Tuesday, 9 September 2014

4 integrated ways to learn a foreign language.

Is Bailey a pero or a perro? M'reen

Four integrated ways to learn a foreign language. M'reen

First let me outline the ways I do not wish to spend my four week challenge
of learning to speak Spanish.
I do not want to learn a language from the outside in.
I do not want to spend time with computer programmes no matter how technologically brilliant.
I do not want to spend hours attending to CDs or MP3s or pouring over books and exercises.

I want to learn Spanish from the inside out in the same way that a child learns its language/s.
1.       To achieve this I intend to daily Turbo Charge Read an Open University Spanish dictionary
               that will also probably improve my English spelling and grammar understanding
               and the small amount of other written information that is available to me.
2.       I shall use a theta brain wave YouTube while listening to the numerous teaching CDs
  the tracks of which will be played at random while I am engaged with computer activities.
3.     a) I shall have Spanish CDs playing all day, freely downloaded from the library.
    This is because songs have limited language and those words are repeated.
b) Next level is to have one DVD I am familiar with in Spanish on repeat throughout the day.
c) E-book or spoken book if available, preferably of a story that is familiar to me.
d) As I don’t have a TV then a Spanish radio station would be the next level of learning.
       4.   Conversation

I shall now expand on these areas.
The following is an extract from the 5th and last Success Learning Level 
of my Turbo Charged Reading programme and covers the Specialist Turbo Charged Reading areas.
Turbo Charged Reading is a method of reading with your mind and not your eyes.
All the written information goes directly into your innermind
by passing your eyes and conscious mind with its gremlins.
This therefore suits my aim of learning the written language from the inside out,
as once that information is in your innermind it is part of your inner knowing and experience
that can pop into your conscious mind and out of your mouth spontaneously
or through deliberate access.

1 The advantages of TCR as the principal way of learning a language.
Languages: foreign, specialist or technical.

If English is your first language then repeatedly TCR your English/Foreign language dictionary
both the English/ Foreign and Foreign/English sections and also TCR your phrase books.
Then from you language of confidence access this stored information by: ‘guessing’ where you will find a particular word in the foreign language of your choice in the English section.
Therefore when a foreign word pops into your mind search for mesa and not table in the English section first as your memory link is the English word table from your area of confidence.
You have already found that if you TCR a dictionary and you wish to find a particular word that you can ‘see’ in your mind’s eye the position of this word on the dictionary’s page or its mirror position.
Once you have built up that confidence then you can look for the foreign word in the foreign/English section and check if you’ve ‘found’ the correct word and not one that has a similar spelling.
E.g. pero (but) and not perro (dog).
The Open University Collins Easy Learning Spanish Dictionary I’ve found is excellent as it uses:
 colour, underlines and symbols with highlighting for Latin/American and some other points.
It also gives that word in its different forms as a sentence. Etc. Therefore there is every printed aid.

I’ve read that one person spent so much time in this way that when in a restaurant
in his language country he ordered his meal fluently without realising he had not spoken English.

From Accountancy to Zoology there are dictionaries with their specialist language, if you have this language firmly in your innermind then its meaning will be triggered during your tuition
or conversation etc., so that you can concentrate on the conversation and not misunderstand
or fail to understand fully what has been said because you’ve stumbled over a word.

