8 little known ways to speed up your progress and learn languages faster

Do you want to learn a language faster?

If you know me, you probably know that I value productivity a lot, and that I am constantly trying to get more done by working less. I have collected for you eight things you can (and should!) do to learn a language faster, without having to find more study time.

1) Focus on the important words

Here is Tim Ferriss's (author of The Four Hours Workweek) best tip about learning a language:

"Content beats method every time"

In other words *what* you learn matters more than how you learn it. Start with learning the words and structures that you will use the most, and refuse to waste time on all the useless bits. Whenever you find a new word or a new structure, ask yourself "will I use it? How often?" - only learn it if the answer it "yes! very often." If the answer is "maybe... you never know", discard it without regret.
You will find that it's much easier to learn your vocabulary when you start using this method, just because you have fewer words.
Those "you never know" words should only ever be learnt by people who are already conversational.

2) Eat healthy food

Holding fresh bear garlic

"Garbage in, garbage out" is not only true for computers. It's true for your body and your brain too.  You can't expect your brain to perform at its best if you feed on suboptimal food, which causes you to feel heavy and tired and triggers sugar lows and sugar highs on a regular basis
Do yourself a favour and upgrade your diet to include more salad, fruits and veggies, proteins and food supplements if you need them. It's not only good for your health, it's good for your language learning too: You will find yourself more focused, more motivated and your memory will work better.

3) Sleep

My favourite tip! I can honestly say that sleeping is my number 1 priority in life. Do you sleep enough? Adults typically need 7-9 hours of sleep every night. If you sleep less than 7 hours, you are probably experiencing sleep deprivation. The consequences of sleep deprivation are bad memory, low motivation, a higher risk of eating unhealthy food (see above), a number of health risks and overall decreased productivity. Even one night of bad sleep will negatively affect your performance on the next day. But you will only notice it if you know what your performance looks like, when you have actually slept enough. If you have to choose between spending two hours learning a language in the evening, and sleeping earlier to get all the sleep you need, go to bed. You can learn a language at virtually any moment. Prioritize your sleep, and your language learning sessions will have a much better outcome.

Note: If you struggle to find time to learn a language, I strongly recommend your take my Time for language learning ecourse. You will solve this problem once and for all.

4) Exercise

Ok, ok, I'm not your mom to tell you what to eat, when to sleep and to exercise more, but hear me out. 

First of, Time you spend exercising isn't lost for language learning, since it's a perfect moment to multitask and listen to a podcast or audio lesson as you run, lift weight, stretch, etc. Second, exercising is excellent for your body, and your brain is part of your body. People who exercise regularly (like me) routinely experience creative thoughts and a better mood during and after exercising, and find themselves more motivated and with more energy to tackle their other tasks (such as learning a language).
Don't shy away from exercising out of fear that it will exhaust you. It's quite the opposite.

5) Watch your willpower

Numerous experiments show that we have a finite amount of willpower which gets depleted over the course of the day. Every decision we take, no matter how small, depletes our stock of willpower. Eventually we aren't able to make the right decisions (such as get our language learning done) later in the day because our willpower stock is depleted. There are two ways you can work around this annoying feature of your mind:

  1. Learn a language earlier in the day, while you still have some willpower available
    and/or:
  2. Purposely safekeep your willpower by removing unimportant decision making from your day. For example, I don't really care about clothes, so  I wear a similar outfit everyday and all my clothes are interchangeable. This way I avoid having to decide what to wear in the morning. I also routinely prepare meals in advance, this way I eat what's in the fridge, rather than considering what to eat three times a day. And I keep my willpower for important decisions which affect my life positively, such as getting some language learning done. 

6) Take advantage of your most productive time slot

Everyone of us as a time of the day when they are more productive. Are you an early bird or a night owl? You certainly know if you work better in the morning or in the evening.
Early birds should aim to schedule their language learning session in the morning, before getting caught in their days.
Night owls, on the contrary, should rather schedule your language learning in the evening, when their focus is higher. If you are a night owl, make sure that you will still have willpower available when your productive time comes.

