how I'm studying 4 languages (in depth) - spanish, korean, mandarin & russian

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hello guys welcome back to the channel

it fully looks like I'm wearing pajamas

but this is like something you're meant

to wear outside but today we're gonna be

doing a live widget video which is not

something that has been very common

lately but I definitely want to get more

into it I really would love to honestly

make my channel 25 percent about

languages because I love learning

languages so much and you can't see that

through my channel like my channel does

it pro tre that at all this is just kind

of a video to show you guys like the

different methods that I used to study

and the four languages that I'm studying

are all at different levels so you're

kind of gonna see like how I study an

advanced language how I study an upper

intermediate how do I study an upper

beginner and how do I study a complete

beginner language also Before we jump

into the video I'm gonna let you guys

know what language I'm studying and then

I'll let you know what my history is

without language when I'm specifically

talking about it so the four languages

I'm currently studying are Spanish

Russian Korean and Mandarin Chinese and

also I wanted to mention that this video

is sponsored by expressvpn but I will

tell you guys a little bit more about

them later on in the video I have a list

on my phone of like all the different

ways I study each language so if you

keep seeing me look at my phone it's cuz

my memory ain't that great you know so

the first language I'm gonna talk about

is Spanish I have like a long history

with Spanish but not really I grew up

with a lot of Spanish family I visited

Spain every year of my life so my whole

life I've been in love with Spanish but

I didn't really speak it until two years

ago when I moved to Spain not knowing

any Spanish because I decided I wanted

to do an exchange here and live with my

cousin's for a year during my year in


I really didn't speak that much but as

soon as I came home everything clicked

and when I came home my language

learning journey began Spanish is my

upper intermediate / advanced language

I'm currently in the upper intermediate

Plateau as it's called upper

intermediate Plateau is kind of horrible

because you really feel like you're not

making any progress but you are anyway

enough about my history let me get into

how I'm currently studying it so the

first thing I'm gonna tell you are the

ops that are essential to me as a

Spanish learner and that is Spanish Nick

Reverso word reference

and unki I cannot live without these

Anki I use for every single language so

I'm gonna mention it for each language

but Anki is just a flash card app

Spanish dict is in my opinion the most

user-friendly best Spanish dictionary

out there Reverso shows you the word in

context which is so helpful sometimes

you understand what the word means but

you don't really know how it's used so

reverse so it's perfect and where the

reference is really good for getting

different collocations for each word so

if that word is a part of like a phrasal

verb you'll see it most likely onward

reference so the best method for me for

learning currently is reading books but

I'm gonna explain specifically how I

study with the books so on my Kindle app

I bought a Spanish book you know like

the Big Show to all the boys I've loved

before I bought that book in Spanish

because I know the story

so it kind of helps me with the context

and that way I can kind of focus on the

Spanish of the book and not really the

story because I already know the story

so in Kindle when you're reading you can

kind of like highlight things as you're

reading them and you can highlight in

four different colors so I have four

different highlight categories so I

highlight in the first color if I have

absolutely no idea what the word means

the second color I use for words that I

understand through context but I

wouldn't necessarily know them myself

so it's like something I want to make a

flashcard for the third color I use for

like specific phrasal verbs collocations

like set expressions and then the fourth

highlight color I use for like sentences

that are just like it's a very like

natural way of speaking and I just want

to understand the sentence structure if

I make sense basically I do this for one

chapter and then once I finished the

chapter I go and make on key flashcards

for every single thing I highlighted

like even if I understood it through

context I will make a flashcard on it

and then I learn the flashcards and I

reread the chapter so it seems like a

lot of work but it's so incredibly

helpful and I've been learning a lot

through it sometimes I still like to

read possibly like just read for fun

like even if I'm not translating every

single word I still think that helps a

lot but I do think it's still like a

really good way to learn in general the

second thing I do is I watch shows it's

kind of the same with the read

like there's a passive way of doing it

so sometimes I just watch a Spanish show

with Spanish subtitles and I just like

don't really do anything I just like

immerse myself in the language but

sometimes I really watch it and pause it

like every couple of seconds to write

down a vocabulary word so it really

depends on what mood I'm in but it's

also incredibly helpful because you're

improving your listening skills a lot

and if you're gonna do this I really

recommend that you choose which accent

you want to learn so for example this is

just example but there's Mexican Spanish

there's Spain Spanish there's Colombian

Spanish there's our gin teeny and

Spanish like accents are so different I

