18 thoughts on “How I learned 5 Languages with subtitles

  1. Thank you! I love this video so much. I am always fascinated with languages and seriously, I am envious of people who can speak more than 2 languages. But I found that languages need practice. In my younger years I was crazy about Canto dramas/films and I watched a lot of them to the point that I can understand the dialogues without reading the subtitles. However, I stop watching them when I entered university and I started to forget most of the words since I have nobody to practice with (not many Chinese speaking Cantonese in my university). Similarly, in uni, we have to learn Arabic, although I wasn’t that good in Arabic but at least I can engage in simple conversation. After graduating, over the years I forgot most of the words already. My question is, any tips on how to make sure I will not forget the language? I am now learning Korean and Japanese and I’m worried they will end up like my Cantonese and Arabic. Lol.

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    1. Well! Hi there! My only tips are to keep the languages alive. Listen to songs that keep your vocabulary alive, watch some TV shows here and there or have at least one friend who’s a native speaker whom you can converse with. For me, I do have the ability not to forget a lot of the language. I only forget vocabulary, but important grammar points stay more or less alive when I speak. So it’s important to even talk to yourself sometimes, talk about your day to yourself in each language just to keep it fresh in your mind. I’d recommend these things and of course, making time for some fun TV shows too!

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      1. Thank you very much for your tips! I watched a lot of Korean shows and listen to Korean songs nowadays so it kinda help. I guess you’re right, the only way to do this is to keep the language alive.

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  2. That’s what I do with English. I still think that I’m not good enough because my pronounce is abysmal lol
    But, yeah,it’s always good to practice reading, listening to music and watching films/TV shows. I mean I just studied 2 years in an English course and nowadays can read and play games and understand everything, just practicing in my own.
    But ahmin, that’s really impressive. 5 languages, wow

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  3. Hallo!

    Dein Deutsch ist gut 😀 Ein Freund von mir wohnt seit knapp 4 Jahren hier in Deutschland und spricht nicht so gut Deutsch wie du. Für normale Unterhaltungen würde es also aufjedenfall reichen! 🙂

    Well, whatever, thank you for that awesome video ^-^! It’s so inspiring! I feel so motivated to improve my English and keep on learning Chinese

    But I also feel like starting to learn Korean again. I tried it once, but… it’s so different from German. I was so confused that I gave up ^^’ Do you have some tips on learning Korean?

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    1. Well learn to write and read first, everything gets easier then! Then get familiar with verb endings, and particles so you can make simple sentences. How about that? Oh and thank you so so so much!

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  4. “There were so many fanfictions in English.” Truuue. It’s kind of hard to find quality fanfictions written in my first language.
    I find it interesting that you have different way of speaking (tone?) for each language.
    Thank you for sharing your experience! I’ve been wanting to learn Korean and I realized after watching this video that really, all you need is the motivation to actually learn the language.

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  5. Hey! Never really commented here before but I wanted to write a quick note. I find it so inspirational that you can speak so many languages.

    Personally, I learn a few languages at school but I can’t really speak them at the level of fluency that you do. It’s a great message that you’ve sent saying that you don’t really need to learn how to speak a language in a formal setting and watching videos is a great way to do it. And listening to your Mandarin singing was so impressive. 你的发音非常好,像一个中国人一样!

    Really wasn’t a specific point for this comment. Just wanted to share some thoughts and keep up the good work!

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  6. Hola!
    ya se me había olvidado como llegue a este blog ( fue porque estaba buscando el rango vocal de cantantes coreanas) xD
    Gracias por compartir tu experiencia de verdad eres una motivación y me alegra que hayas tenido esas oportunidades! Lo haces genial
    yo También quiero aprender coreano para poder cantar las canciones que me encantan siento que tienen mucho sentimiento
    pero empezare con el ingles aunque he llegado a comprender la mayoría de lo que has dicho y eso me alegra ya que no estoy tan perdida
    luego seguiré con el Coreano
    supongo que has estudiado música (por que sabes y cantas muy bien jajajaja) soy nueva así que seguiré viendo el blog
    deberías de enseñar coreano o como cantar las canciones así como leer hangul pronunciación y gramática con una canción
    PD: me encanta kero chan :3 tercera temporada 2018
    también si tienes tiempo y me podrías ayudarme con un favor te lo agradeceria mucho
    en mi examen de canto tengo que cantar en italiano el problema no es el idioma si no que se supone que soy soprano las notas las tengo pero la expansión de voz es mi dificultad de estar en c4 paso a c5 pero con voz de cabeza pero no puedo subir a escalas 😦 es difícil de explicar
    e considerado cantar opera (se que es otra técnica y que dicen que es difícil pero son notas mas agudas que las canciones pop) no se que hacer T.T

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    1. Gracias por el comentario y por decir que canto bien jaja .. yo teneria que escuchar como cantas para ajudarla ㅠㅜ

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  7. This was written in the blog “No one in this blog claims to be an all knowing expert” and I just want to say it’s 100% true and it’s obvious honestly otherwise you won’t hide behind excuses in refusing to analyze other artists/idols, but once you refuse to analyze someone vocal you should be at least decent not to give your hateful unprofessional opinion about their vocals

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    1. Hello there and welcome! I see it is your first comment here. Well we are from the school of thought that nobody in the world is all knowing expert of anything, because we as humble human beings couldn’t possibly hold all knowing knowledge about anything. We take our time to analyze these vocalists thoroughly, so I’m sorry that we have to make limitations not to analyze every single vocalist out there. We just don’t have the time. Just because what we have to say isn’t always sugarcoated positivity and is often meant as constructive criticism, don’t confuse that with being “hateful.” Just because we do not say what you want to hear does not mean we have some sort of grudge against any artist/idol.

