PART 7: Traditionalists against Kids & Polyglots



Keller’s “One Thing” approach, boils down to this:

Eliminate (all the activities) until you arrive at the one thing (activity) that will give you more than 80% of desired results. 

And that’s what I did...

I stopped everything that is based on the wrong assumptions: that we can memorise language grammar books and then somehow one day we’ll speak a new language...

Once I discarded all the pointless acivities and focused only on acquisition through C.I. -- Comprehensible Input -- I started to acquire foreign languages with the speed I never imagined.

Basically, I stopped doing everything that...

Traditionalists propose like:

Duolingo, Babbel, Rosetta Stone, List of words, grammar drills, practicing speech, and flashcards, etc...

Because all of these activities are based on memorisations, and we simply can’t memorise hundred-thousands of grammar rules, plus their exceptions, then all the verbs, plus their conjugations and exceptions... and all of the new words, plus articles, plus all kind of random rules, and all of the irregularities, etc.

And apparently then we will somehow know how to use them in speech, by monitoring our grammar form at exact same time as we think about the content of what we want to say.

I mean, my brain is not a computer.

So... I did the exact opposite of 99% of the people. I started to focus on one and only thing, where as before (in the school) I spent 9/10th of my study time on pointless activities and wondered why progress was so slow and painful...

When I started to acquire languages like polyglots do, through C.I., who actually, really do copy the kids...

Everything changed for me.

There was no pain of tedious grammar drills feeling like a loser.

There started to be just pure and fast joy of language progress like I’ve never experienced before. But...

There was also a problem with C.I., because for it to be completely effective - we need to maintain what Krashen calls - i+1 level at all times.

Let me explain:

Just like a Body-Builder who can currently lift 90 kilos uses progressive overload to advance to 150 kilos f.e., same happens in acquisition, hence i+1. Where i represents your current spoken level.

For BB there is no use of benching 30 kilos because there’s no overload, but he also doesn’t need to attempt to bench 190 kilos at this stage. He’ll just injure himself, and therefore it’s more harmful than useful to him.

What he needs is to continue with progressive overload, adding slowly 2.5 kg (or 5 kilos) until he gets to 150 Kilos.…

The same applies to acquisition.

Too often I wanted to learn and I jumped into German movies or had radio in my background when I was 17, or so.

Nothing helped, because people there spoke fast German, it was input, but it was in-comprehensible input for the beginner.

It became just a noise.

Same with all the grammar talk/terminology. Apart from linguists, these talks are for “normal” people incomprehensible.

According to Krashen, what we need is a modified speech that enters our ears.

But what the heck means modified?

The same how we speak to kids or freshly arrived foreigners in our countries. We speak in understandable (comprehensible) manner: clearer, slower, using keywords, gestures, hands, intonations, etc.

Something similar to parentese which is how parents speak to their kids.

In countries where I had access to lots of C.I., I was progressing extremely fast, to the point that people called me a super-talent.

And I barely finished a high school. I mean I somehow scraped by, but mentally I checked out at around 14 YOA.

So you can imagine how surreal it was when colleagues were looking at me like some sort of a James Bond...

Just because they overheard me speaking in restaurant at the airport with clients in their own languages. To the untrained eye ear it was a special talent, to someone familiar with Krashen’s work... it’s clear result of hours of C.I.


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