personally chose the Spain's accent so I

watch shows that are made in Spain so

their expressions and their accent is

very useful for me so the next thing I

did was I set my phone to Spanish a lot

of people mention this at first I was

kind of like not for the idea because I

was like why do I need to know settings

in Spanish like it's not something

that's incredibly helpful I guess it is

good for you but it's not like insane

but one reason I really think you should

do it is because first of all some apps

completely change to Spanish and you

know initially when you change your

phone's language you think that only the

settings are gonna be in Spanish but

every single up everything is in Spanish

so I kind of agree like I think it helps

you a lot second of all Siri is in

Spanish you can literally have a

conversation with Siri like if you're

too scared to practice with a real

person you can literally speak to Siri a

third of all on Twitter whenever I look

at any hashtags or anything all the

tweets that they show me are Spanish

people tweets like I don't know how it

happens but it's like they filter out

the English but I mean I can still find

the English if I want but they show all

the Spanish tweets first which at first

I was like I kind of don't like this

like I'm uncomfortable but then I

realized like the fact that I'm

uncomfortable it just means I have a

long way to go and now like anytime I

see a tweet in Spanish I just read it

and boom like that's already a little

bit of practice the next thing I do I

don't do this all the time but I really

truly want to it's just difficult

anytime I need to search anything I try

searching in Spanish so like if I don't

know how to do something in Final Cut

Pro if I don't know how to find

something on Instagram

I will

google it and Spanish and it's just

super helpful and then the next thing

for grammar

I don't really practice grammar as much

anymore maybe because I've been learning

for such a long time but for grammar I

use clothes master which is like an app

I don't really it's like you learn

through context but for grammar I really

like it because they have some

flashcards where it's like no flashcards

but like example sentences where you

have to figure out if you put food or

butter I literally am almost an advanced

learner and I still sometimes get it

wrong there's like literally a thousand

sample sentences to practice like which

one to use so to me I really like it it

feels like a game you're learning

through context you're not like sitting

down like writing with a book so that is

my Spanish study I'm sorry I spoke so

much I think Spanish is my most detailed

answer because Spanish I've been

learning the most out of all of these so

so my second language is Russian Russia

is actually the first language I ever

learned in my life up until I was eight

years old

I fully only spoke Russian like I didn't

know any other language a lot of people

think like I'm a native English speaker

which I'm like thank you but it's

currently my most fluent language

because I live in Arlen but that's why

my accent is all so messed up so I don't

study Russian that much because Russian

is like my most advanced language after

English but my Russian is like an eight

year old Russian when I moved to America

and then moved to Ireland that's when my

vocabulary stopped growing like I still

speak like an eight year old in Russian

so I'm currently trying to fix that I'm

learning a lot of Russian I'm trying my

best to speak to my mom in Russian I'm

gonna give a tip to beginners because a

lot of people ask me where to start how

to start learning Russian I can't give

you an amazing answer because I just

grew up speaking it I never had to learn

it but I think I have a tip so if you're

a beginner who wants to start learning

Russian a thing I want to say is I think

a good place to start is duolingo and

don't come out me I know duolingo is

never enough like it's never a resource

that you should completely focus on

especially with such a grammar difficult

language can you even say that I don't

know but I think duolingo is definitely

like an amazing place to start because

you get that motivation and also on

duolingo I think the first thing you do

is you learn the Cyrillic alphabet which

is like you cannot learn Russian

without knowing this Cyrillic alphabet

like you can learn the English letters

but it's not gonna be the same like

Russian has sounds that English doesn't

so you got to learn the alphabet first

so duolingo is a great place to start I

think however once you already kind of

know the basics and you need to start

learning more grammar I would definitely

recommend to find something else on top

of duolingo so literally my main way to

study Russian is by speaking to my mom

because I just automatically speak to my

mom in English now and I need to like

turn that off like I need to stop doing


the second thing I do is kind of weird

it's quite random this is the resource

I've been using a lot and it's so weird

it's literally a book about Russia in

Russian it literally has like a bunch of

different things like Russia's history

Russians entertainment industry I don't

know it's really run them it's really

educational though I really enjoy

learning through it because all of it is

in Russian and it has a lot of vocab

that I would never know and the last way

that I study Russian is a hundred

percent my favorite is by watching

Netflix shows in Russian with Russian

subtitles Russian dub but the problem is

in Ireland you will not find any shows

that are russian dubbed or have Russian

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guys the next language is Korean I don't

