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Intro

Chigusa: Listeners, are you afraid of making mistakes in your target language?
Peter: Afraid you will never, ever get fluent?
Chigusa: What are your language learning fears?
Chigusa: Welcome to Innovative Language Learning Sunday News! I'm Chigusa and I'll be your host. My co-host today is the founder of InnovativeLanguage.com... Peter Galante!
Peter: Hi everyone! Peter here.
Chigusa: In this Sunday News, you’ll learn...
Peter: One: What the top 4 language learning fears are...
Chigusa: Two: How to overcome them..
Peter: And Three: How you can get a FINAL 33% OFF Premium and Premium PLUS.
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Chigusa: Listeners, do you have any language learning fears?
Peter: Here’s a popular one. “I’m afraid I’ll never be fluent.”
Chigusa: Listeners, you’ll learn how to overcome these fears...
Peter: Or, whether you should even worry about them at all. But first, listen up.
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Peter: Upgrade and get instant access to our easy-to-use language learning program,
Chigusa: You get hundreds of audio and video lessons by real teachers...
Peter: ...that get you speaking, reading, and writing from Beginner to Advanced...
Chigusa: Our progress tracking tools “spoon feed” you lessons one by one.
Peter: So, you go from learning your very first words in one lesson...
Chigusa: ....to mastering conversations in the next.
Peter: ....You get Study Tools that help you learn faster.
Chigusa: Apps so you can learn on the go.
Peter: And, with Premium PLUS, you also get your very own teacher.
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Peter: That’s as low as $6.70 a month and up to $181 in savings.
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Chigusa: Okay, let’s talk language learning fears.
Peter: What’s on the list?
Chigusa: The first one is... “I’m afraid I’m not good enough to speak. I freeze up.”
Peter: Listeners, do you feel like you’re not good enough to speak yet?
Chigusa: It’s a pretty common fear... that learners have.
Peter: Well, here’s how you overcome it.
Chigusa: Step one - the best way to get good at speaking is to speak from day 1.
Peter: So if you’re holding yourself back...
Chigusa: ...because you think you’re not good enough... that you’re making a mistake.
Peter: That’s exactly why you’re not improving.
Chigusa: You need to open your mouth and start talking! But if you’re wondering what to say...
Peter: Here’s step two. In our lessons, you get the exact phrases and scripts for introducing yourself...
Chigusa: ...making small talk, ordering food, expressing opinions, and much more!
Peter: So, if you don’t know what to say, the lessons will give you the exact lines and conversations.
Chigusa: Or step three: Learn with your own teacher with our Premium PLUS plan.
Peter: Listeners, with Premium PLUS, you get an actual native-speaking teacher to tell you what to say...
Chigusa: ...how to say it...
Peter: ...so you truly do learn to speak with the help of a real native teacher.
Chigusa: Fear number two is... “I’m afraid I’ll never be fluent” Oh, I felt this one.
Peter: Me too. I used to worry about this one too.
Chigusa: Really?
Peter: Only as a beginner. Listeners, once you start improving and seeing progress... this goes away.
Chigusa: Did you feel it when you were learning Japanese?
Peter: Many years ago, Chigusa. I questioned myself. I questioned the books I was using. I wondered if I was learning the right way.
Chigusa: And then?
Peter: Well, It’s funny because the longer I kept at it, the better my Japanese got. And, I stopped worrying about fluency. So, it’s just a matter of putting in time and sticking with it.
Chigusa: So, how can our listeners overcome this? How did you stick with it?
Peter: First, set small, specific goals. Fluency is a very big, vague goal.
Chigusa: That’s very true.
Peter: Chigusa, what is fluency? There are over one million words in the English language and we use about 2,000.
Chigusa: So listeners, you should focus on smaller goals.
Peter: For example set a goal like... being able to introduce yourself or having a 5-minute conversation. Something you can measure so you know you reached it.
Chigusa: Because you can’t really measure fluency. It’s a pretty vague goal, as Peter said.
Peter: And Chigusa, at the end of the day, it’s just a matter of time. Getting good at a language simply is an equation of time put in.
Chigusa: Listeners, simply put, the longer you stick with learning a language... the better you get.
Peter: And that’s a guarantee. Okay Chigusa, what’s the third fear?
Chigusa: The third fear is... “I’m afraid I’m not actually learning or making progress.”
Peter: If you’re afraid you’re not making progress, there are 4 things you can do right now.
Chigusa: First, review. Most people make this mistake. They hear a new phrase...
Peter: ...and they think hearing it once was enough. So, when they forget what they’ve learned...
Chigusa: ..they get worried that they’re not learning. Or that the lessons don’t work.
Peter: But the truth is... You have to review again and again to truly master something.
Chigusa: Second, use the dashboard to track your progress. If you need numbers to believe it...
Peter: ...our dashboard tracks your progress and gives you dynamic reports.
Chigusa: Third, try a harder lesson on the site. Now, you won’t understand it at first...
Peter: ...but you will in minutes. Our lessons come with line-by-line translations...
Chigusa: ...and our teachers explain every single word. THEN, you’ll be making progress...
Peter: ...because you now understand something you didn’t minutes ago.
Chigusa: Fourth... learn 1-on-1 with a teacher....
Peter: ...which you can do with our Premium PLUS plan.
Chigusa: They will personally review your writing, your speaking and fix your mistakes...
Peter: ...and make sure that you’re improving. Actually, getting feedback from a native speaker...
Chigusa: ...that’s the BEST way to know if you’re making progress.
Peter: There’s nothing better than a native speaker telling you “wow, you’re getting good.”
Chigusa: The fourth fear is... “I’m afraid of not understanding anything I hear.”
Peter: This is very common. You hear advanced grammar and vocabulary...
Chigusa:... and it goes completely over your head. You have no idea what you’ve just heard.
Peter: To beat this ... if you’re taking an advanced lesson, read along. Reading along with our line-by-line dialogue is the best way to instantly understand advanced conversations.
Chigusa: What about in real-life situations?
Peter: For real-life situations, learn useful phrases like “excuse me, can you say it slower?,” or “can you say it in simpler words?” or even “I don’t understand.”
Chigusa: There’s nothing wrong with saying that you didn’t understand. Or asking for help.
Peter: You know, Chigusa, when I first started learning a language, I used to fake it a lot. I didn’t want them to stop speaking so I would say that I understood something that I didn’t.
Chigusa: I do that too.
Peter: And that’s not the best way to learn.
Chigusa: Yeah, I sometimes get caught in the mistake as well so... that’s embarrassing. These are the top 4 fears. But tell us listeners...
Peter:...what language learning fears do you have?
Chigusa: Leave us a comment in the comment section
Peter: And if you want to finally master your language...
Chigusa: Here’s your last chance to save with our Monster Sale.
Peter: And... we’ve boosted your discount from 28% to 33% OFF for one more day.
Chigusa: Get 33% OFF all Premium and Premium PLUS Subscriptions.
Peter: Upgrade and get instant access to our easy-to-use language learning program,
Chigusa: You get hundreds of audio and video lessons by real teachers...
Peter: ...that get you speaking, reading, and writing from Beginner to Advanced...
Chigusa: Our progress tracking tools “spoon feed” you lessons one by one.
Peter: So, you go from learning your very first words in one lesson...
Chigusa: ....to mastering conversations in the next.
Peter: ....You get Study Tools that help you learn faster.
Chigusa: Apps so you can learn on the go.
Peter: And, with Premium PLUS, you also get your very own teacher.
Chigusa: Get 33% OFF Premium or Premium PLUS by October 29th, 2018.
Peter: That’s as low as $6.70 a month and up to $181 in savings.
Chigusa: If you’re on the site...
Peter: Click the link in the comments section of this Sunday News to get 33% OFF

