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Gabriella: What are the top 5 language learning fears? And how do you conquer them?
Gabriella: Welcome to Innovative Language.com Sunday News! I'm Gabriella and I'll be hosting today's Sunday news with the founder of Innovative Language... Peter!
Peter: Hi everyone! Peter here.
Gabriella: In this Sunday News, we’re tackling the top common language learning fears submitted by our listeners
Peter: Gabriella, Halloween is coming soon so I got to ask - what part of language learning scares you?
Gabriella: Hearing a ton of words I’ve never heard before definitely makes me panic.
Peter: That’s a good one. And it’s on our list of top 5 language learning fears our listeners sent in.
Gabriella: We’ll get to it a second, listeners. But first, we have a Halloween Sale starting tomorrow
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Gabriella: So what are the top fears that language learners have?
Peter: Let’s start with yours. Being faced with advanced vocabulary and conversation where you simply don’t understanding ANYTHING.
Gabriella: I think every beginner has this as soon as they hear real conversation
Peter: Here’s how you beat it. Our lessons start with the native dialogue only. Scary right?
Gabriella: If you don’t understand anything at all, guess what! You’re going to understand it in the next minute.
Peter: We explain the complete dialogue and you can read along with lesson notes or the line-by-line. You’ll know every single word soon, so don’t worry too much..
Gabriella: Number two... This is a good one. Not making any learning progress.
Peter: This, believe it or not, can be fixed with the first fear. Try a more advanced lesson.
Gabriella: Trying a harder lesson will expose you to new words, new grammar... forcing you to make progress!
Peter: Or if you want to SEE your progress measured... use the dashboard progress tracker with the lessons.
Gabriella: Number three, some of our listeners are afraid of having bad accents and pronunciation.
Peter: The best fix? It’s recording yourself to compare with native speakers.
Gabriella: So listeners, the voice recorder inside the line-by-line audio would be perfect. You can actually hear yourself and the native speaker at the same time to compare.
Peter: Next fear... Running out of things to say because your vocabulary is limited.
Gabriella: This happens to me all the time.
Peter: Two things you can do: For boosting vocabulary, there are vocabulary lists with every lesson... as well as our massive 2,000 word list.
Gabriella: And the second?
Peter: Simple. Just think of what you enjoy talking about, like common topics. And look up vocabulary based on that.
Gabriella: And the last one the list is... very common among all learners - fear of failure.
Peter: That’s a tough fear to tackle. I think it comes from overly ambitious expectations and then realizing you won’t make it.
Gabriella: Best way to beat it, listeners, is .. don’t aim for perfection but set small goals. Like.. two or three lessons a day. Or learning 20 words a week.
Peter: Right. The reason is... small goals are easy to do and easy to grow into bigger accomplishments.
Gabriella: So listeners, leave a comment and let us know your fears.
Peter: And if you want to unlock ALL of our lessons and study tools with a MONSTER 27%
Gabriella: Click on the link in the lesson description. This sale ends October 31st, 2013!
Peter: Happy upcoming Halloween listeners!
Gabriella: And that’s all we've got time for– You’ve been listening to Innovative Language.com Sunday News!
Peter: Bye everyone!
Gabriella: Thank you for listening, and we’ll see you all next time.


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October 20th, 2013 at 06:30 PM
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What were your Japanese learning fears? Making pronunciation mistakes? Not knowing what to say? Did you get over them?

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October 23rd, 2013 at 11:26 AM
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Haha try to emphasize "sai" a little stronger than "kuda". You see Japanese ppl tend to speak fast yet say the end of the words very srong? Like ArigatogozaimAAASs.

"Sumimmasen, nihongo ga wakarimasen" would be better here ^^




October 21st, 2013 at 08:42 AM
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It's a little bothersome not being able to enunciate without having a thick accent. But I also think it's fun practicing phrases and keeping them to a minimum. (Strangely though, I have a hard time pronouncing "kudasai". I'm too heavy on the 'd' and make it sound like I'm saying "ku-THE-sai'.)

Freezing up and not knowing what to say takes the cake, though. That's why I always ready to fire the phrase, "Sumimasen. Nihongo o wakarimasen." :sweat_smile: