How it Works
THE KEY TO LEARNING
Living in another country with complete immersion and repeated use of conversational vocabulary is the most effective way to learn a new language. When this isn’t possible, continual repetition, fun learning games, and using creativity to simulate immersion helps more than just memorizing vocabulary lists and grammar rules.
A Novel Approach to learning a foreign language is a system based on storytelling, imagination, repetition and hearing the word in context. There are no random sentences and phrases to memorize. Just read a well-loved classic story to discover vocabulary words and grammar rules incorporated gradually and naturally, bit by bit. We’ve tested widely, listened, refined, adjusted, and made alliances with other bi-lingual linguistic experts to make certain our program works!
THE POWER OF STORY
Classic stories that most people already know and love are the backbone of our system of learning. As one is involved in their favorite characters and stories, they are exposed to a few new words per page. Exposure in context of story leads to increased comprehension. By the end of the book, one can naturally read an entire chapter in the new language without struggling to memorize anything.
Vocabulary and grammar are introduced in the context of the story. You learn as a child learns, gradually and intuitively. Rather than memorizing complex conjunction charts, you learn by using one word and one new grammar idea at a time, in context, in a natural way.
LEARN THE WAY
When children learn their native language, they don’t start with the rules of grammar or sentence structure. They learn simply by hearing language used in context—through storytelling and play, imagination, creativity and repeated trial and error. As they listen to the repetition of words and phrases through play, their brains make connections and they gradually, intuitively become fluent.
JUST KEEP READING
So, with languages, it is use not logic that leads to success. We found that the complete immersion and repeated use of trying new words while living in a foreign country enabled us to become far more proficient than all the grammatical rules in a book or class. Reading a fascinating story while inserting new words, bit by bit, enabled us to start thinking and ‘seeing’ in our new language.
USE NEW WORDS
When you encounter a new word, say it aloud ten times. Remember, repetition creates neural connections in the brain. See the word, repeat the word, hear the word. Reading, saying, and hearing a word ten time creates thirty connections.
JUST KEEP READING, REPEATING, READING, REPEATING
Listen to the words and repeat the pronunciations. Use flashcards with pictures on the back. Review 10 to 30 words a day until they become a part of you. Your vocabulary will grow and so will your confidence.