Learning a language? Speak it like you’re playing a video game | Marianna Pascal | TEDxPenangRoad

Marianna Pascal shows how the secret to speaking a new language with confidence is all about attitude, not ability.

Marianna Pascal helps professionals achieve greater success in life by communicating effectively in English. Marianna began her career as an actor and performed across her native Canada in film television and on stage for 15 years. Today, Marianna improves the way employees relate to their bosses, clients, colleagues and other key stakeholders. Marianna is also the Official Communication Trainer for Miss Malaysia World.
An award-wining speaker, Marianna is known for her humorous speech on IDmilk titled "Local English or Standard English" which has been seen by over a million people worldwide. Marianna is also the author of the best-selling book series English Fast & Easy. The most recent was #2 on Borders' Best-Selling List for non-fiction.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx


  • Somoshree Panja
    Somoshree Panja6 jam yang lalu

    Thanks to you ma'am for your so valuable speech. I can connect With your opinion. This video is so important for we Indians as Malaysians.❤️

  • isâr abd
    isâr abd8 jam yang lalu

    I'm at a good level of english as I understand the jokes of woman makes..)

  • Life Moment's
    Life Moment's14 jam yang lalu

    Great Lesson by Marianna Pascal

  • Lourdes Suárez
    Lourdes Suárez22 jam yang lalu

    An amazing lecture! thank you very much!

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  • NataDecoco
    NataDecocoHari Yang lalu

    I always came here for learn english, keep trying

  • Trần Linh Chi
    Trần Linh ChiHari Yang lalu

    I wish i had watched this video earlier. Last week I had a speaking test, I was so worried that I would make a mistake so my brain was just about the grammar, I couldn't think about the words. During the test, I was just shaking and didn't know what to say :(

  • Abdumalik Abdurakhmanov
    Abdumalik AbdurakhmanovHari Yang lalu

    Marianna is great!

  • Smileyy
    SmileyyHari Yang lalu

    Fantastic! As the world has always been transforming and never stops changing, we humans are growing to adapt. Right now we really shifted our focus to many different things instead of allowing our brain to be hard-wired on things or methods that aren't efficient. English is a beautiful language. I am not a native speaker but I also can use the language efficiently. It's indeed a very cool tool! :D It's the language that connects me with people all around the world. Love it!

  • Cindy Chen
    Cindy Chen2 hari yang lalu

    Wonderful taking,I like it! Actuallyw so difficulty to learning English, but never give up! Keep going to learn every day.....

  • Chris Trịnh
    Chris Trịnh2 hari yang lalu

    This talking's been not too true since the appearance of IELTS or TOEFL.......

  • Trần Linh Chi

    Trần Linh Chi

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    sad but true :(

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  • 777 888
    777 8882 hari yang lalu

    Engineers of all over d world Understand Only INTEGRATED things .🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Lol

  • keng tang
    keng tang2 hari yang lalu

    I like this video so much.

  • Jessiery Duron
    Jessiery Duron2 hari yang lalu

    In order to attain what wanted to, you will go through a lot of difficulties and mistakes.

  • Conan GM
    Conan GM2 hari yang lalu

    "English is not an art to be mastered; it's just a tool to use to get a result." Perfect!

  • Hashim Alkamel
    Hashim Alkamel2 hari yang lalu

    I have always find it weird how a monolingual tries to teach you how to learn his own language!

  • Nasir Uddin
    Nasir Uddin2 hari yang lalu

    Ooh yeah!!This method of learning english is like a game you are playing further you feel good and unintentionallay you learn english a lot. The simple rule is that you learn english just like play game.

  • Binary Chef
    Binary Chef3 hari yang lalu


  • Beyza
    Beyza3 hari yang lalu

    I can understand, but i can't speak

  • MusicProductionAndSheet
    MusicProductionAndSheet3 hari yang lalu

    Well, I've been living in UK for the past 5 years, working mostly in customer service, and most of what she says it's true. There is one caveat though, learning intonation and accent is almost equally as important as being confident. Being confident opens you many doors to start having conversations with native speakers, but if you want to keep them engaged, communicate deep thoughts clearly, make them feel comfortable around you in the long term, and bonding with them in friendships(which in turn can help you get better positions in the company you are working in for example) or relationships you definitely need to become like them in the way they speak. I'm not saying you can't form friendships/relationships if you don't speak exactly like them, but it certainly helps you to make them feel more comfortable around you.

