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Australian Speaking 6 Languages (w/ SUBTITLES) | Why & How I Learnt 6 Languages


There’s a plane. Hi guys, welcome back to English with Max.
This video is going to be quite different to what I usually do. As you’ve
probably guessed from the title, this is not an English lesson. Some of my viewers
have been asking me which languages I speak and what my level is, so I thought
I could do this video to give you a bit of an idea. I’ll also briefly tell you
why I learnt these languages and I’ll tell you some of the somewhat
embarrassing mistakes I made along the way. As to how I learnt these languages
most of what I learnt was by myself, using books and online resources. But I
did also have some formal instruction, particularly for French and German,
because those were the first languages I learnt. There will be English subtitles
available for this video. If you are watching this on a computer, you need to
click the CC button, and if you’re watching this on a mobile device, you
need to click the three little dots in the top right hand corner and then click
“Captions”. Some of my linguistic mistakes might not sound all that funny if that
language is not your native language – some things just don’t translate very
well – but I can assure you that at the time I did make a few people around me
laugh. Anyway, in case you haven’t noticed, I am now speaking English. This is
language number 1. Why do I speak English? Well, because I’m
Australian and it’s my native language. It’s the language that my parents spoke
to me, and I also went to English-speaking schools in Australia. I
really love learning languages and for a long time I didn’t actually want to
become an English teacher. For many years my ultimate dream was to become a
conference interpreter. Those are the people who, for example, sit in the glass
booths with the headphones at conferences at the UN.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, a few years ago I started a master’s
programme for interpreting, and a few months into it, I realised that I didn’t
really like it. Oops… Luckily I love English teaching. Now
normally when you study interpreting, you’re not given language classes. Before
starting the masters, you need to already have a high level in all of your
languages, including your native language. Now that might sound quite strange, but
most of the time you actually interpret into your native language, so you need to
be able to express yourself very clearly and accurately. What often happens is
that people focus so much on their foreign languages, that their native
language suffers. And that did actually happen to me. I think a common myth about
interpreters is that they’re these crazy polyglots who speak 10 or 20 languages,
but that is not the case. Usually people start working with two to four languages,
and some interpreters will later add languages. The basic point is: quality
over quantity. So you need to know a couple or a few languages very well. The
foreign languages I focused on were French, German and Spanish.
These are the languages I would say I’m fluent in. I know people have different
definitions of fluency, but basically I’m able to communicate in these languages
without much difficulty in nearly any situation. That doesn’t mean that I speak
them perfectly or that I speak them like a native speaker. I’ve also been at home
in Australia for over a year now and I don’t have much opportunity to speak
them, so they are a little rusty at the moment. However, I would be able to, for
example, study in these languages. My other languages, which are
Italian and Indonesian, aren’t anywhere near the same level. With these languages
I’m able to communicate on a basic level, but I wouldn’t be able to read a
newspaper or something. Ok, now I’m going to speak French.
I started learning French when I was 12. It was at school. But to be honest
I didn’t learn much at school. A lot of Europeans say that foreign languages
are taught very badly in their countries, but I swear it’s much worse in Australia. And
I think it’s similar in other Anglo-Saxon countries. It’s possible that it’s a bit better in England,
but I’m not sure. To give you an example: we didn’t even learn the verb “to be”
during the first year. It was really bad. It’s not necessarily the fault of the teachers
– I had a few good teachers. I think it’s simply the curriculum
– the curriculum’s just not that demanding. Luckily it was much better at uni. It was a shock in the
beginning because all of the classes were in French, so it was very difficult, but I made a lot of progress,
and I particularly improved when I went and lived in France. I lived there for six years
in total. I say “in total” because it wasn’t six years in a row, but well, I won’t go into
detail. It’s not very important. Where was I? Ah, yes. I wanted to talk to you about two
slightly embarrassing mistakes that I made when I was in France. Obviously I made a
lot more mistakes, which is normal when you learn a language, but these two are probably
the ones that produced the most laughs. The first one occurred at the market.
It was a food market in Paris. Basically I wanted to buy some goat’s cheese,
and I knew that French people, instead of saying “fromage de chèvre
(goat’s cheese), often just said “chèvre”. And so, I go up to the cheese seller, and I say:
Une chèvre, s’il vous plâit (a goat, please). For those who don’t speak French and are
reading the subtitles, I had used the wrong article. Instead of saying “un chèvre”, I said “une chèvre”.
“Un chèvre” is goat’s cheese and “une chèvre” is the animal that produces the milk. Luckily the woman was rather nice,
and didn’t poke fun at me too much. I made the other mistake after I had slept at a friends’
place. One of these friends was Austrian (autrichien). Since their apartment was quite small, other friends
who I saw afterwards asked me where I had slept. And I answered: Well, in the
other dog’s (autre chien) room. I started learning German when I was about 14.
I initially learnt it by myself, and then I also had it at school. Then I had
a few German courses at uni in Sydney, and then when I was 20,
