IWTYAL 083: Shouldn’t language learning be unconscious?

Masoud asks: “For me, language learning has always been an unconscious experience. Studying just shuts me down.”

In this episode:

We discuss the topic of episode 57, which is whether extensive listening is helpful for language learning.


  • The differences between children and adults learning languages
  • The advantages of time that children have
  • Whether children learn efficiently or not
  • Why adults can’t replicate the conditions enjoyed by children
  • What they can best do instead

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  • Pretty good review. I tried watching French movies when I first started, didn’t feel like it helped whatsoever. I went back to studying with books and workpapers.

    • I’ve had similar experiences too. Movies are definitely useful, but it’s more of a long term play.