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For Anyone Learning a New Language | New Age Creators


This is probably the hardest video I’ve had to make. But also the one I’ve been wanting to make for the longest time. Communicating with others in a language that is not my own has been my biggest struggle and insecurity. Sometime it’s a hurdle that doesn’t look that scary. I can walk around it and be fine. But other times it gets overwhelmingly big and makes me feel paralyzed. Speaking with people and being understood is something we take for granted. It’s such a simple thing Words coming out of your mouth, your thoughts taking shape giving people a look into who you are, what you think, how you feel. But what happens when those words aren’t there? When you reach and try to detangle the mess that is in your head? And you’re looking for words to tell others how you feel, but you can’t find them… Your brain is bubbling with thoughts and ideas but somehow you fall short of putting them into words. You question why you’re even doing it in the first place. I have no ties to the English language. I’m reaching for something that I’m creating myself and trying to hold it in place. I was born in Portugal. All of my family is Portuguese. I spent 20 years of my life figuring out who I am and creating myself in Portuguese. It’s tricky to all of a sudden want that feeling in a different language. I feel at a disadvantage. Like others are way ahead of me and I’m just trying to catch up. I like English. I like how you can say things a million different ways. I like how you can play with words and create pretty images in your head. But sometimes I can’t help but feel out of place when people around me are deep into conversations. I feel like I’m watching things through a lens. And when I say something it’s like the words somehow don’t fit me. I’m not worthy of them. They’re borrowed. I often find myself contemplating… Staring at people and soaking in all they’re saying. It all still feels like a novelty to me. I feel excited when I hear something I have never heard before. And I make notes of funny words and sayings I hear here and there. As much as I might feel like I’m lacking the tools to be me in English sometimes. I enjoy that I get to build new pieces of me with it. I may not have found my voice in English yet but maybe that’s because I’ve yet to find my voice, regardless of what language I’m speaking in. And I look around and see friends who were built from one, two, three different languages even. And I might not be my full “me” in English yet. But it’s thanks to that “flawed me” that I can connect. And be inspired by some of the greatest people I’ve met. I would love to hear you thoughts in the comments below.

100 Replies to “For Anyone Learning a New Language | New Age Creators”

  • If this is how you're feeling then can I just say, you speak English beautifully- you have a way with explaining things that many people cannot which makes you extraordinary.

  • Ana, this is amazing, thank you! Had to move to France from Portugal 3 years ago. Feel this everyday. To try and really express myself in French makes me feel so "dumb" at times… But anyways, we'll be ok! 😀

  • "I'm lacking the tools to be me in English" this quote just perfectly decribes the feeling of not being 100% me, when speaking a foreign language.

  • I've lived in the U.S. all my life. English was my first and only language until high school. My freshman year I took a Spanish class. It started to be my favorite class. I decided to take the next level my sophomore year. Many of the same students were in that class too. They became some of my best friends. I couldn't help but continue. I took Spanish 3 and 4 the next two years. It was hard, but I loved it. It wasn't until college that I started think about how Spanish could actually be useful. I took a course in college, but that was all I could afford and still graduate in 4 years. I started teaching high school English immediately after college. I was given a chance to monitor a Spanish class. The ITV teacher was terrible. I was like, "I can do this so much better." So I tried to get certified to teach Spanish. The test was killer! I failed it twice. I just recently took it for the 3rd time and I get my results on Friday, and I'm freaking out!

  • I just remembered the day Ana+Marie pizza live chat party. I told I met you guys at SP, and Marie asks "Where is SP?", Ana said "SoulPancake". I could see two Portuguese mother language souls get instantly connected even they were talking in English.

  • As an immigrant, I moved to Belgium 4 years ago seeking for a better life. I had to first learn French then Dutch, it was and still is a challenge. No language is easy to learn, especially when you get older.

  • This is so me!
    I speek English & Spanish and I'm currently learning French & Swedish this is how I feel when I'm trying to express myself but the right words just won't come…they are all there bouncing around in my mind but somehow won't connect & won't come out.
    Thanks for posting this!!

