Enjoy language learning made easy! Linguajet utilizes the Birkenbihl Approach. Thanks to research done in neuroscience and the social sciences, we now know that it is best to learn a foreign language the same way you learned your native tongue. Children learn a language completely intuitively – without cramming vocab or re-reading grammar rules. Adults learn the same way as children; the only difference is that they use their abilities to read, listen carefully and compare a foreign language to their native tongue.
Language learning with the Birkenbihl Approach
The first (and most important) step is learning to understand the foreign language. Once you understand the language, your brain can process meaning quickly enough for you speak it. Any other sequence is pointless and frustrating.
The Birkenbihl Approach guarantees an end to torturous learning methods:
1) Cramming vocabulary is unnecessary
2) Grammar review is optional
The Birkenbihl Approach is clearly different from any other learning method. Having fun is the most important part of this process. Only a few learning units a day are necessary to progress quickly and with ease.
Also known as THE KARAOKE EFFECT
OR: BACKGROUND LISTENING
Active listening or the “Karaoke Exercise” will help you understand the language, including word meaning and the grammar of a foreign language.
This is how it works: When starting a language course on the computer, you will see a dual-lined text. The first line shows the foreign language and the second line shows the word-for-word translation (or decoding) into one’s mother tongue. Listen to the person speaking the foreign language while reading the translation. Repeat this exercise until you understand most of the words.
The Karaoke Effect distinguishes Linguajet from other language courses. It describes the synchronized highlighting of word pairs that you are listening to (foreign language) and reading (mother tongue, word-for-word translation).
Mindless exposure! Passive listening or “Background Listening” means listening to the foreign language day and night while focusing on other aspects of your daily life. You may clean up your apartment, cook, work, sleep or whatever you do each day and night. Your subconscious is listening to the audio even though you are not actively concentrating on what you hear. This way, your brain creates the nerve pathways needed to speak a foreign language.
You can start with passive listening of a lesson as you do the Active Listening exercises. However, listening passively only helps so much, since you want to understand at least part of the text. Your brain cannot process information that is meaningless to it (words that you do not understand).