Outro

Chigusa: Well that’s going to do it for this edition of Innovative Language Learning Sunday News!*
Peter: Bye everyone!*
Chigusa: Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you all next time.

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October 28th, 2018 at 06:30 PM
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December 5th, 2018 at 08:52 PM
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Tiarra
November 10th, 2018 at 01:08 AM
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I will admit that the first fear “I’m afraid I’m not good enough to speak. I freeze up.” I really sympathized with that feeling. I am also starting to feel that now I'm trying to learn different aspects of learning the language all at once, that I'm beginning to fall behind on my progress. I started from Absolute Beginner to Beginner and at first, I focused on learning grammar lessons. Then the better I got, I realized that I needed to focus more on learning Kanji, but, I need more organization in the lessons than what Japanesepod101 has available right now.


So after using an old textbook to help me learn Kanji, I realize now I need to put more effort into speaking because I mistakenly believed that if I listened more to natives speaking in the language then I would feel more comfortable to speak in the language myself which is wrong. So now I am pausing my grammar lessons to focus more on my speaking and Kanji lessons. I'm glad to learn how to overcome my fears now while I am still early in the language learning process to correct my bad habits. However, I feel a bit disappointed that I'm starting to fall behind on my dashboard progress.


However, I have learned a lot more using Japanesepod101 than I have while I was at university, and also more than what I have learned trying to self-teach myself. I admit that being a Premium Plus member really has helped my confidence by getting advice, and honest feedback from my teacher. I would recommend becoming a Premium and/or Premium Plus member if you are serious about learning the language because you get more access to the Japanesepod101 resources.

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October 30th, 2018 at 12:14 AM
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Hi Mike,

Thank you very much for the thumbs up!


Hi Kenny,

Thank you for sharing a comment. Losing interest can happen sometimes. But keep checking our site for fun and interesting lessons! It's our job to make learning fun and enjoyable. 😄


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Kenny
October 29th, 2018 at 02:15 AM
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I am sometimes afraid that I will lose interest, that it's just a phase. That normally motivates me to study 😅

Mike
October 29th, 2018 at 12:48 AM
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