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Intro

Becky: Listeners, are you afraid of making mistakes in your target language?
Peter: Afraid you will never ever get fluent?
Becky: What are your language learning fears?
Becky: Welcome to Innovative Language Learning Sunday News! I'm Becky and I'll be your host. My co-host today is the founder of InnovativeLanguage.com... Peter Galante!
Peter: Hi everyone! Peter here.
Becky: In this Sunday News, we’re killing off the top 4 language learning fears, Halloween-style.
Peter: Plus, find out how you can master your language with an exclusive MONSTER discount.
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Peter: Listeners... are you afraid of making mistakes?
Becky: Or are you afraid you won’t reach fluency?
Peter: These are some of the common language learning fears we hear from listeners.
Becky: Today... Peter and I are taking the top 4 language learning fears….
Peter: ...And we’re killing them. We’ll tell you how to overcome them with effective tactics.
Becky: And whether you should even worry about them at all.
Peter: But first, listen up. Here’s your last chance to save with our Halloween Monster Sale.
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Becky: Until tomorrow, Monday, October 30th, 2017.
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Becky: That’s hundreds of audio and video lessons by real teachers...
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Becky: ...Mobile apps so you can learn anywhere, anytime
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Peter: Now, Becky, let’s talk language learning fears.
Becky: Alright!
Peter: What’s on the list? What are our listeners truly terrified of?
Becky: The first one is... “I’m afraid I’m not good enough to speak. I freeze up.”
Peter: Listeners, do you feel like you’re not good enough to speak yet?
Becky: It’s a pretty common fear... that learners have.
Peter: Well, here’s how you overcome it.
Becky: Step one - the best way to get good at speaking is to start speaking from day 1.
Peter: So if you’re holding yourself back...
Becky: ...because you think you’re not good enough... that you’re making a mistake.
Peter: That’s exactly why you’re not improving.
Becky: You need to open your mouth and start talking! But if you’re wondering what to say...
Peter: ..Here’s step two. In our lessons, you get the exact phrases and scripts for introducing yourself...
Becky: ...making small talk, ordering food, expressing opinions, and much more!
Peter: So, if you don’t know what to say, the lessons will give you the exact lines to say.
Becky: Or step three: Learn with your own teacher with our Premium PLUS plan.
Peter: That’s right, Becky. Listeners, with Premium PLUS, you get an actual native-speaking teacher to tell you what to say...
Becky: ...how to say it...
Peter: ...so you truly do learn to speak with the help of a real native teacher.
Becky: Fear number two is... “I’m afraid I’ll never be fluent” Oh, I felt this one.
Peter: Me too. I used to worry about that one too.
Becky: Really?
Peter: Well, only as a beginner. Listeners, once you start improving and seeing progress... this fear goes quickly away.
Becky: Did you feel it when you were learning Japanese?
Peter:. Many years ago, Becky. I questioned myself. I questioned the books I was using. I wondered if I was learning the right way.
Becky: And then?
Peter: Well, It’s funny because the longer I kept at it, the better my Japanese become. And, I stopped worrying about fluency. So, it’s just a matter of putting in time and sticking with it.
Becky: So, how can our listeners overcome this? How did you stick with it?
Peter: First, set small, specific goals. Fluency is a very big, vague goal.
Becky: That’s very true.
Peter: Becky, what is fluency? There are over one million words in the English language and we use about 2,000.
Becky: So listeners, you should focus on smaller goals.
Peter: For example set a goal like... being able to introduce yourself or having a 5-minute conversation. Something you can measure so you know you reached it.
Becky: Because you can’t really measure fluency. It’s a pretty vague goal, as Peter said.
Peter: And Becky, at the end of the day, it’s just a matter of time. Getting good at a language simply is an equation of time put in.
Becky: Listeners, simply put, the longer you stick with learning a language... the better you get.
Peter: And that’s a guarantee. Okay Becky, what’s the third fear?
Becky: The third fear is... “I’m afraid that I’m not actually learning or making progress.”
Peter: If you’re afraid you’re not making progress, there are 4 things you can do right now.
Becky: First, review. Most people make this mistake. They hear a new phrase...
Peter: ...and they think hearing it once was enough. So, when they forget what they’ve learned...
Becky: ..they get worried that they’re not learning anything. Or that the lessons just don’t not work.
Peter: But the truth is... You have to review again and again to truly master something.
Becky: Second, use the dashboard to track your progress. If you need numbers to believe it...
Peter: ...our dashboard tracks your progress and gives you dynamic reports.
Becky: Third, try a harder lesson on the site. Now, you won’t understand it at first...
Peter: ...but you will in minutes. Our lessons come with line-by-line translations...
Becky: ...and our teachers explain every single word. THEN, you’ll be making progress...
Peter: ...because you now understand something you didn’t minutes ago.
Becky: Fourth... learn 1-on-1 with a teacher....
Peter: ...which you can do with our Premium PLUS plan.
Becky: They will personally review your progress and fix your mistakes...
Peter: ...and make sure that you’re improving. Actually, having a native speaker or a teacher ....
Becky: ...is the BEST way to know if you’re making progress.
Peter: There’s nothing better than a native speaker telling you “wow, you’re getting good.”
Becky: The fourth fear is... “I’m afraid of not understanding anything I hear.”
Peter: This is very common. You hear advanced grammar and vocabulary and it goes completely over your head.
Becky: That’s my biggest fear, Peter.
Peter: Now, to beat this ... if you’re taking an advanced lesson, read along. Reading along with our line-by-line dialogue is the best way to instantly understand advanced conversations.
Becky: What about in real-life situations?
Peter: For real-life situations, learn useful phrases like “excuse me, can you say it slower?,” or “can you say it in simpler words?” or even “I don’t understand.”
Becky: There’s nothing wrong with saying that you didn’t understand. Or with asking for help.
Peter: You know, Becky, when I first started learning a language, I used to fake it a lot. I didn’t want them to stop speaking so I would say that I understood something that I didn’t.
Becky: I do that too.
Peter: And that’s not the best way to learn.
Becky: Yeah, I sometimes get caught in the mistake as well so... that’s embarrassing. These are the top 4 fears. But tell us listeners...
Peter:... what language learning fears do you have?
Becky: Leave us a comment in the comment section! And if you want to finally master your language...
Peter: Here’s your last chance to save with our Halloween Monster Sale.
Becky: And we’ve boosted your discount from 28% to 31% OFF for a limited time only.
Peter: Get a Monster 31% OFF all Premium and Premium PLUS Subscriptions...
Becky: Until Monday, October 30th, 2017.
Peter: Upgrade and get instant access to our easy-to-use language learning system,
Becky: That’s hundreds of audio and video lessons by real teachers...
Peter: ...New lessons every week, lesson notes to read with, Premium study tools...
Becky: ...Mobile apps so you can learn anywhere, anytime
Peter: And 1-on-1 learning with your very own teacher.
Becky: Get a Monster 31% OFF Premium or Premium PLUS by October 30th, 2017.
Peter: if you’re on the site, click the link in the comments or even easier...

Outro

Becky: Well that’s going to do it for this edition of Innovative Language Learning Sunday News!
Peter: Bye everyone!
Becky: Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you all next time.*

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