  • It's quite tricky because I kind of grew up with two languages at the same time. I also started learning a third language when I was a small kid. This makes you feel good at home (at least for me): you can watch TV series in three languages, you manage to help tourists out in three languages… It's cool. But when you have to make your whole life in a language that isn't the language you're used to, while dealing with everything in your life, things can get pretty strange and you may feel confused and lost. It's super weird. After some time, you just get used to it and it becomes super normal. However, if you are in the same situation, the language you were used to will start getting harder to put out and you'll find yourself looking for words you knew before, for translations of expressions you think will help you much better describing the situation you're trying to talk about. Finally, people can eventually come to you at a store (like it happened with me) and say "you're doing a great effort speaking our language. That's remarkable." or "Did you learn all this from your parents in your country?". In that moment, you fell so confused and awkward. For me, this is what comes out the most.

  • I wanna be able to go anywhere and comunicate with people with no trouble. I speak spanish english and catalan so now I'm in the journey of learning to speak french, portuguese, russian and chinese

  • I'm Filipino who speaks Spanish, Bisaya, Tagalog and English and who learns Japanese, Korean and Chinese. The latter's reason has to do with establishing a deeper sense of bond with my friends who are Korean, Japanese, and Chinese. As what Nelson Mandela said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."

  • It bothers me when people want you to feel sorry for them, like yeah the video is good, but just do it, get your ass up and get work done.

  • To be honest, I think that your English and the way you speak in all of your videos is with better grammar and flow than most people who speak English as a first language… you just have a way of writing things that's so poetic and beautiful. 🙂

  • Why do we have to put every simple topic in such a dramatic, melancholic, "inspiring" facade? Take melancholic piano music, a bit pseudo-philosophical talk and some nice video material of people living their life and people go like "oh my god, thats so inspiring!"

    Dont get me wrong, I think you did a great job here, but this is a serious question. I know videos like this provoke emotions but sometimes I dont want to be affected by it.

  • Thank you for sharing this beautiful message. My husband and I have recently moved to Mongolia and are having a hard time with the language. You beautifully articulated some of my fears and frustrations with trying to connect with new friends in an equal space. We all smile a lot. And that helps. But I look forward to the day when we can laugh at the same jokes told in the same language.

  • What language are you all studying and what's your native language? My native language is American English and I'm learning Swedish!

  • Hello 🙂
    I'm from Portugal, just like you. I've never really thought of it in the future, but now I'm sure that I want to study as many languages as possible. I want to be a Translator. I also feel like you; sometimes I'm losing and I feel like I'm not myself. I'm scared. I loved your video and the message you passed through. Keep up the good work!

  • Great vid! Other languages are great for better understanding the world around. And they're so good for mental health as well. Human languages are far more complex then those used by machines, and despite they're not so precise, they're still very interesting and useful. It's really interesting to get into both humans' and mechas'. 🙂 And I wish we could get the animals' and birds' langs too!

  • I'm learning Spanish and it's so frustrating not being able to say what I want to say and I feel like I sound like a child when I speak it.

  • It's like putting on new clothes, fun and exciting, but inevitably I feel like an imposter. I went to Paris, studied my mother tongue as much as I could beforehand, and yet my accent was still not perfect (that would happen, my mother is from Haiti, not Paris.) So I perfected it there, I loved hearing the language, I secretly listened to all the words I didn't understand and even the ones I did, just to get the tone of the accent around me. And it worked, I echoed the accent in chosen words, the few that came out, I practiced with my husband, the store clerk, to their exasperation. But then I couldn't take the accent off, not without stretching my mouth back into the way I held it when speaking English. Suddenly, my English sentences were coming out in a French accent. I was embarrassed, but it just naturally happened, holding my mouth tensed ready for Parisian words suddenly changed the way I spoke English. It was a strange feeling. Unfortunately, it didn't take many English sentences with my husband for me to come completely out of that French world, where all the sights and sounds were in French. I was still in the Paris airport when I realized I had reverted as if back home, the language taking me there before my body.

