It was nice to be a child and learn language naturally, without any pressure, when you simply had not so many other things to do.
Well, if you are reading these lines this time has probably passed for you, and each new attempt to learn a language brings you pain and disappointment.
And, yet, we both know that speaking another language is a critical advantage for every single aspect of your future life.
That means that you might have some goals or ideas from this list:
- You want to learn a foreign language;
- You would love to do it with the least time and effort possible;
- You hope to use this language sooner or later in the life;
- You probably want it to help you find an awesome job, travel the world and find a better place to life.
LINGUAPATH is about this experience. It will help you to hack every angle of language learning from the basics of vocabulary to memorization techniques, to fighting procrastination, to searching right sources.
You will not find here the tips on how to decide between “-ться” and “-тся” in Russian verbs or how to stop confusing French prepositions “y” and “en”. Nor will you find long and notoriosly boring passages like this one:
To summarize, we have been led to the following conclusions, on the assumption that the trace of a zero-level category must be properly governed. 1. VP is α-marked by 1.2. Only lexical categories are L-markers, so that VP is not L-marked by I. 3. α-government is restricted to sisterhood without the qualification (35). 4. Only the terminus of an X0-chain can α-mark or Case-mark. 5. Head-to-head movement forms an A-chain. 6. SPEC-head agreement and chains involve the same indexing. 7. Chain coindexing holds of the links of an extended chain. 8. There is no accidental coindexing of I. 9. I-V coindexing is a form of head-head agreement; if it is restricted to aspectual verbs, then base-generated structures of the form (174) count as adjunction structures. 10. Possibly, a verb does not properly govern its α-marked complement.
…from Chomsky’s technical books.
I bet you have had enough of it on the way here. What?! You’ve never heard of Chomsky?
Fasten Your Seatbelt: Let's Hack The Language Learning!
You went through your high school studying Spanish or French, but with no visible success. You probably even hated these language classes full of rotting grammar rules with a ton of exceptions, repeating stupid sentences after a teacher and endlessly conjugating irregular verbs. And you had a reason.
The brain does not keep boring and useless information. And what you did was exactly what it was: boring and useless.
And yet, when people want to learn a language on their own, they do exactly the same thing! They go to a language school in hope that another teacher would plunge them into the amazing world of French, Japanese, Russian, or Italian, or they buy the same old grammar books and try to study them on their own. Alas, these methodes are obsolete.
You won’t find a single person who learned a foreign language in a classroom. It’s not just an extinct kind of human species; classroom polyglots never existed.
To achieve your language goals you have to apply methodes that work. And here is where LINGUAPATH comes into play.
You will learn three major things:
APPLY THE BEST LANGUAGE LEARNING TECHNIQUES
Have you ever heard of the Pareto law? 20/80? Wonder, how does it apply to language learning?
80% of your language competence is your memory. Here you will learn how to improve your ability to remember new vocabulary and grammar structure of any language with just 20% of your general effort.
You will master SRS, learn to extract the most of your time with Pomodoro technique and explore the world of organic learning – all of this, to help you start speaking from the day one.
AUTOMATIZE YOUR LEARNING METHODES
Learning new things is always energy consuming. You could be full of motivation first two-three days after setting your goal “Let’s learn German in one year” goal, but then the nature steps in, and – guess what? – you don’t even want to hear about the Deutsch.
With LINGUAPATH you will learn how to surpass this critical point and trick your efficiency-obsessive brain by creating a habit.
INTEGRATE YOUR NEW LANGUAGE IN YOUR NEW LIFE
Your brain has a nasty habit to toss everything you don’t use that often into passive memory. And that passive memory is a kind of black hole in your head you might be not aware of. And this is exactly where your French departs if you do not refresh your knowledge.
But do you really want to spend your life maintaining a half-forgotten language you learned “just for fun”? I bet you don’t. You would probably prefer to find a way that would allow you to use your target language naturally. LINGUAPATH will help you to explore a ton of opportunities that will both enrich your life experience and make use of your second or third language.
Have you ever thought about getting a bilingual degree, studying abroad, working in a different language environment or moving into another country? Well, it’s the time to start.
Who On The Earth I Am?
My name is Alina.
I speak Russian, English and French, and though I spent the best days of my childhood on learning the language of Pushkin and Tolstoy, I managed to pick up the other two during the last couple of years.
I wasn’t always that hyperproductive;
I spent my high school years bouncing from Polish, to Thai, to Greek (the modern one), to Latin (the old one) and gaining the valuable experience of how not to learn languages. Tired of being a telling example of a walking language learning disaster, I decided to change my approach and explore other methods of language acquisition.
For starters, make language learning undispensable part of my life.
Now, I am on my 2nd year in Linguistics in York University, Toronto. This changed things quite a lot. For example, I discovered that I’m complete geek of everything-linguistics-related.
So now my goal is to graduate from university with a trilingual degree in Language Studies. It is to say, that I would have to study different aspects of linguistics in English, French and Spanish – neither being my first language. So before diving into the deep waters of Chomsky’s theory of syntax in three languages, I would have to master them first.
Same like you, I don’t have enough time to spend on studying another language, and another, and another – with all other interesting things waiting to be explored. I don’t like wasting hours on deadly boring grammar textbooks that, above all, bring no improvement. And more than anything I don’t like paying to language teachers to help me on the way (the cause of this one is probably my Russian background multiplied by the soul of autodidact).
I believe that language learning is more than that. I believe that it must be fun. That it must be progressive. And that every one can do it on their own.
And this is my main motivation in writing this blog. I created LINGUAPATH to discover new methodes of learning a language: ground-bracking, time-efficient, brain-friendly and fun above all. My mission is to find them and share them with you.
Follow me on this journey, and I hope that LINGUAPATH will help you on your way to linguistic freedom!