Discuss the Article : Learn Languages The Brain Friendly Way
Many language course authors and learning institutions offer a grammatical approach that promises a sound grammatical base so that you can construct your own sentences. Vera F. Birkenbihl, a German best-selling book author and language course publisher, passed away in 2011, but left behind one of the most interesting methods that there are to learning a new language.
People want to debate learning grammar rules versus full immersion or whatever. Truth is you need multiple approaches. Everyone wants to use the “learn like a child” argument, ok. A child has full immersion with immediate access to a teacher at all times. And then people forget one more thing, how many years of formal grammar, reading, writing, etc did you take in primary school? In the USA Kindergarten-10th grade at minimum is still covering grammar, and literature and composition continues through college.
So while you can get to a certain point without and formal learning, even in our native languages we spend years studying traditionally to reach “native fluency” (Or whatever you want to call it).
Just some food for thought, I think people often forget how much studying of our native languages who do even after being “fluent”.
Very interesting. For me the best method.
For French, this method exists since 1929. Its name is "Assimil". Indeed, you learn like a baby, without grammar or words to learn. The length of time varies acccording to the languages: 6.5 months for English, 5 months for Spanish, Portuguese and German (for French natives, of course).Now, this method is available for foreigners in various languages.
For the last years, I have learned English and Spanish to level B2, within less than one year (I'm not young!). The way I did: assimil, 15 mn every day +1 to 2 hours of weekly conversation with a native on skype* + listening to university lectures.
*Do it since the beginning, and with a beginner like you (to be klutz at the same time is more fun than embarrassment!), and, if possible, without the bridge of a third language.
At the moment, I'm beginning to learn to speak Portuguese, this way.
Anecdotally, my father, during world war ll in a camp (KG), learned German with this mehod: assimil+" linguistic immersion"! :-)
It's my modest experience. Hope that helps.