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Intro

Becky: Listeners, do you what the top 5 language learning mistakes are?
Peter: And do you make these mistakes all the time?
Becky: Let’s find out!
Becky: Welcome to Innovative Language Learning Sunday News! I'm Becky and I'll be your host. My co-host today is the founder of InnovativeLanguage.com, Peter Galante!
Peter: Hi everyone! Peter here.
Becky: In this Sunday News, you’ll learn the top 5 mistakes most learners make...
Peter: ...the step-by-step tactics and techniques to fix them...
Becky: and how you can get an EPIC 30% discount on our Premium and Premium PLUS plans.
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Peter: Listeners, do you know what the top 5 language learning mistakes are?
Becky: And do you make any of these mistakes... all the time?
Peter: I know I was guilty of just about all of them when I started learning. Aiming for perfection... Translating directly...
Becky: Listeners, we’ll get into each one....
Peter: ...and give you the step-by-step tactics and techniques to fix them.
Becky: You can apply these right now with our learning system and lessons.
Peter: That’s right! But first, listen up.
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Becky: Exclusive apps so you can learn on the go...
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Becky: Get 30% OFF Premium or Premium PLUS if you upgrade by September 30th, 2016.
Peter: That’s as low as $7/month and up to $164 in savings!
Becky: Just click the link in the lesson description to grab this discount.
Peter: Or listeners, even easier...
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Becky: Alright, Peter. Let’s talk language learning mistakes.
Peter: Excellent topic, Becky. I know a lot of our listeners can relate to these...
Becky: ...and I bet a lot are afraid of making mistakes.
Peter: Just so you know, this list is based on feedback that YOU, the listeners have sent to us.
Becky: That’s right. We’ve gotten feedback from past surveys, comments on lessons, and of course your e-mails.
Peter: Right. We’re excluding most minor, specific mistakes, like not conjugating verbs properly...
Becky: ...and focusing on the mistakes that actually STOP you from improving.
Peter: Okay, let’s tackle this one head on.
Becky: The Top 5 Language Learning Mistakes and How To Fix Them.
Peter: Number one! Aiming for Perfection and Worrying About Not Being Good Enough.
Becky: This is a fun one because the whole point is that you’re worried about making mistakes.
Peter: ....and getting every little detail right...
Becky:...so you get stuck studying and perfecting the details all by yourself...
Peter: ...instead of putting the language to use, speaking and making mistakes.
Becky: The problem is that real language progress comes from using it, making mistakes...
Peter: ...and improving with feedback. So making mistakes is necessary. How do you fix this?
Becky: I think saying that you should just stop caring and start making mistakes is easier said than done.
Peter: You’re right, Becky. But here’s what you can do listeners. If you’re unsure about something...leave a comment on one of our lessons...
Becky: ...and our teachers will respond to you. Or, if you’re a Premium PLUS member...
Peter: You get access to your own native-speaking teacher.
Becky: You can practice with them and get non-stop feedback. You can send them your writing, audio recordings of yourself...
Peter: ...or even videos of yourself speaking... and they’ll fix every mistake you ever make, from grammar to pronunciation down to giving you more natural phrases to say.
Becky: They even send assignments too, right Peter?
Peter: That's right, Becky. All so you can learn and improve faster – with the help of a real teacher.
Becky: Okay, number two- Worrying about pronunciation.
Peter: Ah, this is a popular one, Becky.
Becky: Yeah, lots of learners get shy about their accents.
Peter: Well, there are two ways to reach pronunciation perfection, listeners.
Becky: First, if you’re a Premium member- Use the voice recording tool.
Peter: Find it in the Line-by-Line Audio section of any lesson...
Becky: ...and you can record yourself and compare yourself with a native speaker.
Peter: You can even see the waveform – which is the shape of the sounds on a graph – and see how closely it resembles the native speaker’s.
Becky: So, practice until you can match the native speaker’s pronunciation.
Peter: Okay, the second way, as mentioned moments ago, is for Premium PLUS users.
Becky: You can record an audio clip or video of yourself speaking, send it to your teacher...
Peter: ...and they’ll give you feedback on what’s wrong, how to improve...
Becky: ...and they’ll even send audio or video back. So, you can get examples from them.
Peter: That’s right. I’m doing this with my German Premium PLUS teacher since I’m learning German this year.
Becky: Number Three- Focusing On Only One Learning Method.
Peter: There's a big rule in life to remember, listeners. You only get better at what you spend most of your time on.
Becky: Very true. A lot of learners spend most of their time learning with textbooks.
Peter: It’s NOT wrong but... what happens is, you get good at reading and grammar...
Becky: ...but when it comes to speaking and understanding real conversations...
Peter: ....you fail. So, focusing on just one learning method, like a book, can be a big mistake...
Becky: ...if you want to speak with confidence. Make sure your methods align with your goals.
Peter: Well said, Becky. So this is why there are tons of lesson types...
Becky: We have audio lessons, if you prefer to listen while you multitask or commute...
Peter: And video, if you want to be more engaged and see the language explained on the screen…
Becky: As well as lessons and courses focused on topics like vocab, listening, reading, writing, conversations and more. You can find these in the New Learning Paths feature.
Peter: On top of that, you can study words with flashcards or your word bank....
Becky: Then there’s the 1-minute Daily Dose lessons and the Word of the Day if you can’t spare much time.
Peter: Having more than one way to learn also keeps it fun. So, you don’t get burned out.
Becky: After you’re done with one lesson, you can try something else!
Peter: Listeners, you can access all of these on the site.
Becky: Access them right now if you want to add new learning methods to your routine.
Peter: Now the Fourth mistake- Turning language learning into big deal or a far-away goal.
Becky: This is kind of related to number one, isn't it? Aiming for perfection.
Peter: You’re right, Becky. A lot of learners want perfection... so they set their goals high...
Becky: ...Like “I want to be fluent.” They make it into a huge deal. Harder than it should be.
Peter: It’s a mistake because this is how the majority of learners who quit get discouraged.
Becky: So, how can they fix it?
Peter: Easy. Listeners, we preach this rule in every single one of our exclusive Inner Circle lessons- set small, measurable goals. And we say it again and again because it works.
Becky: Ah, yes. Like speaking 3 minutes of your target language by the end of this month.
Peter: Or finishing 25 lessons of the Survival Phrases or 3-Minute Series by the end of this month.
Becky: Oh... yeah, if you do that, you’ll definitely speak AT LEAST 3 minutes if not more.
Peter: The point is, both goals aren’t hard to reach at all. And you’ll improve, guaranteed.
Becky: Both are measurable, so you know you hit them. And then you can aim higher...
Peter: ...and make progress... instead of making language learning out to be a big deal.
Becky: Great advice, Peter.
Peter: Okay, number five- Translating The Language Directly.
Peter: This is where you take what you want to say in English, or your native language...
Becky: ... and translate it word for word, to your target language.
Peter: The problem here is, most languages aren’t directly translatable.
Becky: So your message is either awkward or totally wrong. That’s kind of why online translators don’t work well.
Peter: The best fix for this is…look for a lesson that covers the phrase you want to say.
Becky: Use the search bar on the site. If it’s been said in one of our lessons, you’ll find it.
Peter: And that way, you’ll learn the proper, natural phrases in your target language.
Becky: The other way is to ask a native speaker.
Peter: So, if you’re a Premium PLUS member, simply ask your Premium PLUS teacher...
Becky: ...and they’ll tell you which phrases to use. Definitely the best way to go.
Peter: That’s the power of learning with a teacher, Becky.
Becky: Listeners, do you make any of these mistakes? Let us know!
Peter: And remember...
Becky: If you want to master your language with fast, easy lessons....
Peter: ...your own teacher, AND unlock our entire learning system, now’s the time.
Becky: Our Epic Sale starts now! Unlock our entire learning system...
Peter: Hundreds of courses, audio lessons, video lessons by real teachers...
Becky: Exclusive apps so you can learn on the go...
Becky: ...plus dozens of study tools that help you learn twice as fast.
Peter: And your own teacher if you upgrade to Premium PLUS.
Becky: Get 30% OFF Premium or Premium PLUS if you upgrade by September 30th, 2016.
Peter: That’s as low as $7/month and up to $164 in savings!
Becky: Just click the link in the lesson description to grab this discount.
Peter: Or listeners, even easier...
Becky: Go to FrenchPod101.com/epic
Peter: And get 30% OFF Premium or Premium PLUS until September 30th, 2016.

