The secrets of learning a new language | Lýdia Machová

  • Published on Jan 24, 2019
  • Want to learn a new language but feel daunted or unsure where to begin? You don't need some special talent or a "language gene," says Lýdia Machová. In an upbeat, inspiring talk, she reveals the secrets of polyglots (people who speak multiple languages) and shares four principles to help unlock your own hidden language talent -- and have fun while doing it.
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  • 리샘
    리샘 4 hours ago

    Don't be fooled, guys.

    She has a PhD degree, in language interpretation and translation. In other words, she has far above average linguistic intelligence. That's why she was able to become fluent in several languages. For us average people with an average brain, it'll be much more difficult, if not outright impossible, to do the same.

  • بلال سمير belal sameer

    I think if you have a passion for learning new languages ​​you will find many ways💪

  • Eddie Antonio D'Amico
    Eddie Antonio D'Amico 14 hours ago

    There are NO SPECIAL WAYS OR METHODS yours is the best one!
    Because everyone is DIFFERENT and what works with you doesn't with someone else.
    That's just the way it is. I teach English for years to children, teens or adults and I NEVER HAD someone who was the PERFECT COPY of somebody else.
    Yes, all of them have something in common, they all want to learn English because they know this language is the key of many many things: travel, business, Internet... But everyone of them is completly different than the others.
    I don't know if I'm right or wrong and that's not the point, but I can assure you one thing, they all learn at a different speed and no one look alike someone else. Good and interesting video.

  • 邱心培
    邱心培 18 hours ago

    Where can I watch Friends in German?

  • çiçek şahan
    çiçek şahan 20 hours ago

    If you cant talk to yourself, or if you havent any friends, maybe you can watch short videos and you can try to answer the person or the animal in the video. I am using voscreen for this.

  • bebehas bebehas
    bebehas bebehas Day ago

    Yes. it's not a genius it takes to be a polyglot. IMHO, they must have some mental diseases which make them stronger.

  • Remind TV
    Remind TV Day ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this inspiring video! I absolutely agree with your points!
    People need to understand the fact that they can't just learn a new language overnight, but there are so many TVclip videos' thumbnails stating "You can be fluent in 30 minutes" or "Simple Tricks to Become Fluent" and trick people. It takes time and effort. Language learners need patience, effort, time, and passion! Just wanted to share my thoughts. Anyways, good luck with whoever is learning a foreign language! Have a great day!=)

  • Igal Lupo
    Igal Lupo 2 days ago


  • El chico De cable
    El chico De cable 2 days ago

    Not gonna lie pretty surprised that Benny chose not to learn English for his first ten languages.

  • GoldenEagle99 Puhu
    GoldenEagle99 Puhu 2 days ago

    To know english very well is enough for me.I'm not gonna give up from to learn English.

  • Sebastian Alemán Fierro

    Who is Benny??

  • stella akinyi
    stella akinyi 2 days ago

    Best video I have seen in a minute

  • Khusan K
    Khusan K 2 days ago

    I don't know how but I speak 5 languages....

  • Thảo Nguyên Nguyễn Phan

    I just wanna ask if someone here is a polyglot that can being a polyglot become the main source of my finance?

  • اردني نشمي
    اردني نشمي 3 days ago

    احسن شي ماحدا حيفهم شو كاتب

  • وسيم العراقي

    No pain no succes no pain no achievement no pain no money no pain no future no patience and have a fun and use the language every day no speak .. when pigs fly but you piece of cake u can do it man

  • TheStrive ToLove
    TheStrive ToLove 3 days ago

    Love this ted talk. Thank you.

  • langu manggarai lengko ajang meni

    who can make conclusion this video ,???

  • Gigi
    Gigi 4 days ago

    I’m trying to pass my spanish exam😂

  • Hadjer Nekhoul
    Hadjer Nekhoul 4 days ago

    I want to learn dutch , any help ?

  • 프렌테트리콜로,꾸레,콥

    I want to recommend you to learn Korean.
    I'm korean. And I think korean is the most beautiful language all around the world.
    I agree about your opinion and I also polyglots.
    I'm 14 years old now but, I can speak 5 languages.
    I can speak Korean English Spanish German and even Chinese though but, I think most beautiful language is Korean.
    Do you know how to write Hello to korean?
    We write hello 안녕하세요.
    Our Alphabet is unique than other languages alphabets.
    That is reason why I recommend you to learn Korean.

