Adventures in Language

Learning Tips & Tricks | How to Overcome the 'Intermediate Plateau'

October 21, 2021 Mango Languages
Adventures in Language
Learning Tips & Tricks | How to Overcome the 'Intermediate Plateau'
Show Notes

Is your vocabulary not growing at the rate it used to? Does your grammar feel stunted? Tired of having conversations about the weather but feel you can’t make the leap to talking about complex feelings? All of these are instantiations of the Intermediate Plateau. But they don’t all have the same underlying causes.
In order to figure out how to overcome your particular case of the Intermediate Plateau Effect, your guide Emily will walk you through 6 of the most common reasons that language learners experience an Intermediate Plateau – followed by helpful tips for how to address each one!

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Wondering what languages were used in today’s episode?
Buenos días and nos vemos are expressions for ‘hello/good day’ and ‘goodbye/we’ll see each other’ in Spanish.
In Chaldean Aramaic, ܫܠܵܡܵܐ ܥܸܠܘܼܟܼ (shlama ilookh) and ܦܘܿܫ ܒܸܫܠܵܡܵܐ (posh bishlama) are ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye/stay in peace.’
废话不多说 (fèihuà bù duō shuō) means ‘without further ado’ (literally translates as ‘don’t talk nonsense’) in Mandarin Chinese.
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Want to know more about the scientific research underlying this episode? Check out this great read → Richards, J. C. (2008). Moving beyond the plateau. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Emily Sabo (PhD, University of Michigan) is a linguist at Mango Languages. A Pittsburgh native, her areas of specialization are the social and cognitive factors that impact bilingual language processing. Having studied 7 languages and lived in various countries abroad, she sees multilingualism -- and the cultural diversity that accompanies it -- as the coolest of superpowers. Complementary to her work at Mango, Emily is a Lecturer of Spanish at the University of Tennessee, a Producer of the “We Are What We Speak’ docuseries, and get this...a storytelling standup comedian!

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