      I don’t know whose vocals we have decided not to analyze but still gave our feedback on (or how you found us and felt the need to attack us without knowing us at all), but whoever they were they must be someone you hold dear and thus you felt that since they were “attacked,” you needed to defend them by attacking us. There’s no need to use words like “unprofessional” or “hateful.” Nothing that we do is done with ill intentions. If you have a problem with anything we’ve said about a vocalist here, you’re welcome to explain why and we are happy to listen and have healthy discussions. We don’t encourage name calling, we don’t encourage hatefulness and we do not encourage the use of ad hominem. If you think what we are saying is wrong, use a constructive argument and show us how. Do not attack us personally, because that does nothing to prove you right. Whoever it is that you feel was attacked, I personally apologize as that is never my intention. But know that attacking us/me won’t make whoever your favorite idol/artist is proud. I think as musicians and singers, all they’d want is to improve, not to attack someone who is just trying to help. Have a good day.

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      1. Your feedback/comment about one of the idols is used now (by haters) to attack and disrespect him, just saying next time when you decide not to analyze someone vocal you shouldn’t talk about or mention him at all

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      2. What other people do with what we say isn’t necessarily our fault. We can’t stop people, but we don’t approve of that behavior and we have expressed many times that we do not engage in such childish actions. I am sorry that happened, but people will disrespect an idol no matter what. Even if I don’t write an analysis about him specifically, there are idols for whom we do write analyses, and these idols are also disrespected with our content as a source. So by your logic, we shouldn’t analyze anybody at all because anybody and everybody runs a risk of being disrespected and attacked by haters. Even if we don’t analyze these vocalists, these idols are prone to being attacked. It’s not anyone’s fault, except for the childish people doing that. You shouldn’t pay these people any mind. They need something better to do with their lives. So like the other user said, if you do come across these people, remind them what the purpose of our analyses is. I have an idea whom you might be talking about and one of the last things I’d want is for him to be disrespected for his singing technique. However just because other people use our analyses for ill purposes, it does not give you the right to attack us. Don’t you agree? I actually feel bad that we don’t get to analyze some vocalists due to our rules and limitations, which is why I agree to answer questions even if the vocalist isn’t going to be analyzed necessarily. So many people request these idols too. Are you saying we shouldn’t analyze them at all? Like the vocalist you’re referring to, I shouldn’t answer questions about him thus I shouldn’t analyze him at all even if many people request it? I’m sorry, but I just can’t please everybody. I’m only human. Let’s just try to ignore the immature people and spread positivity.
        If you show me these comments, I can try and argue with these people and perhaps knock some sense into them. If you’d like.

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      3. I understand how you feel, as I am also a fan of some groups who don’t necessarily have the best vocal technique, however, this blog was made with the intention to give fans the possibility to educate themselves and appreciate Kpop vocalists in general. This isn’t limited to accepting strengths, but also weaknesses. I am pretty sure the incidents you are talking about derives from the ranking system that was previously on this site, and the misuse of analyses like you described in your comment was one of the admins’ motivations to take the ranking system down. The damage is already done, yes. But I don’t think you should blame the admins for neutrally analyzing vocalists but rather toxic fans for misusing the analyses for a purpose that was not intended for the analyses at all. However, if you come across such people in the future and they reference this page, you can remind them what the analyses were written for or just move on – people mostly hate on others out of their own insecurity.

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  8. First of all, I apologize for attacking you. Second, I didn’t know about this blog before because I personally know unbiased vocal coach who isn’t familiar with kpop groups and they listened to that particular hard working vocalist and they praised his vocal technique so seeing your comment used by haters use was sad thing to experience. Finally, thank you for replying and clarifying things. Bye

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate the apology and it’s alright. Well I still don’t know who that said vocalist is. No matter how hard working someone is, there are impractical ways of practicing singing that can hinder your improvement. I also don’t know the vocal coach, so I can’t testify for what they said. I also don’t know who you’re talking about, so I can’t defend nor justify myself. If you’d like me to clarify anything or explain anything, I’m more than willing as one of the things I hate the most in the world is misunderstandings, especially involving myself. I’m sorry our opinion on this blog does not reflect what that vocal coach said. We might be hearing things in different ways or using different terms. Some people may not be as strict as others. I don’t know. Either way, if you’d like me to explain, I can. If not, it’s fine too.

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