Foreign languages
And how to learn to speak one in eight weeks

Some of the world's most effective learning breakthroughs have come in the field of language learning.
As examples:

  • One Sydney (Australia) high school class has learned to speak fluent French in under eight weeks.
  • In a U.S. army trial, using new methods of study, soldiers learned German at a rate 662 percent more efficiently than a control group taught with standard methods.
  • And in similar trials in a British high school, more than ten times as many students achieved a 50 percent pass park in German than students taught with traditional methods.
Details of the new methods are covered extensively in the world's biggest-selling nonfiction book in 1999, The Learning Revolution, by Gordon Dryden and Dr. Jeannette Vos.
Many of the new language-training methods are based on methods developed by the Bulgarian psychologist Dr. Georgi Lozanov during the 1950's. He studied, in particular, the impact of "brainwaves", music and yoga on learning abilities. He concluded that we each have an "optimum learning state" where "heartbeat, breathing and brainwaves are synchronized and the body is relaxed but the mind concentrated and ready to receive new information."

In putting that research into practice, Lozanov achieved some amazing results, particularly in foreign language learning. By the early 1960s, Berlitz, then the world's largest language-training school, promised that students could learn 200 words after several days' training–a total of 30 hours.

Many others have built on this research.

The Learning Revolution covers the new methods of learning in several chapters, but particularly in their chapter called True learning: the fun-fast way.


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