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

  • Published on Nov 20, 2013
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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.
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  • wilson romeiro
    wilson romeiro 7 hours ago

    great video

  • kelabangputih
    kelabangputih 10 hours ago

    Yes it works for me, the guy say true

  • Amjad Beno
    Amjad Beno 15 hours ago

    Thanks for this channel

  • Ho chi min
    Ho chi min 20 hours ago

    you need to learn 20000 words to understand correctly a Language and in every different context, plus slang of the country , six months is not enough, plus practice pronunciation and listening

    this guy is a spruiker, like every one in TEDx talks

  • The Grey Raccoons
    The Grey Raccoons 21 hour ago

    Ich schöne Deutsch! Danke!

  • Morfan88
    Morfan88 22 hours ago

    я пока комментарии читал - выучил английский и немного китайский!

    • Morfan88
      Morfan88 7 hours ago

      @PaleBear in this case - пока=while. "While I read comments - I Learned English and a little Chinese"

    • PaleBear
      PaleBear 17 hours ago

      I’m new to Russian, here’s what I read: “I goodbye something something learn something and something something”.

    • تعلم الروسية مع نورشك
      تعلم الروسية مع نورشك 20 hours ago

      Morfan88 молодец 👏

  • echelon2k8
    echelon2k8 Day ago

    1:56 That's probably because those people are thinking realistically about more than just learning how to speak the language fluently when it comes to learning Chinese.

  • Luigi Convertini
    Luigi Convertini Day ago +1

    Should work on his cardio too, he was gasping for air every few words

  • bd C
    bd C Day ago

    I will make it easy to understand. The US military has language schools. A person goes 6 days a week for at least 8 hours a day. Instruction in the language only and by native speakers. For an easy language, takes about 3 months to become conversant. It is b.s. when you have a commercial language course telling you that it only takes 5 minutes a day.

  • 旺旺里德
    旺旺里德 Day ago

    he siad 6 moth to learn new languale,so he talk the liveing china some of years.

    • Chris Azarian
      Chris Azarian 18 hours ago

      Yeah there's another video of him giving a presentation in China, speaking Mandarin.

    • Rob
      Rob Day ago

      yes, he said he was fluent in mandarin

  • Chouette
    Chouette Day ago

    Bull shiz

  • Rob McConeghy
    Rob McConeghy Day ago

    Ability to converse on everyday topics is NOT native fluency. For me the ability to read high-level literary and intellectual writing with educated near native speaker understanding is fluency and that does take 5 to 10 years

  • Hirohisa Hasegawa
    Hirohisa Hasegawa 2 days ago


  • allafleche
    allafleche 2 days ago

    Of you have no job, no family, and 8 hours per day to spend on it maybe, maybe.

  • shingcheng wang
    shingcheng wang 2 days ago


  • Sachin Kumar
    Sachin Kumar 2 days ago

    how to even read Chinese?

  • woke demi
    woke demi 2 days ago

    i have been wanting to learn portuguese. im going to listen to more songs in portuguese, i realy like anitta, and i am going to watch vlogs spoken in portuguese. i have some online friends that speak it so this will help too. this helps a lot, hopefully i can understand this language by july 2020, that is my goal.

  • Brad .M
    Brad .M 2 days ago +4

    If you want fluency fast, get a long-haired dictionary. The rest is academic.

  • &
    & 2 days ago +6

    Wow! It'll take me at least 6 months to understand what this fella said.

    • Lady Truth
      Lady Truth 5 hours ago

      Christ! I thought I was the only one.

    • J I H V D
      J I H V D 22 hours ago

      Hahahahahajahahaha damn it

  • hosna hosna
    hosna hosna 3 days ago


  • iulian calin
    iulian calin 3 days ago

    he is right on all
    i learned German in 3 months after 6 months i could keep a conversation
    after 2 years i realized that the language is actually a bit hard because of the grammar, but i keep pushing harder to learn it and, now after 9 years i'm confident to speak it

  • eScential
    eScential 3 days ago +3

    How discouraging! I can't use my memory talent? And I have no access to all his requirements for learning.

  • Geraldine Gaggia
    Geraldine Gaggia 4 days ago +5

    I learn words from different languages by power of association. I use English and afrikaans and form pictures in my mind.

  • Daniel Bentley
    Daniel Bentley 4 days ago

    How many languages does this guy actually know?

    • Daniel Bentley
      Daniel Bentley 3 days ago

      @irongloves thank you, much appreciated

    • irongloves
      irongloves 4 days ago

      I followed him (Chris Lonsdale) years ago when he posted a video showing his Cantonese (Chinese) skills at a local market in Hong Kong. In the video he was asking to a local seller the price of some veggies etc. He was promoting his book (The Third Ear). Sadly the video has disappeared but I was amazed by his knowledge of Cantonese. Quite surely I know he speaks Cantonese and Mandarin, not sure if he speaks other languages, but that would not surprise me.

  • Guo Fangjie
    Guo Fangjie 5 days ago

    am I the only one noticing the map of China is in lack of Taiwan ?

  • M Boaz
    M Boaz 5 days ago

    You skipped Principle #4...Principle #3 is just a title

  • Everyone has an opinion

    Be fun to agree to meet with someone on a regular basis and each of you can't speak the others language, and you have to figure it out along the way. And you're not allowed to learn outside of meeting that person

  • Arunas
    Arunas 5 days ago

    Kto ponial sto govorit etot lektor, oni angliskij viucili i za 30 minut...

