How to learn any language in six months | Chris Lonsdale | TEDxLingnanUniversity

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Chris Lonsdale is Managing Director of Chris Lonsdale \u0026 Associates, a company established to catalyse breakthrough performance for individuals and senior teams. In addition, he has also developed a unique and integrated approach to learning that gives people the means to acquire language or complex technical knowledge in short periods of time.

Jan-21-2014 Update. The video transcripts are now available via the following links:

English Only:

English + Chinese Translation:

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  • あいちゃん


    Pred hodinou

    If this story is true, language teachers will be out of a job. I'm not saying it's all a lie, but you can't learn a language in six months. Can anyone prove that they could learn a language in six months?

  • eric allen

    eric allen

    Pred 4 hodinami

    Not sure about any of this stuff, but this guy sure got me pumped to learn a new language

  • Jorge Salas

    Jorge Salas

    Pred 8 hodinami

    Alguien que me ayude a aprender inglés

  • Ghanem From

    Ghanem From

    Pred 13 hodinami


  • Raisa Zahds

    Raisa Zahds

    Pred 18 hodinami

    Finally! feeling relieved
    After hearing you

  • Robert Conkin

    Robert Conkin

    Pred dňom

    if he was handcuffed he could not speak any language

  • Kyo Haibaru

    Kyo Haibaru

    Pred dňom

    I’m going to do this with Spanish. I’ve been around the language most of my life but was embarrassed to speak because I was made fun of by others for not knowing something in said language whenever I decided to speak.. So 07/22/2021 - 01/22/2022 I should be fluent! Will come back to update. Wish me luck!

  • Diego Suzart

    Diego Suzart

    Pred dňom

    We should follow what was said for everything in life.

  • Toby Thiều Quang Tuấn

    Toby Thiều Quang Tuấn

    Pred dňom

    Really interesting session indeed! Just one thing about that 'fact' that Vietnamese is 30% Mandarin and 30% Cantonese. No, it's not. Where did you even get that information?

  • ُ


    Pred 3 dňami

    الرجل يخرف 🥴

  • Gabriel Santos

    Gabriel Santos

    Pred 3 dňami

    I’m fluent in 4 languages, and I’m currently learning Spanish (I’m kinda decent lol) and Japanese (n3) but I’ll try to learn both languages with this method. I’ll be back at december and update

  • Air


    Pred 4 dňami

    you can know a thousand languages ,but does it matter if you don't know how to rule out a conversation
    you can know a 1000 languages and lose a conversation
    you just know 1 language to deal with a 1000 people
    Michael Jackson broke language barrier with music

    Technology is doing it

  • Matilde Correia da Silva

    Matilde Correia da Silva

    Pred 4 dňami

    this genuinely motivated me to learn french

    • Morgane lt

      Morgane lt

      Pred 3 dňami

      Bonne chance !

  • Akshay M.s

    Akshay M.s

    Pred 4 dňami

    Helloo..I know malayalam and hindi(learnt by watching cartoons) now I am going to learn English in 6 months. ..I will edit after 6 months
    I wrote it on : 20 /7/2021

  • Ravi Cena

    Ravi Cena

    Pred 4 dňami

    Awesome speech sir

  • Mohsen Mahdi

    Mohsen Mahdi

    Pred 4 dňami

    Hi dear
    I can speak , read and write English but I am awful at listening skill. Even, once you were speaking in such a video , I turned on English subtitle to comprehend what you said.
    My weekness in listening skill makes me annoyed and impatient.

  • Hema


    Pred 5 dňami

    I am teenager learning Korean with my parents around......... All fun

  • Vishal Sahoo

    Vishal Sahoo

    Pred 6 dňami

    I am Indian and I can speak 3 languages.
    1. English
    2. Hindi
    3. Odiya
    Now I am thinking to learn Russina, but here we don't have russian speakers so it becomes difficult to engage. If you have any tip you can drop here.

