Learning a language? Speak it like you’re playing a video game | Marianna Pascal | TEDxPenangRoad

  • Published on May 11, 2017
  • Marianna Pascal shows how the secret to speaking a new language with confidence is all about attitude, not ability.
    Marianna Pascal helps professionals achieve greater success in life by communicating effectively in English. Marianna began her career as an actor and performed across her native Canada in film television and on stage for 15 years. Today, Marianna improves the way employees relate to their bosses, clients, colleagues and other key stakeholders. Marianna is also the Official Communication Trainer for Miss Malaysia World.
    An award-wining speaker, Marianna is known for her humorous speech on TheXvid titled "Local English or Standard English" which has been seen by over a million people worldwide. Marianna is also the author of the best-selling book series English Fast & Easy. The most recent was #2 on Borders' Best-Selling List for non-fiction.

    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

Comments • 1 705

  • Jordan First
    Jordan First 2 hours ago

    I loved the way how she explains about how u can communicate in English language
    And the good point she say it ..its a tool .
    Wow this woman she amazing

  • lam y
    lam y 5 hours ago

    You solve my biggest problem in my life by few words .
    English is not an art to be mastered , it is a tool to be used to get a result .
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • Sumaiya Iqbal
    Sumaiya Iqbal Day ago +1

    I was hooked on! She's an amazzzing speaker!!!!💕💕💕

  • Sumaiya Iqbal
    Sumaiya Iqbal Day ago +1

    Listening to her is like honey to ears!💕

  • Anh Nguyen
    Anh Nguyen 2 days ago


  • Tehreem Safder
    Tehreem Safder 2 days ago +1

    yupp exactlyyy attitude always matter in learning of anything either language or a game!!!

  • Sermons Room
    Sermons Room 4 days ago

    i like this presentation I have learnt a lot from this

    KESU BEATS 4 days ago

    this is great for all things in life, just relax and allow yourself the freedom to move forward instead of focusing your energy on your imperfections. Great talk Marianna!

  • Kashfia Rukhsaar
    Kashfia Rukhsaar 5 days ago

    Thank you so much for your wonderful and inspirational speech :)

  • ជាតិ ខ្មែរ

    I love your idea, Ms.

  • ជាតិ ខ្មែរ

    I love your idea, Ms.

  • Winner
    Winner 6 days ago +3

    Thank you for this stories,for this examples , for everything you have said!

  • Tiffany Felicienne
    Tiffany Felicienne 8 days ago

    Thank you Marianna! I watched this to get some tips on how to be a better language learner but in fact I gained a lot more insight about how to be a more effective teacher. I used to teach English as a Second Language and wish I had heard this before. I passed on the link to my daughter who is at university studying to be a high school teacher. This really blew my mind... I hope more current and future teachers hear your ideas.

  • Santiago Torres
    Santiago Torres 8 days ago +21

    I'm Brazilian and I live in the United States, after this video, I will never be afraid to speak english, she's right what is most important is to be understood, the result of what you want to achieve.
    Thank you for this great video!

  • faisal fadzil
    faisal fadzil 8 days ago +2

    very good lecture n inspiring me to speak english with confident..i wish i would speak confidently just like faizal in her story😀from malaysia

    • mehdi el alba
      mehdi el alba 3 days ago

      Yeeah me tooo
      Why don't we start practicing our english ?
      From moroco

  • Omji Sah
    Omji Sah 9 days ago

    That's amazing Idea to improve English I Liked,

  • Rodrigo Oliveira
    Rodrigo Oliveira 9 days ago

    That's it. The important thing is to be understood.

