Why I Can Now Speak German, Russian, and Spanish
You Can Do This Too!
January 5, 2014: I’m not a genius at language learning. When I hear a foreign language word the first time, I forget it immediately. When I hear it a second and third time, I forget it again and again.
But when I use the Language101.com software, I learn quickly and forget slowly. Here’s how I tested my language skills in 2013.
On November 4, 2013, I flew from Seattle to Frankfurt, Germany, for two very pleasant days spent talking German and never leaving the Frankfurt Airport. I stayed at a hotel in the airport, got my hair cut at the airport (speaking in German), shopped at wonderful stores, and ate at great restaurants, all without ever leaving the Frankfurt airport.
I was able to speak quite a bit of German because several years ago I studied about half of our German lessons. I also try to speak German every chance I get, which is not very often. But when you study with Language101.com you will learn quickly and forget slowly.
After two nights in Frankfurt, I flew on to Kiev, Ukraine, and promptly traveled to the Russian-speaking cities of Poltava and Kharkov, Ukraine, where I had a great time speaking Russian. My Russian skills are very adequate for travel in Russian-speaking countries.
On December 19, 2013, I flew from Kiev, Ukraine to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, then on to Panama City, Panama, where I have had a great time speaking Spanish. In Panama you really need to speak Spanish as most of the hotel employees and taxi drivers don’t speak English at all. My Spanish is very adequate for travel in Spanish-speaking countries.
I got to my current level of Spansh with a total of about 12 weeks of studying Spanish with Language101.com software and talking it every chance I get, which is usually not very much.
If I can do this, you can do this. You simply need to watch the video instructions at least twice and commit to studying one hour per day for at least 12 weeks. Each language should take roughly the same amount of time. You also need to talk your new language every chance you get.
You will learn quickly, forget slowly, and have a great time doing it. Join me!