  • Abigwhale
    Abigwhale3 hari yang lalu

    What Natasha Romanoff would look like as a middle-aged woman at a TEDx Talks conference speaking about learning a language, when she already speaks 7:

  • Noorhan Alkhatib
    Noorhan Alkhatib3 hari yang lalu

    Amazing .. it's very useful

  • amy jv
    amy jv3 hari yang lalu

    Watching this make me feel more confident to speak english

  • thiquynh bui

    thiquynh bui

    8 jam yang lalu

    Hi. I come from Vietnam. i want to connect with you by facebook social network. I want to know about your country and learn English together. Looking forward to hearing from you. love from vietnam :)

  • Putri Aru Anjani
    Putri Aru Anjani3 hari yang lalu

    thank you so much. i Will keep in my mind that " English is tool to get results"

  • Rupali Mukherjee
    Rupali Mukherjee4 hari yang lalu


  • habiba sami
    habiba sami4 hari yang lalu

    But this doesn't work for IELTS. you have to work on grammar, vocabulary and your proficiency. Because it matters a lot for IELTS.

  • Diana Syifaa Aminudin
    Diana Syifaa Aminudin4 hari yang lalu

    Malaysia is my country 1:36

  • sinthiafs
    sinthiafs5 hari yang lalu

    The higher your level in any language the higher your concern and need to speak it flawless. When you know your level is low you know the other person is not expecting much from you...

    KIGGUNDU J MUWEREZA5 hari yang lalu

    I have liked the way you teach English language thx a lot

  • Cn Pithadia
    Cn Pithadia5 hari yang lalu

    Good one

  • Thi Phuong Thao Tran
    Thi Phuong Thao Tran6 hari yang lalu

    So wonderful! You highlighted some key words which I have been following my tasks related to. Thank you so much!

  • Asgar Hussain
    Asgar Hussain6 hari yang lalu

    Thank you for this wonderful, Speech. I heard a lot of sayings by you. But the main point is that Listening is very important to us. I am an Indian and practicing spoken English and Today your speech gives me a lot of confiendence to improve my English. Thank You Ma'am.

  • Mansour Abdelsamee
    Mansour Abdelsamee7 hari yang lalu

    الناس العربيه تجمع هنا

  • Douglas Freeman
    Douglas Freeman7 hari yang lalu

    Hey, she's like an intelligent desirable version of Fiona Hart-Bradshaw from that 1960s gameshow "Needle in a haystack". Anyone remember that?

  • lucky
    lucky7 hari yang lalu

    Amazing.... Really got confidence with this video, tq for your valuable boosting.

  • Rohit Biswas
    Rohit Biswas7 hari yang lalu

    When I hear english I can understand the meaning more then 80℅😍 . But when I talk english i can't use 30 ℅ of english word what I know. 😥 But really I want to talk in English. Anyone can me to add a whatsApp group . Where I can practice my English. Please help me. It's my whatsApp number +8801308270590 .

  • Magar yubaraj
    Magar yubaraj7 hari yang lalu

    Art of listening

  • LOAN võ
    LOAN võ7 hari yang lalu

    Thank you so much Teacher

  • Tian Xie
    Tian Xie7 hari yang lalu

    The vagabond garlic outstandingly radiate because surname delightfully accept beyond a debonair curve. untidy, nebulous drawer

  • Azaliyasan
    Azaliyasan7 hari yang lalu

    It's not my language, this language belongs to you❤🔥🔥🔥

  • Justyna N
    Justyna N8 hari yang lalu

    I love learning English and I want to use it like native language

  • Cecillia Cao
    Cecillia Cao8 hari yang lalu

    Excellent presentation! True and false. What is literacy? If you can speak and listen, but you cannot read and write, then you are illiterate. Therefore, the best way is to grasp every skill comprehensively. You are talking about speaking only, but langauge is an art.

  • Look To futuer
    Look To futuer8 hari yang lalu

    This smart Idea you feel to guide you to the best way this is an appreciable effort

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  • Johnny Tran
    Johnny Tran9 hari yang lalu

    it's so great lesson

  • Natalie Gommon
    Natalie Gommon9 hari yang lalu

    I am a language teacher and trainer and I recently did a masterclass related to international English. I was surprised at how positive the response was. How much of a 'lightbulb moment' it was for language learners. Your talk is along the same lines, so well done for getting it on to TED so that many other people can learn from it!

  • Trân Nguyễn
    Trân Nguyễn10 hari yang lalu

    It's very useful to me! That's my big problem when I speak not only English but also my mother tounge

  • Dania Li
    Dania Li10 hari yang lalu

    English is a tool.