Outro

Becky: Okay, well that’s going to do it for this edition of Innovative Language Learning Sunday News!*
Peter: Bye everyone!*
Becky: Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you all next time.*

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Sunday at 6:30 pm
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Bonjour Peter !


Merci beaucoup pour votre commentaire !

C'est très intéressant de vous lire et d'avoir votre point de vue sur nos leçons.

Je suis contente que le site vous plaise :sunglasses:


A bientôt !

Marie Alice

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Salut FrenchPod !


Yes I do: I'm studying French and German and I always like to listen to lessons while reading the lesson transcript first and then again to the same lesson while reading the lesson notes. So this means I listen to each lesson twice -- double the fun! :). For me, the transcripts are good for simply enjoying the flavour of the lesson in a more relaxed/casual way while the notes, by virtue of the better layout and language usage examples/sample sentences, are better for a more serious attempt at learning the subject matter of the lesson.


It's also very interesting to see how the different languages are taught. For example, FrenchPod likes to have some of its grammar examples presented in a dedicated grammar document, separate from the lesson notes (which I prefer, to be honest), while (so far) GermanPod has its grammar examples entirely incorporated into the lesson notes. I'm still at the Absolute Beginner level with both languages so these differences may not be so great in the long run.


I'm also learning these languages through Linguaphone and -- again early days, but still -- the way they teach French is totally different from the way they teach German.


Peter :)