Episode 69

Climbing Mount Language from Basecamp to Summit


November 20th, 2017

1 hr 13 mins 11 secs

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About this Episode

Beware listeners: This episode contains a discussion of a few English swearwords, so if you are listening with kids please skip the first 20 minutes.

And on to what's in this show:

Language Stories: Lindsay has a new podcast, reporting back from her adventures around the language landscapes of cities like Montréal, New York, and more.

Even after 20 years of English, I still don't know all the words. We discuss an English slang word that was news to me.

Tip: The Psychology of Rewards

We discussed why and how you can reward yourself when you reach those study goals.

Language Learning Misconceptions

Here's the list we discussed on the show:

  • Children learn their first language effortlessly
  • Younger learners learn languages more easily than older learners
  • Intelligent people are better at learning languages
  • Immersion is the best way to learn a language
  • Grammar study is detrimental to second-language acquisition
  • Learning a second language hinders the development of the first language
  • Once a child can speak a language, the language-learning process is complete

Consider: All these ideas and beliefs are widespread, but none of them are true when taken at face value!

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