How to use the course
|Total time||84 days|
|Stage 2||21 days|
|Stage 3||21 days|
Work per day
|Lessons per day||2|
|Exercises per lesson stage 1||3|
|Exercises per lesson stages 2 and 3||6|
Time per lesson
|Time per exercise stage 1||20 minutes|
|Time per exercise stages 2 and 3||10 minutes|
Before we tell you how, we are going to tell you why:
In all learning that requires more than one lesson it is important that you do the next lesson before you have forgotten what you learned during the previous lesson. Otherwise you have to do the same work over again, and you make no progress.
It is also important to get the fundamentals right from the very beginning. Nobody would dream of calculating right angles at anything other than 90 degrees. With 93 degrees the house would fall down. Likewise, if someone says “buy” it is important not to hear “pie”.
Then it is necessary to say it right.
Training in three stages
A new language can be learned in 84 days. That is 12 weeks.
Our training program has three distinct stages.
Stage 1 should take 42 days with three exercises per day, 20 minutes per exercises, 60 minutes all in all. During the first 10-15 exercises this will seem very easy to do.
For each exercise you will see a sentence on the phone’s display, with one letter or a few letters missing. Instead of the letters there are empty boxes to be filled in. Play the speaker voices over and over again to identify the sounds corresponding to the missing letters, and fill them in. This is quickly done. You get a translation of the sentence after having filled in the blanks.
Don't go on to the next sentence just yet. Record each word with the missing letter(s) and play it back and listen to you own voice. Then play the teacher voices again and concentrate all you attention on that specific word – one at a time. Play it again and again. Concentrate on saying only this first sound right. If you say all the other sounds wrong, don’t worry. We’ll do each one in turn. The trick is to learn to concentrate your attention on one thing at a time and one thing only.
Keep doing this for ten minutes before you move on to the next exercise. Do exactly the same thing, then move on to the third one and do it again.
Now you have completed 30 minutes. Take a break and repeat the work later in the day, but don't wait until the next day. That day is for the next set of three sentences.
As you move through the course the number of empty boxes increases and you will have to play the teachers’ voices many times over in order not to forget what they say.
First, record one word at a time; then groups of words; two words, three words, five words, as the case may be. Listen very carefully to you own pronunciation and compare it with the teacher's every time.
When you record your own voice, close your eyes so as to avoid seeing how the words are spelled. The written words easily override the heard sounds and traps you into saying them wrong.
Stage 2 is scheduled for 21 days. Now you do 6 exercises in 30 minutes instead of 3, two times each day.
In stage 1 you learned to identify all the sounds of the new language as they appear in rapid speech and to say them right. Now you will learn to get them automatically right every time. You will also learn by heart what every sentence means.
You work with the same sentences as in stage 1, but you will get no help from existing letters this time. All boxes are empty. You will remember much, but not everything. Play the sentence over and over again to pick up the sounds, so you can fill in the right letters.
Now the time has come record the complete sentences. Do this at least ten times for each exercise. Each time play your voice back and check against the teachers’ pronunciation. Get yours as close as you can to theirs. If that takes more than ten minutes some times, so be it. Hang in there.
Play it by ear. Do not read while you record. Do it from memory.
Stage 3 is also scheduled for 21 days.
You will now learn to read fluently and you are going to learn the lexical meaning of every single word, not only the general meaning of each sentence.
By now you probably remember all the words. The display shows you larger but fewer empty boxes to fill in. There is one box per word. Each time you fill in a box correctly, it returns the translation to you.
Then do as before, but this time read with your eyes wide open. Focus on each word by itself first, then groups of words, then try to see the whole sentence in one wide gaze.
Then read, play back and compare. After about five readings you will begin to feel secure in your performance. Now, pretend you are an actor on a stage and play each sentence out five more times.
At the end of 84 such days you will have built a very firm platform for your new language. You can go right out and talk to people. You will understand them quite well and they will understand you and maybe wonder how many years you have studied their language.
There will of course be lots more to learn. You will need to increase your vocabulary and learn more about possible ways of building sentences, but this will be much easier with the foundations you have built in this course.