  • Eric Eric

    Eric Eric

    Pred 6 dňami

    This one should be reported, in summary study faster, memorize and put more time. Ted scam?

  • Analyst Senior

    Analyst Senior

    Pred 6 dňami

    I clicked on this one as he’s not pretending we can learn any language in 1 week like many ads claim.😅

  • M bel

    M bel

    Pred 7 dňami

    "How to learn any language in six months"
    Me studying English in about seven months:


    • Eduardo de Andrade Padilha

      Eduardo de Andrade Padilha

      Pred 5 dňami

      Did you use that tips?

  • acv xq

    acv xq

    Pred 7 dňami

    Want to learn Korean or Japanese, I wonder which one is easier

    • Callme Byyourname

      Callme Byyourname

      Pred 7 dňami

      Probably korean because It uses an alphabeth while japanese not

  • Nguyen Doan

    Nguyen Doan

    Pred 7 dňami

    I love this video !

  • Pranav Goyal

    Pranav Goyal

    Pred 8 dňami

    3:20: me trying to learn Latin…👀👀

  • Caroline SharesA Topic

    Caroline SharesA Topic

    Pred 8 dňami

    Wow, very encouraging information. I just subscribed to your channel...lots of important information here; since, I am just starting my YouTube channel a couple of month ago. Thank you!



    Pred 8 dňami

    AMAZING! THE BEST video about learning language I have ever seen! Thank you.

  • Trường Nguyễn Thọ

    Trường Nguyễn Thọ

    Pred 9 dňami


  • i.rail.straggots


    Pred 9 dňami

    I was learning spanish for like 2 months. Gave up for 6 months but I'm getting back into it up.

  • Dhrutube


    Pred 10 dňami

    He's so excited!! :D

  • Augustus Autumn

    Augustus Autumn

    Pred 10 dňami

    Yeeeah, can I get the spark notes bro

  • Dak


    Pred 10 dňami

    Tbh this video isn’t very useful if your learning a language before you go to the country. Also some of the tips are kinda common sense.

  • Vy Huỳnh

    Vy Huỳnh

    Pred 10 dňami

    why I'm a Vietnamese but struggling to learn Mandarin... it's nothing like I can understand that 30% of Mandarin without learning about it...

  • Kevin Buda

    Kevin Buda

    Pred 10 dňami

    Not interested in asian languages myself. as i progressed in portuguese i realized the tongue is a muscle and must be exercised. so i got a speaker whose accent i liked and had her speak into a recorder from a book on a topic i was interested in. I .dont care to even understand what it is being said. what i am interested here is my accent . I then speak into the recorder the same paragraphs until my accent is like that persons. confidence is the key. My initial goal is to get to a 4 year olds level. they have their verb tenses down. emmerse youself in that culture and pay a tutor.

  • gmshadowtraders


    Pred 12 dňami

    Let's get this to 30m views family!

  • Logan Arthur

    Logan Arthur

    Pred 13 dňami

    strategy to make profit of the market as when the market goes bearish investors/ traders loses their investment which is always painful, when you can take advantage of the market by involving in day trading or copying trade alert from a professional trader that understand the market and use strategy to generate signals daily to make profit to grow your portfolio as i have been doing with Mr Greg for the past 5 weeks and i have been able to day trade to grow my initial 0.8 btc to 6.8 btc which you will rethink and see that trading is better/profitable. Mr Greg daily signals are very accurate and always yields a great positive return on investment. Mr Greg can be contacted via.. what APP+,, 1 ,, (3,, 1, 4,,) 3,, 2, 5, 6,9,, 6,, 0 on how to trade profitably..

  • ahlem reves

    ahlem reves

    Pred 14 dňami

    my native language is arabic , i speak also frensh and english a litle bit spanish and i started learning italien and turkish best of luck to all of you

  • Five Lands

    Five Lands

    Pred 14 dňami

    I'm Vietnamese. Thank you very much. Now i'm 58, i learn every thing, every day because of retired man have nothing else to do.

