34 Replies to “Language Learning – Input Based Approach”

  1. I think the value of teachers comes in where you said the difficulties for an input based language learner are self-discipline, motivation, etc. I actually think in almost all learning situations the accountability you get from teachers is more valuable than anything they actually "teach". My students can get any vocabulary or grammar explanation they want online for FREE, but they can't get someone encouraging them, challenging them, offering feedback and helping them find appropriate and interesting compelling content. For example, I've just started reading "Hatchet" with some of my advanced students. They'd probably never finish the book without a teacher guiding them.
    For beginners, I've spent the last two months writing ministories (similar concept, but very different execution from the ones at LingQ) for beginner English learners. It's amazing that if you put things in order and control the flow of vocabulary, people who only know 100-150 words can start comprehending actually interesting storylines .

  2. Hi Steve, I’ve been struggling in my Polish for a long time. I probably know between 1000-2000 words but can not really speak and understand much of what people say. Do your recommend reading a lot with no dictionary? Don’t you learn most words unconsciously?
    Would really appreciate your help. Thanks

  3. (when it comes to language learning) I spend about 90% of the time reading, this is the way I learn langues, FOR JAPANESE I RECOMMEND the Japanese Greded Readers book series or the app JA sensei Audiobooks it's like $5 but totally worth it👍 theres another Japanese app called pibo that has children's books but it's subscription base

  4. I agree wholeheartedly to what Steve has listed in the video. Though I do like to point out with emphasis (even if Steve has already mentioned it) that you must pick input-based materials based on your INTERESTS. This is so crucial when it comes to the enjoyment, the motivation, and the improvements in your journey in language learning. Reading and listening to the topics you like have you become thoroughly interested in the language itself. Since the topics are ones you are familiar with, you become invested in the language, new words will succumb to you effortlessly, sentences will become familiar and conspicuous, and thus language learning is easy.

    Do NOT focus on ones that aren't of interest to you or ones that are hard to understand. Don't read or listen to Shakespeare or other hard classics if you have been learning English for a week! It's unreasonable and it will destroy your motivation in the language. Instead, if you really want to read the classics, for example, build up and solidify your familiarity with the language by reading something that is of INTEREST to you, is easy, and will build the path to read the ones that you desire to read but unable to read at the moment. It has never been so crucial to do this. Once you keep doing it, you will soon discover your genuine enjoyment in the language.

  5. The longer I learn languages the more different opinions I get on how it should be done, but the best people to listen to are the ones who've already achieved the goal. I've seen impressive results from Benny using his speak from day one approach, but I would not wish to do this myself because it doesn't suit my personality and I don't like it. You Steve are the proof that the input based method works just fine, and I also know this because I learned Dutch this way. In the beginning I was concerned because I studied for over a year and hardly spoke at all, but when I finally did get the courage to use what I'd learned in conversation it all came together quite quickly. If plenty of groundwork is done learning vocabulary then conversation practice progresses pretty fast. Would I have progressed faster using "speak from day one?". Well it's impossible to say, but I probably would have shied away from it or even given up. Everyone needs to follow a method that engages their own interest in the learning process.

  6. Love your channel. You made me understand that you learn sub-consciously. Before, I tried to shove grammatical rules and words into my brain. Letting my brain do the work removed a lot of stress. Thank you.

  7. Do you speak spanish? Llegué aquí buscando aprender ingles de manera autodidacta. Según tengo entendido dominas el español y otros idiomas más; quisiera saber ¿cómo lo hiciste? ¿algunos consejos para aprender el ingles por mi mismo?.

  8. SubhanAllah! This is what I have been doing to memorize the Quran! I don't understand Arabic although I can read and write. But listening to and reading to some chapters in the Quran over and over and over again helped me make sense of the language without studying it systematically.

    My aim is to memorize the Quran and to make it even easier I am making picture cards that give me a visual cue about what a verse is about. Using my visual memory is helping me so much, alhamdulillah.

    I am going to take this process even further by studying the same chapters from different angles. For example, I will note down the verbs in one reading and the nouns in another reading etc, in shaa Allah.