I went to Berlin for a year. I admittedly hadn’t yet finished my Bachelor’s,
but I wanted to take a break, and I therefore deferred my studies. But I did
study a little when I was in Germany. I had a scholarship from the DAAD, and I was
enrolled at the Humboldt University. In the beginning I tried to attend “normal” classes,
but my German was simply not good enough. It was really frustrating, particularly because
in Australia I had always gotten good marks in my language classes. One time,
or maybe a few times, I even cried on the phone speaking to my mum. I said something like:
“It’s too hard! I’ll never learn this language!” Luckily there was a good language centre at the
uni and I really took advantage of that. After a while, with work and patience,
my German improved a bit. I think the funniest German mistake I made
was probably when my place got broken into. This event in itself is clearly not very funny, but
what I said to the police made my flatmates laugh when I told them about it later.
It was New Year. I came home at 7am, and I immediately noticed that we had been burgled.
I wasn’t the only one at home, but I was the only one who could speak German. So I called the police and I, very seriously, said: Ja, hallo, ich möchte eine Einbrechung anmelden.
(Yes, hello. I would like to register a break-inning.) If you’re not German, that probably doesn’t sound funny
at all, but my German flatmates found it very funny. Luckily the police didn’t laugh. I don’t speak Spanish as well, because I
started learning it when I was already 23. And as many of you would know, it’s more difficult
to learn a language when you’re already an adult. I’m not saying it’s impossible, so don’t use it
as an excuse, but normally it’s easier if you start when you’re a teenager,
or even younger than that, obviously. In addition, when I went to live in Spain at the age of 23,
I had a very basic level of Spanish. I had studied the grammar a little.
I knew how to say things like: “Where is the train station?” “Do you speak English?” “I don’t have hepatitis.” And other super useful things like that
which you find in guide books. In comparison, when I went to France and Germany,
I was already able to maintain a conversation. But well, it was a challenge. I think the worst mistake – that’s hard for me
– the worst mistake I made was in one of my English classes, because
I was working as an English teacher. I was trying to explain to the students that in
a restaurant or a bar, Anglo-Saxons… Well, it’s not that they’re more polite,
but normally they’re less direct and they use more words to order something.
Whereas in Spain, you go into a bar, you say: Me pones (you turn me on). And that’s it. Well… Seeing as until then I didn’t know any other
meaning of “me pones” (you turn me on / I’d like a…), I didn’t know how important it was
to put another word after it. For example: “Me pones una cerveza.”
(I’d like a beer.) “Me pones un pincho de tortilla.”
(I’d like a piece of Spanish omelette.) I continued learning… Another mistake I made was when I
was talking with some friends. We were talking about soft toys,
don’t ask me why, and I told them that when I was little I had had
lots of soft toys. And that I spoke to them, but I had never had “imaginative” friends. Yes, all of my friends had been so boring! No. Well, of course, what I meant to say was:
I had never had imaginary friends. I’m learning Italian. I understand a lot,
but I don’t speak it very well. I started two years, or two and a half years ago. I mainly used Duolingo and YouTube.
The two channels I like the most are: Italy Made Easy and Learn Italian with Lucrezia. I’ve also watched Oneworlditaliano
e Italiano Automatico. My problem is that I’m not studying it
very consistently. I’m not a good student. Sometimes I watch lots of videos
and do lots of grammar exercises, but often I do nothing for several weeks.
In short, you shouldn’t follow my example. In addition, I don’t speak it very often. It’s stupid
because I have an Italian friend who lives in Italy (hi Emilio), and sometimes I speak with him on Skype.
We do a sort of language exchange. I know that I should speak more often with him. I can speak a tiny bit of Indonesian.
When I was little, I lived in Jakarta because my father was working there. And at
the time my Indonesian was very fluent. But when my family came back to Australia,
I was 6 years old. I was still very young. Then I forgot everything.
Yes, I forgot how to speak Indonesian. Then when I was 19, I went to Indonesia alone
for three months to learn Indonesian again. Lots of people say that it isn’t possible for a person
to forget a language. But I know this isn’t true. Yes, it’s possible to forget a language.
Some people say that if you’ve had it once, it will come back, but that
did not happen in my case. I had to study and practise to get
to a basic conversational level. “Nossa, nossa
Assim você me mata” No, I’m kidding, I don’t speak Portuguese.
And I don’t sing either. Basically all I can say in Portuguese is:
“Não falo português.” And “obrigada”. It’s unfortunate because I
would like to learn Portuguese. I actually started a couple of years ago,
but I had already started learning Italian and it was just getting a bit
too confusing. But hopefully in the future I will learn it at some stage.
Particularly because I know a lot of my viewers are from Brazil. Anyway, I hope
that was somewhat interesting for you. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
Maybe you could tell me which languages you speak, or which languages you would
like to learn. Be nice to each other, guys. This isn’t a competition. How many
languages a person speaks or how well they speak them depends on so many
factors. For example, upbringing, education and I think the most important thing is
interest. So how interested you are. I speak a few languages because I’m
interested. Some people, maybe they’re just learning English because they need
it for their job or because they want to travel. And you know, that is absolutely fine. So yes, just be kind to each other, guys.
I’ll see you next time with an English video. Bye bye.

