What are some qualities that will help you with language study? Do you have to be a language nerd? Should you aspire for perfection? What do Rick and Dave think are helpful traits for language learning? If you answered “yes, I can!” to any of these questions, go back and read them again because your answer makes no sense.
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Here are some highlights if you’re in a hurry:
00:17 Rick provides an amazing fact about chickens
00:48 What qualities do you need in order to be a successful language learner?
00:58 Do you have to be a nerd to learn a language?
02:13 You need this quality (rhymes with “potivation”)
02:54 Fear of failure and perfectionism are the opposite of good
03:48 Did someone mention demotivation and demoralization? See links below
04:46 More shameless mention of the Language Learners’ Forum
05:49 Focus on these (rhymes with “lengths,” begins with “str”)
07:53 Rick mocks Star Trek fans and assumes all non-nerds are actors (?)
08:19 Rick and Dave discuss their personal strengths
13:40 Genius Rick comes up with a characteristic that Dave just finished talking about
14:06 Summing up the characteristics we think language learners need (not mentioned: stealing Dave’s ideas)
15:35 Speaking of Setswana…..
20:43 A hint at next week’s topic
And links to some things we talked about
Language Learners’ Forum – Sign up and meet other language nerds!
Rick’s talk on demoralization and demotivation at the Polyglot Gathering 2018 (mainly in French)