What Slows Down our Language Learning and Brain Activity (with Russian \ English subtitles)
October 20, 2019
Hello friends! do you see this staircase? Yes,
this is an old ruined staircase. Do you see this church? it’s also an old
ruined church. the same thing, roughly, happens
with our mind, with our head. when we constantly do the
same action and when we constantly act automatically. today i would
wanted to talk with you about how to break habbits,
established automatic actions in our head. AND
Why is it useful for learning a language? and in general for our lifes? friends, have you noticed that very often
you want to listen to the music that you have already listened to? or watch a movie
which have you already watched? Have you noticed that you often choose the road home or road to work the one which you are used to. that is, that you often
do those actions … just because you are used to. you used to
open the door with your right hand. close the door with your right hand too. you got used to eat some specific food for breakfast. That is, have you noticed
that you constantly do the same things despite the fact that there are
huge yes like this river a huge number of different options as possibles
to do something. there is a huge amount of music that
you can listen. There is a huge amount of movies to watch. there is
a huge number of books that can be read. but for some reason we very often
get repeated. we are repeating something. we do actions
the same actions over and over again. Max,
What’s bad about it? I like the movie “only girls in jazz”
I want to watch it again and again. I like the music of The doors.
I can listen to them again and again. what’s so bad why i can’t
listen to the music many times? why i can’t re-watch
movies, re-listen to music? Why do I need to change something? In fact, I
already said in one podcast about … why this problem exists.
You can listen to this podcast. there I talked a lot, in detail about such
theories of Dr. Kurpatov. This is a Russian scientist. very interesting person
you can listen – it is very interesting. why is this a problem?
in fact, the problem is how our brain functions.
our head unfortunately… well not “unfortunately” actually, but our brain
functions so that if it found some kind of working system, some kind of sequence, which works … or it found something nice,
he found something that just works, that’s all! Since we evolved
a very long time, then in terms of evolution … this is what we need to survive. I know that on this road there, there is not a dinosaur. Yes, I know – there is not a dinosaur! so i will walk
this road: it is safe, it gives me stability. I know it’s safe there.
I walk it. that’s why our brain got used to that if something works, then it will
strive to repeat it. he will strive to do it again and again. And that’s good, in terms of
evolution, and in terms of our survival, as humanity, it is
good for humanity! But… But if we constantly do
the same thing, our brain is no longer working so well. it already knows this way.
it already knows the taste this…
I don’t know, the food that you eat every day. it already knows all the notes from some song, every note from the musical composition. it already knows what will happen in this
movie. it knows that if I watch this movie I will be fine!
and now this is such a zone, you know, comfort zone. which from one side – it is comfortable for us, it is pleasant for us, this zone.
but on the other hand, it prevents us from developing. it’s stopping us from getting
some new experience. some new ideas. And the most important thing is it
prevents us from developing our brain. these automatisms,
habits and automatisms, in fact, this is probably the worst thing that could be.
constantly live like a machine. Dr. Kurpatov, by the way,
says 40 percent of the time 40 percent of our time …. certainly not
when we sleep, yes, of our time when we are awake, when we are active.
40 percent of this time we are in an unconscious state. yes, let’s say, in an unconscious state. We do not think what we are doing. we act
automatically. we walk automatically. we eat automatically. we listen to music
automatically. when we get in the car we already know what we will listen to.
so, friends, there is such a big problem with our habits, with
automatism. what to do with it? in fact, there is nothing complicated. there are two things you always need to
remember and always need to apply. number one this is of course changing
information, change of habits. if you understand that you constantly drive
work one way Well, find another way! if you are in the evening, after work, want to watch a movie then think
what movie you have not watched. Try not to watch movies that you have already watched.
Well sometimes it’s useful to watch a movie, for example, the same movie but in Russian.
But, in general, as if, constantly watching the same movies –
this is not good for your brain. with music…
we generally get very used to music. and it’s hard for us to try to
listen to a different style of music, or as we say another “direction in music”. And
it is very important! it’s very hard for me to listen to rap. I don’t like rap, it’s hard for me to listen to rap. but I understand that sometimes I just need to
sit down and try to listen to this music. trying to understand this music. so that
my brain somehow worked differently. because then it will help me to
look at the same things differently. I will have, as it were, more
one face (edge) in my prism of perception. And second
moment – you should avoid too simple content.
Any content: music, movies, theater, books, whatever! not necessary
to seek a way which is too simple. Someone says, “I can not read the War and Peace by Tolstoy.” this is such a book! a book of this thickness.
I will not read it. I will read the summary. or I will read Wikipedia,
what this book is about. this is a problem number 2. Now there is
mass of simple elementary content. And as I said – it is very
simple to our head to choose what is simple. It is very comfortable. But only when we
we feel discomfort, only when we feel like … “this is
difficult, it’s hard! “- only then we fill our brain with the information
which will contribute to the brain to develop. That is, the more difficult
content – the more our brain works. And the better it works. here it is,
friends, a simple idea. What can I say about learning a language? How this
relates to language learning? if you have any problem
for example, you have pronunciation problems. or, for example, you have problems with
understanding Russian people. You can understand me, but you cannot
understand other people. or you have problems that you cannot speak. You need to
change your tactics! At different levels, learning a language needs different tactics. what worked in the beginning will not
work efficiently further. that is, in the beginning you, I don’t know,
did one thing. you had such a strategy. it worked.
your level grew and then … op-pa! This is a plateau, you are on a plateau and you are no longer
improve. that is, here you need to change something. Change a course, I don’t know,
try some new technique. if you haven’t tried TPRS yet,
shadowing… all that stuff … repetitions … try changing
try to find some other resources to learn a language. it will be at the beginning
a little complicated, but then you will benefit from it. you will definitely benefit from
of this. Friends, so I advise you … if you have a problem in something –
Change your language learning tactics. wait a month or two months and
see if your pronunciation has improved, or if your
speaking has improved or if your comprehension has improved. That’s all for today … Write comments, write what you think about it and write what are your habits which you often repeat. my problem
was … I can’t take new music. it’s hard for me to listen to some new
music of a different style. therefore I constantly try … I do not listen
the music I love, I rarely listen to it, but I’m listening to something fundamentally
new. here, this is my topic: listen to brand new music. friends I want to say goodbye to you! see you in the next video! And develop your brain! 🙂