100 Replies to “Australian Speaking 6 Languages (w/ SUBTITLES) | Why & How I Learnt 6 Languages”

  • Yo pienso que sabes muy bien el español sólo falta mejorar la pronunciación pero no está tan mal

  • What's up with everyone wanting to learn Indonesian? But, why don't you learn some Asian languages, they're fun! (Is Indonesia in Asia?) I meant something more common that more people speak like Cantonese, Korean, and Japanese?

  • Gracias por tú tiempo y tú experiencia. !¡Bravo!. I'm improving English.
    我喜歡知道漢語。

  • out of those languages i know English(only). but when i listened to you i thought that you were native speaker. respect to your talent. Good luck!👍👍❤

  • Brazil hahahah ….. Cool cool ….. Assim vc me mataa ….. Ma come parla bene il portoguese !

  • Funny to see your body language changing according to the language you speak. Learning Portuguese as you can speak Spanish, Italian and French is going to be a piece of cake for you. Congratulations for your French.
    I can speak French, English, German (to be improved), Portuguese.

  • Tu español es muy bueno, incluido tu acento. Por momentos incluso pareces hablante nativa, mientras que en otros momentos se te nota un poco pero sin resultar demasiado evidente. Enhorabuena!

  • By the way, my mom's experience with German is so similar to yours with Indonesian. She was born in Germany and spent the first 6 years of her life there, so she spoke German fluently, and then came to Spain and completely forgot it. So don't feel guilty, it's normal to forget a language.

  • When you said quality over quantity I agree hundred percent! I think this year I have to focus on my Chinese again because I've been trying to learn the language but I haven't even mastered it and decided to learn French and Spanish. Thank you for the advice.

  • Deutsch ✔️✔️
    French ✔️✔️
    English ✔️✔️✔️
    Spanish 😯😢
    Italian 😯😢
    Indonesian 😯😯😯😯😢😢😢

  • hey, im 13 years old and dutch… I speak: dutch, English, very basic German, just a little French…and just a few words in many langues..like: Ola, Nihon, selamat pagi, merhaba….

  • Have you ever been interested in Esperanto? That's my favourite language and I have met a big variety of people thanks to it

  • Hablas muy bien español.😃
    Yo empecé a tomar clases de inglés a los 31 y sí, es más difícil aprender un nuevo idioma cuando ya eres mayor.
    Tus videos son geniales. Saludos.

  • I basically started to learn French and German about a year ago after watching this video for the first time and now I'm quite surprised that I'm able to understand pretty much everything you said in these languages. I come back to rewatch it now and then to get some inspiration!

  • Hello.
    I’m From Saudi Arabia
    For me English is not easy . It needs hard work and practice to much .
    I’ll travel to Australia after 4 months for learning English.

  • First, the Language classes in school in the US are ALSO horrible! I wish I had the internet when I was a kid! 8(

    Second, the human brain is WEIRD! Yesterday I watched a video, and two polyglots mentioned that they have the same experience I have. It is like, if you haven't used a language in a while, the language seems to be kind of missing, but in a few minutes it suddenly gets a lot better. It is almost like a computer starting up. AND, if you haven't done something for a LONG time, sometimes you just need the right thing to bring it back. You likely DIDN'T forget everything, and you might not have forgotten ANYTHING!

