We're on the mission to help... 

6 Internationals in Zurich to finally acquire automated flow in Spoken German

... by the start of this summer

New way

of acquiring Spoken German 

in Zurich ...

without sacrificing your life, spending and arm and leg, and without never-ending grammar drills that make you lose all the will to live.

Because you don't need another 478 grammar rules, but just to get better at speaking!


Here’s the thing, to be able to speak German... your speech has to become automatic in your head. 

But traditional language classes do not prepare you for automating your speech. Instead for...

Passing Some Meaningless Exams

They keep preparing you for these tests, but even if you pass the test... it still doesn’t mean that your speech is automated. During exams you have time to think, on the streets of Zurich not so much. That’s why even though you know some theory about the grammar rules and some words, when somebody speaks to you in German you don’t know how to respond. You don't understand or you are SUUUUUPER   -    S     .    L     .    O  .  W. 

You Talk Like a two-year-old

Or as if you just had a stroke. It's like 2 of you. One that speaks and the other that monitors your grammar. You think waaay too long and people lose their patience and switch to English. Or YOU switch to English because you feel ashamed.

 

A few things traditional 

language schools

don't like 

to  talk

about

Hi,

I'm  Peter Drotar

Polyglot from Slovakia and I speak 8 languages, some fluent, some at comfortable conversational level. But I have very embarrassing thing to admit. I had a 8 years of German classes during my childhood at my school back home in Slovakia and I failed it completely. You might say 'what's so embarrassing about that Peter?' After all most of the people never end up speaking any foreign language at school, certainly none of my ex-classmates. None of them speak German now, even if they passed some exams. 

How about you? Did you have a German, French

or Spanish class at 

your high

school?

Do you or some of your old classmates speak it fluently? Probably not. So there's no reason to be embarrassed, right? Well in my case it was a bit different because half of those 8 years I've spent in my mom's class who's a German language teacher back home in Slovakia. I know, how's that even possible, right? Well what I discovered about 7 years after I graduated, in the summer of 2009 when I moved to Spain for summer job was that...

I didn't FAIL. The language classes failed me, my

 classmates and are probably failing

you too!

You see after 3 months working on the island of Menorca I was already conversational in Spanish, something I didn't achieve in 8 years of traditional German classes. Huh? 


In that summer I got so hooked on languages that I went off to travel the Europe spending few months here and there, working simple jobs in bars and restaurants and ended up speaking Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, English, German and Russian.


So what was the difference? Why after studing English and German at the school I didn't speak them? You mean the teachers, your mom f.e. failed you? No, not really. I mean the whole system.


You see, the teacher is FORCED to follow the system, but nobody ever questions

that system. 

The system tells the teachers (like my mom) to prepare students for passing some exams. Concerned more about writing and reading words in isolation, than about speaking... because our written grades outweighed the speaking. Getting meaningless grades and papers from meaningless exams, content of which was forgotten 3 days later.


It was (and still is) not designed to prepare you to speak the German language. As if the Swiss or German people on the streets of Zurich cared about us (internationals) being able to recite some rules about plus quantum perfectum, as if that job interviewer cared about that B2 certificate on the CV... If we can't understand or answer him in German.

The Polyglots have been saying this for years

It was only around 2012 when I first started to research many polyglots who speak 5, 10, or 15 languages and many of their's stories were almost carbon copy of mine.

Benny Lewis - fluent in 7 languages and comfortably conversational in many others...

Runs the blog fluentin3months.com. He had German for 5 years in his high school and just like me he failed, until he moved to Spain and learned Spanish. He too traveled the world with the mission to learn as many languages as he can, he's in double digits now. 

Gabriel Wyner 10 plus languages

“I had a terrible experience learning Hebrew and Russian in high school. I didn’t actually learn anything, which seems to be a common experience...”

Gabriel Wyner is now fluent in 8 languages. He's the author of Fluent Forever. Even Tim Ferris author of 4HWW and countless other polyglots wrote the same thing, you can't learn languages in traditional classrooms.

But Why?

Sir Ken Robinson - the speaker of the most watched Ted Talk ever - used to say that most traditional curriculums (including languages) were designed around the industrial revolution, and remain practically unchanged til today. The way they teach foreign languages in Slovakia, is not much different than let's say in UK, USA or Italy.

