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Damon Dominique on teaching French and the importance of saying ‘Um’

Damon Dominique is in his solo period. Over the past nine years, the 30-year-old American polyglot has made travel more ambitious, affordable and accessible – first, as one half of YouTuber duo Damon and Jo, and now as a multi-hyphenate based in Paris expanding her reach as one of the internet’s most relevant travel and culture vloggers.

Among other endeavors, Dominique presented and filmed a television pilot, wrote a book and launched an original, delicious and wildly successful French course, “The French that I would have liked to learn in French class” with the Teachables online platform. Students say it is much easier to learn from him than their teachers. “They go to class and then watch my videos and say, ‘Okay, how can I do this?'” Dominique laughs: “People want to learn from real people who have done it, with whom they can learn identify and Whether it’s me traveling the world, speaking French or drinking red wine with my friends, I think people see that and think “If he can do it, I can do it”. is quite motivating.”

“Education comes from the creators,” he observes. “The only subscription I pay for is YouTube Premium”, forget Netflix and Prime, “you can learn everything you ever wanted on YouTube, and I’m in digital school all day. My watch history is all over the place. real estate investments, psychotherapy, philosophy journals and conferences. I like going to the gym and having, for example, someone’s cryptanalysis in my ear. The common thread is the creators with a dropshipping who also say articulate and clever things. They say, “You’re not helping yourself. Let me help you see things another way.”

In her own words, Dominique digs into her internet surveillance history and reveals her internet rabbit holes, hobbies, and secret obsessions with Mashable.


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Esther Perel

“Rethinking infidelity…a speech for anyone who’s ever loved”

Esther Perel is all about relationships. She lives in New York, but she’s from Belgium and has a French accent. I think living in a different country gives him a more complete view. I watched all of his talks and TED Talks and every episode of his couples therapy podcast Where to start ? I enjoy listening to therapists in general, reading their books and hearing about their clients. I’ve gotten to the point where when I try to watch Netflix dating shows, I’m like, “Get some emotional intelligence!” I wish emotional intelligence was taught in mainstream education as much as, say, numeracy.

I love this particular video because all of our first reactions to infidelity are like, “How could you betray our trust?” As if everything revolves around you! I love wrestling with those hard truths that you don’t question or ask yourself. Like shit, maybe I did sort of push that person away! Maybe they’re not the same person they were when we first fell in love.

You can only meet people as deeply as you have met yourself so if the person you proposed to everyone is the person you interviewed and pushed and pushed and really analyzed why you think the things you do , why you behave the way you do, then it really is like a gift. It is a gift that you can give to other people, by knowing yourself.

Leila Hormozi

“I paid Grant Cardone $120,000 to coach my husband…what we learned…”

Alex and Leila Hormozi appeared on YouTube maybe six months ago, and I’m like their biggest fan. I’ve traveled the world and you either meet really cool people who are emotionally intelligent or people who are business savvy. It’s very rare to meet someone who is both, and I think the Harmozi are both. They have developed successful businesses, but they are not arrogant. They know their shit, they want to help people, but also take a no-bullshit approach.

Learning how to scale a business was never my goal, it was rather, let me travel the world and be free and create art. But I was really shocked by the quality of my French course, I was like, wait, I have a scalable business. Maybe I’m good at it, and I’ve never really given myself a chance. My first love has always been Spanish. So I’m like, “Well, damn it, I took a French class and it went really well. What if I took a Spanish course? And “hey, I speak Portuguese too.” What if I did a creepy motivation class? I’m just trying to keep shocking myself.

When I found Leila and Alex, I thought, oh shit, you can be free-spirited, down to earth, a real person and still make a lot of money. It made me want to inspire others. They have a company called Acquisition that helps scale businesses and I speak with their team. It’s happening! I’m in my Leila Hormozi phase right now, I’m growing up.


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Amber Khan

“The Fountain Episode 9 of the Revolution Ramblings Podcast”

I love Amber Khan. She says things that others are afraid to say in her fast and charismatic New York style. She lives in Denmark half the year, so she also has that expat angle and knows how another society works. She always swore. I really like his delivery. I listened to every one of his podcasts and they all talk about spirituality, pop culture, how good government is, how bad government is, Euphoria, that’s all. But she still brings a philosophical, WTF-you-guys-do angle. In every episode she calls a group of people, and I’ve been called so Many times.

Amber has opinions that are sometimes a little exaggerated, but I think it’s important to hear opinions like that. It forces you to keep questioning your own thoughts. I’m of the opinion that we can’t know anything for sure, so having firm beliefs about anything is like doing yourself a disservice.

For example, right now I’m learning Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, all because I don’t think we can fully commit to any school of thought or religion until we have them. all learned. I’m from Indiana where you’ve just been a Christian all your life, and the one question I always asked was, “How do you know you’re a Christian if you don’t know about other religions?”

Either way, this podcast is about waiting at a meeting place, a fountain, for the right person to come into your life. It’s about letting things come to you. Amber says every time you see a fountain, you have to remember that the universe is conspiring for you.

@DamonDominique’s TikTok

“Don’t Hate, Hesitate”

As much as I try to figure out what works and what doesn’t, I remain shocked at what takes off. I thought about how using “um” in another language makes you sound more like a native speaker, so I filmed this TikTok in one take and posted it. This is really well done. I think it’s a good example of everything I bring to the table: my personality, the accessibility of TikTok and social media as an educational tool, and my ability to learn and teach others many languages ​​thanks to my experience with these languages.

I think a lot of people see my experience and relate to it, and it’s a better way to learn than being stuck in a textbook all the time. I am not French, but I studied French. I know how the English brain works, and now I know how the French brain works. I know where you will stumble. This is what I bring to my Teachables course. I can point out little things like “um”, which I’ve never heard a French teacher say, even though it’s the only word we say all the time.

A YouTuber I was listening to recently said, “People want to hear from real people who have done what they’re talking about. They don’t want to hear from experts. They don’t want to hear from, like, professionals. More men business or professors. And I was like, fuck, this hit deep! Because that’s exactly how I’ve always run my business. I’ve never tried to act more superior than the nobody next to it. I’m like, listen, I’ve made mistakes here and there too, but here’s how you can work around them.


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In pursuit of wonder

“What happens after it all ends?

Philosophy is that general term that people find scary or really boring. This channel does a really good job of taking lofty philosophical concepts and turning them into mind-blowing and trippy animated stories.

This video makes you wonder if our reality is really a simulation, and I think it might be possible. But my question is always the same: what is it for? We all spend our days doing interviews, going to work, going to dinner when, honestly, the deeper questions of reality are unanswered. They’re all over us, like, what are we doing here?

There’s a philosophy I once heard that basically says it would be foolish to spend our existence as humans questioning those big ideas that we’ll never have an answer to. But even that’s kinda ignorant because it’s like, how do you know you’ll never have the answer?

I think that’s how I’m trying to come up with all of this. I don’t know if the human is our natural form, or if we’re like an alien spirit somewhere else controlling it. But we are here in this experience, and there are so many cool things to see in the world. And I think that’s what keeps me going when I travel. I want to keep an inquisitive mindset because whether it’s a simulation or not, we’re here on earth as humans. Let’s explore the human experience as much as possible. I will try anything once at this point.