How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour

How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour

Next month I’ll be headed to Dominican Republic for the first time, to celebrate a milestone birthday! My boyfriend speaks Spanish, and I know enough to order nachos and cerveza. But as a huge Tim Ferris fan, I’ve decided to spend the next few weeks putting Tim’s tools to the test.

Here’s what Tim has to say…

Conversational Russian in 60 minutes?

deconstructing-russian

This post is by request. How long does it take to learn Chinese or Japanese vs. Spanish or Irish Gaelic? I would argue less than an hour.

Here’s the reasoning…

Before you invest (or waste) hundreds and thousands of hours on a language, you should deconstruct it. During my thesis research at Princeton, which focused on neuroscience and unorthodox acquisition of Japanese by native English speakers, as well as when redesigning curricula for Berlitz, this neglected deconstruction step surfaced as one of the distinguishing habits of the fastest language learners…

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