Grammar drills, endless testing and so on... everything geared towards the tests and grades. Did you do that too at your school? And are you still following the advice that has a literally failure built in it, as I was?

During those 8 years at school I always wondered why almost nobody ends up speaking German language. From 2009 - 2015 during my travels I discovered 3 main reasons or mistakes... why it's so incrediby difficult to learn German with traditional approach even if having good teachers.

My 3 'AHA' moments...

started on the beach in Menorca.

So what are those 3 differencies? How is this Course Different?


1. no More categories Because no human speaks in Categories

Most courses teach you grammar in chunks of themes. You learn adverbs and qualifiers today, the subjunctive tomorrow, the progressive the day after that. Most of the time, you’re just confused.


You never get to make make free-flowing sentences full of most frequent vocab. on autopilot, and if you do manage to speak at all, it feels unnatural and stilted and super-slow where you have to monitor your grammar at each step instead of just fast automated speech.


Not only is this antiquated method of teaching grueling for the students, but it’s horrible for the teachers as well. You’d be amazed how many teachers (including my mom) hate grammar-based methods.


Yet, they have to teach it, because it is part of the curriculum and grades are based on those standardised tests.

Even teachers themselves say...

2. What's Worse? Grammar-based methods almost never work

If it did work, millions of people in UK, USA, Italy, France, Slovakia etc. would learn a second language at school. Yet, very few people are able to use their classroom German to communicate. In fact, if you have tried to learn German already and failed, it’s not your fault, at all. 


The fault lies in the ineffective methods that you have been exposed to. Studies show that these grammar-based methods of teaching language fail 95% of the time. Let this number really sink. 

3. Automating German in Your Brain

If you are a beginner, learning more grammar may even make your communication worse. With too much analysis of grammar you become hesitant when you speak.


Your mind focuses on rules instead of flowing along with the conversation. Fortunately, there is an easier way. You may be wondering, “but I already know a lot of German words and I can’t communicate gar nichts (at all)”. 


The fault lies in the methods. German words are usually taught in lists. The lists are based on a theme. This is a really easy and fast way to build a German course. But it is next to useless for communicating. I guess those courses make sense for the school’s business interests, however, as a way for you to...



Connect with people in Zurich in German 

with traditional approach?

Forget about it!

Here’s what usually happens with word lists. First day you learn words related to a theme e.g. animals. So you learn the German words for goat, pig, donkey, horse, saddle, bridle, tiger, lion, zoo, etc. Next day’s theme is furniture: bed, sofa, table, chair, armchair, cupboard, toy box etc.

If you learn 10 words a day then after three days 10+10+10 = 30 words. Now you know 30 words. That’s better than 3 days ago, but can you go out and communicate in Zurich world?

Not really. 

What would you say? Dog cat armchair or pig saddle sofa? This is the most powerful secret for your successful communication in German. Instead of learning thematic words-lists that make you sound like a cave man, you discover patterns from freqeuntly repeated vocabulary in conversations that multiply your German. 

Let me let Professor Stephen Krashen - a PhD Linguist, educational researcher, and expert on 2nd language acquisition ...

Explain in this long-lost clip how we all learn languages! A secret without being a secret. It's kinda well-known but very little understood. If you really understand what's in those few minutes, you'll know more about rapid language acquisition than 99% of people on planet earth (including some of the teachers and school directors).

Are you ready for some AHA moments? Because...


"As to methods, there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson -


A simple secret hiding in plain sight ...

But Peter...

"Do these principles work ... for any language at any age?


Because I don't have the "language gene"

and I'm not super-young anymore..."

My friend Juliette was so sick and tired of not being able to speak proper German on at least conversational level after 13 years in Zurich and countless schools, courses, podcasts, youtube videos. In fact she was so sick of German, she didn't even want to study it anymore.

Last year in August she was on holiday in France, fell in love with French culture, but couldn't say even 1 sentence back then. In September she asked me if I could help her with French. 

I said I'd do it if you let me record your progress. The Deal Was On.

Now I want you to notice that her progress was despite the fact she was doing so in non-French speaking city/environment (Zurich). So think about how much faster she'd learn if she lived, let's say in Geneva. And if Juliette can, you can too... because these principles work for any language!

But I must warn you, it's not for everyone!

It’s not for you if you love studying grammar just for the sake of it, to impress someone with some rules. And it isn’t for people who already feel comfortable with the language. 


