The Moment of Truth: Testing My Ability (Learning Portuguese part 2) Before I even start this article, I just wanted to say that you shouldn't feel down on yourself if you don't feel like you can speak a foreign language after studying for a week or a month, or even a year. I really enjoy pushing myself to see what I am capable of, and that's why I make these videos.
And hopefully you can implement some of what I've shared into your own language studies. But at the end of the day we all learn at different speeds and we're also not all attempting to do the same thing. Depending on what languages you already know and what you want to learn. Wherever you are in the process, don't give up. It's worth sticking with it.
Okay, onto the video
Okay, so we're all here to see how well I can speak Portuguese after a week. If you don't know what I am talking about or how we got here you can check out part one which I'll link down in the description below. In part one I cover three steps in how I learn foreign languages. And there's actually a fourth step: after you gather the building blocks and the glue and entered the bubble, if you will, there's only one thing left to do and that is talk to people. You cannot master a language by yourself in your bedroom without communicating with other people.
The only way to get good at speaking is by speaking. Now there are actually a ton of ways to find people to speak with all of which are thanks to the internet. Be creative. You can use Tinder. I've seen this been done in subreddits. You can probably use my comment section. Actually a small plug here: my patrions on Patrion have access to a private discard group and people were connecting over different languages on there.
Which is something I love to see. This leads me to a very important point and I think this is the single biggest reason why a lot of people don't end up ever successfully learning foreign language. And that is that you are inevitably going to sound like a dummy. You are going to say stupid, nonsensical or embarrassing things when you start using a language that you never used before. Pão is bread in Portuguese and pau means stick. I'm not even fully sure if I'm successfully saying this correctly. And this is happens in all languages.
Cou in French is neck and cul is ass. I know a lot of foreigners that struggle with the difference between bitch and beach, shit and sheet. So I think it's just something that comes with all languages.