    • Edo Tarnando

      Edo Tarnando

      Pred dňom


    • Pobre Viejo

      Pobre Viejo

      Pred 12 dňami

      Viet is a nice language--like water rippling over stones, to me.

  • rayan Khairi

    rayan Khairi

    Pred 15 dňami

    thank you sirrrrrrrr

  • Ayouba V Swaray

    Ayouba V Swaray

    Pred 15 dňami

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  • c4


    Pred 16 dňami


  • Ei LaiYee Ko

    Ei LaiYee Ko

    Pred 17 dňami

    As for me, I am taking 2 days to watch this video.

  • Hepsima


    Pred 18 dňami

    He is getting exhausted :D

  • scarlet 001

    scarlet 001

    Pred 18 dňami

    I can live 200 years

  • Muhammad Naufal Ramadhan

    Muhammad Naufal Ramadhan

    Pred 18 dňami

    I'm making this comment just for the purpose of self-reminder, so if you're reading my comment too, feel free to also join my language learning journey for about 6 months.
    Learning: Arabic
    Start date: 05-July-2021
    Estimated finish date: someday in January 2022
    See ya at the end line!

  • Kobby


    Pred 19 dňami

    Starting my Chinese course in Beijing this year,will update y’all in 6 months

  • Ngan Nguyen Thi

    Ngan Nguyen Thi

    Pred 19 dňami

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  • 氏玉映梅


    Pred 20 dňami

    My native language is Vietnamese, I can speak Chinese , English and a little Japanese . In the future I will learn Japanese and Korean

  • 01-Abdul Muis

    01-Abdul Muis

    Pred 21 dňom

    Wish me luck, i have been learning French for a week now.. J'aime la France

  • exit shadows

    exit shadows

    Pred 21 dňom

    What's Brian Cox doing on a TEDx talks podium?

  • theyamahacoolman


    Pred 22 dňami

    I spent 6 month In Russia with the native Russian in kursk. now I can speak like them. I absolutely know nothing about Russian language initially. Once I am able to speak Russian like native it such a weird feeling. I remember Im being arrested by Russian policeman and being interrogate very often, went to the local market to buy supplies. Rent their apartment watch their TV show listen to their radio. He is absolutely right. I curse and flirt in russian as well.

  • Ivan Menes

    Ivan Menes

    Pred 22 dňami

    5 Principios:
    07:59= #1 Enfocarte en el contenido relevante del lenguaje (dominar las herramientas de aprendizaje)
    08:49= #2 Usar el lenguaje desde el primer día para comunicarte.
    09:37= #3 Cuando entiendes el mensaje, inconscientemente adquieres el lenguaje.
    10:31= #4 Entrenamiento fisiológico ( entender lo que escucho)
    11:45= #5 Si estás triste, enfadado, disgustado, preocupado, no vas a aprender, punto.
    7 acciones:
    12:22= #1 Escucho mucho.
    12:43= #2 Entender primero el significado antes que la palabra.
    13:31= #3 Mezclen ( verbos, adjetivos, sustantivos aleatoriamente) como niños.
    13:58= #4 Enfocarte en lo elemental ( 1000 palabras se usan en el 80% de la interacción diaria)
    15:22= #5 Consigan un padre de idioma ( tutor de práctica y corrección).
    16:29= #6 Imitar los gestos al pronunciar.
    17:13= #7 Conexión directa con una imagen. (Relacionar)

  • Milon Roy

    Milon Roy

    Pred 22 dňami

    We need- 1:Be open, 2:Be hopefull, 3:Be trying

  • C J

    C J

    Pred 22 dňami

    Are dialects counted? Like most of us from our place have our local dialect, our national language (which is very different from our local dialect) and then there's English.

