Passed the Intermediate Level. Still, Not Fluent in Your Second Language ?
Perhaps it’s time to review HOW you practice your target language.
The options available for learning foreign languages have never been so big and varied.
Still, many students of foreign languages complain that they never reach a satisfactory level of fluency in the language that they have studied for so long. No matter how hard they try.
After going through different courses and spending too much time and energy in the process, they simply give up.
Frustrated by not being able to speak a second language, they often believe that speaking foreign languages is for geniuses. Or for little children, because they have a special talent for learning languages fast.
Children have a lot of curiosity. And they’re not worried about making mistakes.
If they don’t get it right the first time, they just repeat it as many times as necessary. They don’t give up.
When we arrive on this planet, we’re naturally equipped with a lot of curiosity and abundant motivation to learn. And to explore the unknown.
For a number of reasons, most people seem to have decided, too early, that these essential traits have an expiration date. And so, they don’t allow the child inside to have a voice.
I have always believed that curiosity is the most valuable human asset. And that we all preserve part of it, no matter how old we are.
I still keep more than my share. And it shows no sign of fading.
It’s my curiosity that ignites me to new journeys in the quest of knowledge.
I cannot stress enough the importance of curiosity for learning a skill. Specially a new language.
As a Communications professional, have dedicated most of my life to the study and research of languages.
I learned my second language when I was 14.
At 20, I began to work as a bilingual commercial correspondent for a law office in Rio de Janeiro.
Since I was a teenager, have always worked by myself, extensively and intensively, to advance my proficiency of each language that I learned. Out of necessity and enjoyment. In equal measure.
In the process, I have developed my own Approach to become fully fluent in foreign languages.
Throughout my long and rewarding career, have often been called by clients and friends, who sought a more effective way to reach fluency in a foreign tongue.
So, I decided to share my exclusive Approach of Intensive Practice for becoming fluent in a second language.
I don’t make empty promises.
And don’t offer another magic formula for immediate success.
The web is already full of these.
The Intensive Practice is an entirely new approach to optimize the study of languages.
It’s designed to enhance the efficiency of the full cycle of the language learning process, so you can become proficient in your second language.
In spite of the speed of the web and the multitude of language learning options available, the difficulty for reaching a satisfactory level of fluency in the second language seems to persist with little change.
If options abound, why learning to speak a second language is still experienced as a herculean task by so many people ?
People all around the world have tried numerous different courses with equally little success. It’s clear that the problem is not lack of good alternatives.
If such widespread language barriers still remain, then the question is not what kind of training to adopt.
The Question Is HOW To Learn.
HOW to study and practice the language effectively.
To go beyond just passing tests. Or competing in contests.
HOW to exercise your regular learning practice with the confidence that you’re advancing towards your goal. To really become fluent in your target language.
How, is precisely the point. A new mindset is what is needed.
In the brief example that follows, I demonstrate how you can use The Intensive Practice to boost your learning performance. And become fluent in your second language.
You Can Apply The Intensive Practice to learn and practice the language that you choose, in conjunction with any language learning course of your preference.
For this demonstration, let’s imagine that you’re learning Italian and that you’re trying to improve your level of comprehension of the language.
We do a brief exercise with an Italian song.
Music is The Perfect Passport to Begin a Successful Language Learning Journey.
You’re listening to O Sole Mio, interpreted by Placido Domingo.
You’re listening to the most amazing italian song, as part of the Intensive Practice.
You’re fully concentrated. You eliminate all distractions.
You’re fully focused on O Sole Mio.
Nothing else matters at this moment.
Your mind and soul are being flooded by this beautiful song.
You’re absorbing every word, every sound.
Being captivated by every instrument.
While you’re enjoying o O Sole Mio, your brain is capturing the song and much more.
By deep-diving in this session, that can last 30 minutes to an hour, you’re training your brain to the music of the language. And to the words and meanings of the lyrics.
Each day, as you practice intensively with Italian songs and films, you become more and more familiar with the Italian sounds.
That’s how the foreign language becomes less foreign.
And the dialogs that you hear will sound more natural every time.
If I sound a bit repetitive, is because the Intensive Practice requires repetition.
Describing the learning process too, requires repetition.
The learning sessions, by contrast, are quite dynamic. And flow smoothly.
When I’m using the Intensive Practice to learn a language, after each learning session, I work on a special exercise, specially created to complement the learning sessions.
This is how i do it:
I use a ruled book to write down at least 50 extensive phrases, describing all the feelings that I have experienced during the learning practice.
This exercise is not easy.
But it’s worth every bit of it !
I just force myself to keep on writing all my impressions from each learning session.
Each time that I finish writing this exercise, I recover an unsuspected huge amount of valuable data that my subconscious brain has captured and learned, while I was doing my Intensive Practice session.
This usually occurs on a scale that simply defies imagination.
Without resorting to the Intensive Practice, all this precious content assimilated by my subconscious brain, would have gone unnoticed. In short, it would all be lost forever.
This is just an overview of the capabilities of the Intensive Practice to speak your second language fluently.
In the next few weeks, I’ll continue to publish the other additional modules of my
Intensive Practice Approach. And you can use it for free.
I’m available for Communication in English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.