How to learn a language in 10 days (OR EVEN FASTER!)
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Have you ever thought why some people speak only one foreign language and find it hard to learn, and there are those who speak 10, 30 and more (yes, it is not a joke!) and learn languages fast? And many people would tell you that it needs two or more years to learn one… Well, only if you are gonna be a simultaneous translator. Don’t spend your precious time to ineffective ways anymore. Let’s figure out how to learn a language in 10 days or faster!
This article may be helpful not only for language learning purposes, but many other goals in life.
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Cheat-Code language learning approach
Once I received an email from one blog I am subscribed for (by the way, it is about affiliate marketing), and the author shared his thoughts on hacks and cheat-codes in video games compared to actions in life. He wrote that he used cheat-codes when played games and didn’t have to get angry every time at difficult levels, and then he discovered that affiliate marketing is like a financial cheat-code for life, and then he promoted his coaching comparing it to cheat-code too. As he said, either you choose a long way with extra mistakes, anger, frustration, anxiety, self-doubt, or you pay for mentorship to a person who has already passed through it all, instead of you. This email changed my opinion on online paid courses and resources.
But stop…We want to know how to learn a language in 10 days, or even faster, so let’s do it! We need a cheat-code. Imagine, you type a phrase in keyboard, and get fluent in Spanish, Russian, Japanese or any other language AT ONCE?
Well, our brain is not so easily hackable as video games. HOWEVER, we can reduce time that we’re gonna spend for learning a new language in hundreds of times! Our time is precious!
We NEED to find a loophole in language learning approach! Because we want to know how to learn a language in 10 days, not years!
Let’s learn from hyperpolyglots
Let’s be hones, we want to get fluent quick. We don’t want to spend over two years for one language. Our time is precious. And if there are people who speak over 10 languages being young – we can do it too, believe me. I know one guy who is 18 years old and speaks 8 languages. We want to compare the traditional long time learning approach and techniques of hyper polyglots.
One of these gurus is Dmitry Petrov – famous Russian polyglot, host of TV show “Polyglot” (in Russian), author of really GREAT language learning method, fluent speaker of 30, confident reader of 50, and simultaneous translator of 5 (or more) languages, and also university professor and writer.
His show “Polyglot: let’s learn English in 16 hours” has literally opened my eyes. As the first foreign language, English was hard for me, because I studied it for 10 years in school, and didn’t know how to use tenses, build sentences and connect words. I didn’t even gain my vocabulary for these years. But the first lesson of his TV show gave more than previous 10 years. I thought that one must have inborn abilities for learning languages, but after this short course I never thought so anymore. After English, I watched his show “Polyglot: let’s learn Spanish in 16 hours”. Also, there are emissions of this show of Italian, French, Portuguese, German, Hindi, Chinese languages, and he is host of all of them. This method is exact strategy on how to learn a language in 10 days or faster.
Another great resource in Russian internet – speakasap.com – this website has free lessons and paid courses. SpeakAsap is run by a woman who became a hyper polyglot, she doesn’t have a profile education for that. I learned Polish, Czech and Finish in this website.
What do they have in common?
They use similar learning algorytm. Let’s have a comparison:
What they DO:
- Start from verb conjugation in present, past and future tense. How to say “I do, I did, I will do”, how to say “I am, I was, I will be”, and so on for all pronouns with many verbs. Verb is the STEM of any language.
- Focus on grammar – only so we can learn how to connect words into sentences and phrases, instead of clueless memorizing of bunch of common phrases from a phrasebook. We want to speak the language but not just know how to order a burger. This is NOT writing grammar, but the structure of the language, it is about how the language works. While you learn this essential grammar, you memorize a lot of words along the way.
- Talking from the beginning, on different subjects, using online chats.
- Watch videos and listen to podcasts about subjects they are interested in. When you listen to something you are passionate about or just have interest in – you begin to detect words in speech faster, you know what you are listening about, and you’re listening what you WANT to hear instead of reading a boring college course book.
- [Optional] Get private classes in Italki or Verbling where one can learn a language face-to-face with a teacher. My recommendations – don’t pay attention at teacher’s experience. One without experience can be much better than overeducated one, it depends on a person, a newbie teacher can be very passionate and understand you better. You can ask a teacher to teach you as you with your plearning plan. Remember that we’re pursuing fast results, but not traditional ones!
