Jeremy Ginsburg is a traveler, a YouTuber and an author. He's also been a main character in a Vietnamese reality TV show. He does standup comedy in Vietnamese.
But he hasn't always been a very successful language learner. In fact, he had a really rough time learning Hebrew and trying to adapt in Israel. So how did he so much better learning Vietnamese? He learned how to befriend the locals and enlist their help... even though he was a complete beginner.
He's here on Lingsprout to teach us how to do the same.
1) Learn the very basics
Start with base survival phrases. You can learn these from a podcast, YouTube or a basic phrase book.
Start with these: Hello. Thanks. Numbers (1-10) How much? Yes. No. What is this?
2) Learn how to flatter (starts at 13m15s)
Next learn how to tell people you like their country, their food was excellent, their shop is stylish, etc. Be the friendly person people want to connect with.
3) Get a notebook (14m)
Get a small notebook and carry it with you at all times! Write down every new word you learn. Sometimes locals will even correct your notes! This is motivating and it also helps you hold on to more of the language you encounter.
4) Use what you've picked up so far
When you go out, use what you've learned and make it a habit. Refer to your notebook when you forget things. No matter how busy you are, you have to eat and you have to live, so why not use your new language to do those things as you learn how to?
5) Find who wants to help you and seek them out (20m)
Not everybody will have patience to deal with a beginning language learner. But some people do and some people enjoy it! Pay attention to how people respond to you and return to those who enjoy helping.
6) Learn between the lines (10m)
If you don't have any large blocks of time to study, that's okay. You probably have a lot of times in a day where you only have a minute or thirty seconds. Take advantage of them! Pull out your notebook and review a few things. Those "hidden moments" add up.
Feel free to ask Jeremy questions in the discussion below. Also be sure to find him on his site and if you're learning Vietnamese, check out his survival course.