    I once got locked out of a system that crashed right after changing the passwords, time had passed, and I had NO hope of getting in. I decided to sleep on it, and just hope. Almost before I went to bed, the password came to me and I was up and running again.

  • Sei bravissima, complimenti !
    Io sto studiando inglese, spagnolo e russo, vorrei poi aggiungere tedesco e francese.
    Grazie per i tuoi contenuti !

  • You clearly have amazing language skills and sound so convincing in all of them, even in Portuguese. I need to run and brush up my skills soon (your video was indeed what I needed to see today). Obrigada e parabéns! 💐🍀

  • Your German and Spanish are very impressive. I can't judge the other languages, but you seem to be quite good in all of them.

  • Bahasa Indonesia mu sudah bagus.

    Saya orang indonesia, Bahasa Indonesia adalah Bahasa Ibu saya. Menurut ku Bahasa Indonesia adalah bahasa yang paling mudah untuk dipelajari karena di BI tidak ada yang membedakan contoh : She / He ( Bahasa Indonesia : Dia ), dan masih banyak lagi yang lainnya, berbeda dengan bahasa lainnya di dunia.

    Itu hanya pendapat saya saja, bagaimana menurut mu?

  • Unless there's a colloquial Australian during spelling that I'm unaware of, it should be "learned" instead of "learnt." Just looking out for your street cred

  • Dein Deutsch ist sehr gut. Ich höre fast keinen Akzent. Und Fehler sind mir auch nicht aufgefallen. Wow! Mein englisch ist nicht mal annähernd so gut.

  • Du sprachst ja gut Spanisch, akzentfrei, gute erklärung was du sagen wolltest . Ich habe kein wörter … Es ist unglaublich, wie begabt du bist. Me hizo gracia que dijeras "Sabía decir cosas como … y mencionaste "No tengo hepatitis", y por alguna razón me hizo gracia, estuve riendo durante un buen rato. You did really well, I thoroughly enjoyed the video, because I can see that you are doing great, mate. Weiter so.

    Myself, I am half english- spanish and I was born in Bulgaria and I live in Madrid, Spain, and currently studying Italian, Portuguese and German. Currently I speak 4 languages, and I would like to speak many more languages, they are all so beautiful. Big up for everyone and good luck in your language learning process. Peacee 🙂

  • Do you have an Australian accent when you speak English ? I'm not English so I'm not sure. Also I would like to speak like an Australian, not the accent but just the pronunciation. Then there is Japanese, Persian from Afghanistan (Yes I love chosing every detail), Italian, Spanish from Mexico (yup), Polish, Indonesian (this one just a little for fun because I know a few Indonesians), and I'd like to get better in German and Arabic from Algeria and Classical Arabic, I forgot the rest.
    My main language is French from Switzerland, OH YEAH, I would like to learn a bit of Swiss German (which is not German) just for fun.

  • Indonesian is the easiest language to learn. I think you can be fluent in just two weeks. I've been learning English for years and now I'm kind of interested in learning German.

  • I'm almost done learning Spanish, and plan on going to a Spanish speaking country again to cement it in there. I plan on French next. I have a real passion for it, and love to find more organic and engaging ways of doing it, and discovering how I leanr more about myself as a person in order to learn a language in the first place!

  • wow your french accent is absolutly perfect i'm french and i thought you were french at frist reaally good job . i sppeak french arabic and english but i still luck on learning spanish idon't understand why

  • You do really have a very high level of spanish. Me gustó, me encantó escucharte hablar español por primera vez. Siempre te había escuchado hablar en inglés y no tenía idea que hablas tan bien mi lengua. De verdad admiro como hablas de bien. Pronuncias muy bien todas las palabras, y eso que dices haberlo aprendido a los 23 años. Verdad me encantó haberte escuchado hablar en español. Greets from Colombia.

  • That is impressive!. I speak arabic, english and learning german. I hope to learn french and spanish like you in the future you've already motivated me to do that btw i love your australian accent. if you interested i can teach you some egyptian arabic words

  • aksen bahasa indonesia kamu sangat bagus, apakah kebanyakan orang australia bisa berbicara bahasa indonesia?