This is only for people who want to speak the German language in real life with real people at social gatherings, at job-interviews, and by the water cooler at work f.e. To find out if this is the right method for you. Fill out an application form.


About Peter Drotar.

After studying German at school for 8 years, I still couldn’t speak it! When I arrived in Zurich I couldn’t mix with the locals! I absolutely needed to learn the language so that I didn’t feel like an outsider!


My shame drove me to search endlessly for a better way of learning. Believe me, learning languages was not easy for me at the beginning… I struggled! Eventually I discovered what I had suspected all along: the problem was not me, but the methods I was using.


Once I discovered what’s really important for communication, (you’ll be amazed at how much of what is normally taught actually gets in the way of communication) and how to best use the mind for rapid learning, I acquired not only German, but Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and Russian too!


I am now a very successful multi-language speaker. But the main reason I have a lot to offer you is simply this: I have been where you are now. If you have ever had a tough time learning a language, we can help – and we are here for you!

After years of struggle 

I feel like I have 

a something of 

a cheatcode to 

languages

now...

And Peter...

"Do I have to study til I'm blue in the face?"  

NO. NO. NO.

Low anxiety environment is essential

Various language studies show that the fastest language acquisition happens in low anxiety environment.

Not by being judged, exposed, and put on spot, by making us feel bad like standardised testing does.

Traditional schools are the opposite, the high anxiety environment. You are on the defense 'cause you feel bad that you don't know some grammar rule again. Because of that your brain literally creates a mental block, the defence mode, even hating the language. The material therefore doesn't penetrate into your long-term memory.

Comprehensible input

In bars and restaurants we didn't talk in complicated language. We talked in simple language first. And then we picked up more complicated stuff

We also didn't talk in categories. We used the most freqeunt words until it was automatic in our brains.

And we didn't talk about boring stuff like in typical language schools, wher after 15 min. you do not even pay attention or just wanna kill yourself. Asking yourself constantly "why do I need to know this?" Just because it's in the book? But it doesn't relate to my life at all! 

I was interested in people, in their stories, not talking about nouns, pronouns and subjunctive rules.

My Portuguese friends were simple people full of interesting stories, told in simple way in target language.

I was not super-young nor do YOU have to be.

FAQ

Do I have to have some gift from above...AKA "a special talent for languages" ?

Absolutely not! I barely graduated from high school. I was literally the worst from my class. Later when I learned all the languages while working as a barman/waiter in bars and restaurants, talking to simple people about simple things.

Do I have to be super young?

Again no! I learned all of my languages after I was 25 years old.

Can I learn even if I have incurable allergy against grammatical terms? 

Absolutely yes! A little secret - I have that allergy and don't know pronun from preposition. I hate talking about them and that's why our approach was designed to have minimum grammatical talks.

Is it really stress free? 

Absolutely, you can even eat your fav. snacks in our relaxed atmosphere. Not forcing you to do anything. If you want speak... you'll speak if you don't you don't you just listen and write things down. No ridiculing and no forced homeworks yaay :)

50% OFF, what's the catch?  

We are on the mission to help 6 people to acquire every day, real life, conversational streets of Zurich German (obviously not perfect after 3 months, but communicating without any issues)... I've been hacking languages for years... and we're launching this new intensive sprint-program. We'll bend over backwards for your success. With 50% off the launch price! We just ask you for the permission to have you as a case study on our website. Before and after.

How long? 

3-month-sprint.

The Method? 

The method is a combination of comprehensible input, stories, best language learning hacks from various Polyglots, and memory techniques memory champions use.

Are you the teacher Peter? 

No. We have natives teaching using our method. I do teach a handful of private students (French and Spanish mostly).

Are you using the same method to learn languages Peter? 

Absolutely, not only will you benefit of my trial and error throughout the years, of what works and what doesn't I also drink my own koolaid maintaing all my languages. You might see me in the office next to you learning some of my languages :) In the trenches with the same method.

Does the comprehensible input method takes effort?

 Of course. But not the traditional kind of effort, boring and tedious. Rather swimming with the stream, not against it. 

PS:

If you just skip to the bottom like me, here's the short version: we offer you a possibility to finally acquire streets-of-Zurich automated flow in conversational SPOKEN German in 3 months, at 50% OFF, in exchange for being able to feature you on our site as a case study.