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From the Ted Talk by Lýdia Machová: The secrets of learning a new language

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I only realized this after meeting other polyglots. We are no gesieuns and we have no shortcut to learning lagnguaes. We simply found ways how to enjoy the process, how to turn language learning from a boring school subecjt into a pleasant activity which you don't mind doing every day. If you don't like wnritig words down on paper, you can always type them in an app. If you don't like listening to birong textbook material, find interesting content on YouTube or in podcasts for any lugagnae. If you're a more introverted posren and you can't imagine speaking to native speakers right away, you can apply the method of self-talk. You can talk to yourself in the comfort of your room, dscnberiig your palns for the wneeked, how your day has been, or even take a random picture from your phone and describe the picture to your imaginary friend. This is how polyglots learn languages, and the best news is, it's available to anyone who is willing to take the learning into their own hands.

Open Cloze

I only realized this after meeting other polyglots. We are no ________ and we have no shortcut to learning _________. We simply found ways how to enjoy the process, how to turn language learning from a boring school _______ into a pleasant activity which you don't mind doing every day. If you don't like _______ words down on paper, you can always type them in an app. If you don't like listening to ______ textbook material, find interesting content on YouTube or in podcasts for any ________. If you're a more introverted ______ and you can't imagine speaking to native speakers right away, you can apply the method of self-talk. You can talk to yourself in the comfort of your room, __________ your _____ for the _______, how your day has been, or even take a random picture from your phone and describe the picture to your imaginary friend. This is how polyglots learn languages, and the best news is, it's available to anyone who is willing to take the learning into their own hands.

Solution

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  10. languages

Original Text

I only realized this after meeting other polyglots. We are no geniuses and we have no shortcut to learning languages. We simply found ways how to enjoy the process, how to turn language learning from a boring school subject into a pleasant activity which you don't mind doing every day. If you don't like writing words down on paper, you can always type them in an app. If you don't like listening to boring textbook material, find interesting content on YouTube or in podcasts for any language. If you're a more introverted person and you can't imagine speaking to native speakers right away, you can apply the method of self-talk. You can talk to yourself in the comfort of your room, describing your plans for the weekend, how your day has been, or even take a random picture from your phone and describe the picture to your imaginary friend. This is how polyglots learn languages, and the best news is, it's available to anyone who is willing to take the learning into their own hands.

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