  • 杨贻柯
    杨贻柯 5 days ago

    There's a typo in principle 3

  • YourEnlightenedFriend


  • Rui Albano
    Rui Albano 6 days ago

    Six months? Impossible! To be really fluent you need a ten thousand words vocabulary. Too much words to learn, unless you have a photographic memory.

    • zkhrv_ ek
      zkhrv_ ek 5 days ago

      Maybe it’s possible when you’re doing nothing else but learning a language
      Most people just don’t have time studying daily, however, reading books and learning new words every day can improve your language really fast

    ALC ALC 6 days ago

    Wait, so squirrels fly now? I think glide is the word, not fly. I'm english is my second language. Enlighten me if I'm wrong about this.

    • CptDunsel
      CptDunsel 5 days ago

      You are correct that they glide. But they are called "flying squirrels" in ordinary speech. After all, they do travel by the principles of aerodynamics.

  • Fortune
    Fortune 6 days ago

    I know English n Spanish n learning french

  • Roberto Pisano
    Roberto Pisano 7 days ago +5

    Conversational abilities in 6 months? Very possible. Fluency? Only if your definition of fluency is generous.

  • panshu t
    panshu t 7 days ago


  • Pinoy Caregiver in Japan

    i agree with action #1 listening eventhough you dont understand the meaning of the words just sink it in you brain the rhythm, flow and the.intonation . but the on the others its just common sense

  • Kasia A.
    Kasia A. 7 days ago

    so now, teach me to draw like a pro

  • why ask why
    why ask why 7 days ago

    Gawd this guy just rambles on and not to the point!. Suffocating watching this dude.

  • Killian Dherment
    Killian Dherment 8 days ago

    I'm french and I'll be in China for 3.5months this year as developer trainee .Would I be able to learn Chinese in 3.5 months ? xD

  • Emily Bets
    Emily Bets 8 days ago +1

    This is my favorite topic and content to watch. ❤🤯🧐🌝🌞

  • gcal
    gcal 8 days ago

    The lecturer may have thought he was being helpful however i thought he was just being too aggressive. Way Way too aggressive

  • lou
    lou 8 days ago

    Immersion helps when you are really in immersion but if you keep speaking your native language in the new country you'll never learn anything

  • Manuel T
    Manuel T 8 days ago

    you don't begin work if you don't know how you will work.

  • Manuel T
    Manuel T 8 days ago

    easy! by a system!

  • L'effet balle de neige
    L'effet balle de neige 8 days ago +5

    This is the best TED talk I have never seen. Amazing conference! Il est excellent! Wow!

    • Jim Black
      Jim Black Day ago +1

      Small correction. Instead of "I have never seen" it's " I have ever seen". Je parle français comme toi également. Ciao !!!

  • jose augusto pires de meneses

    Six months, if not living in the native country?

  • Allen Ellis
    Allen Ellis 8 days ago

    How to record special effects in Pro Tools

  • Daphne VB
    Daphne VB 9 days ago

    The “language deaf” thing is so true! When I first moved to the states I had a hard time understanding my English speaking friends in noisy environments, probably because my Dutch ears were deaf to English sounds.

    • CptDunsel
      CptDunsel 5 days ago

      One of the things we are naturally "deaf" to in another language is the rhythm and word breaks. We write sentences with spaces between the words, but we don't speak them that way. Whatwereallydoisspeakalotmorelikethisandstringthesoundstogether. That's why speaking slowly and distinctly is so important when talking to a learner.
      You had to learn the rhythm to distinguish the words. Background noise increases the difficulty.

  • Luis Mata
    Luis Mata 9 days ago +37

    Excellent,I've just learned english by watching this video.

  • Ok Liy
    Ok Liy 9 days ago

    Why are there some bad reputations on this video? What is the reasons?

  • Richard Kaske
    Richard Kaske 9 days ago +1

    people in the back can you hear me clearly? Keep it simple - Berg

  • Le Piton
    Le Piton 9 days ago

    great eloquence but big belly...

  • Naruto Uzumaki
    Naruto Uzumaki 9 days ago

    I can only speak english and my country language clearly

  • Manju Roy
    Manju Roy 9 days ago +1

    Let me start today with French

  • 王宁
    王宁 9 days ago

    The China map in the first slide is wrong, pls change it with the right one. Thanks

  • Igor Sudorgin
    Igor Sudorgin 9 days ago

    It works! Now I speak my dogs language!!!

  • Zen Legacy
    Zen Legacy 9 days ago +1

    I'll apply this to learn Spanish lol anyone out there wanna be my language parent?😶🤣

    • Muhammet Salih
      Muhammet Salih 4 days ago

      @Zen Legacy Desde luego:)me encanta el español.Además,eres muy amable

    • Zen Legacy
      Zen Legacy 4 days ago

      @Muhammet Salih 🤣🤣 bien, que haces divertirte?

    • Muhammet Salih
      Muhammet Salih 4 days ago

      @Zen Legacy De nada,me gusta hablar contigo también y quiero hablar más!!!!Vamos

    • Zen Legacy
      Zen Legacy 4 days ago

      @Muhammet Salih Tengo el honor de hablar con usted amigo muchas gracias

    • Muhammet Salih
      Muhammet Salih 4 days ago

      @Zen Legacy necesito aprender también, lo mismo pienso.Puedo aprender contigo

  • Cpt Wouz
    Cpt Wouz 9 days ago

    2nd principle 3 is actually the 4th. So he has a mistake in his presentation.

  • Johnfuse
    Johnfuse 10 days ago +9

    Excuse me but where exactly can you buy a flying car?

  • hvac guy
    hvac guy 10 days ago

    Google translator is a must!