Is learning a foreign language as easy as some want us to believe? What are the consequences of thinking that you can learn a language without effort? Listen to find out, and while doing so, learn a few useful words and expressions.
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EASY or DIFFICULT - expressions introduced in the recording:
EFFORTLESS: Something that is effortless is done easily and well.
A PIECE OF CAKE: If you think something is very easy to do, you can say it is a piece of cake. It is often used to stop people feeling worried about doing something they have to do.
MASTERY: If you show mastery of a skill, you show that you have acquired it completely and have no difficulty doing something.
DAUNTING: A task that is daunting makes you feel afraid or less confident.
PLAIN SAILING: If you say that a task was plain sailing, you mean that it was very easy.
BREAK SWEAT: If you break sweat, you use a lot of effort.
PUT EFFORT INTO SOMETHING: If put effort into something, you use physical or mental energy to do it.
Other interesting words and expressions used in the recording:
Takeaway 1: Learning a foreign language is not easy.
Takeaway 2: Learners of a foreign language should focus less on achieving their long term goals, but instead develop a growth mindset, which will allow them to get pleasure from hard work.
Link to Andrew Huberman's video on the subject.
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