    • Remind TV
      Remind TV Day ago

      Wow! You speak 5 languages! You're only 14. You're amazing!
      I think Korean is a scientific language. It's very logical!
      A lot of foreigners learn Korean these days because of K-dramas and K-pop!
      I heard that it's very interesting and fun to learn Korean from the foreigner's point of view.
      I've learned 5 languages too even though I'm not fluent yet.
      I think French is a beautiful language, and Chinese is an interesting language.

  • lee illegalyong
    lee illegalyong 5 days ago +1

    the fact that you’re from slovakia inspires me a lot. i’m a slovak native speaker myself and your ability to speak 8+ languages is truly admirable. i could also hear that you’re slovak from the way you talked! thank you for sharing your knowledge with us, this will definitely boost up my language learning.

  • Кристина Хорошунова

    I am Russian, and I am going to seriously study English. Wish me good luck!

  • Irwandiyusuf Irwandi
    Irwandiyusuf Irwandi 5 days ago +3

    I'm Indonesian,the best scenery in Asian,i was learning English 3 months untill now,right now i still learn English every day for improving my skill English -

  • ahmed said
    ahmed said 6 days ago

    I wanna practice English with someone.

    • English for FOOTBALL FANS
      English for FOOTBALL FANS 5 days ago

      ahmed said Learn English football vocabulary on my channel. I have a Facebook group you can join too.

  • Filipe Gabriel
    Filipe Gabriel 6 days ago

    I'm admired for English. When you learn English, write, read, listen, a new world open your eyes.

    • English for FOOTBALL FANS
      English for FOOTBALL FANS 5 days ago

      Filipe Gabriel Yes English is revered in a lot of countries now. (Learn English football vocabulary on my channel.)

  • Frédéric HAUGUEL
    Frédéric HAUGUEL 6 days ago

    You say all and nothing.
    These are abstract explanations - not really useful.
    You want make people dream, but it's not effective.

  • No317 Na
    No317 Na 6 days ago

    Actually this is great! I think this is pretty good methods :D

  • Janice Tweenie
    Janice Tweenie 6 days ago

    I am going to learn Germany. Who has spare time to help me with daily conversations?

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  • Hamad Ullah Baqi
    Hamad Ullah Baqi 6 days ago +2

    We are moving fast towards a unilingual world, more faster than ever.

  • Fauza Azmi
    Fauza Azmi 7 days ago

    Ypu speak so fast but very clearly I can understand almost All you said.. thank You!

  • Juliana Barbosa
    Juliana Barbosa 8 days ago +1

    Hi, I'm learning English and I'm from Brazil, I'm still in the basics, I feel I need a conversational friend who can help me learn better, would anyone help me? I would be very grateful
    I would be happy to help you learn Portuguese if you wish🤭

    • English for FOOTBALL FANS
      English for FOOTBALL FANS 5 days ago +1

      Juliana Barbosa I’m learning Portuguese through football. If you like football, my channel can help you - a new video every week ✌️

  • B Abdullah
    B Abdullah 8 days ago

    I speak three languages.

  • Maria maria
    Maria maria 8 days ago

    I studied a long time for fluently speak english in my opinnion i won't succeed. i don't know what i'will doing

  • Maya's Tarot
    Maya's Tarot 8 days ago

    Interesting talk

  • Alwyn Watson
    Alwyn Watson 8 days ago +1

    It is impossible for a dyslexic person to learn a new language. I can't even read or write my own language without text to speech software.

  • 리피터
    리피터 8 days ago +1

    I had happened to watch this video by chance and I immediately get started to learn English. What a motivating speech!

  • Bianca Vivares
    Bianca Vivares 9 days ago

    I listen to spanish music where it is more catchy and easier to retain the words

  • Rohan Natekar
    Rohan Natekar 9 days ago

    Initially take up grammar pronunciation lessons in some first weeks. Learn the script if it is different. It makes a basic software in your brain, now watch movies, read articles, news etc. Go on grasping......
    Directly start with the phrases ignore everything.
    Any method u use, listen more and more and more...