  • Anthony Brown

    Anthony Brown

    Pred 23 dňami


    A message from the Gospel in The Christian Holy Bible. This is the message of forgiveness of sin through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. In first Corinthians, chapter 15 verses 1 to 4, the apostle Paul states:
    “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I have preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you, first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”.
    Romans chapter 3 verse 23, informs us,
    “For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God”.
    Ultimately it is a redeeming plan set by God, and for anybody who will faithfully trust in his Son will be saved.
    Romans chapter 6 verse 23, says,
    “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.
    A sinner must recognise the despairing of her or his guilt before God in order for forgiveness to take effect.
    Every believer must understand in order to inherit the kingdom of God as sons of the king, the reality and foundational truth of sin must be acknowledged, for all who approach the throne of God for salvation.
    God promises us eternal life, for anybody who departs from sin through the saving faith in Jesus Christ.

    Jesus lived a perfect and sinless life which no person could live. Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross ultimately paid the debt we owe to God for our sin.
    Sin against an infinite God requires an infinite sacrifice; and Jesus died a substitutionary death for the sinner.
    In short, the works of Jesus paid the penalty of sin through an infinite sacrifice. Only the creator of life has the power to resurrect life after death and is essentially the proof of the power of God.
    Jesus Christ offers his salvation as a free gift and only be received by faith, despite any works or worthiness on our part.
    The scripture in Romans informs us,
    “If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”.
    In conclusion, the resurrection of Christ is to bring everlasting life and salvation to anybody who follows him. The relationship between God and man can be restored through his saving faith.

  • Thaddeus Yeo

    Thaddeus Yeo

    Pred 23 dňami


  • Lori Kerber

    Lori Kerber

    Pred 23 dňami

    This is fantastic!

  • Roger Studer

    Roger Studer

    Pred 23 dňami

    If this is working also for me, then everyone on this planet learns all languages in one day.

  • Albert Bintercourt

    Albert Bintercourt

    Pred 23 dňami

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  • Alex Mayer

    Alex Mayer

    Pred 23 dňami

    Do i need a degree to understand what he was saying?

  • Oliver Andrews

    Oliver Andrews

    Pred 23 dňami

    Any English speakers who have learnt European Portuguese and have any advice?

  • ഡിങ്കൻ


    Pred 23 dňami

    Can you please translate this to Malayalam (Malayalam subtitles needed)😌

  • Milkman4279


    Pred 24 dňami

    @7:00 He gets to the point

  • House Of Golde

    House Of Golde

    Pred 24 dňami

    all amazing points, one thing i'd add aswell is to play the language while sleeping. I personally play audiobooks in different languages while I sleep. overall this is a habit to be developed in a positive way. I hope everyone is learning and growing on their journey xo

  • %


    Pred 25 dňami

    Thank you

  • 日月所照  戰忽局給老子滾,狗東西

    日月所照 戰忽局給老子滾,狗東西

    Pred 26 dňami


  • Derek Nereida

    Derek Nereida

    Pred 26 dňami

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  • amarachi chinenye

    amarachi chinenye

    Pred 27 dňami

    I'm learning german and I find it so hard(schwer)....I'm frustrated and tired.
    I need a german language parent

  • David Dozier

    David Dozier

    Pred 27 dňami

    You’ve said that anyone can learn to draw in 5 days, and this is true. However, I have for almost 20 years taught students, with no prior training, how to draw a portrait in 90 minutes.

    • David Dozier

      David Dozier

      Pred 13 dňami

      @seulgi's maid sure, just come to chicago this summer

    • seulgi's maid

      seulgi's maid

      Pred 13 dňami

      Pls teach us too sensei😁

    • chong zhao

      chong zhao

      Pred 21 dňom

  • Kee Bu

    Kee Bu

    Pred 27 dňami


  • Enzo Moreno

    Enzo Moreno

    Pred 27 dňami

    someone checked this method?

  • Luci


    Pred 27 dňami

    I choose google translate.

  • Learn Pashto with English Titles

    Learn Pashto with English Titles

    Pred 27 dňami

    We teach Pashto language over on our channel, it's an exellent language to learn and spoken by 40-60 million worldwide including Afghanistan (national language) & Pakistan.