I am an early bird, and therefore I always schedule all my important work in the morning. This is why you cannot have lessons or calls with me in the morning if you live in Europe. I keep the time between 6AM and 12PM to get most of my focused work done. Then, starting 12, I'm happy because my work is done and I can be fully available for my students.

7) Meditate

When Benny Lewis created his video about the Silent Language Retreat, he was joking. For sure you can't learn a language with meditations alone, however, here are a few ways that meditation will indeed help you learn a language:
1) Increased focus. Since I meditate everyday, I have more clarity and almost never feel overwhelmed anymore. I have a much easier time focusing on what matters the most and shutting up the Fear or missing out. Four things you need to learn a language successfully.
2) Liberation from your thoughts. It will be easier for you to think in a foreign language if you are able to control your existing thoughts first. Since I meditate, I find it easier to code-switch (polyglot slang for "change the language I'm speaking in fast") and changing the language of my thoughts at will than ever before.

You can get these benefits with just 5 minutes of meditation a day (that's what I do). It's totally worth it.

8) Lucid dreaming?

I haven't tried this one yet, but it's definitely on my roadmap. Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D. , author of Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming dedicates a chapter of his book to the use of lucid dreams as a "rehearsal for living". He suggests that Lucid dreaming can be used to practice both physical skills and mental skills.
I know from personal experience that it is much easier to speak a foreign language in a dream (even a non-lucid one) than in waking. While you dream, the rational part of your brain is disconnected. This is the one that says things such as "I can't, I don't speak this language, I'm going to be unable to speak". Suddenly, you can and you do speak.

This leads me to believe that lucid dreaming is a giant practicing field for language learners, albeit an unconventional one. And as author Stephen LaBerge points out, we have every night to practice!
If you have  experience with using lucid dreaming as a language learning tool, please send me a message, I would love to hear about it and learn from you.

 

Your turn! Do you know any method or trick to learn faster which I haven't mentioned here? Or do you have any thoughts about those above? Please let me know in the comments below.

Language Learning Goals August 2017 #ClearTheList

#clearthelist is a blog linkup hosted by LindsayShannonAgnieszkaKris and myself. If you’d like to participate, see the rules below this post.

 

Hey it's August already - happy August everyone!

All hail to setting achievable language goals! I actually got *more* language learning done in July than I had planned. Without further ado, let's jump to the review.

Language Learning review - July 2017

 

German

Last month's goal: Perform all the tasks necessary to look for and find a flat.

Done! That was quite a lot of German speaking. Not only we found a flat but we also moved into it and we are all set, except for our internet connection which will take a little longer. I count this as an overachievement!
Also, since we are still in the process of creating our business, I was made to enjoy a tax and administration related meeting with a tax advisor. And I survived.

Spanish

Last month's goal: Keep watching Gran Hotel. I’m addicted to it now so it won’t be too difficult.

It wasn't difficult. I'm now in season 3. I have learnt a ton of Spanish vocabulary, just by watching it and reading the subtitles for spelling. And I believe that the dreaded  conjugations aren't as dreaded as before. My brain somehow got used to them. I will need to ask my teacher to know if my level has really progressed by passive immersion, or if I'm imagining it.

Portuguese

Last month's goal: I’ll pause it for now. Although if you can recommend a good serie I take it.

Actually my partner Ines and I have had two language exchanges conversations in July and we now have a small project together. I wasn't expecting it and I'm very happy about it.

French

Last month's goal: Keep up the couple movie nights.

This is the one thing we didn't do. Without a reliable connexion, I totally forgot about the possibility to watch movies. Sorry Shannon ;-) I'll catch up in August.

English

Last month's goal: Finish the two books I started (48 Laws of power + Fluent Forever) and maybe read some more. 