What they DON’T do:
- Learn rules of pronunciation. It is not necessary at all (at least for non-tonal languages). Yes, it is not joke. All you need is to read a quick instruction on how to pronounce some sounds that your native langauge don’t have, and how to read some combinations of letters. Many textbooks have over 20 pages fully dedicated to pronunciation of each letter – this is too long way, and pronunciation gets mastered along the way. Many language schools love to spend whole classes on pronunciation, while hyper polyglots have already learned all tenses and are starting practicing.
- Memorize common phrases instead of learning how to actually build them. There is an exception – stable expressions (idioms) – those phrases can be only memorized.
- think that it takes more than year to master a language.
- Look for answers on how to learn a language in 10 days without spending even little time during these days.
Parkinson’s Law in language learning
There was a satirical article in “The Economist” journal in 1955th year, published by Syrill Nortkot Parkinson, in which he formed a law based on his working experience – “Work fills the time given for it”. It means that a task scheduled to be completed in one year is gonna be completed in one year (if completed at all), and what is scheduled to be done in 10 days – is gonna be done in 10 days, and it can be exactly the same task.
Let’s suppose that you aim to learn 300 words in one month. You will learn it in one month, or rather forget about this goal in one day. OR, you aim to learn 300 words in 2 days – maybe you will not learn 300, but you’re gonna memorize tens of words anyway because you stay focused and see the deadline!
This thing is called “Parkinson’s Law”. Think about it, think how to learn a language in 10 days applying this law for learning really fast.
Well, but how to learn a language in 10 days?
First of all – follow the tips mentioned above. First of all – verbs and tenses, then all other parts of speech that your target language requires you too know. That’s that simple, don’t complicate things! Remember about Parkinson’s law, it is very important!
Also, if you want to get really fast results – participate in online chats like hellolingo.com . This service helped me A LOT when I learned languages. Moreover, I met some friends, one of whom I have met in Czech Republic and we drank beers together. Hellolino is an online chat for practicing languages in real time, this service is created by author of SharedTalk – closed service where I started to practice my English. Also, there is an alternative – Whatsapp/Telegram groups, there are many of them, you can find them in Facebook communities for your target language.
Set the goal to speak your target language in 10 days so you may be focused on this goal and you will absorb much more information because you see the deadline. But i you aim to one year later – you may forget about it in two days. Set the short period of time. Even if you can’t to talk in 10 days, you will absorb a lot, more than in one month of traditional learning.
May the Parkinson’s Law be your cheat-code.
Find something that make you PASSIONATE about your target language. I knew Spanish for many years, I knew how to form sentences and keep small talks, but I didn’t have a motive until I started to learn Salsa and Bachata dancing with Cuban instructor. I started to listen and have conversations in online chats, in whatsapp group.
You need to know only 400 most common words to be able to speak and keep a conversation.
From my personal experience… How I learned Polish in 1 hour
In summer 2015 I traveled to Europe. My first destination was Poland. And I opened Polish lessons in speakasap.com (in Russian) and learned many words and all necessary tenses in just one hour. Next day I arrived to Poland, and some people to whom I talked told me “Dobrze mowisz!” (You speak well!).
I did the same thing in November 2015, when I learned Finnish language, because I wanted to study in Finland. Well, I was not accepted to the university that I wanted to study in (but now I don’t regret at all), and despite the studies were conducted in English, I learned Finish because it would be vital for living there. I learned the essential grammar including grammatical cases (there are about 15 of them in Finnish, but they are easy). Next day after exam I went to Vilnius where I met some Finns in my hostel and spoke in Finnish with them when we went to a pub and got drunk.
Tim Ferris’ fast language learning experiment
For those of you who don’t know who Tim Ferris is – he is the author of the book The 4-hour Workweek, and really passionate life hacker. He definitely knows how to learn a language in 10 days, and moreover, he learned Tagalog language in 4 days and gave interview in live stream in Tagalog TV. In this video he shares his experience of this experiment:
As a result
Definitely, in 10 days you probably won’t be a professional translator, won’t be very fluent. However, it is fully possible to be able to speak, to keep conversation, and be able to talk about many subjects. And you will have what you’d have only in 2 or more months with traditional learning approach. I assume that now you know how to learn a language in 10 days or faster, so give it a try!
I have written several books that will help you to learn language the way I learn, and the way you can learn really quick. Check them and buy in Amazon if you want to learn Russian or Spanish languages.
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