  • phamvamgam nguyengantuan

    phamvamgam nguyengantuan

    Pred 27 dňami

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  • Kim Kyung Soo

    Kim Kyung Soo

    Pred 27 dňami

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  • Confidential


    Pred 28 dňami

    I stopped listening at 7:25 smh...

  • DJ 9one

    DJ 9one

    Pred 28 dňami

    I’m currently 3 months into learning Spanish with an online tutor from Brazil on a weekly basis and I’ve already made some good progress so far, he’s definitely right, 6 months is doable if you’re interested and put in the work mentally

  • れき白


    Pred 28 dňami

    言語に脳を浸からせる(学ぶ意思ありで )

  • Mind Body Relaxation

    Mind Body Relaxation

    Pred 28 dňami

    To everyone who is experiencing a difficult situation:
    To shoot an arrow you have to pull it backwards. So when life drags you back with some troubles, it means it's going to launch into something better.

  • Aka


    Pred 28 dňami


  • Stephen Harrison

    Stephen Harrison

    Pred 28 dňami

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  • Derek Craft

    Derek Craft

    Pred 28 dňami

    Anyone know what is Rotogenflux Methods about? I hear a lot of people increase their IQ of 23 points with this intelligence boost system.

  • D


    Pred 29 dňami

    6 months for sure, but to what extent?

  • Igor Vinicius

    Igor Vinicius

    Pred mesiacom

    what's up guys! my name is Igor Vinicius and I am Brazilian and an English language student... if you want to learn Portuguese with a native speaker and can help me in the English language, I am available for this exchange of knowledge. +55 65 992898489

  • Yousif TUT

    Yousif TUT

    Pred mesiacom

    👏👏👏 ♥

    • Free Eggs

      Free Eggs

      Pred mesiacom


  • leafeon pizza

    leafeon pizza

    Pred mesiacom

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  • Stressed Out

    Stressed Out

    Pred mesiacom

    My first language is Russian, I have learned English at school and now I am working on my Italian. I start learning it for the third time, I hope I'll manage to do it the near future ;) This video gave me ideas how I can improve my studying process and learn Italian in a short period of time

  • 1080p


    Pred mesiacom

    Thou i didn't get it too much since it's hard for me to understand some vocab in eng, but i think the most thing that we need to pay attention--at--are speaking a lot, visualizing and also listening with determination and willingness.

  • Valter pedro

    Valter pedro

    Pred mesiacom

    I need learn Ingles
    Please someone help me

  • Artie Anderson

    Artie Anderson

    Pred mesiacom

    I studied French for 8 years at home in the United States and thought I knew a great deal about the language; then, I went to France where I was told to "speak slowly, speak more slowly: please, speak more slowly." I replied, "Seriously. You want me to speak French with something slower than a Southern drawl??!?! Probably not ever gonna' happen." I returned to Texas and Arkansas without any desire to ever speak another word of French. True story. They love me in Louisiana though: down where they can't tell whether I'm trying to speak southern or cajun. Hahahaha....

  • Megan Watkins

    Megan Watkins

    Pred mesiacom

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  • soul trader

    soul trader

    Pred mesiacom

    Stop screaming at us and have a freakin' martini ffs

  • Skruff


    Pred mesiacom

    I do many of these naturally from experience. I still think though, that if you are thrown in another country you manage these things faster if you put effort into learning. Most people who don't learn the language of the country they are living in never really tried.

  • João Melendre

    João Melendre

    Pred mesiacom

    Obrigado. Excelentes idéias.

  • Mickey Rubye

    Mickey Rubye

    Pred mesiacom

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  • Amber Smith Shop

    Amber Smith Shop

    Pred mesiacom

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  • Max Tyren

    Max Tyren

    Pred mesiacom

    7 years ago information, still helps up to date.

  • Filippo Rubino

    Filippo Rubino

    Pred mesiacom

    Come on guys.... there are NO shortcuts with language learning. In 6 months or less you can just get a grasp of the language, learn its basics