Before we explain how, we will explain why:
As in any form of learning which requires more than one lesson per day, it is important to carry out the new lesson before we forget what we have learned in the previous one. Otherwise you need to work double, and with little progress.
It is also important to get the basics right from the start.
Nobody builds a house based on the angles of 93 degrees, just based on the angle of 90 degrees, otherwise, building collapse.
Similarly, if someone says to us "buy", it is important that we do not hear "Pie"
And remember that it works both ways: it is just as important for you that people can "get what you really mean"
Stage 1 should take 42 days.
We start with three exercises per day, 20 minutes per exercise, 60 minutes all in all. During the first 10-15 exercises this will seem very easy to do.
For each exercise you will see a sentence on the phone’s display, with one or a few letters missing. Instead of the letters there are empty boxes to be filled in. Play back the pre-recorded teachers voices over and over again, and fill in the letters you think corresponds to the sound you hear. This is quickly done, but is really central in our method: to identify sounds to written letters.
When you have filled in all the empty spaces you get the translation of the sentence, even though we dont stress each word's meaning at this stage.
Don't go on to the next sentence just yet. Record each word with the missing letter(s) and play it back and listen to you own voice. Then play the teacher voices again and concentrate all you attention on that one specific word. Play it again and again. Concentrate on reproducing only this first sound correctly. If you say all the other sounds wrong, don’t worry. We’ll do each one in turn. The trick is to learn to concentrate your attention on one thing at a time, and one thing only.
Keep doing this for ten minutes before you move on to the next exercise. Do exactly the same thing, then move on to the third one and do it again.
Now you have completed 30 minutes. Take a break and repeat the work later in the day, but don't wait until the next day. That day is for the next set of three sentences.
As you move through the course the number of empty boxes increases and you will have to play the teachers’ voices many times over in order not to forget what they say.
First, record one word at a time; then groups of words; two words, three words, five words, as the case may be. Listen very carefully to you own pronunciation and compare it with the teacher's every time.
When you record your own voice, close your eyes so as to avoid seeing how the words are spelled. The written words easily override the heard sounds and traps you into saying them wrong.
Stage 2 covers 21 days.
Now you do 6 exercises in 30 minutes instead of 3, two times each day.
In stage 1 you learned to identify all the sounds of the new language as they appear in rapid speech and to say them right. Now you will learn to get them automatically right every time. You will also learn the translation by heart.
You work with the same sentences as in stage 1, but you will get no help from existing letters this time: all boxes are empty.
You will remember much, but not everything. Play the sentence over and over again to pick up the sounds, so you can fill in the right letters: now you write complete words.
Now the time has come record the complete sentences. Do this at least ten times for each exercise. Each time play your voice back and check against the teachers’ pronunciation. Get yours as close as you can to theirs. If that takes more than ten minutes some times, so be it. Hang in there.
Play it by ear. Do not read while you record, but do it from memory. This is how you train your percetion and your memory.
15 years of work has shown us just how effective that is.
Stage 2 covers 21 days.
You will now learn to read fluently and you are going to learn the lexical meaning of every single word, not only the general meaning of each sentence.
By now you probably remember all the words. The display shows you larger but fewer empty boxes to fill in. There is one box per word. Each time you fill in a box correctly, it returns the translation to you.
Do as before, but this time read with your eyes wide open. Focus on each word by itself first, then groups of words, then try to see the whole sentence in one wide gaze.
According to linguists like Naom Chomski the ability to immediately "see of the word looks right" is important. The visual form of words and whole sentences lets you perceive written texts with ease.
Read, play back and compare. After about five readings you will begin to feel secure in your performance. Now, pretend you are an actor on a stage and play each sentence out five more times.
At the end of 84 such days you will have built a very firm platform for your new language. You can go right out and talk to people. You will understand them quite well and they will understand you and maybe wonder how many years you have studied their language.
Of course there will be lots more to learn. You will need to increase your vocabulary and learn ways of building and combining tiyr words into new sentences, but this will be much easier with the foundations you have built in this course.