How We Are Different: Our approach to learning a foreign language

How We Are Different: Our approach to learning a foreign language

Our approach to learning a foreign language differs from most language learning courses in the way we disregard the alphabet initially, and harness the normal mistake-making process to create a functional memory and inherent mastery of the new language.

In other words, just like how “muscle confusion” with exercise and lifting weights produces faster results, more muscle growth and greater athleticism- the mind and brain work no differently!

Our Easy to Follow Process to Learning a New Language

*Step 1: Create a list of the most common words and phrases you will be learning and using. If you are already familiar with the alphabet of the language, you can write the translations in the target language. If unfamiliar with the target language, you can also use transliteration, or writing out the sounds of the common words of the foreign language, into your native language.  See an example here

*Step 2: Start learning the alphabet of the new language. This is done by individual letters in small groups, not by attempting to memorize the entire alphabet all at once before proceeding. At the same time, you are constantly practicing using the chart from step 1, while learning the new language’s letters and alphabet, and even making a new chart for step 1 using the words in the script of the target language.  

*Step 3: Talk to real people in the language. If you live in the country where you are trying to become fluent and speak the language, practice will further drill home into your unconscious memory the words, phrases, and often many of the written words you see while visiting or living there. Eventually by attempting to read all the various street and business signs you will create the ability for your mind to reason in the target language without thinking about it too much.

The final step is to never stop learning, and never stop trying. One last thing I want to say is that the human mind and brain are both capable of more than we realize, and that by learning more foreign languages, we actually get better at learning languages and more of them, faster. We start to see invisible connections between the languages of the world, and also understand how language changes over time and geography.

We get closer to our source, ultimately.

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