  • e tu dici di non parlare bene l'italiano? non hai fatto mezzo errore invece, parli molto meglio di certi italiani. Avanti così, sei sulla strada giusta

  • Your German is sooo good, I can barely hear an accent and your intonation is perfect, you sound German to me!
    And I really love your English! Sometimes I have problems to understand australian people because of the accent, but your English sounds crystal clear in my ears!

  • The best "polyglot" video on YouTube. You have competence and knowledge not by memorizing but acquired perfectly. This is true and honest comment to you❤ I also love languages and know Finnish, English and now learning French!

  • Very very good, especially german 🙂
    I invite You to check my chanel, there is the answer on how many languages I speak/use/understand (ofc. not ideally)
    #slavicpolyglot

  • C,est vraiment un vidéo interssant! J’aime bien le contexte que tu donnes lorsque tu as appris chaque langue. Personellement, je parle français, anglais et español…j’essaie d’apprendre l’allemand avec des livres et avec YouTube, mais ce n’est pas facile. Continue le bon travail. Salutations du Québec.

  • Your're amazing, I must admit it once again 🙂
    Your French and German accent is awesome, really. And the way how you pronounce beer in Spanish is gorgeous:-D
    I was learning French for one year and have learnt in better than English which I was learning much longer. Nowadays I've started once again with English – so I'm fighting 💪
    Could you tell me if you have or had some troubles which I mean doubts while thinking or speaking in foreign language? I'm asking, because I have that one – for me it is tough to 'think in English', especially that you use so many auxiliary verbs, have PERFECT ascpect which is hard to get in PRESENT tense 🙁 and phrasal verbs which should be banned 😉
    Okay, but I don't want to complain too much 😉 I really admire you, you're such a gifted person 🙂
    I asked you if you English was your first language, because for me you don't sound exactly British (I didn't know that you came from Australia).
    Once again thanks for this video 🙂
    Could you give your opinion whether going abroad with for instance B2 in writing/reading and B1 in speaking English is enough to get a job and live in English-speaking country without much stress? 🙂
    Sorry for such a long post 😊

  • Hey English with max, how long would it take for me to learn Spanish? I picked up basic words , numbers , days ect how long to speak fluent? How long did it take you and what helped you learn? Little tricks and tips please? ⭐️ Por favor!

  • Hi teacher
    You have good and amazing languages.
    I am learning English now and I will try to learn Spanish as well because my native language is Arabic. So as you know Spanish has a lot vocabularies from English and Arabic.
    Thank you for this amazing video.

  • gostei muito do seu vídeo obrigado. eu também estou aprendendo português. I "speak" several languages. par ordre de fluidité; English, hebraico, espanol, francaise, portugues, aravite, dan sepertimu, orang Indonesia (aku cinta Indonesia!). tomaría demasiado tiempo explicar cómo entré en contacto con estos idiomas. Ich habe Deutsch vergessen. Mein Vater sprach es. terima kasi!

  • Jetzt muss ich wieder daran denken, wie unser Französisch-Lehrer nach den Klausuren immer die gröbsten Fehler mit uns besprochen hat. Da kamen sehr lustige Sachen bei rum. Zum Beispiel einer, der sagen wollte, dass er zweimal die Woche baden (schwimmen) geht: "Je me baigne deux fois par semaine!" Das beste war, als einmal jemand die falsche Endung benutzt hat, da war sein Kommentar "Il est jolie? Da müssten wir mal n Biologielehrer fragen, ob das möglich ist."

  • Your voice is so pleasant in all those languages! It's amazing!
    You make me want to learn German and Spanish, even though I live in Korea 😆 ❤🙊

  • Sprachkurse und Sprachunterricht sind sehr oft keine so gute Vorbereitung, wie man denkt. Ich habe das Gefühl, dass man Sprachkentnisse am besten aneignet, wenn man selbstständig intensiv und motiviert lernt: Grammatik lernen >> Erstes Sprechen >> Smartphone auf die zu lernende Sprache stellen >> Medienkonsum auf der zu lernenden Sprache (Radio, Videos, Instagram)
    Nach einer Weile, wenn man gute Grundkenntnisse hat, sollte man sich aber jemanden suchen, um die Aussprache zu verbessern und mit jemand anderem auf der Sprache sprechen zu können. Aber es ist halt auch so, jeder lernt anders …

    PS: Wer auf dieser Welt lernt freiwillig Deutsch? Die Sprache ist nur dann toll, wenn man gerne flucht und beleidigt 😀

  • English-speaking linguists are the heroes of our craft because out there in the field they have to fight people's desire reply in English. You're a ledge., seriously!

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