  • British Passport
    British Passport10 hari yang lalu

    Look how to improve @

  • Carlos Serrano
    Carlos Serrano11 hari yang lalu

    I have been kind of obsessed with perfection in English or at least to the same level of my first language, now I'm going to see it as a tool, not something that needs to be mastered

  • Swapnil S
    Swapnil S11 hari yang lalu

    Where is that …Faizal😜 We wanted to listen him speak

  • MZaaim ABakar
    MZaaim ABakar11 hari yang lalu


  • sunowoo
    sunowoo12 hari yang lalu

    For me ; i started learning English a year ago ; and when I speak or writing in English i made a lot of mistakes in grammar ... But is okay cuz I still learning and English is most be hard for me cuz I am Arabic nitive speaker 😅❤️ And I Wich good luck for everyone 💕

  • BrudkaMF
    BrudkaMF12 hari yang lalu

    Super! Very usefull performance :)

  • nazouha
    nazouha13 hari yang lalu

    You're just great thank you very much

  • Adoracion Hernandez
    Adoracion Hernandez14 hari yang lalu

    Thank you, it was awesome¡¡¡¡

  • Valentyna Zapisochna
    Valentyna Zapisochna14 hari yang lalu

    Thank you. I‘m a teacher of English. And I absolutely agree with you

    RHYTHM PLAY14 hari yang lalu

    Language is just way to communicate :)

  • Ajick Sty
    Ajick Sty14 hari yang lalu

    Okayla 🤣🤣

  • Karen Tavares.
    Karen Tavares.15 hari yang lalu

    I will improve my pronunciation and my vocabularies trying.

  • sabrin nggole
    sabrin nggole15 hari yang lalu

    dont afraid to make a mistakes when you speak english, the most important is people understand what the point of you talking about

  • 이재형
    이재형15 hari yang lalu

    it was fun to explain the way to speak language well from common experiences. I learned when i speak in english it is important to focus on what i want to say and say it bravely from this video . if i meet native english speakers later i will follow this video's learning

  • 서승찬
    서승찬15 hari yang lalu

    how the secret to speaking new language with confidence is all about attitude, not ability.

  • Hoài Niệm 下雪
    Hoài Niệm 下雪15 hari yang lalu

    hahaha. perfect~ this video makes me have more and more motivation to study English. To be honest, I was always taught English grammar to complete exercises correctly and never had any opportunities to improve other English skills in school. When graduating high school, I still could not speak English fluently and didn't understand what foreigners were talking about. That's really terrible to me because I had spent a lot of time studying vocabulary and grammar in English. I could not set up a complete sentence and be always scared every time communicate in English. Now I have started from the beginning, just like a child studying a language. This is extremely hard for me because I have created some habits in pronouncing English before, so I need more time to fix that mistakes and practice more. huhu~ Therefore, I think it's really important to change ways of teaching English in school and help students not only can do English exercises to get a good point, but also focus on speaking and listening skills. Thank you so much this videos ~

  • AnhThư Nguyễn
    AnhThư Nguyễn15 hari yang lalu

    i like it

  • Shikha Singh
    Shikha Singh15 hari yang lalu

    thank you for your very good tips thanks a lot

  • Parvathala Srinivasulu
    Parvathala Srinivasulu15 hari yang lalu

    Tq mam

  • 김민준
    김민준15 hari yang lalu

    When we play the game and we can focus only the game, so we can focus only one thing. I think that is true, this think because I experience it. 김민준

  • 최윤수
    최윤수15 hari yang lalu

    "English is not an art to be mastered, it's just a tool to use to get a result like a computer game." It impressed me a lot. To consider English just to be a tool, I think that I need to use English as a tool of the thing that makes me pleased, such as listening to music, watching videos, and studying science.

  • 汪克豪
    汪克豪15 hari yang lalu

    English is a tool to use to get result. and don't focus on yourself.

  • 홍동국
    홍동국15 hari yang lalu


  • 지승준
    지승준15 hari yang lalu

    She is realy right. We don't master English. Speak English do not well, we communicate with people, we should remove fear.

  • 솔민
    솔민15 hari yang lalu

    I thought shouldn't focus on me when i talk.I should focus on getting what others want.I thought I should be confident when I communicate from now on.

  • XIII
    XIII15 hari yang lalu

    Being afraid to speak could protect regular communication. So, I had a compulsion that tells correct words,sentences,and addition. From that point on, confidently telling tought me to improve my self-esteem.