  • Naama Nissani
    Naama Nissani 9 days ago


    SAVAN PATEL 9 days ago

    Ma'am Yours explaining technique is awesome... nice concept that was explained by you.. thank you🤗

  • aniza zaza
    aniza zaza 10 days ago

    Nodding also..im malaysian and the struggle is real

  • Piyush dewangan
    Piyush dewangan 10 days ago


  • Marco Fialho
    Marco Fialho 12 days ago +5

    English? The book is yours! Irregular Verbs. The Ultimate Guide/ Amazon

  • Phan Thao
    Phan Thao 13 days ago

    Great talk! However, this idea is only in an ideal world. A human being does judge others by the way they speak a foreign language (English)

  • Forest
    Forest 13 days ago

    well said 👏

  • mastoorah shafiq
    mastoorah shafiq 13 days ago +19

    English isn’t an art to be mastered, it’s a tool to use to get the result. 👌👌☺️👍👍beautiful

  • kelvianna epperson
    kelvianna epperson 14 days ago +3

    My speaking and confidence goes down alot when I'm speaking Spanish when my brain shuts down and I forget the vocabulary and conjugations that I do know

  • Виктор Стогов

    In exams teachers reduce your marks for your mistakes, and then you have to pay money another time for the next attempt. Thanks for video.

  • Ami_go_home
    Ami_go_home 15 days ago

    It has something to do with inner games.

  • Ime Ne
    Ime Ne 15 days ago

    I would really like to participate in the TEDx Talk

  • erwin ali
    erwin ali 16 days ago +2

    Thats exactly why we filipinos learn english so quickly becuz we make fun of it,.we dont care bout the details. We just play like speaking our native dialect.

  • Karina Arendt
    Karina Arendt 16 days ago

    I lost my Job because of my English, I understand and talk with confident ( and mistakes of course) even so, it wasn’t enougth.... Some people value more the level of English than the work itself.

  • Zeynep Tartan
    Zeynep Tartan 17 days ago

    But what will happen if we want to be an interpreter? (I want to be an interpreter) So the language (English or some other foreign language) must be perfect. But I cannot achieve to be relax while speaking even I am only a student right now. (I mean I haven't been have to speak in formal situation yet) I'm so confused please help me and show me how to improve my speaking with confidence. Thanks for reading my comment

  • HiphopKisa
    HiphopKisa 17 days ago

    Love this video, very helpfull for all the people who learn English. You definitely understand my message if even I do mistakes

    ROBBEN LEZA 17 days ago +1

    Tq Very much... 👌

  • Cabdalla Cilmi
    Cabdalla Cilmi 17 days ago +1

    Your advice is very nice

  • Just be you
    Just be you 17 days ago

    So good mam👍😇😇

  • 花ちゃん
    花ちゃん 17 days ago

    She has no idea what a video game even is, does she?

  • eLKa LiterasiKita
    eLKa LiterasiKita 18 days ago

    Love this Ted talks

  • FromFame
    FromFame 18 days ago

    So basically use Duolingo

  • Abhishek Chandrappa
    Abhishek Chandrappa 18 days ago

    Ms Pascal you need to learn Malay rather than Malaysians learning english coz ur in Malaysia. Local language is always 1st priority. If they r in US or UK then yeah they need to learn english.

  • YESS1R
    YESS1R 18 days ago

    Excellent video and thank you

  • klimax KINGST
    klimax KINGST 19 days ago

    thank you

  • 蔡昌偉
    蔡昌偉 19 days ago

    She could just say Faizal, instead of “people like Faizal”(cross fingers)👿

  • English English
    English English 19 days ago

    Wonderful speaker 🌹🌹

  • Paul Kan
    Paul Kan 19 days ago +3

    This pro speaks so clearly and her intonation sounds so beautiful

  • سارة درويش
    سارة درويش 19 days ago

    Her speech is amazing ❤️😌

  • Cory Burns
    Cory Burns 20 days ago +2

    The lack of video game understanding from this woman is cringe worthy.