    Basically, the idea is to have fun like children. They learn a language joyfully and without much effort when they are surrounded by it. Language learning is an immersive experience. Since stress makes me sick this input based language learning technique is enabling me to get accustomed to the Quran minus the stress of having to study consciously in a classroom kind of environment.

    Your video has motivated me to stick to my process even more. Thank you so much! Keep up the good work.

  9. This is exactly what I tell my students when teaching them Greek. Read, read, read. Listen, listen, listen. Speak when you feel you can… BUT until then, reading aloud to yourself and speaking to yourself (narrating your day, etc.) is also a huge help with getting used to how to say those words you're constantly reading. What do you think? When you read, do you read aloud to yourself so you get used to the feel of the new language in your mouth, as I say? 😊

  10. Hi there, I am Francisco, my native language is the Spanish , and I got about 3 months learning the English, and I got a question, so far so good at this time I can read and write some sentences in English but, buuuuuuut, when I try to speak nothing is coming to mi my min, I know you are a multilingual speaker, guide me please how can I reach the fluently.

  11. Yeah, this method really work. At least work for me in english.
    Right now i'm studying french, but i think that going to classes give me more motivation to study on my own. But, of course, if you only go to class, and never study alone you are doomed to failure.

  12. Hey Steve, I enjoy your videos and watch them regularly . I have been attempting to learn a language, and i have come to know a lot of words, and can speak in the language relatively well. However, when I try to watch tv shows or movies in the language, i find myself completely lost and can only understand maybe 1 out of every 10-15 words. So I'm in the habbit of not having any input, just learning a bunch of words and practicing them, in the hope that when i learn enough, i will eventually be able to understand when i go back to watching tv in the language. what are your thoughts on this? should i keep listening, even though i dont understand? will this help me? thanks

  13. Fascinating insight Steve. Thank you. I started reading Star Wars – A New Hope in Japanese a couple of months ago. I'd say my Japanese is somewhere in the low/mid intermediate level. Reading this book is working great because there's a plethora of katakana words,  it has furigana by the kanji so I can pronounce the words in my head as I'm reading, and as I'm reading my guesses are getting better. One of the real gems I've learned from this, is that when I'm reading, I occasionally, I circle words that I'm guessing (if they're coming up a lot in the text) and look them up / ask my language partner what they mean. It's amazing how much stronger the connection between word and meaning is when it's been bugging me all day 🙂

  14. Is it necessary to have a firm grasp on the meaning of what your reading, thus meaning you should read precisely on your level in the language? Or is it beneficial to read material that is above one's level of understanding? If so, should you spend the time necessary to look up the unfamiliar words in the dictionary, or just try to understand the most text possible independently?

    I'm a French student in high school (in not too vigorous a course) and am easily quite ahead of my class; I struggle to find material that's interesting while also not too challenging. Do you have any tips???

  15. This is my preferred method for language learning and my strategy was crystallized when I heard this video a couple years back. I haven't 'worked' at all on my language learning, just consumed cool information regarding my different languages and have somehow delivered myself to a place with good accents, good listening comprehension and an intuitive feeling for the grammar and language cadences. Thanks for your wisdom. 🙂

  16. In my opinionh, the key to learning languages is reading and listening a lot. I totally agree with you. Input is a sortcut to leatning languages. If you have a lot of input, someday you'll find youself speak the target language automatically, naturally.
    you don't force youself to speak. Just reading and listening a lot. Grammar skill and speaking comes after naturally.It's the best way to learnig languages!!

  17. HI Steve, thank you so much for your advices. i have learnt english for little months so there are many new words that i don't know and can't recognize when i read english book and listen english video. while i'm reading a book i sometimes stop to check cetairn word's meaning in dictionary but i don't know if i do the same thing when listen a video. i mean i should listen entire video or each word in video a. Many people said me that i should follow the first way and try to guess the content but because i have litle vocabulary so i find it difficult do this. Can you help me some advice? thank you.

  18. hi Steve,
    i am an english language learner, and i have used the input based method. i listened a lot to english in youtube videos and watched many movies in english. and i was practicing for  two years. i admit that's help me to improve a lot in english but still i am not feeling myself fluent. the point is that i think the input based languge learning is a  step in your journey to learn a language, and the next step is speaking and writing or the output based language learning and i think is the only method to get fluency

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