    This was a beautiful film. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Hello, am looking for Japanese and Korean people who wants to practice or improve their spoken English. Looking for language exchange partners.

  • Although I am late to the conversation itself, Ana, deixa-me te dizer wow. I feel somewhat similar to exactly what you explained : sometimes I feel like a complete outsider trying to express myself, trying to find my voice. However, instead of feeling that outsider sensation in english , as strange as it may sound, I feel it in portuguese, my first language. I'm not master in english, christ , as far I am concerned I have a long way ahead of me. But sometimes my own language seems so full of rules and formality. I'm half brazillian and the other half portuguese and while I was growing up kids always found out a way to make fun of me because I always ended up mixing certain words of the european and brazilian portuguese. Long story short : english somewhat makes me feel as if I have a place in the world.

  • I've studied American Sign Language and it is so difficult sometimes. I want to be better but it's hard. I have to work really hard to understand and I have to work really hard to be understood. It's so inspiring to hear others talk of their struggles learning a new language. It encourages me to keep practicing

  • Gosto muito dos teus vídeos, no entanto neste pareces ingrata em relação a saberes português e estás a denegrir um pouco a língua portuguesa, como se nós não tivéssemos riqueza. Como se a nossa língua não fosse nada comparado com o Inglês. I love english, of course, mas… se há coisa de que me orgulho é de saber falar uma das línguas mais complicadas do mundo e das mais ricas também.

  • I want to study in Germany and I'm learning the language right now … and it's so hard, it makes me feel frustrated and I often feel like I'll never speak well enough. But I keep going 🙂

  • i'm trying to learn how to speak in russian and i'm struggling but this video made me feel better. thank you 🙂

  • My native language is English (USA, but I've lived in England for half of my life). I'm also half-french, but as a young child, I was taught very little French. I'm now working very hard on my french so that way I can finally talk to my french family without having my father translate for me. I've been learning for a few years and I've found it's very easy for me to pick up the language. I'm also learning it because I know how much it would mean for my father for me to learn his native language. This video is very inspiring and it motivates me when I feel stuck. 💕

  • so true, i am strugeling with something similar with a difference that i don't speek language of a country i live in, so i am dealing with it on a daily basis and it's very frustrating, but i am just trying to be positive about it and not give up

  • It definitely change the way I think some how 😊.
    Getting to shap the way you want to say samething it always seams fun yet hard at the same time but the real joy is when you get to understand the language your learning 💜.

  • I'm a native English speaker, and I'm currently learning Spanish in highschool (and nowhere near being fluent in it.) Entering the class, my thought was, "oh, it'll be like English, but with different words." boy, was I wrong. However, I think that's a good thing. Even though it makes it more difficult, it also makes me curious about the ins and outs of the language. It also helps having an inspirational teacher that gets just excited about you wanting to learn as you are of discovering small, but satisfactory rules or words. However, it gets frustrating trying to communicate in a language you know very little of. In your native language, you have the ability to paint the perfect picture of what you want to say with your words, but in one you're learning, it's like someone is only letting you paint in one color and the methods you used in previous paintings won't work with this one, so you have to start over. I couldn't imagine being surrounded by a language I don't know very well. It must be overwhelming at times.I doubt I'll ever experience this, but it's still a powerful "what if" question. However, it doesn't stop me from wanting to learn. When the Spanish teachers are talking to other Spanish teachers or upperclassmen, I get excited if I can pick words out, but wish I knew all of them. It's even more exciting when you can figure out what they're talking about. One day, I want to be fluent in Spanish, but many other languages as well. Languages are an art of their own the way I look at it, and the more I can soak in, the better. Good luck to everyone learning a second language, and I especially hope for anyone who plans on living in an area dominated by that second language that they can understand and speak it just as well as their own.

