How Did I start Learning Languages?


Greetings, greetings, Youtube! Welcome to the Laoshu505000 channel. Thanks a lot for your support. I want to welcome all of the new subscribers there’s a looot of new people here, so I want to share some things with you guys. For those of you who are new and you’re just now getting settled in here so… Uh..for this VLOG particularly, I’m going to talk about my experience, like how I started learning languages and what not so.. basically…if you don’t know already….. I started learning languages when I was 18 K, I was still living in Akron, Ohio that’s where I grew up at. That’s my hometown basically, I started…it was back in 99, sometime after I graduated I just wanted to do something new…try something different. Do something different from what everybody else was doing You know, I thought it would be cool, so I went ahead and tried learning Chinese and I didn’t really plan to do it for a long time I thought I was just going to play around with it to see how it is and stop doing it when I started doing it, when I really started getting into it and started listening to the resources that I was using and I started meeting actual people, like Chinese people, particularly on campuses and going to Chinese restaurants as well that right there is what really made me continue with learning the language the interaction with the people so…I started taking it more and more serious, learning more….. I didn’t have a plan I never really learned a language seriously at that time of course, I learned some languages in school, like French, Spanish..those type of languages. We all do. it was just something that I had to do at that time Starting Chinese was my first serious experience learning a language I didn’t have a method or plan or anything… I basically just got a dictionary I went and got like… a couple of formal textbooks with some dialogues in it and I was just learning phrases and listening to dialogues. That was pretty much it and then I would just go and use it on people out in the streets so..I would go to campuses, restaurants.. and at that time, I wasn’t really solo. I was with my buddy Jamal. You guys have seen him in a lot of these videos I put up He um…we spent a lot of time together doing this and, we went EVERYWHERE… we were going to restaurants..we were going to college campuses. I remember going to Kent State Many times..because Kent state was particularly for Japanese. He was more into Japanese, I was more into Chinese and e would go up there mainly to just practice Japanese and of course Chinese if we came across some Chinese people so we went up there very often. We would spend HOURS doing that and it was just addicting because of the reactions. How people would react to it every time. even when there was just like a few phrases known, they were still getting surprised, and that’s what kept me going so..it was a combination of that and meeting the people, being invited to different parties and stuff I remember being invited by this one girl. I think she was a graduate student at the time it was a normal situation. I saw her, walked up to her. She was working in the Polymer Engineering building You know, regular stuff. Asking her what time it is…what time this place closes..stuff like that and then I just started using the Chinese that I learned. I didn’t really know a lot at that time I just used what I knew and then she was real surprised. She was like ”Oh, that’s awesome. You are learning Chinese?” and..she had invited me to her place because she said that she was going to be cooking and that there going to be a lot of Chinese people there so she like..gave me her email address and her phone number No, look..she gave me her email address, her phone number and address. She gave me everything at first, I’m thinking like, man..this is kind of weird. I don’t really know this girl I said OK, whatever, I might go, I might go I basically sent her an email first to see if she was still doing that party she said, yea come on over, so I went over there and there were a lot of Chinese people there. No English was spoken and they were in there watching I can’t remember the name of it.. I can’t remember the name if the Chinese movie. It was an old Chinese movie they were watching and I was in there just chillin there was a Chinese guy there and I was talking to him everybody was speaking Chinese. I couldn’t really understand anything I was just basically using that experience to be immersed and ask a lot of questions. I was confused on a lot of things but when I started interacting with those people like that, it really pulled me in. It gave e the motivation to carry on learning the language like I said, when I first started doing it, I didn’t have any intentions on doing it for long time. I even had people discouraging me, they were telling me..”Oh..” I had people in my own family telling me and asking me…why would you learn their language when they don’t like black people. This is what they were saying to me I was like…”OK, whatever” I could’ve listened to it and said ”You know what, you’re right” but I chose to ignore that and I just continued on with what I wanted to do and I’m glad I did because that decision has brought me a looooong way in life I’ve come a long way based off of that decision to learn Chinese because, by that happening, learning Chinese opened up other doors how did it open up other doors? Look, Chinese was the only language that I wanted to learn when we were going around leveling up there were be times where… we would meet Korean people and Vietnamese people. I’m trying to practice Chinese with them not knowing that they’re not Chinese I would ask them where they’re from then they would respond ” I’m from Vietnam, I’m from Korea” some people were saying..”Oh, I’m from Japan” I was like…man I need to learn some other languages, at least some phrases or whatever, and that’s how it all started I started learning phrases like hello and goodbye, just some basic stuff in many different languages then…I was able to at least say something to them I was able to say something to those native speakers whenever I came across them so… that’s how it all started just off of one decision to keep going with the Chinese there’s no telling.. maybe I would still be learning languages. Maybe I would be where I am now….but them decisions are very very…crucial and following your heart and not really listening to anybody. But that’s how I started that’s how my whole language journey started. and I’m still doing it. I’m 38 now…and I started at 18, so I’ve been at it for a long time and I’m still learning. I’m still adding to my experience….I’m still adding to..you know, my knowledge and everything Yea, that’s my story and that’s how I got started with the Chinese You know, Chinese is um…… a lot of people say it’s the most difficult language in the world It actually isn’t.. I like to look at languages in aspects I look at it from the writing aspect…spoken…pronunciation..all of thatr. I take all of that into account rather than write it off and just say that it’s the most difficult language to me, Chinese is the most difficult as far as writing that’s hands down the best language…..oh not best language..lol that’s hands down the most difficult language when it comes to writing but other stuff like grammar…isn’t bad..they got tones… but tones….it can be intimidating, but that’s just something that will take time through just listening….practice enunciating the words.. practice saying these words out, practice with native speakers and make these mistakes the writing is definitely hard, but it’s not the most difficult language in the world it’s one of the most difficult languages in he world so…that’s what I have to say about that Yea, that’s it. I don’t want to make this video too long. We’re going into ten minutes every week I will be making a VLOG like this, particularly on Tuesdays and I want to add some subtitles to these videos. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to finish subtitles today. it’s probably going to be in another day or two before subtitles show up in this video Thanks for viewing. If you guys have any questions let me know. Otherwise, I’ll see you in the next video. peace out! 老鼠=^_^=

