5 TED talks to watch before starting your language course

11 September 202010 mins read

It wouldn’t take a lot to guess that us at Bell, well we’re hardcore language enthusiasts. We love how language opens up doors, how it connects people, and how it unifies us through better intercultural understanding.

As a leading English language school and educator for English language teachers, it can be difficult to convey how amazing learning a new language – like English – can be. So to give us a helping hand, we’ve decided we should let some other terrific people help us do just that.

Here are a few suggested talks to get you feeling motivated, energised and (hopefully) a little more inspired to take on a new challenge:

1. Understand that language will open doors for you

Why should anyone learn a new language? According to John McWhorter (and we agree), there are 4 amazing reasons:

  • To understand other cultures and experience it for yourself
  • Because bilingualism is physically healthy for you (…who knew?)
  • It’s fun
  • And in this digital age, it has never been easier to learn one

2. Find fun ways of learning the language

There are no geniuses when it comes to language. And there are no shortcuts to learning languages either. But whatever process you do try – make sure it’s a process you enjoy. Turn language learning from a boring school subject into something you don’t mind doing every day.

3. Learn and improve… always

Learning a language can be challenging. You’re learning something new and it can sometimes feel difficult. Don’t be discouraged by the mistakes you will make along the way. Learn from them, improve, and you will grow to be even smarter because of it.

4. Strike a power pose

Our body language is just as important when it comes to communication. What is your body language communicating to people? More importantly, what does your body language communicate to yourself?

Learning a new language can sometimes be challenging. Or sometimes people find the idea of studying abroad scary (at first). Trust yourself enough to know you’ll do great. Be confident that you will succeed.

And if you ever find yourself needing an extra boost of confidence, pull your ‘power pose.’

5. Language shapes the way we think

Did you know that speakers of different languages think differently? When learning a new language you will start to discover different ways this happens. How does your language effect the way that you think?

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