I finished the 48 Laws of power and I *dropped*Fluent forever. Shame on me! Me who (almost) never drops a book. There are interesting ideas in this book, but as a MA in language teaching, I didn't find many new things new. I understand that this book can bring a lot to anyone who isn't a language learning expert though.
I also read The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman and The Sell by Fredrick Eklund - both books are awesome. Packed with great content and easy to read. The Sell, on top of this, is also very funny, and written in an awesome style. This book is awesome, much better than you'd think by just reading the title. I recommend it to anyone who ever sells anything, which, by Fredrick Eklund's definition, is each and every of us. Special Thanks to Fredrick Eklund for writing it and to Courtney Johnston for recommending it (note: I totally intend to read this whole recommendation list, I only have two books to go).

Routine and productivity

Last month's goal:  Keep the meditation habit throughout the month. That would lead me to day 53.

Done. Today is day 54. I think I can say that I have successfully developed the habit. Yeah!

 

So, what now?

 

Language goals for August 2017

 

German

I totally see that we will have some more administrative meetings with German speakers. So my goal will be to survive those and even get what I need from them.
I remember that one of my yearly goals was to reach level C1 and maybe pass an exam. I'm not officially giving up on this one but I have other priorities. I still want to do it someday but keeping my German functional is enough for now.

Spanish

Finish watching Gran Hotel and hopefully find something else to watch later.  Take one Spanish class and ask my teacher Maoganis if my level has really progressed or if I imagine it. 

Portuguese

Keep up the language exchange and have at least one conversation in Portuguese this month.

French

Have some French movie nights again. Or at least one.

English

Keep reading. I started reading The Power of Now, but I find it not resonating very much with me right now. I also started Blue Ocean Strategy and finally, because I was tired and not fit enough for new concepts, I decided to pick up Think and Grow Rich and read it again. I guess I'm a bit in a reading rut, so my goal would be to get out of it and find books which resonate with my current self. I also want to print the reading list from The Personal MBA and start reading through it.

Routine and productivity

First, carry on my current morning routine, because it's awesome.
Second, I'm now blessed to live minutes away from a gym, so I got a membership and one of my personal goals of the moment is to make going to the gym a regular habit. I'll aim for 3-4 times a week.

Finally, last but not least, I commit to publishing at least one blog post or one video every Monday. There was one this Monday, and I'm preparing some more. I also aim to have some content created in advance so that I won't have to do it last minute, or worse, not at all, when life gets in the way again.

And I have lots of other stuff that I "would like to do" but hey, we said: achievable!

 

 
 

Would you like to know why and how I come up with these goals?

 

Your turn! What are your goals for this month? Let me know in the comments.

I wish you a great August :)

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Traveling in France? Do these 7 things to make the French love you

Are you traveling to France this summer? If so, you can use one or two tips of "savoir-vivre" (the French art of politeness), which will make the French love you. 
Because who wants to be one of those annoying American tourists the world scorns at? Certainly not you!
You’re in luck, below are seven things you must do to become the perfect visitor of France. The French will love you and maybe, just maybe, the waiter and taxi driver will be a little bit less rude with you.

1) Speak French, if you can.

If you know some French, don’t be shy. The French will greatly appreciate any attempt at speaking their language. If they immediately switch to English, don’t feel bad about your French skills. They appreciate you trying to speak their language and want to return the favour by speaking yours.
If your French isn’t good enough to have the whole conversation in French, you can switch to English, or even better, ask the person if it’s ok to switch to English. But always, always, start by speaking French. Nothing is worse than an entitled tourist who speaks to you in their native language, at full speed, expecting you to understand and answer like they’re at home. Even though my English is perfect, it rubs me off every time.

2) Start every interaction with “Bonjour”.

Bonjour. The most important word of the French language. If you speak to someone by saying anything but “Bonjour”, you stand a reasonable chance of being told off by the person, or at least being answered a sarcastic “Bonjour” to whatever you were previously saying. And having the person wait until you say “Bonjour” in return before you get an answer at all.
This is very important in the French culture. So important in fact, that some cafés in France have decided to charge more for a coffee if the customer didn’t say “Bonjour” first.