100 thoughts on “How Did I start Learning Languages?

  • Hey Laoshu, just wondering why you never got into the public sector and being a diplomat? A lot of it, I feel, is just being a good social guy and having the ability to connect with the people of that country. Just wondering Cause I’m about to take hsk5 and I’m pretty fluent in Spanish and thought about going and using this to help keep diplomatic relations between Australia (my home) and these countries. Curious for your opinion

  • I love languages I speak my own native language plus Spanish and English as lingua franca in U.S and Mexico here in Houston the most common languages you will hear is hindi/urdu, vietnamese now a growing Filipino community, Nigerians mainly yoruba and igbo ,Sierra Leone mende of course Spanish its the southwest but there are alot of native amerindians from Mexico and Guatemala Nahua,tlapanec,purepecha and otomi from Mexico and many Mayan languages kechi, mam and quiche from Guatemala I worked with many so I picked up bits and phrases only I ask about their language and they ask about mines indigenous people are hard to open up since socially they are very suspicious about outsiders due to the racism and prejudice towards them in their countries by the non indigenous Spanish speaking population, but once you get their trust they will teach you a few things if you are not going to use their language to make fun or be obscene

  • Can u start making more videos with your brother holding the camera? I am sure people want to see you as well in the interactions.

  • Do you have any ways for fast learning in a particular language , I remember looking at you having a website or some guide on certain languages , currently trying to learn Japanese. Speaking isn’t that bad but writing with all three alphabets seem intimidating

  • Thanks man, world traveler trying to gain more understanding, this is firstly intriguing but also motivating for me myself to get a language other than english under my belt.

  • i am absolutely inspired laoshu please keep the videos up you are my biggest inspiration for learning new languages ive always wanted to learn but never the motivation your videos motivate me to learn mandarin and spanish it can benifit me so much and its something that i really want to do. if i hadent seen your videos i would have gave up a while ago. thanks!

  • Greetings Moses, in the future could you give us a video of some of the different music you listen too. Tell us the foreign music you're a fan of too because music is probably one of the most important ways of connecting with a different culture.

  • "They don't like black ppl"… such a closed minded way of thinking… In general, we (all human beings) don't like each other cuz we can't communicate… that's all. keep up the good work man!

  • I know u can speak Portuguese so… Você é uma das minhas motivações para aprender idiomas, apenas continue!! Você é um exemplo de vida.

  • As a fellow black man…. you are my inspiration to level up with these languages!! I appreciate all your videos man ! Thank you

  • Thank u 4 sharin. But, do you have any tips, mnemonics for recallin any language? Esp. Chinese characters, do u keep your notes. Have maybe developed your own technique? And will maybe write a workbook and cd, dvd? Thank u

  • Hello Laoshu! Thank you so much for your intensive work! Because of you, I am learning lots of foreign languages even though I am still struggling and talking like a baby in many languages. Please keep it up especially your epic cantonese skills! (*^-^*)

    Maraming Salamat Po/非常感謝您!/どうもありがとうございました!

  • Im very introverted. How can I learn another language with this type of personality and what advice would you have to help me start the process of learning another lanvuage? Thank yoy

  • @Laoshu505000 what language do you feel is the easiest to learn? Being a native english speaker. Would love a video or reply! Great Stuff!

