Stephen Covey – The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – How This Applies To Language Learning

Hi there Steve Kaufmann here. Today I want to talk about language learning and a very famous, successful book – a self-help book – by Stephen Covey called “The Seven Habits of Highly…

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  1. brod2man says:

    2nd Question.
    I was wondering if you could suggest any ways to incorporate language
    learning into life. I’ve been seriously considering going to China to study
    a Mandarin-taught bachelors degree. This, to not only provide me with a
    degree, but also allow me to use Mandarin daily.

    Back in my home country (Australia), I meet up with Mandarin speaking
    people occasionally, and am trying to apply for jobs in Mandarin speaking
    restaurants etc. But I can’t see this being a long term thing. It always
    feels like I’m more SUSTAINING my Mandarin, than allowing it to prosper.

    Maybe you have an idea of some jobs out there which require people who
    speak fluent English, and some reasonable level of Mandarin. Every time I
    think of a job, I feel like there are a billion Chinese people out there
    with fluent Mandarin, and very decent English who would be more suitable.

    Thanks again for your vloggings

  2. LingQ says:

    The Seven Habits (Or Is It Hobbits?) of Effective Language Learners
    http://ow.ly/IyOfW

  3. Steve Kaufmann - lingosteve says:
  4. Carlos Sobrinho says:

    Thks Steve, your vídeos are my source of inspiration!!! I’m 44 years old
    and I study english for many years. After Youtube and some resources in
    Internet as Lingq, I feel more confident to use my english. Nowadays a
    Study French level b1.1 at Alliance Française and I started to study German
    by my self. I hope to achive level A1 by the end of this year.

  5. Annie Jin says:

    I would like to know if our brain function well in multi language
    environment. I learned Swedish half year ago and now I study in a Swedish
    university. But my study requires much working trainings and they are all
    in Finnish. Now I am trying so hard to learn Finnish that I don’t think and
    read in Swedish any more. Finnish has different language root compare to
    English, Swedish and Chinese. I don’t know how everything would turn out. I
    need Swedish to graduate, but I also need Finnish to do my trainings and
    searching informations. 

  6. brod2man says:

    I’ve been studying Mandarin for almost 2 years. I’m getting to a point
    where I can understand quite a lot, so the material available for me to
    learn from is increasing everyday. This kind of makes it hard for me to
    know what to choose though.

    I think I’m very self-motivated and mainly cover the ideas of these 7
    habits. But the problem I encounter is too much variety. When I go to sit
    down in a cafe to study, I don’t really know what to choose. It all helps
    me, but I’m not sure what my brain is actually retaining. I try to learn
    5-10 HSK words a day, then if I read a text, I’ll try to learn the most
    useful looking words from that.

    Specifically for vocab learning, do you recommend any particular number of
    words? Can you learn TOO many words at one time? Am I not being efficient
    if I only learn 10 per day, when my brain could learn triple that?

    I guess knowing how to approach this would make it easier for me to select
    from my large variety of learning material.

    Thanks for your video.
    So happy to have found a language learning community like this.
    It’s kind of life changing

  7. Andrew Logan says:

    Danke Steve, hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Ich mag den Punk über wie alles ein
    Win Win ist, wenn man einfach Zeit mit der Sprache verbringt. Ich bin der
    gleichen Meinung und ich finde, dass ein guter Rat ist, wenn man sich
    vielleicht entmutigt fühlt, vor allem am Anfang.

  8. LingQ says:

    The Seven Habits (Or Is It Hobbits?) of Effective Language Learners
    http://ow.ly/IyNVH

  9. Иван Дыдыкин says:

    Thanks, Steve, for the new video! Please, tell me, what should I do when I
    see unknown word in a book I read which I don’t even know how to pronounce?
    It’s really getting hard to read. I know that it’s better to continue to
    read and the word is likely to tell me its meaning from the context. But
    how should I read it first without knowing its transcription?

  10. Ionixification says:

    Thank you. This is just what I needed to hear really. Its sometimes
    difficult to just keep on doing input input input, but it will pay off!

  11. Corneliu Nicoară says:

    The way I’d see the win-win principle applied here is Give Back. I learn on
    LingQ and I tell my friends about it. This way, everybody wins: I learn,
    your site have more members, my friends learn too.
    Steve, you surely have enemies, please offer that microphone to one of
    them, you’re killing us…

  12. Jari S says:

    Yahtzee! I love self development.

  13. taino20 says:

    Thank you very much for the motivation in this video and in all of your
    videos. I applaud your decision to include a text with the video. This will
    be very helpful to English language learners.

  14. GutsofEclipse says:

    I’d define “do first things first” as “start with the foundation”.

    If you browse the anime community, you’ll run across a fair number of
    people who think that they’re just going to watch anime, whether this is
    raw or subbed varies, and pick up on Japanese without ever touching a
    guide. While the ones who watch hundreds of anime episodes pick up on some
    Japanese words and phrases, and the raw watchers tend to be some of the
    best prepared to become good listeners once they start actual study
    (seriously), they never reach anything resembling functionality through
    that method. There are big gaping holes in their grammar and basic
    vocabulary. Their foundation is too weak for listening to get them where
    they want to be.

  15. Julio Diaz says:

    Please do a Portuguese video, I’d greatly appreciate it

  16. Jason Baca says:

    Insightful video, as always Mr. Kaufmann! Just fyi, it sounds like the
    audio is still coming from the on-board mic of the camera/computer. The mic
    you’re holding might be on or even recording, but its not making its way to
    the video.

  17. Paweł dzwonecki says:

    Steve please develop this topic especially points number 3,6 and 7.

  18. Mynameisntmegan says:

    Good to see you following through with the new year resolution of shorter
    videos, Steve. That’s not to say I didn’t like the long ones, but indeed I
    like the new shorter ones. Gracias para ayudarme apprender español.

  19. Management courses says:

    1.Become independent …be proactive
    2.start with a end goal in mind … Visualize u r reaching your goal
    3.do first things first …. Learn the language everyday
    4. Interdependent …. Empower your workers ( different skills for language
    ) and built trust …think in terms of win-win …. Everything is win in
    language learning
    5try to understand then worry about being understood … Understand the
    language first then speaking will come as days go by
    6.synergy …. Listening will help your speaking and it helps writing
    7. Sharpening your saw…. Build up your passive vocabulary … Get
    prepared there days come u will use them eventually 🙂 

  20. Mita Thakur says:

    Thanks Steve. It was a very interesting video. I have joined the French
    language class on LingQ. This will help me a lot.

  21. Itibrão Motta says:

    Steve em português “Os sete hábitos das pessoas altamente eficazes”.

  22. demet karahasanoğlu says:

    Could you please check english subtitles
    There is too much wrong ı think.

  23. Qian Lizzy says:
  24. Mat Broomfield says:

    I think it’s all too easy to misapply outside its field of context. I think
    that you are stretching his lessons to give them relevance, much like
    Christians try to drag relevance from the Bible to every possible
    situation, or those who believe in horoscopes try to personalise
    generalised messages.

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