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Intro

Chigusa: Listeners, are you afraid of making mistakes in your target language?
Peter: Afraid you will never, ever get fluent? What are your fears?
Chigusa: We’re asking because, in this Sunday News, you’ll discover...
Peter: What the top 4 language learning fears are...
Chigusa: How to overcome them...
Peter: And how to get a FINAL 33% OFF Premium and Premium PLUS.
Chigusa: Welcome to Innovative Language Learning Sunday News! I'm Chigusa and I'll be your host. My co-host today is the founder of InnovativeLanguage.com... Peter Galante!
Peter: Hi everyone! Peter here.
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Peter: So, listeners, do you have any language learning fears?
Chigusa: Here’s a popular one. “I’m afraid I’ll never be fluent.”
Peter: Listeners, you’ll learn how to overcome these fears, but first, listen up.
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Peter: ...that get you speaking, reading, and writing from Beginner to Advanced...
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Peter: So, you go from learning your very first words in one lesson...
Chigusa: ....to mastering conversations in the next.
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Chigusa: Okay, let’s talk about language learning fears.
Peter: The first one is... “I’m afraid I’m not good enough to speak. I freeze up.”
Chigusa: Listeners, do you feel like you’re not good enough to speak yet?
Peter: I can relate to this one. This one, I’ve been through and it’s a pretty common fear that learners have. Here’s how you overcome it.
Chigusa: Step one - the best way to get good at speaking is to speak from day 1.
Peter: So if you’re holding yourself back...
Chigusa: ...because you think you’re not good enough... you’re making a mistake.
Peter: That’s exactly why you’re not improving.
Chigusa: You need to open your mouth and start talking! But if you’re wondering what to say...
Peter: Here’s step two. In our lessons, you get the exact phrases and scripts for introducing yourself...
Chigusa: ...making small talk, ordering food, expressing opinions, and much more!
Peter: So, if you don’t know what to say, the lessons will give you the exact lines and conversations.
Chigusa: Or step three: Learn with your own teacher with our Premium PLUS plan.
Peter: Listeners, with Premium PLUS, you get an actual native-speaking teacher to tell you what to say...
Chigusa: ...how to say it...
Peter: ...so you truly do learn to speak with the help of a real native teacher.
Chigusa: Fear number two is... “I’m afraid I’ll never be fluent” Oh, I felt this one.
Peter: Me too. I used to worry about this one too.
Chigusa: Really?
Peter: Only as a beginner. Listeners, once you start improving and seeing progress... this goes away.
Chigusa: Did you feel it when you were learning Japanese?
Peter: Many years ago, Chigusa. I questioned myself. I questioned the books I was using. I wondered if I was learning the right way.
Chigusa: And then?
Peter: Well, It’s funny because the longer I kept at it, the better my Japanese got. And, I stopped worrying about fluency. So, it’s just a matter of putting in time and sticking with it.
Chigusa: So, how can our listeners overcome this? How did you stick with it?
Peter: First, set small, specific goals. Fluency is a very big, vague goal.
Chigusa: That’s very true.
Peter: Chigusa, what is fluency? There are over one million words in the English language and we use around 2,000.
Chigusa: So listeners, you should focus on smaller goals.
Peter: For example set a goal like... being able to introduce yourself or having a 5-minute conversation. Something you can measure so you know you reached it.
Chigusa: Because you can’t really measure fluency. It’s a pretty vague goal, as you said.
Peter: And Chigusa, at the end of the day, it’s just a matter of time. Getting good at a language simply is an equation of time put in.
Chigusa: Listeners, simply put, the longer you stick with learning a language... the better you get.
Peter: And that’s a guarantee. Okay Chigusa, what’s the third fear?
Chigusa: The third fear is... “I’m afraid I’m not actually learning or making progress.”
Peter: If you’re afraid you’re not making progress, there are 4 things you can do right now.
Chigusa: First, review. Most people make this mistake. They hear a new phrase...
Peter: ...and they think hearing it once was enough. So, when they forget what they’ve learned...
Chigusa: ...they get worried that they’re not learning.
Or that the lessons don’t work.
Peter: But the truth is... You have to review again and again to truly master something.
Chigusa: Second, use the dashboard to track your progress. If you need numbers to believe it...
Peter: ...our dashboard tracks your progress and gives you dynamic reports.
Chigusa: Third, try a harder lesson on the site. Now, you won’t understand it at first...
Peter: ...but you will in minutes. All lessons come with line-by-line translations...
Chigusa: ...and our teachers explain every single word. THEN, you’ll be making progress...
Peter: ...because you now understand something you didn’t minutes ago.
Chigusa: Fourth... learn 1-on-1 with a teacher....
Peter: ...which you can do with our Premium PLUS plan.
Chigusa: They will personally review your writing, your speaking and fix your mistakes...
Peter: ...and make sure that you’re improving. Actually, getting feedback from a native speaker...
Chigusa: ...that’s the BEST way to know if you’re making progress.
Peter: There’s nothing better than a native speaker telling you, “wow, you’re getting good.”
Chigusa: The fourth fear is... “I’m afraid of not understanding anything I hear.”
Peter: This is very common. You hear advanced grammar and vocabulary...
Chigusa:... and it goes completely over your head. You have no idea what you’ve just heard.
Peter: To beat this ... if you’re taking an advanced lesson, read along. Reading along with our line-by-line dialogue is the best way to instantly understand advanced conversations.
Chigusa: What about in real-life situations?
Peter: For real-life situations, it’s actually quite simple. Learn useful phrases like “excuse me, can you say it slower?,” or “can you say it in simpler words?” or even “I don’t understand.”
Chigusa: There’s nothing wrong with saying that you didn’t understand. Or asking for help.
Peter: I mean, Chigusa, think about it. Even in your own native language, often, when people say something and you don’t understand, you just nod your head.
Chigusa: So true.
Peter: I’ll never forget the first time I heard “actuary.” Oh, wow, great job. And someone was like, “what does an actuary do?” And I was like... “you got me. I don’t know.” So, these are the type of things you just have to sometimes go out of your comfort zone, “excuse me, I have no idea what you just said. Can you help me understand?” So, that’s it, these are the top 4 fears.
Chigusa: But tell us listeners...
Peter: ...what language learning fears do you have?
Chigusa: Leave us a comment in the comment section
Peter: And if you want to finally master your language...
Chigusa: Here’s your last chance to save with our Monster Sale.
Peter: And... we’ve boosted your discount from 28% to 33% OFF for one more day.
Chigusa: Get 33% OFF all Premium and Premium PLUS Subscriptions.
Peter: Upgrade and get instant access to our easy-to-use language learning program,
Chigusa: You get hundreds of audio and video lessons by real teachers...
Peter: ...that get you speaking, reading, and writing from Beginner to Advanced...
Chigusa: Our progress tracking tools “spoon feed” you lessons one by one.
Peter: So, you go from learning your very first words in one lesson...
Chigusa: ....to mastering conversations in the next.
Peter: ....You get Study Tools that help you learn faster.
Chigusa: Apps so you can learn on the go.
Peter: And, with Premium PLUS, you also get your very own teacher.
Chigusa: Get 33% OFF Premium or Premium PLUS by October 28th, 2019.
Peter: That’s as low as $6.70 a month..
Chigusa: If you’re on the site now...
Peter: Click the link in the comments section of this Sunday News to get 33% OFF.