  • You can enable the option to add subtitles to the video and ask your viewers to add them. I´ve seen other youtubers do that and I know there are people out there willing to do that.

  • I've always been interested in learning another language, I know very little of a lot of languages. Basic things, hello, goodbye, sorry, thank you. You've inspired me to just hunker down and learn Russian like I have been (half-assed) for years, despite what my family says. Thanks dude, you really are inspirational and I love the videos. Blogs like this are awesome too! Would love to see more. Спокойной ночи! 🙂

  • I'm 15 and I've learning German for a while. The grammar is really difficult but watching your videos inspire me to keep going and I want to learn other languages after German 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing that. I've been watching your videos all year and I wondered how your language journey started. At some point, it would be great to hear your story of when you had that 'moment' when you realised you were fluent.

  • "It was just so addicting because of the reactions". For real, it's the reason why your channel has been blowing up even more recently. Those "in retrospect"'s give that feeling to people just by watching you do it. I'm sure it's inspired a ton to try and pickup a language too.

  • This is awesome man, Im the same as you, I live in New Zealand so I learnt Māori and since then Ive used the same learning stragies to speak some spanish, russian, samoan, and a little chinese. I love languages and I often get the same reaction too when I speak their first language. Its a gift from God to be able to converse in different ways im so thankful and you've inspired me to keep going,

    Thanks again.

  • 5:51 " "Why would you learn Chinese, they don't like black people…"

    You've proven that its possible to break that barrier, and bridge that gap. People are surprisingly friendly once we actually get to know eachother… All it takes is a little understanding.

    Thank you for what you do Laoshu. Keep going strong bro.✊ Your impact means a lot.

  • Pure respect man. You are a great figure for boyz that are in desperate need for positive figures to advance their lives. I speak three languages and decided to take on russian two years ago and lately japanese. It is the best decision in this sea of ignorance. Keep it up!

  • The movie name is Eat, Drink, Man, Woman. Chihenannü. Sorry Laoshu, typing on this phone in Mandarin is inconvenient. But yeah. It's an awesome movie.

  • This was actually legit. You where like one of the first really inspiring people I saw learning a language like Chinese when I was trying to learn some Japanese It was super discouraging because of the stigma and people saying that don't really fool with black people. It's crazy to think you about to learn a whole new language just to get discriminated against by another culture. One important thing to note is that Chinese outside of China are completely different than the ones inside china.

  • Learning only simplified characters now, as the mainlanders show their true colours if you say something about their country they don't like. Won't stop learning Chinese though, as I've made great progress i recent months

  • My family is from Ghana and I didn’t even know what twi was until I watched his videos on it. I’ve been practicing it for about 3 months and I can have conversations. Thank you, laoshu.

  • I'm just thinking of this dude at a college party full of only Chinese people. Must have been a hilarious sight. This man is a maverick

  • I jumped head first into learning japanese after i visited tokyo earlier this year. Its some hard parts but im not quitting.

  • Three languages here!!
    German (native), Russian (native) and English (non-native).
    You chose education and linguistic knowledge over ignorance and mediocrity, you're doing God's work man!! Keep it going!!!

  • He even speaks my boyfriends language Macedonian.. And that's a VERY hard language to learn… I can barely say a full sentence and he and I have been together for 3 yrs….

  • Hey Moses, I think a cool video idea might be to use a tier list to rank all languages you know on the difficulty of learning. I know you said you think of it as aspects, but it’d be cool to see an overall list

  • Very inspiring. Thank you.
    Could you make a video describing which parts of the languages you learned are harder or easier in your mind? And how you suggest starting to learn a new language? What is your process?
    I'm learning Japanese right now and oh boy, the grammar is nightmare. I always find myself thinking "why is that now…".
    The Kanji are difficult of course, but the grammar is hell. I was told to learn Chinese first because it's kind of a root language and then Japanese and Korean. Now, it's too late. I love Japanese even though is hard af.

    Lastly, a video ranking the difficulty of the languages you learned would be fun.

    Thanks for the entertaining content man.
    Makes a boring day in the office much less boring.

  • Hey man, love your videos! I’m a polyglot and I wish to be as good as you one day! I recently made a vlog in 6 languages but I still need to catch up to your level haha 😆 Awesome video!!

  • Im Mexican American who also speak spanish when i was little but when i started learning Japanese, I had struggles speaking the words and symbols, but not until I've started watching animes like dragon ball z and many more in Japanese dub in my senior year in high school it helped me alot that I started doing Japanese through the app duolingo last year and writing down on my notebook and that is really helping out to a point that I am memorized on the words and communication so basically that's my third language now. Until I saw your youtube videos for the first time I felt inspired and motivated that I'm actually started doing french and italian now. 😁

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