Language learning with the Birkenbihl Approach
The most important thing is to first learn to understand the foreign language. Only when you understand the language (at least a bit), your brain can be prepared to speak it yourself. Any other sequence is pointless and frustrating.
The Birkenbihl Approach guarantees no more torture:
1) Cramming vocabularies is forbidden
2) Grammar only if you want
The Birkenbihl Approach is clearly different than any other learning method. Having fun is the most important factor of the method. Only a few learning units a day are necessary to proceed quickly and easily.
Or: The Karaoke Effect.
Active Listening or the Karaoke Exercise will help you understanding the language: the meaning of the words and learning the grammar of the foreign language.
This is how it works: When starting a language course on the computer or mobile app, you will see a two-lined text. The first line shows the foreign language, the second line the word-by-word translation (=de-coding) into the mother tongue. Listen to the speakers of the foreign language while reading along the de-coding (word-by-word translation). Repeat this exercise until you understand most of the words.
The Karaoke Effect is unique for Linguajet language courses. It describes the synchronous highlighting of the word pairs that you are listening to (foreign language) and reading (mother tongue, word-by-word translation).
Set your personal goals, which you want to achieve within a given timeframe. You will definitely reach your goal, assuming that you practice with the “ACTIVE LISTENING” exercises.
For example: “I would like to communicate in a colloquial way until my next vacation in France. I will be able to understand and speak about 600 words. Read more about targets here.
Or: Background Listening
No time exposure! Passive Listening or Background Listening means listening to the foreign language day and night, while concentrating on other things of your daily life. You may clean up your flat, cook, work, sleep or whatever you do during day and night. Your subconscious is listening to the audio even thought you are not concentrating on what you here actively. This way, your brain creates those nerve pathways which are needed to speak a foreign language.
You can start with Passive Listening of a lesson at the same time as you do the Active Listening exercises. However, listening passively to a lesson that you did/do not listen to actively does not help much, since you should understand at least part of the text. Your brain cannot process information that is senseless to it (words that you do not understand).
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