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

  • Published on May 10, 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

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  • Marianna Pascal

    I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for your awesome messages! The main reason I wanted to do this talk was to help you and others like you all around the world to feel the confidence you deserve to feel. I know that you've spend years and years studying English at school, and all you really wanted to do was speak, communicate, listen and understand and have others understand you. TED gave me this opportunity to tell you just trust yourself, whatever your level is, because with the right attitude you have what it takes right now. Please feel free to reach out to me if you need more support. Thank you again for watching.

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    Close Open  +425

    "Don't focus on yourself, focus on the results you want to achieve". It's a really good advice

  • Shakir Husain

    1. "Don't focus on yourself, focus on result that's you want to achieve."

  • Kim Lý
    Kim Lý  +308

    "English today is not an art to be mastered. It's just a tool to use to get a result."

  • Naeem Faheem

    I studied the English language for 12 years during my whole childhood education and still I wasn't able to communicate, let alone write a single coherent sentence. It all changed when I made a friend from the UK and she kind of made me comfortable with speaking English. Before I realized it, I graduated college (Bachelor's Degree) and when I gave my interviews for Software Developer jobs (they are usually held in English), I was speaking more fluently and comfortably than my interviewer which was so surprising for me because even now, I don't know a single grammar rule and yet I can clearly process my thoughts in English. It has become more of an intuitive thing rather than something that I need to study for or something. After realizing all of this, I have decided to start learning Italian and I am going to replicate this whole process again so wish me luck xD

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  • Thiri Shwe Yee
    Thiri Shwe Yee Year ago +2

    She is really right. Many people focus on their pronunciation and grammar. They don't focus on the listeners.

  • LJWheels
    LJWheels  +91

    As an English professor teaching ESL at the high school level for the first time, well, you just blew my mind with this. You NAILED it!!! I cannot WAIT to share this with my students, and to figure out ways that we, together, can speak English/Spanish like we are playing a video game...Fearlessly and focused on the recipient, not ourselves. My students are practicing English and I'm practicing Spanish and this video, your ideas, are a game-changer. THANK YOU Marianna Pascal!!

  • sinthiafs
    sinthiafs  +181

    The higher your level in any language the higher your concern and need to speak it flawless. When you know your level is low you know the other person is not expecting much from you...

  • 민서
    민서  +12

    I can TOTALLY feel this! So glad that this was not only me, and lots of ppl were struggling with similar feelings when speaking English.

  • Yanis Perret

    Wow, I am a french english-learner and this goes right into my heart. I always focused on my grammar and syntaxe etc... And I've never thought this way... The language is not only an art to be mastered but a tool to play and have fun with. True inspiration !

  • Natalie Gommon

    I am a language teacher and trainer and I recently did a masterclass related to international English. I was surprised at how positive the response was. How much of a 'lightbulb moment' it was for language learners. Your talk is along the same lines, so well done for getting it on to TED so that many other people can learn from it!

  • Failedpuberty6x
    Failedpuberty6x Year ago +8

    Most people aren't even perfect in their native language but for some reason, we think we should be perfect in another one.

  • Tony Khong

    What an encouraging speech. I've been learning Mandarin from about 5 months and was inhibited to speak it with native speakers. Immediately after listening to this talk, I called up two native speakers from China via WeChat and I spoke with them the first time in Mandarin. I did a pretty good job. :)

  • Susannah Lorenzo

    Excellent talk. I've been an English teacher since I was 16 years old, and I am almost 57 now. I do agree with this approach. I've always used my own method because traditional techniques miss the fun.

  • Nari Kang
    Nari Kang  +27

    I used to think "English is an art to be mastered", but after I watched this, I've changed my mind!

  • sensei chailand

    As a English language learners, this speech encourages us to speak in English with confidence emblem though we make mistakes.

  • Spyros Bonatsos

    This is an amazing talk. Especially the last 4 minutes are life lessons. Marianna thank you for this, very well done !!!

  • 黃純芝
    黃純芝 2 years ago +7

    Language is for using, not for being perfect. Mistakes make perfect. Keep trying.

  • Sanad 404
    Sanad 404  +39

    What an amazing speech. I was so confused my whole life about why I can’t speak. Now I see.