At Best Language Learning Software we explain some of the different language learning philosophies behind learning a language.

Joshua Foer, writing in the Guardian (UK), says he learned how to speak Lingala (spoken in the Congo region) in just 22 hours:

I have never been particularly good with languages. Despite a dozen years of Hebrew school and a lifetime of praying in the language, I’m ashamed to admit that I still can’t read an Israeli newspaper. Besides English, the only language I speak with any degree of fluency is Spanish, and that came only after five years of intense classroom study and more than half a dozen trips to Latin America. Still, I was determined to master Lingala before leaving for the Congo. And I had just under two and a half months to do it. When I asked Ed if he thought it would be possible to learn an entire language in such a minuscule amount of time using Memrise, his response was matter-of-fact: "It’ll be a cinch."

Joshua Foer

The full article is here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/nov/09/learn-language-in-three-months

It is a very interesting method: memorising in a fun way the most common 1,000 words in a language. It is another language learning philosophy/technique that you can add to your bag of tricks.

There’s no reason, I think, why you only have to stick with one method.

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