  • You are such a lovely person <3
    I lived also 20 years in another country. I learned English in my mother country but
    I struggle with german !!!
    How it affects me ? I am…literally..lost

  • I'm from Germany but I like talking English way better… I don't know it's just the way you can say things more powerful

  • Fazia tempo que não ouvia um motivo tão bom para continuar nesta difícil mais gratificante caminhada, muito obrigado por compartilhar…

  • Beautifully expressed. It's strange those insecurities we feel when speaking a language that's not our native tongue, somehow intensely personal yet recognisably universal. That feeling of "what was that word she just used? -as the conversation passes you by. The feeling that you will never be as fluent as a native speaker… But Portuguese girl, what you have done with this video demonstrates that you are a master!

  • "although I'm lacking the tools to be me in English, I enjoy that I get to build new pieces of me with it." The fear and beauty of language learning spoken in two sentences.

  • I don´t think that she's saying that her pronounce is bad. In my opinion what she's trying to pass is that many times when you want to say something in another language is harder, since the way you say it on your original language might be diffrent then what you are trying to say.

  • I am learning Japanese and its true. I want to say many things but am confined to a very limited vocabulary. It is very difficult but at the same time I think it makes our brains stronger. Having very few words that you can say but using those few words to communicate about the world around us. Its so difficult yet so rewarding when successful.

  • This is true in so many ways. I'm struggling myself as an international student, studying and working in other country, not that i'm complaining. I'm lucky enough to be able to experience this. But struggles are always there.

  • Learning another language actually affects me a lot, when I was 13 I moved to Asia and I needed to speak English and was so hard. And 6 months ago I move to Portugal and the feeling that you can't express yourself is really heartbroken.

  • I'm portuguese and I moved to France 5 years ago. What you say on the video is sooo accurate! I don't feel like I'm ME at 100% in French, like I have to think before I talk, choose my words, think how to make the better sentence to express myself so it's not always spontaneous. And when I'm with people who talk portuguese (my native language) I feel free, I feel that I can truly be myself at 100%. And sometimes I stop and just stand at the people who are around me and speak perfect french and I just feel like i'm not where I'm supposed to be. But at the same time I love knowing different languages and I want to learn even more!!

  • I'm Vietnamese. I'm learning English. And I'm gonna learn French. I love languages.
    Who do wanna chat with me in English? Who do wanna learn Vietnamese?

  • Im learning spanish coming from England, where nobody is very interested in languages and I have no friends around me who feel the same about languages. I have basically taught my self everything and it's been very hard for me to express myself with nobody around me who has the same passion as I do. I am only intermediate and I have been studying for nearly 2 years. It's so frustrating that I can't find someone to share my hobby with. I have trained myself to translate everyday phrases into Spanish and use it everyday and it's so frustrating that sometimes I can't say what I want to say or I know that I have a chunk of knowledge missing. I hope that I can find friends that love languages as much as me and that I won't feel as lovely. Español es mi pasión y un día seré fluido y tendré un personalidad en español.

  • 90% of this video is me…how I feel with my french, spanish, romanian, and italian. Basically any language I wanna learn and am learning.

  • I am also a non-native Englsih speaker, and my mother language seems to only restrict me from learning it. Mandarin Chinese, the language that I grew up with, and what I expressed myself with, is nothing like the language that I am trying to learn, that I must learn, because that is what America hears. The way that you described it, searching for words that are not there, is a powerful representation of how I feel when I speak English. But knowing that there are others, and that I am not alone in this struggle, give me hope. Your words have given me hope, thank you. 谢谢您。

  • I grew up speaking English and I'm still going to school in America as a high schooler. The program doesn't let me take a foreign language, but I have this fascination about languages and other studies. I wanted to learn Icelandic. It's very difficult and if your school doesn't teach it then self education can be very difficult. But it doesn't stop me. I can read and form sentences in my head and describe my feelings in Icelandic because of all my effort. ✨

