The time needed to learn a foreign language is impressive: hundreds of hours to transfer 5000+ words into a human brain and then hundreds more hours to understand people speaking at ‘3+ words/second’. In addition, language learning seems to be immune to the accelerating and streamlining effects of modern technology – today, like 50 years ago, it takes over 1000 hours to start being fluent in another language.
No technology has been shown to be able to compress this time frame.
Here we present a method of double exposure to a new language through intense listening plus reading. The rationale for simultaneous ear/eye exposure is that incoming signals from the ear are processed in different brain areas than signals coming in from the eyes and both areas need to be trained simultaneously. Our free smartphone app Ear2Memory (Google Play™: www.bsk1.com/e2m) is designed to assist the initial 50 to 100 hours of language learning. The only requirements are:
- Time (at least 30 minutes every day)
- Supplementary audio files that you acquire (examples: page 18)
If you dedicate at least 30 minutes to daily Ear2Memory exercises, you will rapidly learn more than 1000 words, have excellent spelling skills, develop an intuitive comprehension of important grammar rules and acquire a fairly genuine accent.