“Bonjour” can get you a long way. If you don’t speak any French, at least learn how to say “Bonjour”. Here is a short video of me saying it. You can listen to it and repeat until you get it right.

Note: if it’s the evening and you’re an advanced French politeness student, you can refine it by saying “Bonsoir” instead. If you’re not sure, “Bonjour” will do.

3) Minimal survival sentence “Bonjour, do you speak English?”

Combining the first two tips: if you don’t speak any French, but still don’t want to be rude, try addressing people by saying slowly “Bonjour, do you speak English?”.
Speaking slowly and smiling can help you a lot. The French will be much more inclined to help you if you 1) greet them and 2) don’t assume that they must speak your language.

4) Be friendly.

If you have mastered “Bonjour” and you want to learn a second word, I suggest “Merci”.
Staff members in France, like everywhere in the world, like polite guests more than rude guests. So, say Bonjour, Merci, and be overall nice to them.

5) Express your feelings in a more nuanced manner.

Here is one of my favourite question asked by beginner students : 
How to say “it’s amazing!” in French?
I half-jokingly answer that the translation is “C’est pas mal” ( literally: “that’s not bad”).

The French just aren’t as excited about everything as the Americans are. In fact, if you call everything awesome and amazing, you might pass as uneducated, because in France, only children and teenagers do that.


When she was a teenager, for a while, my sister would always say that things were either “cool” (using the English word) or “nul” (which can translate as “it sucks”). My parents made huge educational efforts for her to stop breaking everything into just those two categories. Because that’s how it is in France: if you are an educated adult, you have a whole range of feelings to express, due to the variety of things you have already experienced. And if you feel that something is “amazing” when in fact it’s merely “pas mal”, you come off as inexperienced.

Exception to this rule: if you have a chance to try French food, particularly if it’s homemade, feel free to call it delicious or another superlative. The cook will appreciate it.

6) Expect things to be different

In France, cars, parking lots and buildings are small. In general everything is smaller than in the US. Besides that, many other things might be surprisingly different for you. You should expect it and try to not have very strong reactions - yes, even if you are offered snails for lunch. If you’re not up for the experience, just politely decline.
Keep in mind that a surprising thing for you as a traveler is probably a normal thing for a local. Feel free to ask about it politely. Strong reactions might offend people more than you think.

7) Tip like you would in the US.

Because, I’ll tell you a secret. In France, you don’t have to tip. We only tip if we had a great experience with the restaurant and the service, and typically the tip isn’t very big. So, if you feel obliged to give a 15% tip everywhere you go, you will pass as an unknowing American tourist but people will love you nonetheless.

 

Those are my seven tips to be loved by locals when you travel in France. Do you know any other tip to make foreigners love you when you travel? Please share them in the comments.

45 Awesome Channels to Learn French while Watching YouTube

📺 Download the ebook to discover 25 more French channels you’ll love. 📖

I keep recommending YouTube to all my students. It is a priceless - and free! - tool for learning languages.  Watching videos on youtube is the best way to relax *and* learn at the same time. Truly a bonus for your language skills and your stress level.

There’s only one downside: finding channels which you will like in a new language can be a challenge sometimes. To make up for this, here is my selection of the best French speaking youtube channels. A new channel is added every Friday, so you know what to watch to practice your French in the weekend. ;)

Note: this list was getting really long, so I have organized the first 25 channels into an ebook. They are categorized, to help you find topics that you will enjoy really fast. I have also added indicators of the speed and level of French language, so you know what to expect: the more emoticons you find next to a channel, the harder it will be. 😎

26. 750 Grammes

To a French ear, the name 750 grammes would automatically sound like part of a cooking recipe, and that’s what this channel is all about. It is connected with the website 750g. Both the channel and the website feature countless cooking recipes in French: it’s great to boost both your cooking skills and your French language. There are playlists for nearly everything edible, ranging from Fish to Chocolate and cheese of course. How about some Delicacies in a glass? Yes, it’s a thing, and it’s super popular in France. Way to impress your guests next weekend. ;-) Are you afraid you’ll never be able to cook like a pro? Fear no more, they also have a bunch of helpful tutorials. Will you dare cooking a French dessert for Christmas? Here is a playlist with 31 options.