  • Few people know about a pragmatic, efficient way to learn a new language. Those who do, advance in learning steadily and according to their schedule. While most people find themselves learning a new language as a necessity, many others do it because it is fun. It feels more sophisticated to know more than one language. It can be highly beneficial in your life over the long run. However, it is not an easy task to learn a new language no matter whether it is for fun or out of necessity. You've probably seen friends or acquaintances talk about wanting to learn a foreign language, then enthusiastically purchasing products, books, and maybe even enrolling into a course or program, only to ultimately see the reality of the fact that they have failed in their pursuit of learning another language. According to The Guardian, the ICM survey, which questioned 1,001 young people aged 14-24 from across the UK in June this year, paints a picture of a generation perhaps surprisingly open to the prospect of language learning, but often deeply lacking in the confidence of their ability to put their language studies into practice. Three in ten who chose not to study a language at GCSE or A-level say language learning is challenging, with almost half of all those questioned regarding grammar as difficult to learn and 40% seeing memorizing vocabulary as hard work. The research had indicated that A-level languages are perceived as being harder than other subjects and their content is demotivating. Sitting down with a language textbook and trying to teach yourself a new language is not only boring, it takes an inordinate amount of time. It can take months to capture the basics of a particular language. Fluency comes far later. Often, we don’t have the luxury of spending months learning a language. For example, those people who are migrating or taking up a job abroad.
    However as an individual learner or with a tutor, the student can cut down the time it takes him/her to master the basics of a new language. There are methods that can be used to reduce the time it takes.
    Main Essentials of Learning a New Language – They distinguish three main essentials associated with learning a new language; namely the vocabulary, basic sentence elements / patterns, and grammar rules. Vocabulary – the most basic step towards learning a new language is to learn its words. Familiarity with the words will lead you to form sentences. Sentence Patterns and Elements – this has to do with how you ask and answer questions. Making coherent sentences is the way to make someone understand what you are saying. The ability will also help you understand what others are saying and how you might respond. Grammar Rules – Each language has certain rules that need to be followed.
    There is a special type of media developed for the first and second component – a bilingual graded book. Bilingual graded books are also called bilingual graded readers. They offer a parallel translation that allows the user to learn a new language in less time. With the translation on the same page, learners can effortlessly learn what any unfamiliar words mean. They can quickly pick up new vocabulary and phrases that are used over and over in texts of bilingual graded books. When they read a graded bilingual reader, they can pick up chunks of language and vocabulary that they can use in conversation and other real-world applications. It also significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to become conversational in a new language. As you read a bilingual reader, your brain begins to remember words and phrases simply because you are exposed to them several times. You don’t even realize, until you have to recall what you’ve learned, that you have already learned the new words and phrases. Listen to the audio tracks that should always accompany a bilingual graded book to learn how words are said and to improve your overall ability to speak the new language. A good idea is to use the free VLC media player to control the playing speed. You can control the playing speed by decreasing or increasing the speed value on the button of the VLC media player's interface.
    Decide what is better for you a paper book or an e-book. Many of the e-readers by Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo have dictionaries pre-loaded on their devices, with options to download additional ones, for free. If you do not have an e-reader, you do not have to buy one, because you can download it as a free app to your phone and use it right away. Writing your own notes, searching or making highlights is ridiculously simple with an e-reader or e-reading app. Anything you do with an e-book is also synced to the cloud, ensuring any change will follow you, no matter what device you are on.
    At first search on Google for "bilingual graded books" or "bilingual graded books for beginners". Choose and buy a book on a suitable topic, for example general, business, medical, culinary, dialogues, students, cooking, family, tourists, detective, short story or whatever you like. Read it for about twenty minutes a day. If you do it every day, you will be surprised how much you can learn in a month's time. Try to use the target language after you have learned for a month. If you don't have an opportunity to talk to native speakers at home or at work/study, use your target language in small talk on Skype or another online chat. Search on Google for "free online clean chat rooms" and pick up the one that suits your interests. Two or three minutes of small talk two or three times a week or more often will give you some motivation and encourage you to learn new questions and answers for new dialogues. Compile a list of questions and answers for your dialogues in a target language or find them on Google with keywords "Bilingual graded books dialogues" and try using them.
    Don't be afraid of making errors. They are your steps to success. You will spot and correct them sooner or later anyway. They will not be for the rest of your life. Better not to talk at all than to talk incorrectly? Wrong! Start talking as much as you can! Your language will improve every time you talk. A learner who knows only a hundred words and isn't shy of talking will progress more quickly than the one who knows a thousand words but remains silent because he or she is afraid of saying something wrong.
    It can usually take you from one to three months to finish a bilingual graded reader at beginner level (A1) and elementary level (A2). The amount of time depends on your previous experience with learning foreign languages and on your personal abilities. At this point you should be able to ask and answer simple questions with the following questioning words: What? Who? Where? When? Which? How many/much? As you improve and become more confident in your ability to use the new language, you can move on to the next reader level and continue your language-learning journey. After using a bilingual graded book for a week or two you are ready to study grammar rules, so buy a good grammar book. A grammar book will satisfy your curiosity about grammar rules awakened by the bilingual graded book. Read the grammar book to find out how you can use your target language more precisely. Follow this order – first read a reading book, then use a grammar book and exercises to make your learning experience uninterrupted.
    Language text with a parallel translation has helped many to uncover their potential for learning multiple languages. Whether you are learning a language as a hobby or for a necessary purpose, you will find such books are supportive. Using them is by far more pragmatic, efficient way to learn a new language than a "learn a language in two weeks" program. However you should frequently use the target language by using bilingual graded books with audio tracks, grammar books, chats, internet pages and even songs to maintain your motivation and progress. Remember – twenty minutes a day does the magic!