really know how to define my level for

Korean because it's like upper beginner

but it's not it's like it's not anywhere

near intermediate the interest to learn

the language initially came from kpop

and kdramas you know whoa

could never guess that but a lot of

people will be disappointed I'm really

not into kpop anymore like I will listen

from time to time to like chunk but

really not that into kpop anymore don't

really watch any K dramas but now I like

completely obsessed with the language so

I'm still studying it I have a lot of

books but I'm not really learning it for

understanding K dramas cuz I don't

really watch them anymore but I do watch

them for language learning but like

solely for that basically if you're

learning Korean Naver will become your

best friend I think Naver is like the

Korean Google like they have Naver

everything you need Naver webtoon Naver

dictionary Naver itself Naver webtoon

house like a bunch of comics which are

really easy to learn with Naver

dictionaries just a dictionary whoa

neighbor is just like Google but there's

a lot of blogs and stuff so if you have

like a higher level you can learn a lot

through like just like random things

that are trending next thing is hello

talk hello talk is like L app to talk to

people from another country to like

exchange languages and lingo dere is

another one it's kind of similar to

duolingo but let me actually get into my

first point if you're starting to learn


I really recommend to start with lingo

dear for Korean Chinese and Japanese

lingo dere is a hundred percent better

than duolingo like is just so different

for Asian languages I don't know why my

next resource which is talk to me in

Korean calm

if you were learning Korean talk to me

in Korean calm is your God talk to me a

Korean is very grammar based in my

opinion like of course they provide you

with vocabulary but there's not enough

vocabulary there to really have like

intense Korean speaking skills but when

it comes to grammar points they really

cover so much also I would recommend

this book there's a lot in there I

haven't gone through all of it but I

still think with talk to me in Korean

you can achieve a lot so don't feel like

you have to go out there and buy a bunch

of books another thing I use for Korean

is Vikki Rakuten you basically can watch

Korean dramas Chinese dramas Taiwanese

dramas Japanese dramas and something

else I don't remember but it's really

good if you want to watch the shows in

general but also the thing that a lot of

people don't know is that they have

learn mode which is basically like when

you're watching the drama you can have

the Korean subtitles and the English

subtitles under and if you want you can

press on the words and it will

individually show like what that one

word means so if you're learning any of

those languages it's such an amazing

resource so the fourth language is

Mandarin Chinese I'm just gonna say

Chinese from now on just to make it a

little bit more simple but I'm just

letting you know monitor in Chinese

because Chinese is not a language some

people don't know that I literally

didn't know that up until like three

years ago but basically with Chinese I'm

a complete complete complete beginner

like like literally I hardly know ten

words so this list will kind of be like

how I'm planning to learn not really

like how I've been learning because I

haven't learnt much but I kind of have a

plan that I'm gonna follow I'm planning

to use these three opps the most

hello Chinese lingo dear and Chinese II

I think hello Chinese looks really

really good it's I've heard so many

incredible reviews about it it's like

once again I'm like comparing it to

lingo dear and duolingo because they're

all similar but the thing is

hello Chinese is specifically only for

Chinese so obviously you know it's more

in depth

I feel like lingo dear once again it's

like duolingo but it's better with Asian

languages and then Chinese E is like a

better way to remember characters

basically because they show the

characters and like a picture format

I don't know but very excited to use

them also another thing I'm gonna be

using is I'm gonna be watching Peppa Pig

on YouTube that's so random and so

specific but I found episodes on YouTube

with where it's Peppa Pig and it's fully

in Mandarin and they have the Mandarin

subtitles and the English and honestly a

lot of people say like don't bother

learning with cartoons for children

because you're gonna get bored and

you're gonna get demotivated I kind of

love watching children's cartoons like

even if it's like the stupidest story

based on absolutely nothing I love it I

mean like all for Peppa Pig like I will

watch an hour of Peppa Pig if I have to

and then another thing I'm doing

specifically for Chinese as I mentioned

in the beginning of the video I'm key is

what I use for all my vocabulary I know

I didn't mention it for every language

but I'm just letting you know now every

single language is mostly on key like

I'm using on key like literally 40

percent of my study is all on key Anki

on key which is like a flashcard up so

one thing specifically for Chinese is

that what I'm like going through my

vocab for Spanish I don't always bother

saying the word out loud like if I'm

doing Korean I won't always like

pronounce the word as I'm learning it

with Chinese it's all about the tones I

am just scared of one day getting the

tones wrong on some word and like

accidentally insulting someone so I'm

trying to focus a lot on the tones so

yeah I cannot give a lot of tips for

Chinese I'm literally a baby I'm a

beginner so if you have been learning

Chinese for a long time or if you know

like any good resources let all of us

know below like if anybody's learning

Chinese in here like we can all help

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