 

27. Madmoizelle

As the name lets you guess, this channel is somewhat oriented towards women. This channel is connected with the website madmoizelle.com which defines itself as a webzine for young women. It features 2000 videos, including everything you can expect in a magazine for ladies, neatly organized in playlists around each topic: street-style fashion, beauty tutorials, hairdos but also a lot of other topics such as books, cooking recipes or even video games.

Let’s not forget the funny adventures of Mad Gyver, a real life young woman and the hilarious Berengère Krief (whom you might already have seen in the series Bref).

In short, a very varied channel where you can spend a lot of time and learn a lot about French culture,  regardless of your gender.

 

28. NaRt

NaRt is the perfect channel to learn about art. The owner has a preference for contemporary art, but many videos also deal with other styles. The channel features several types of videos, organized in playlists : short videos introducing the style of a painter in three minutes and three key elementspresentation of artistsWork of art analysesseries in several episodes studying topics more in depth such as contemporary art, or female artists, and much more. 

The owner of the channel tends to speak quite fast and deals with complex topics. I would only recommend this channel if you are very familiar with the topic of art - or if your French is already very advanced - level C1 unless you are very good at art.

 

29. Primum non nocere

“Primum non nocere” (latin for “first, cause no harm”) is the famous first sentence of the Hippocratic Oath, which medical doctors must take at the beginning of their career. This channel is indeed about medicine. The owner creates in-depth videos (typically about 10 minutes long) about topics related to health, often taking a fun title, such as “the magic healing kiss” and making a serious informative video about it. I love watching this channel because it teaches me so much about how our body functions, such as why ears feel clogged in a plane or why our nose runs when it’s cold. Other videos are about specific drugs or medical techniques - it turns out that without the beatles, we might never have had scanners.

Check it out if you are good at French and interested in medicine - or if you have a very advanced knowledge of medicine and are looking to improve your French.

 

30. Miss Book

The channel Miss Book is owned by three women who speak about… books.

The three youtubers play the roles of many different characters, with different personalities and different ways of speaking French. It is perfect for you to learn about different styles of French and the kind of person they are associated with. This however, can make some characters harder than others to understand due to the use of slang or very advanced words.

Most of their videos are centered around one book, some of them world-wide famous such as Harry Potter or Le Petit Prince, and others more typically French and less famous.

If you are an avid reader with an advanced level of French, Miss Book must become your go-to place for French reading advice.

 

31. Le fossoyeur de film

“The movie gravedigger” - that’s how the name of his channel translates - speaks about science fiction movies. About one third of his videos are dedicated to “unearthing” old, often little known movies - that’s where the name of the channel comes from.

The other two thirds of the video, called “l’après-séance”, are his immediate impressions after he has been to the cinema to watch a recent movie.The videos are rather long, typically about twenty minutes, and the author speaks rather fast. I would recommend this channel to you if you love science fiction movies, and your French is already very advanced.

Side note: it’s better to have watched the movies before you see the corresponding videos. It will make it easier to understand what he refers to. Some videos (particularly those about older movies) also contain spoilers, which you might not want to see before you see the actual movie.

 

32. EnjoyPhoenix

 

EnjoyPhoenix is one of the most famous French woman on YouTube, with about 2.7 million subscribers - and counting.

Her channel centers around make up and hairdo tutorials. She also likes to share her tips on a variety of topics such as saving time or how to relax. She often shares her routine too.

Her followers are mostly women, so it will be easier to relate and even understand what she says if you are a woman yourself. To be honest, if you follow her a lot you will end up knowing a lot of French words which I don’t know myself about skin care, hair care, make up etc. Many videos are tutorials which means she describes what she’s doing. This means that even though she speaks quite fast, you’ll certainly understand a lot if you have some existing knowledge of those topics.

