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May 30, 2022

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Trilingual English speaker Vince from the Philippines shares his valuable tips and tricks on how he became a fluent English speaker. 

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Time stamps / Topics:

0:01 Introduction - Vince from the Philippines

1:28 Japanese

1:44 Sumo wrestler

2:45 Spanish and Vietnamese

4:27 Working on your enunciation

5:43 Hadar Shemesh / Rachel 

6:16 Shadowing

7:22 Picking up the Argentinian Spanish

9:22 Did Vince reach his language learning goal? 

9:56 Masters of English (MAOFEN) / The Influency Community (by Hadar Shemesh)

11:21 Speedlistening to improve in your target language

16:33 What helped you the most to becoma a fluent speaker? (Immersion)

17:51 Back chaining (Method by Gabriel Wyner, author of the book Fluent Forever)

19:11 SRS Space Repetition Software (ANKI)

20:43 Watching Animes, TV Shows, SciFi and real life conversations

21:28 For the love of podcasts (Tim Ferris, Stuff you should know, Lex Fridman)

22:06 Build your habits (App Habitica)

22:54 Challenge yourself 

23:29 Language exchange

26:03 Outro



0:13 It was a nerve wracking experience (causing a lot of worry or anxiety)

0:29 It was a haphazard thing (not having an obvious order or plan)

0:38 I receded, kind of became shy (to move back or away)

0:38 I would be bullied (to bully: to treat (someone) in a cruel, insulting, threatening, or aggressive fashion)

1:01 So in effect, I am trilingual (in practice, even if not formally acknowledged.)

1:01 Trilingual (to be fluent in 3 languages)

2:0 My angle for Japanese

I also took it up

it was a regression because the Japanese that they had at that college was just not advanced enough.

2:49 Latinx population (Latinx is an American English neologism, sometimes used to refer to people of Latin American cultural or ethnic identity in the United States. The gender-neutral ⟨-x⟩ suffix replaces the ⟨-o/-a⟩ ending of Latino and Latina that are typical of grammatical gender in Spanish) Latinx - Wikipedia

I wanted to better fit in (To belong to a group)

Colonial past

If I am not mistaken (If I am remembering correctly)

It just so happened (an idiomatic expression implying that the event happened in due course without outside influence.

a fateful incident 

lo and behold (Look and see)

some enunciations (to enunciate: to say or pronounce clearly)

The number one person that I would attribute to my success too

reciprocate (to give and take mutually)

The most prevalent Spanish

To pull people up

Don't quote me on this because...

Not Being able to speak English would have been detrimental to me (harmful, damaging)

it soared (increase rapidly above the usual level)

Just keep on inching towards the beginning (to move very slowly or in a lot of short stages)

One thing that I was dabbling on before was SRS spaced repetition software, but I kind of dropped it.

Do you use Anki?.Yeah, I used to use it. It was my go-to, but then...

Hiragana and Katakana


Anime (is hand-drawn and computer-generated animation originating from Japan. Outside of Japan and in English, anime refers to Japanese animation, and refers specifically to animation produced in Japan) Anime - Wikipedia

Sci-Fi (science fiction)

I fell out of the wagon

Revamping (to change or arrange something again, in order to improve it)


I am all ears (is used when you want to show somebody that you’re listening and ready for them to tell you something.)

I sound like a fricking kid (f*ing)

I'm stilll trying to get a grasp



Tim Ferris: 

Lex Fridman: 

Stuff You Should Know

Rachel's English 



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