Have you ever dreamed of speaking a foreign language fluently but struggled with the learning process?
These five SECRET hints will boost your learning progress immediately and guarantee 100% success.
TIP: It's even easier with the Linguajet computer course. The best way to start is to use the free trial while following these 5 SECRETS. However, you can also adjust the exercises a bit so that they fit in with other language learning material.
SECRET 1: Karaoke Exercise
(to understand the language)
You will get to learn a foreign language without cramming vocabulary or grammar rules! Unbelievable? Maybe – but it's the truth! You get to know the language using a holistic approach, aka intuitively and quickly (up to eight times faster than traditional learning methods).
Use a two-lined text: take the foreign language to the upper line; underneath, translate the foreign text word for word into your mother tongue. We call it "de-coding". You can do this on paper while using a dictionary for the translation. Children love this exercise because they pick up word meanings easily and quickly. Adults may get used to this kind of translation, but after a few minutes, the curiosity of uncovering the meanings will fascinate them too!
After finishing the word-by-word translations, start the Karaoke-like listening exercise. Use the audio version of the foreign text to listen to the speakers while reading along with the decoding line synced to the spoken words. Besides foreign text, you may also use music lyrics.
If you use a Linguajet language course, the decoding is already done for you. This way, you can start with the Karaoke-like listening exercise right away. The word pairs are highlighted in sync with the speakers – just like a karaoke machine.
Do you already understand a particular word? Click on it to hide it from view. Repeat the text passage often until you understand at least 85% of all words. Then you can move on to the next lesson.
With this kind of exercise, you learn quickly and intuitively. If you don't have a Linguajet course right now, here is a free trial:
- At the beginning, set the speed slower – choose from one of three different speeds.
- Listen to the native speakers and read the word-by-word translations in your native tongue. First, concentrate only on the second line (your native language).
- Repeat it as often as you need until you understand the meaning of the words. The language will become familiar to you very quickly.
- Set the timer for 10 minutes per training session. Then, change the content or try something else. This way, you double your learning time (a detailed description is shown below).
- Click on the translated word in the second line as soon as you remember its meaning. These translations will be hidden and the word is added to your word pool. With Linguajet, you are always kept up-to-date about your learning progress.
With the Karaoke-like exercise you will learn intuitively:
- The meaning of the words (instead of cramming vocab)
- The grammar of the foreign language (how to use the words in context)
SECRET 2: Background listening
(to achieve perfect speech)
It takes a longer time to learn to speak a foreign language than to understand word meanings. That’s why most people (80%) have problems actually speaking a foreign language. We know the SECRET to learning to speak quickly and perfectly. The secret is learning like a baby - listening, listening, listening...
The most important message here is: it takes a little time, but it costs you no time! What?! Yes, you can do it while you focusing on other things – i.e. doing your work, phone calls, emails, etc. Therefore this exercise is called "BACKGROUND LISTENING".
This is how it works: play the audio files on loop (you can export it from the course as an mp3 file) quietly in the background, ideally 24 hours a day. It is just like the background music in a superstore. Don’t concentrate on it! Instead, move on with your daily activities. After a couple of days (6-12), you will be ready to speak in nearly perfect sentences, just like the audio’s speaker.
You may test your individual progress by starting the Linguajet player, turning down the volume a bit and reading the text out loud.
By listening to the audio passively, your subconscious creates the nerve paths and synapses needed to speak the foreign language perfectly and naturally. This way, you become a perfect speaker, absorbing the tones and rhythms of speech.
SECRET 3: Decoding exercise
(optional - at your discretion)
Decoding helps one better understand the meaning and grammar of a foreign language. If you don't have a Linguajet computer course, you can also do it with other content. In particular, children who have problems with language lessons in school should decode the school material. Learning groups help a lot, as well. Starting word-by-word, the group will discover the real meaning of the whole sentence, paragraph, story, and so on. They never have to cram vocabulary any longer! Learn a language quickly and thoroughly!
This is how it works:
De-coding means decrypting. The foreign language is segmented into little parts – this way, you discover the language and get to see the context.
Below you can see a sentence written in French that is decoded into English. Decades ago, Vera F. Birkenbihl of Germany made use of this method. Today, researchers know that decoding the language as closely to the native tongue as possible is more effective (including conjugations, cases, articles, etc.)
|I have||been||a||the school||in||Germany.|
By decoding the text (you can print the Linguajet lessons and do them on paper), you deepen your knowledge and language skills. Furthermore, it gives you feedback on how much you have retained.
SECRET 4: Chorus Speaking Exercise
(optional - if you like speech training)
First, I would like to stress that traditional language-learning methods are a big mistake. Students and learners often speak in the foreign language from day one. Unfortunately, they don't know proper pronunciation yet. The human brain needs to create new nerve pathways for the language-specific nuances of speech, including distinct noises and rhythms. This means that, at your first (or even third or fifth) language lesson, you are simply not ready to speak the language! Before speaking it yourself, you need to listen to it often.
Accordingly, we recommend using this exercise only after utilizing SECRET 2.
How does it work?
Speak “in a chorus” with the native speakers. This way your brain detects the differences between your pronunciation and the native speaker’s. If you want to be able to speak perfectly, this exercise is a must.
When using the Linguajet language courses, you can do these exercises very easily by starting a lesson and reading along (out loud) with the native speaker. Turn down the audio of the native speaker with every repetition. After some time, you will not need the support of the native speaker anymore.
This technique of chorus speaking has been used in different settings, e.g. in monasteries. Prayers are spoken in time with the main speaker so that everybody sounds similar and monotone.
SECRET 5: Writing the Foreign Language
(its simple - if you need it)
Would you like to be able to write in a foreign language? If you need the language skills for a job, or if you would like to post anything in a foreign language (e.g. on social media) or write letters to extended friends or family, this is a very easy way to practice writing.
Write down the sentences you have used for other exercises. Particularly if you study a language that uses another writing system (like Chinese or Russian), this exercise is of high importance. This way, you remember the symbols and words as an image.
Another more advanced exercise is to write down a short imagined story – it would be best to center the story around what you have learned and hopefully experienced in exercises "SECRET 1-4".
TIP: Develop a weekly learning plan, including the exercises mentioned above. You can find an example here: Weekly learning plan.