  • I loved this and can totally relate. I work in a place where 99% of my co workers are from a Latin country. I love it! But ALL of them speak spanish as their 1st language. This is a huge advantage for me because I am learning spanish but, all coversations are 90% spanish and about 10% english. English is my 1st language and I'm MAYBE beginner intermediate in my spanish. So I feel left out of many conversations. I try not to take it personal, it just is what it is…and hope I can learn faster! 😥

  • English is my first language. I remember when I was living overseas in Vanuatu and all of sudden I started to dream in their language and I actually understood what was being said. A very strange feeling… no one ever thinks about dreaming in different languages… it brings a completely new element to things. Don't you think? 🙂 Thanks for your video, really enjoyed it.

  • English is my third language. I have studied a lot, though I am still struggling to sound more native like and to actually be able to produce more advanced English. The fact that I don't have direct access to English spoken countries has made things even worse. Despite all of these I love English and I am still hopeful that I can improve my skills and finally overcome this mess and be able to freely express all of my ideas with ease in English. Until then I have to keep on trying … 😂😅

  • i was born in Armenia i knew Armenian Russian and little bit of English then i moved to Canada and i felt so disconnected with everyone because i couldn't express myself then when i finally felt comfortable with English my parents decided that i have to go to french school and everything started again even worse because i learned English in my country but not french so now i don't have a choice and i have to learn french honestly i hate it but i have to….

  • I can speak Arabic properly because it's my mother language French and English but I'm not fluent, as you said I'm still staring to people who can speak 4 and 5 and even more 10 languages fluently I've no idea about how can they do that but I'm sure they don't super power we can do it to.
    Besides, I want to start learning Turkish but I'm not fluent in English and French , so my mind is confused, what should I do, improve my English and French or start learning Turkish and continue my English and French improving?!!!

  • Recently i just been abandon by my love one and everyone that i knew. I spend most of my days sitting alone inside my room without eating and sleeping. I have lost most of my weight and often find myself sleeping through-out the day. However three weeks ago without any valid reason I start to learn mandarin through the mobile apps that I have found or even youtube. And my life start to change drastically. I no longer use my spare time feeling sad. Instead I used it to do more practise and research on mandarin languages. I start meeting new people in order to practise my mandarin language and writting. And they are such lovely people. In couple more days I will be 24 years old. And although I still spending most of my time alone, I decided to bring my new hobby to the next level. Im going to a mandarin classes !! wish me luck !!

  • Honestly, this video motivated me to learn Portuguese. It's been on my mind for awhile, but thought I should jump into it- because why not take the risk?