Outro

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

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Sunday at 6:30 pm
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Sunday at 12:37 am
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Bonjour Larry McHugh !


Merci beaucoup pour votre message ! Great to see your enthusiasm. If we can be of any help along the way, don't hesitate to contact us. 😉


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Larry McHugh
Tuesday at 4:20 am
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I found this segment very informative and it helped to put me at ease about learning French. I studied French in high school and spent 2 years in France and I find that I can read it but the spoke part has escaped me. I am motivated to speak it and speak it soon. I will follow your method and share it with others.

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Thursday at 4:54 am
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Salut Dana,


Merci beaucoup for sharing! 😄 I feel you completely! I was very much afraid of this too when learning French in the past! But don't ever lose motivation! French is not the easiest language to understand in its spoken form but it's completely doable, it's all about regular listening! You will get used to it one day, just spend time with the language on a regular basis, and do a lot of listening. 😉


Wishing you the best of luck with French and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us!


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Thursday at 4:51 am
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Salut JudyS,


Merci beaucoup for sharing! 😉 I really feel you as I also learnt French and Portuguese, that were also highly similar. And yeah, what you say could indeed happen with such interrelated languages. But I wouldn't worry much because the more you use both languages, the more you get used to the individual differences, and after a while, it will become fully automatic in your brain when to use which of the similar words. Especially now that your Italian is quite strong, you just have to listen to a lot of French and your brain will get used to forming French words the French way and with the French grammar structure and word order.


Good luck with your French (and Italian) studies, and if you ever have any questions, please let us know!


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Dana
Monday at 4:44 pm
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My biggest fear is that I won't understand what is being said to me. Thanks for the reminder to ask for help (by asking the person to repeat things more slowly). I do that, and sometimes it helps. At other times, I still don't understand. Depending on the situation, sometimes I will pull out my cell phone and use Google Translate or a French/English dictionary app. The truth is that sometimes, despite doing the things I've just described, I still don't understand. I guess the best thing to do in those situations is to keep a sense of humor, and just try again the next time...and the next time...


Thanks also for the reminder that this situation occurs even in our native language. That perspective is very helpful.👍

JudyS
Sunday at 11:51 pm
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My biggest fear is that I will mix up Italian and French when I'm talking to a native speaker of either language. I know that in theory the way to overcome this is to learn one language on one day and the other on a different day, but because I'm already at an upper intermediate level in Italian, I have friends who speak to me or write to me in that language almost daily.