  • Tony Wang
    Tony Wang 20 days ago

    very grateful for this speech. really helps

  • aaru song
    aaru song 20 days ago +5

    your speech is really going to help me a lot. not because of i heard something new. i already listen so many motivational lectures regards to improve my english. but still i never try to speak loudly. it just the problem of my attitude, fear about being judged by someone and thats it. i know i have to improve my grammer but still i never try. i never try and also never speak up in front of public. but from now on i have to try, i have to try disregard of thoughts of being judged or laugh by someone else

  • Rynee listy
    Rynee listy 20 days ago


  • Ashish Sawariya
    Ashish Sawariya 20 days ago

    I'm able to understand us/u.k/indian then why I'm listening this channel?? 😂😅.. I'm rapid English speaker...

  • Wayne Vietnam
    Wayne Vietnam 20 days ago

    After 10 years teaching English in SE Asia I can understand your direction but the dichotomy is of no use in the classroom.

  • Lawjeet Lawjeet
    Lawjeet Lawjeet 20 days ago

    Iam the guy fizal

  • Lijoy Kj
    Lijoy Kj 20 days ago

    സായിപ്പേ engine out completely

  • Abdelrahman Mohmed ABO_AElYazid

    Good words

  • Mahmud Ahsan
    Mahmud Ahsan 22 days ago

    Great speech. Very inspiring and clear understanding from a native speaker. Being a non-native speaker, I found to improve speaking English, we need to speak more. If no one is out there for practice, then creating English speaking video with some topic and publishing in TheXvid helps a lot.

  • Mohammad Risqy
    Mohammad Risqy 22 days ago

    In my junior high school, my teacher always said that I shouldn't made a mistakes during a test or English examination. I still remember at 7th grade, I take the English test and I git the bad score on it, just because I wrote down 'there are' oh my gosh (Indonesian).

  • Erivelto Oliveira
    Erivelto Oliveira 23 days ago

    As pessoas querem apenas se comunicar.

  • celal qehremanov
    celal qehremanov 23 days ago

    just only person she is which i understood her all sentences. am thankful. it gave me confidence that am keeping on to learn English

  • Iara Garcia
    Iara Garcia 24 days ago


  • Boutheina Mekhalif
    Boutheina Mekhalif 24 days ago

    08:45 is exactly may probleme lol

  • oooodaxteroooo
    oooodaxteroooo 26 days ago

    personally my #1 tip is: immersion. listen, copy. thats how kids learn. ask any native speaker to teach you their language. they cant, because they hardly learned it ;)

    • Did You Know?
      Did You Know? 23 days ago

      This is what I truly believe as the best advice for ACTUALLY improving-reading, watching tons of shows,etc.
      But then there's someone like me akin to the first pharmacy girl who fumbles up and over thinks.
      Even though I might have better English than 90% of the non-natives, one who simply speaks clearly is likely to be more useful haha

  • DocDoesGaming
    DocDoesGaming 26 days ago +1

    A really good talk, time to get back to studying!

  • Tweny S6x
    Tweny S6x 27 days ago


  • Josep G.
    Josep G. 27 days ago +1

    May this conference was based on her personal experience, but in my job experience, when you have to find a job, you need a high level of english, it's not enough to can speak english with a low level, because, althought you can make understand you to your audience, you have to understant what are saying people who you're speaking with, because you are a professional and you can't afford missunderstand a word wrongly, that could result in a bad negotiation or deal or a bad project, due to have not understand word or idea correctly.

  • Ipek Çağlar
    Ipek Çağlar 27 days ago +9

    I understood every single sentence and it made me happy :)
    BTW who is from Malaysia (I'm not)

  • Gokulkumar M
    Gokulkumar M 27 days ago

    faizal is judged

    JACOB GEORGE 27 days ago


  • Nelson M. Monterrubio S
    Nelson M. Monterrubio S 28 days ago +1

    Playing a game? Maybe hoy guys are playing. Un not and i never was. The fact is I got fired last week wiht a bunch of lies!
    True in real life

  • Azhar Risalati Rabbi
    Azhar Risalati Rabbi 28 days ago

    R.I.P TOEFL 😂