  • قابوس المعظم

    Hi HiYY

  • Grace Bock
    Grace Bock 9 days ago

    Finding this video is a miracle for me. Abt to take on a new struggling language student n had wanted to say exactly what this vid said, to him .Thank you. Now I hv solid backing😂😂

  • putri fengari
    putri fengari 10 days ago

    Is it okay if I start to learn French while my English fluency in speaking and grammar still in lower level? 😿 been learn English for my entire life but still difficult to speak fluently 😭.

  • mcv333
    mcv333 10 days ago

    She has a lot of money not to work or just have to spend free time to study. If you were born in developing countries, priority is to earn money to live.
    Like more than 12 hours of work everyday.
    Good for you, you have that kind of lifestyle. 😌

  • Turtles2cute
    Turtles2cute 10 days ago

    Currently my phone language is Russian, very hard

  • Daniel Vergara Peláez

    Professor Daniel Vergara Peláez, during his 20-year stay in Greece, for family reasons, studied Hispanic Philology at the Kapodistriako National University of Athens Greece. Then, for 20 years he taught the Spanish language in the city of Athens,at various institutes and in particular to hundreds of students of all ages, from 9 years to 90, to everyone fresh, agile and eager to learn not only a language, but the relationship with its history and culture, at least to many who wish to know the cultural elements, given the enormous geographical extension that the Spanish language covers in the World.

    His experience is wide because he not only he dedicated himself to the common teaching of the Spanish language, at levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2, but also its use, phonetics, forms, styles and in addition to the whole grammatical framework, so that anyone can face a conversation fluently and confidently with any Spanish or Latin American in the world. Furthermore, he dedicated himself to the preparation for DELE exams, tthe Exams International Spanish Officials of the Spanish Language. Thus, preparing dozens of students to pass with guaranteed success such exams, allows them to receive an official and International Diploma of the Spanish Language. This certificate is endorsed by the Government of Spain and each Latin American country, including the United States of America and allows anyone to prove their knowledge of the Spanish language at an international level.

  • The Tu Te
    The Tu Te 11 days ago

    Tokoin has done a great job, not everyone can do it like you do. Thanks Came.

  • Lambertus Hurek
    Lambertus Hurek 11 days ago

    english is the most difficul language for indonesi. we learn english for 12 years in formal school but hard to speak. no indonesian speak english like native speakers hehe

  • Mochamad Farid
    Mochamad Farid 12 days ago


  • Marti2
    Marti2 12 days ago

    Víborne Lýdia!

  • Chifa Yessaad
    Chifa Yessaad 12 days ago +2

    I love this teacher..she's smart..competent and sooo sweety..i learnt a lot from ur videos..thank's a lot...greetings from algeria

  • fdsh kjhm
    fdsh kjhm 12 days ago

    yes luca's'experence seems a miracle .thank you for you teaching it is realy interesting.

  • alpaslan şahin
    alpaslan şahin 13 days ago

    i will try it for your sake👍

  • Bojan Radonic
    Bojan Radonic 13 days ago

    E moj Lukase gde nadje Srpski da ucis?

  • Azhar Khan
    Azhar Khan 13 days ago

    From which country do you belong ma'am?

  • Jie Bai
    Jie Bai 14 days ago

    easy is best

  • abeer abdullah
    abeer abdullah 14 days ago +4

    Learning another skills in general tends to be a little bit difficult at the beginning, but once we recognize our improvements the enjoyment starts. I’ve been learning English two years ago by writing a daily memos, and I still do. it’s very helpful method, cause I can see my improvement. Also, watching Ted videos and ALOT of English series help too. I hope that one day I can speak English Language fluently with error free 🧚🏻‍♂️

  • it's Chihiro
    it's Chihiro 14 days ago +2

    I have studied English for 4 years, but I can’t still speak English

    • 08スターリン
      08スターリン 11 days ago

      And u wrote comment using perfect English

    • Chris Foo
      Chris Foo 11 days ago

      Dont worry, you will get there if you try hard.

  • Charlie Callcut
    Charlie Callcut 14 days ago

    Although there's nothing quite like spending time with people of the language you're learning. Those subtle nuances that all languages have make the difference between speaking and understanding, and real fluency.

  • FL360
    FL360 15 days ago +1

    The best and fast way is..find a girlfriend from England..Irish maybe is better ;) you know..redhead..freckles...😂