  • 20508박시현
    20508박시현15 hari yang lalu

    The fact that people who are not good at speaking English often try not to make mistakes rather than focusing on the way they express what they would say was so impressive. In retrospect, when I started to learn something new such as piano, which was one of my favorite hobby, I used to make mistakes several times. But I think I could enjoy playing piano by not focusing on making mistakes but expressing my music

  • 유제훈
    유제훈15 hari yang lalu

    What an impressive lecture. As she said, to learn a language very well, we should begin to enjoy learning it. If we feel pressured to learn a language, we will never learn it properly. We should see language as a tool for communicating with others, not some kind of art to be mastered.

  • 현겸
    현겸15 hari yang lalu

    I have learned to just speak English. But at the same time, school exam requires me to speak correctly without any mistake. English is not end, but means to communicate. Students should study English in a very comfortable environment, in fact, that is the way to step forward.

  • Mai Phương Nguyễn
    Mai Phương Nguyễn16 hari yang lalu

    OMG, so easy to understand. She was really doing what she want to advice people.

  • William Wright
    William Wright17 hari yang lalu

    Thanks a lot. I'm gonna try speaking english confidently from now on

  • Malaika Campbell
    Malaika Campbell17 hari yang lalu

    im a native speaker and im tring ta aim my spanish,french,arabian and my malay language

  • Javan-Gui Godeungeo
    Javan-Gui Godeungeo17 hari yang lalu

    I also think fear is the biggest obstacle to speaking English. At school, I give English presentations without much fear, but I feel intimidated by the thought that talking to foreigners in English could be strange for them. Because my friends don't listen to me well, so I can say it comfortably because I think my friends won't know even if I get evaluated or make a mistake, but I think foreigners will evaluate what I say because I think they can know right away even if I use some strange expressions. So shaking off that fear and focusing only on what you want to say and what you talk about with your partner seems to be the main task of being good at speaking.

  • majumeyer
    majumeyer18 hari yang lalu

    Absolutely amazing!!!!!

  • Эльфариз Elfariz
    Эльфариз Elfariz18 hari yang lalu

    When you watch this kind of show, you feel more motivated to dive into the English language even though you've been learning it since 1998.

  • thamar HM
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  • musik102
    musik10218 hari yang lalu

    It doesn't start off very promising. If this Fisell person has a low level of English how can he understand enough to respond to it?

  • 우리동네로보트
    우리동네로보트18 hari yang lalu

    Before watching this video, I thought that grammar is very important in English, but I learned that you don't have to worry about only grammar when speaking.

  • 윤지상
    윤지상18 hari yang lalu

    When I didn't see this video, I couldn't speak English confidently because I was afraid I was wrong. But after watching it, I knew that English conversation is okay to get English grammar wrong. Thanks to this video, I became confident in English.

  • lll k
    lll k18 hari yang lalu

    learning a language

  • 박도현
    박도현18 hari yang lalu

    It's a good lecture and I saw this lecture and some good things came up. I think the lecturer is a very nice person.

  • 이상민
    이상민18 hari yang lalu

    Thank you for giving such a wonderful lecture. That was very helpful. I thought I could be interested in English a little bit even though I didn't like it.

  • 지나가던거위
    지나가던거위18 hari yang lalu

    I'm not sure if I understood this video because I'm not good at English. But this clip seems to introduce how to learn and learn a language well.

  • rose123
    rose12319 hari yang lalu

    Even in UK, there are 3 different dictions. And it is little hard to understand between them

  • 이현우
    이현우19 hari yang lalu

    I am a Korean student who dreams of becoming an English teacher. I saw this video when confidence in English and assurance in my dreams were falling. This video engaged my attention about English again and I could also be gotten back my confidence in English. As said in the video, a lot of students have difficulty in learning English and feel boring in learning English. So are Korean students. I could learn how to cope with these situation like studying like a game, using many nouns with verbs and repeating words in this video. I was able to find a little sense of how to teach English, and I was able to develop more passion for my dream. Thank you for about them. I will never give up on my dream and will do my best to make it come true. Plz cheer up me!

  • AKM Videos Creation☺️
    AKM Videos Creation☺️19 hari yang lalu

    TedXtalk is really helpful for me . Thanks 😊

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  • Nadia Hussain
    Nadia Hussain20 hari yang lalu

    It's an awesome talk. Really helpful to focus on learning language