2 While using a theta brain wave YouTube.

Check out Suggestology. Apparently, a long time ago now, one or more states in the USA closed down all hypnotherapists overnight. I suspect they became suggestologists; but Wickapedia says that Suggestology is not to be mistaken for Hypnotherapy.
 I went to a suggestology school in Spain and he said that my Spanish was minus zero!  Cheeky!
The claims for every area of language were all in the 90%s and he claimed that I could reach
a business level of Spanish in 150 hours of very concentrated study over 15 days.
Business level is a very high level in any language and very often business students
will spend a year in Britain and work in e.g.  McDonalds to learn English ‘like wot it is spoke’.
My Chinese sister-in-law could not work in the Chinese chippy because the language was
too fast for her and yet I assumed that she understood whatever I said.
I have read that if someone listens to a lecture they may remember 20 % of that lecture
but if they listen while in the alpha learning state then they can retain 80%.
The alpha state is very easy to attain and you start flooding your mind with alpha waves whenever
you close your eyes. However, even though I’m a hypnotherapist of many years standing
I feel more secure using a Theta level Youtube while my Spanish tuitions CDs are playing elsewhere.
Access www.youtube.com and then put ‘theta learning’ in the search area
and choose the one that appeals to you the most.
This is really Turbo Charged Reading for the ears as the spoken language goes straight
into your innermind and, yes, you probably would learn faster if you listened to the youtube plus CDs
without also working on the computer or attending to some other task.
Theta brain waves are slower than the alpha brain waves of the focussed learning state
of Turbo Charged Reading or the level of relaxation generally experienced with hypnotherapy.

3 Playing music throughout the day.

As a hypnotherapist  I ask my clients if its OK for me to play music that contains helpful subliminals
and this music is played so very, very  quietly that it simply perfumes the air.
Halfway during her second or third session one lady sat up in her chair and said most definitely,
‘turn that music off’ as it had obviously reach a threshold that was uncomfortable for her.
I switched the music off and she relaxed straight back into a focussed trance.
Even when played loudly it is impossible to hear a spoken voice with this music – but she heard!
When one is in the alpha learning state one is much more aware of everything.
This peripheral hearing, like the peripheral vision employed in Turbo Charged Reading,
is almost our sixth sense of awareness as its constantly scanning for danger. And that is why
it is so very useful for learning as it bypasses conscious awareness and goes directly into the innermind where it is catalogued and cross reference with all the other information that is in there.
Therefore playing vocal music, stories or films so that the sound is barely audible takes those words directly into your innermind just as a child learns language;  without any ‘I can’t dos’ or ‘this is difficult’.
This is learning from the inside out and with this confidence I expect to internalise the rolling rs
of Spanish, the correct vowel stress etc and hope that with that internal confidence my vocal chords 
will more easily be able to produce the natural sounds.

Years ago I was very familiar with people speaking Bangladeshi and Urdu and I happened 
to be watching a TV show which was in the native languages with sub-titles. I read the subtitles
and was amused to find myself reading the English subtitles until I realised that I understand English. Next came someone speaking an African language and the sounds were so discordant to me
that I couldn’t concentrate and I couldn’t even read the sub-titles. This indicates that I had become thoroughly comfortable with the Asian languages that I was surrounded with.

I shall download Spanish songs from the library, but I do hope that they are in Castilian
as I understand that there are four languages in Spain as there are four languages in Great Britain.
And as I don’t understand the languages of Ireland, Wales and Scotland
simarly at least one of the Spanish languages was not understandable to the staff of the nursery
I worked in when a child from that area started attending the nursery.
This was unusual as the staff and children were conversant in a great many languages. As I taught English they translated for me when I needed to communicate with a child for some reason.
When I play general music at an audible volume I really don't remember the songs,
I become familiar with them but I don't carry them with me.
When I play the music that carries the subliminal statements so very quietly that it is almost inaudible
then eventually I carry that music in my head even after it has been switched off for ages.
While 'hearing' the music in my head I am also tuning into the subliminals hidden in the music
and benefiting. I expect this  to happen with the Spanish music CDs as I will instruct my innermind to pay attention to, absorb, memorise and recall the Spanish words.

4 I shall speak with my two children who are conversant in Latino/American Spanish.

I’ll keep you posted on my success.

Introduction to Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
A practical overview of Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
How to choose a book. A Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
Emotions when Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
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Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:
www.innermindworking.blogspot.com         gives many ways for you to work with the stresses of life
www.ourinnerminds.blogspot.com               which takes advantage of the experience and expertise of others.
www.happyartaccidents.blogspot.com         just for fun.

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The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”

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