https://www.duolingo.com/Plazation

Langfocus is so inspirational!

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Tell me guys if you have ever watched Langfocus before! Here's a link if you've never heard of his channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNhX3WQEkraW3VHPyup8jkQ

He is an awesome Canadian YouTuber who does many videos on different languages. I'd highly recommend this if you're learning any language for the first time. Hell, I've binge-watched his videos before! I think he's very inspirational because of these things:

1) He knows what he's talking about!

First of all, you could kinda say that Langfocus is very old-school. He likes learning from shadowing from old audio files and books. Since he's learnt languages for so long he can provide you with lots of tips for specific languages, and languages in general. Superb for beginners who know almost nothing about their target language.

2) He explains things extremely well!

Even though I find the history a little bit boring, I like how he explains the grammar concepts. I see him as an abstracted teacher so to speak. He's very understanding in terms of what you should know at first, and sometimes he even uses IPA so you can learn IPA as well as the target language at the same time.

3) His videos are in bite-sized chuncks!

With an average video lasting about 10 mins, you've always got time to watch a Langfocus video, even if it's a language you're not learning. It kinda gives you an insight into what other languages are like in such a short space of time. Sometimes when I'm learning a language I need a few minutes of motivational Langfocus time where I'll feel more confident in studying.

To summarise, I'd highly recommend watching his videos. Even though he's not a huge fan of Duolingo, but he still uses it to kill 5 minutes, he can provide you extra tips in learning languages that could be very beneficial, and the tips can even help with automaticity (Yeh, I kinda nick his language speciaist vocab) Even the people in the Discord Polyglot Servers make me watch Langfocus' latest video. I hope this has been a useful shout, and if you watch this already, tell me what you think of him. Does he inspire you to learn as well?

2 weeks ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/cydoniia
cydoniia
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Paul from Langfocus is fantastic. I've been watching his videos for awhile now and I think they are so great I watch all of them, even the ones on languages I'm not particularly interested in learning at this time. His videos are only 10-20 minutes each, but you can tell he puts tons more time than that into making them.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dogomolo

So his videos are interesting and entertaining but what about educational value?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Judit294350

Yes - "educational" in the wider context sense. Obviously you won't learn a language from a 10 minute video (or even a dozen of hour long videos).

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cleanthe3
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It's not a course per se, there is only one video for each language , sometimes a second when he compares it with another one , and it only last during 10 and 20 mn . So you're not going to learn a language with them but if you want to understand how works a language that you don't know yet it's a good start .

He explains several points of grammar with one or several sentences, pronounced by a native speaker (most of the time) . He also explains the vocabulary, where it's from, how it changes in plural, with declensions ... the words order in the sentence ...

So not a course, but very interesting and it can be a good start if you want to learn a new language .

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cydoniia
cydoniia
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I'd say they are educational in a broad sense. He won't teach you how to speak a language, but he teaches basic structure of the language and history. It's like a great introduction to a language.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cleanthe3
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I also watch his videos and I love them ! I've been following this forum for almost a year now and you're the first one who starts a discussion about him, a little bit weird ... :)

You can add that he explains the construction of a language , its grammar and its vocabulary. Most of his videos are about one language but sometimes he makes a comparison between 2 closely related languages .

Some people might find him a bit boring maybe because he goes deep into how a language works and the videos can be long too but he has a good sense of humour . Enjoy !

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells
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Yes, I just noticed his latest video is Irish and it is really thorough. He explains grammar concepts I struggled with for a long time so clearly and concisely. He definately did his homework!

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Plazation
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He kinda does actually. He is very open minded. I hope Paul himself is reading this.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cleanthe3
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Haaa maybe , he made a funny video about Duolingo !! "Duolingo is the devil" !! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbmXSR_QiP8 a good one ! ;))

And I've just seen, he has just made a video about Irish !!! I'm on youtube now, bye ! ;)

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Plazation
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Never seen that one. I've gotta watch it.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells
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Langfocus is the best! Ever since I found this channel it has been my go to first stop when I am curious about a language. I love how he puts everything in a historical context and really does his research. I learn so much from these videos.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Plazation
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He's such a nerd but that's what I love about him.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NolaLynch
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Thanks for introducing me to this! Sounds really interesting.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Soolrak
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This is by far my favourite YT channel, along with Geography Now! I watch them every single day. Like a drug, like Duolingo.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Plazation
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Binge Paul's videos before bedtime!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Judit294350

Yes, I love his videos too.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CadetheBruce
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I like his channel a lot and he does try to do proper research on the languages that he covers, but like anyone who's human, he goofs up at times, like how he blotched the slender and broad vowels for Irish in the Celtic languages video and how he left out one of the countries where Catalan is spoken in the Catalan video.

But yes, he seems like a really nice guy (well, he is Canadian) and I really appreciate how he avoids the whole "Wow, look at me, I'm a polyglot!" thing (if anything, he pokes fun at it) and keeps things very down to earth. And more personally, as a English native speaker learning Japanese, I find it very encouraging in how he's talked about his own path to Japanese fluency and what has worked for him.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells
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Have you seen the newest video, on Irish? I thought it was really good. It has been a while since I watched the Celtic languages vid but I think he did a good job at explaining broad and slender in this one. I also find he seems very humble and usually if he does make mistakes tries to correct them and sometimes even re-edits his videos with new feedback.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tranklements
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Thanks for the tip. I'm watching his "The Japanese Language" now and am learning a great deal.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Katred2
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I love Langfocus! I find that his videos are very entertaining. I like that they don't just deal with linguistics but also culture and history.

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https://www.duolingo.com/TinyKitties
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I love Paul's videos! So interesting. The one about Duolingo was so funny.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Plazation
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100 million souls possessed

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https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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I want to be able to do something like this video Paul uploaded a few years ago, where he speaks about Arabic in Japanese (he explains why in English for the first few seconds, and it has subtitles): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y45owm80MM

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