A couple of months ago, I read Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner. I was partly curious and cautiously hopeful with a hefty dose of skepticism in the mix. I’ve felt so stuck with improving my Spanish for a long time, feeling like the only way to get past this plateau would be to move to another country for a year. Or five. But I deeply desire being able to master this language–it’s a profound and important goal for me. And yet. There it has remained in that elusive category of someday.
So I finally read Fluent Forever, and the method the author taught felt doable. Not easy, but doable. I know it’s going to take commitment to learn another language. I’m going to have to go out of my way if I want to become fluent in Spanish. I have to sit down and get started–nobody is going to do it for me.
In addition to wanting to get off my tush and get to work, I am still left with the question–does this method work? I want to test it to see if it really works in this brain-hacking sort of way that it is presented. It seems legit, and I’m hopeful, but I want to test it for myself.
So I’m giving myself a summer challenge: I’m going to give it a solid go for 3 months, starting on June 1st.
You’re welcome to join me, whether you’re just starting to learn a language, or you want to improve your skills in a language you aren’t fluent in. Since I’m at an intermediate level with Spanish, my process during this challenge won’t be the same as someone just starting out. But if you start by reading the book, you’ll get a handle on what you need to do to get started.
So here’s the plan:
- Month of May: re-read Fluent Forever, and pick up the reference books I’ll need. (This is my tentative list.)
- May 31st: take an online test to see what fluency level I’m at (I’ll be sharing that link later this month–check back!).
- Last weekend of May: Prepare the first big chunk of cards to kick things off on June 1st!
- Continue to post updates throughout June, July, and August
- August 30: Take an online fluency test again to see how much I’ve improved.
Wanna Join Me?
- I’d recommend starting by reading Fluent Forever. Of course, you’re more than welcome to use any method you want and join us in this challenge, but my references will be centered on the methods in Fluent Forever. No matter what level you’re at, you’ll get a handle on what you need to do to get started as you read.
- You can check out my review of Fluent Forever here.
- Let me know in the comments below (desktop only), on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook–I’d love to connect! Use the hashtag #fluentforeverchallenge. I’ll be posting more details later this month as I prepare to kick things off!
- Check out all the resources that Gabriel Wyner has on his website (though in my opinion, it’s best to read the book first and get a handle on how to use these resources–otherwise, they might be overwhelming).
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