 

33. La statistique expliquée à mon chat

The title, which translates as “statistics as explained to my cat”, is self-explanatory: in this French-speaking Belgian channel, the author explains statistics to his cat, Albert.

Albert the cat is, just like us, very confused when it comes to understanding what statistics really means. For example, Albert really believes that chocolate makes you smarter and is also very confused about how the leaders of the world are elected and what each voting system really means.

 

34. Prendre sa vie en main

“Prendre sa vie en main” is a French expression which would translate as “take control of one’s life”. This personal development channel offers you to do just that. Most videos are book summaries, such as the seven habits of highly effective people, the compound effect, or this explanation of the cashflow quadrant. Recently, the author as taken the challenge to leave the “rat race” and become financially independant thanks to Multi-level-marketing, within two years. This playlist lets us follow his progress. Will he succeed? We can only know if we follow his work.

 

35. La minute science

Although the title of this channel would translate as “the science minute”, its videos are typically around 4-5 minutes long. They deal with a variety  of scientific topics, such as astronomy, sociology, or biology. I love this channel because every video teaches me something I had not expected, in great details. Have you ever wondered how fear happens in your brain? The tone of this channel is quite technical, so I recommend it to you if your French is already very good, or if you are familiar with scientific subjects. The topics covered differ a lot, so you may understand some videos much better than others. Just try it out!

 

36. Le joueur du grenier

He might be the most famous French gamer on Youtube, with over 2 Million subscribers. By the way, the title of his channel translates as “the gamer in the attic” - probably a reference to his numerous videos about retrogaming on his channel. If you watch his videos, you will hear about consoles you had forgotten about, and, more importantly, games you had never heard about. I’m stuned to find out how many games have existed, as varied as comic books, Star wars or even the Adams family. Don’t worry, he also speaks about less confidential topics such as the numerous PacMan games. His videos are typically around 15-20 minutes long. I’ll recommend them to you, if you are a big gaming fan and you have a good command of French already. You’ll be able to broaden your slang knowledge. Indeed, the gamer in the attic tends to speak like a regular French gamer would, meaning his language is not the most academic. Do you have what it takes to be his gaming buddy?

 

37. Dave Sheik

(previous title: Histoire brève)

This is another one of my favourite channels about history. Dave might the only youtuber who wears a plastic bow-tie on all of his videos, this gives you an idea of the tone of the channel: both serious and funny. He picks an episode of history, often unknown (such as 3 genocides nobody cares about - his words, not mine, I just translate) and explains it to us in a fun, relaxed manner. He has a predilection for quirky topic such as the shortest war ever or tea, as the master of the world. Many of his videos also deal with the topic of colonization, French or otherwize. The channel also includes three (so far) videos about the evolution of the French language. A fun tone also means a relaxed language and a lot of slang. This makes the channel potentially difficult for you. You should try listening to it nonetheless, you’ll learn a lot.

Side note: numerous youtubers I have quoted here before are featured in some of Dave Sheik’s videos. Can you spot them?

 

38. Les langues de Cha’

Charlotte (aka Cha’) is the owner of this channel about… languages - and specifically about linguistics. This channel is quite new but the twelve existing video are very professional and packed with super interesting infos. Is speaking over someone always rude, regardless of  the culture you’re in? Is is possible to forget one’s native language? What are the criteria to make a fictional language a real language? All those questions, and many more, are answered by Charlotte in a very scientific manner.
Also, as a student of French, this channel will provide you with numerous comparison between French cultures and other cultures, and might help you understand why the French are sometimes a bit weird.

Ready to find out why we say “Hello”?

 

39. En fait… (Wooshes)

 

Wooshes is just the name of the channel who publishes the little serie En fait… (meaning “Actually….”) This series follow Vince and Léa as they get into a love relationship, with an interesting twist: whenever they speak about a topic, we see three things: what they say, what Vince really thinks, and What Léa really thinks. This series gives us super funny insights on what men and women think about any given situation they typically encounter at the beginning of a relationship, such as the first date (and what you should not say then), Valentines day, and meeting her best friend.