  • Wow. This video is truly amazing. Thank you for this! It is exactly how I'm feeling learning a new language. Thank you xoxo

  • I speak Spanish as a second language and I don’t feel like I can express myself and it feels kinda numb

    If anyone knows how to fix this … tell me please

  • I was learning to speak write and read in English since 11 years old. Twice 45 minutes lessons per week. With Russian speaking teachers un my school.
    At age of 26 I got opportunity to live for 3 weeks in Tucson, Arizona with my host family. After seeing Western world I got very enthusiasts and have gathered all resources I could to learn English and teach my village kids.
    English became my second language and helped me to understand the importance of being multi-lingual. Without speaking the foreign language person is not developing the tolerance and not accepting the differences.
    Learning new language opened the door for me to other languages and cultures

  • English is my first language and Spanish is my second. I can totally relate to having thoughts bubbling over on the inside and not having the words to express them. Sometimes you don't know which words you will need until you need them in that moment.

  • wow this captures exactly my struggle with german and since the people here rarely speak english or they can but don’t want to because this is germany and you speak german (unless you live in Berlin )things have been so hard for me i feel like i am paralyzed most of the time

  • I honestly didn't know your first language wasn't English, until you told us.. Amazing ! Don't stop your journey !

  • I'm English and am learning Spanish in my own time. I know that learning language for 'fun' and speaking a new language because you have to are very different but this made me want to keep learning even more, so i can at least help a little in making people feel like they fit in and i can understand how they're expressing themselves when they can't in my original language.

  • ❤ Thank you for this. I'm a native English speaker but currently learning Korean. I can totally resonate with your beautiful video. It is one of the most amazing and frightening experiences at the same time when you first start speaking in a language that is not your own.

    Learning another language has helped me to understand things I never even thought about or knew existed before like just how many holes there can be in what you are hearing or reading around you. What it feels like to be bombarded by conversations that make you feel like you are drowning in a sea of lost words. How hard it can be to attempt to translate something while still listening to what is going on because you want to help your friend but they don't understand that it just isn't that easy. No one does who has not had to do it. Learning another language has made me more sympathetic to people who are not native English speakers because I understand how difficult of a task it really is especially in the beginning.

  • Engraçado que eu vinha pensando exatamente sobre isso. Como expressar toda a minha personalidade em um língua que não é a minha língua materna e a reflexão é super válida!! Excelente vídeo!! I just loved it!! Thank you one more time!

  • I was born in Germany, starting to learn English at the age of four. When I entered 5th grade we had to move to Brasil because of my fathers work. There I had to go to a national school without any knowledge of Portuguese, two days after we arrived. I felt so lost. All these years that have passed since then I never found a way to describe how I felt in that is so accurate then what you are saying in your video. Muito Obrigado.

  • Man, this video is everything to me. As someone living and working in a country where I’m forced to operate in my second language, I feel this same feeling on a daily basis. I think you have put into words in your second language what I haven’t been able to express in my first. I often resort to saying, “I feel stupid here” and while that is true, it’s only a small part of the picture.
    In a way, when you live in your second language, you have to lose parts of yourself. You lose your sense of humor when you can’t express it the right way. You lose your quick wit and your thoughtful commentary and your deep insight.
    But you can build up other parts of yourself in your second language too. You become observant. You become a good listener. You become curious and inquisitive. It keeps your mind active, constantly.
    Anyway. All of this is to say that this video was beautifully made and I relate deeply to it.

  • Your English is so amazing! I’m in korea learning korean and I was looking for motivation to keep pushing forward and this has inspired me..Thank you!고맙습니다 🙏

  • I'm learning Italian and it's different in many ways to English. I guess it has made me question why we say the things we say and also to appreciate our little quirky sayings. Italian quirks are funny to me though some of them I like. It's just a whole new world and I'm trying to communicate in it. There will come a day when it just clicks but till then I will keep trying to find me in italian too.

    Also I want to be a English assistant teacher so I guess I will learn more about my language and how it works which will help with italian.

  • I'm just started learning Korean language .Korean why? because I'm fall in 😍 with K-pop songs & there culture

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