic cards!!!

    My daughter speaks English as though it’s her third language!!! She cannot speak any other languages … only the local language but not fluent … Something is wrong somewhere .. genetically … I past down to her bad genes.

    Chinese Mandarin pronunciation is sometimes horrible … even the English spelling for it’s pronunciation doesn’t really work.

    My wife is Chinese … and my mother in law only speaks Hainanese or Mandarin not her main language … so we speak to each other, is like a duck and chicken speaking to each other.

  6. syub syubie

    I am learning my 3rd language now and it is fascinating that our lessons will get translated to English which is our 2nd language and we will discuss it with our mother tongue. Off to my 4th month learning next Monday by the way. Wish me luck!

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