A new episode is released every week.

Every episode could be watched alone, but I strongly recommend watching them in the intended order, since the relation between Vince and Léa progresses. You can start with the trailer embedded above, or with The first date.

 

40. What the fuck France?

Paul Taylor is English but he lives in France.  Every week, he delivers his hilarious insights on a particular aspect of French culture. Although this channel is mostly in English with French subtitles, it’s a must watch for every student of French. It is the shortest and funniest ways to be informed about all the quirks of French culture, including wine, cheese, bakeries, the French language, and many many more. And as a French man, I have to confess that almost everything he says is entirely true and barely exaggerated.

 

41. Micode

This channel is this year’s revelation on French Youtube. Although it was created in January 2017 and features only ten videos to date, it already has almost 300 000 subscribers - an impressive growth unheard of in French speaking Youtube. Micode is a young Frenchman who studies computer science. His channel is dedicated to letting us know things that we really ought to know about computers and the internet. Is clicking a link dangerous? Should we entrust our browser with our passwords? What should we know about illegal downloading? A new format is dedicated to news regarding online safety, such as the recent leak of CIA documents or the open letter to Trump by The Shadow Browkers. If you know little about IT but speak good French, or if you’re an IT expert and you want to get better at speak in French about those topics,

 

42: Le monde des langues

Pierre has created this channel and the corresponding blog because there wasn’t any French blog dedicated to language learning at the time. The channel now features 67 videos, and about two more are added each week. They deal with major language learning related questions, such as making mistakes, language degrees, vocabulary and grammar. He also has a must-watch serie about the seven deadly sins of language learners. He speaks rather clearly and without slang, which make his videos quite approachable for non-natives. All of his videos develop the topic they deal with in a very nuanced manner. This makes this channel a great starting place if you speak some French already and you want to deepen your knowledge of language learning related topics.

 

43. Aurella

Aurella is a young English woman who is learning French. In many videos, she tells us in English about her French learning journey. She also reviews French learning resources that she uses to learn French, and share insights about her self-teaching method. In addition to those videos in English, she also makes videos in French. Those videos are lesson-like and let you review your French together with her. I love that she has included subtitles both in French and in English, which makes the videos super easy to follow, even if your level is still very low. So, if you have been having a hard time following all the Youtubers which I featured before, this is definitely the channel for you. It’s a no-fail, even if your French is non-existent, and you’re sure to get something out of it if your French is anywhere between beginner and intermediate. Go watch it!

 

44.Confessions d’Histoire

Confessions d’Histoire (History Confessions) is an history channel with an interesting twist. Major historical figures, played by actors, come forward and tell us their version of what happened. All videos deal with the period between the Roman empire and the middle ages, and centers around Europe and more specifically the current territory of France.For example, we directly witness the disagreements between King Louis VII of France and his wife Aliénor, who later married the English King Henry II.

The videos are very funny and help you understand in depth historical events which most of us really don’t know much about such as the first crusade or the conquest of Gaul (currently France) by the romans. A must watch for anyone who is interested in the history of France and Europe.

This channel, which name is based on a play on French words which I can’t possible translate to English, is dedicated to animals… of all kinds. There are many videos about pets, in which Tanguy, the owner of this channel tells you all you need to know before adopting a hamster, bunny, goldfish, snake, turtle or even axolotl. Besides those, Tanguy makes incredible videos where you can learn unexpected things such as how to know an aligator’s sex, or why pigeons chose to live in cities, rather than in the countryside. There is a lot to learn in every video. Tanguy speaks quite fast, often with colloquial expressions and puns, which makes this channel a good fit for advanced students. If you are not quite there yet, I suggest you relax and enjoy the super adorable animals while you give your brain a little bath of French language.

46. Asap Science France

If you know and like the channel Asap Science in English, made by Mitch and Greg, you’ll be happy to discover its little French sibling, Asap Science France. This channel contains only six videos, but each of them is a burst of sicentific knowledge, delivered to you in French with hand drawn illustrations, as well as important part of the text written on screen. This particular format will help you understand the topics better, even though your French is not excellent. The narrator speaks quite fast but in a very clear voice.


You will discover that good people have better outcomes in life (and how come), whether early birds have an advantage over night owls, or what would happen if humans suddenly disappeared. If you like science, you should definitely have a look at this channel.

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Language Learning Goals July 2017 #ClearTheList

Hello everybody! 

I’m back. Yeah I had some kind of hiccup in my language learning last month. As in, life got in the way massively. I had to cancel my participation in the polyglot gathering (I’m still bitter about that but hey c’est la vie), I moved flats and I’m about to move again. So, this month again I might not be able to get a lot of language learning done.

Nonetheless, let’s do a quick review of the past two months:

 

Have two conversations in German, Spanish and Portuguese:

 

German

Considering that I had an evening with my in laws, a visit at the tax advisor, and that I’m looking for a flat and speaking German through the whole process, I’ll consider this goal reached.

 

Spanish

I took one lesson (so that’s a 50% success)
I also started watching Gran Hotel on netflix and I love it.

 

Portuguese

Nope. Failed again. Ines and I couldn’t manage to find a common time in our busy schedule. I think I will pause portuguese for now.

 

French

Finish reading L’invention de nos vie - Done! It’s a very good novel.

Keep the couple movie nights up - Yep. We watched the two movies OSS117 - they’re both hilarious, I totally recommend them.

 

English

Start reading business books again. - Done. I read The miracle morning (Hal Elrod) - about time, since my morning routine has been inspired by the book since last november - The Millionaire Fastlane (MJ deMarco), Get rich lucky bitch (Denise Duffield-Thomas) and almost finished reading the 48 laws of power (Robert Greene) . I also started reading Fluent forever (Gabriel Wyner).

On the recommendation of my friend Derek Sivers, I also followed the entire self-development program Personal Power II by Tony Robbins. I just loved it and I totally recommend it to anyone who wants to develop their potential. In fact I said so much good about it to my wife that she has decided to follow it also this month.

 

Routine & Productivity

Keep iterating on existing routine to make it more productive, and hopefully reach some of the goals I missed in April. - Done! Namely, among the goals I missed in April, I reached those:

Reach a point where I meditate everyday.- I’m proud to say that today is day 25 of my meditation routine, and although I know a habit takes 66 days to become automatic, I have never been so consistent in meditation before so there are great odds that this habit will stick, this time. And I already experience a more relaxed and focused mindset.

Master the Getting things done framework for productivity. - it’s still implemented and I wonder how I worked before it, so that’s a success!

Start consistently using the framework described in this video for setting new habits. - I’m doing it with the meditation habit. After the 66 days I plan on setting another habit, probably an exercise related habit.

My morning routine now looks like this:

  • Drink a big glass of water (with lemon if I have some at hand)
  • Meditate for 40 breath on my yoga mat
  • Do my yoga routine
  • Get dressed
  • Go for a short (or not so short) walk before starting to work, typically around 7AM.

So, let’s set some new goals:

Language Goals - July 2017 

In July my number 1 priority is to find a nicer flat where my wife and I can live for an undetermined period of time (possibly up to two years), so in terms of language goals, this translates as:

German

Perform all the tasks necessary to look for and find a flat. Namely: look up flats online, contact landlords and real estate agents via phone and email. Visit flats and receive explanations in German, and finally read and sign a rental contract.

Spanish.

Keep watching Gran Hotel. I’m addicted to it now so it won’t be too difficult.

Portuguese

I’ll pause it for now. Although if you can recommend a good serie I take it ^^

French.

Keep up the couple movie nights.

English

Finish the two books I started (48 laws of power + fluent forever) and maybe read some more.

Routine and productivity.

Keep the meditation habit throughout the month. That would lead me to day 53.

 

 

 

That’s it. Quite a short list this month. I’m looking forward to when life will be mopre stable and I can start being more systematic in my language learning again.
 
I wish you a good month of July.
What are you language goals?

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