Rasht Medium

 What’s possible in a week? If you dedicated seven days to the achievement of one goal, how ambitious could you make this goal? These were the questions that the multilingual twins Katy and Sara posed themselves when they determined to learn English in one week, to prove that it can be done and anyone can do it with the right methods.

They would attempt to liberate themselves from the distractions and responsibilities of modern-day life in order to cram eight hours of study time and I was observing some of the world’s most capable language learners at work.

The language learning experts: Sara & Katy

The twins set themselves the challenge of learning a language in a week in order to stretch themselves, and then it was a question of choosing which language to learn. English presented itself as a natural option; there are nigh on 300,000 English speakers in Germany’s capital, and the areas are dotted with stores adorned with signs in English.

“Truly understanding one’s environment requires one to first understand English”

The first operational step in the twins learning process was to decorate the entire apartment with sticky notes. This had an almost ceremonial touch to it as the twins delved into dictionaries and proceeded to label everything with its corresponding English name.

Within the space of about an hour it was impossible to carry out any menial task, be it making a coffee or flicking off a light switch, without first being presented with at least three different words related to this action.

Katy taking a break

The importance of the other twin’s presence became immediately apparent as Katy and Sara delegated responsibilities for rooms to decorate with sticky notes. This simple task was augmented by continuous little tests that they would spring on one another, and the fact that they split up their day slightly differently and studied different topics meant that each twin became a source of knowledge for the other.

The most extraordinary moment came towards the end of the week!

The twins simply switched their everyday conversations to English, asking one another if they wanted tea or coffee, were ready to cook dinner or when they were going to leave the house.

Katy and Sara had numerous micro-challenges throughout the week. On the first day they were visited by a English friend who greeted them in English and complimented them on how quickly they’d picked up their first words and phrases.

They then learned the names of fruits and the numbers from one to a billion so that they could visit the English market (although they refrained from purchasing nine hundred thousand kumquats). Displaying their haul after their first functional exchange in English, they beamed with pride and a palpable sense of accomplishment before marching back home to study further.

Sara hard at work

On our second visit to the brother’s apartment 24 hours into the week, we found them sampling dozens of different kinds of English snacks.

Like kids staring at the backs of cereal packs before heading to school, the nutritional information and various special offers and competitions on the packaging were analysed during snack breaks.

There was no moment of complete removal from the language learning process during the eight hours that the twins had allotted to it.

They were constantly using their existing knowledge to support the ever-growing knowledge of English, this being the root of their success.

“you will likely come across words that share common origins with your native tongue”

The twins spent a lot of time engrossed in books or on their computers and apps, flicking and swiping their way through exercises eagerly, but at other times they were to be found searching busily for English radio stations and write-ups of English football games on the web.

There is no definitive method to learn a language fluently

All too often, people enter their weekly language class to converse with their teacher, but then barely have any contact with other speakers and that’s not enough.

The old saying that we can solve problems more effectively when we sleep on it may be especially true if the problem we’re trying to solve is learning a new language.

Happy Katy out practicing English

Researchers from two Swiss universities wanted to know if they could enhance the learning of words from a foreign language by exposing people to the words during non-rapid eye movement sleep the deep, dreamless sleep period that most of us experience during the first few hours of the night.

To find out, they gathered two groups of study participants, all of whom were native German speakers, and gave them a series of Dutch-to-German word pairs to learn at 10 pm. One group was then instructed to get some sleep, while the other group was kept awake.For the next few hours both groups listened to an audio playback of the word pairs they’d already been exposed to and some they hadn’t yet heard.

The researchers then re-gathered both groups at 2 am and gave them a test of the Dutch words to uncover any differences in learning. And indeed there was a difference:

“The group that listened to the words during sleep did better at recalling the words they’d heard”

The simple yet potent trick the researchers employed is known as verbal cueing, and this isn’t the first claim made for its success while sleeping. But what makes this study different is that it puts a finer point on the conditions necessary for this trick to actually work namely, it only works when we’ve already been exposed to the verbal cues before we sleep.

Internet is always helpful

The researchers added a techie dimension by conducting electroencephalographic (EEG)recordings of the sleeping participants brains to track neural electrical activity during the learning period.

They found that learning the foreign words overlapped with the appearance of theta brain waves, an intriguing result since theta is the brain wave state often associated with heightened learning while awake (usually we’re in either the high-frequency, high-alertness alpha or beta states while awake, but it’s thought possible to induce theta state slower in frequency than alpha and beta through concentration techniques).

879 comments

  1. It’s my belief that mesothelioma is usually the most lethal cancer. It contains unusual qualities. The more I really look at it the greater I am confident it does not act like a real solid tissues cancer. If perhaps mesothelioma can be a rogue viral infection, so there is the possibility of developing a vaccine and offering vaccination for asbestos subjected people who are really at high risk of developing potential asbestos linked malignancies. Thanks for discussing your ideas on this important ailment.

  2. I enjoy, result in I found exactly what I used to be looking for. You’ve ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

  3. I additionally believe that mesothelioma is a uncommon form of melanoma that is often found in those people previously exposed to asbestos. Cancerous tissues form while in the mesothelium, which is a protective lining that covers almost all of the body’s bodily organs. These cells commonly form from the lining of your lungs, abdominal area, or the sac which encircles the heart. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  4. One thing I have actually noticed is the fact that there are plenty of beliefs regarding the financial institutions intentions while talking about home foreclosure. One fable in particular is always that the bank wishes to have your house. The lending company wants your money, not your house. They want the money they loaned you with interest. Keeping away from the bank will simply draw any foreclosed summary. Thanks for your publication.

  5. I wanted to send you the little bit of remark just to thank you very much over again relating to the splendid techniques you’ve shown here. It has been quite surprisingly open-handed of people like you to grant unreservedly all most of us might have distributed for an ebook to get some profit on their own, chiefly considering the fact that you might well have done it if you wanted. The thoughts as well worked to become easy way to know that most people have the identical dreams much like my very own to learn great deal more on the topic of this issue. I am sure there are a lot more pleasant occasions ahead for those who read through your site.

  6. Thanks , I’ve recently been looking for info about this topic for ages and yours is the best I have discovered till now. But, what in regards to the bottom line? Are you certain concerning the source?

  7. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. cheers

  8. I not to mention my guys ended up reading the good information found on your site and then then I got an awful feeling I never thanked the web site owner for those strategies. Most of the young men were definitely so glad to study them and have in fact been loving those things. Appreciation for truly being indeed considerate and for making a choice on some essential subject matter millions of individuals are really desperate to know about. My honest apologies for not expressing gratitude to earlier.

  9. Hello there, You have done an excellent job. I抣l definitely digg it and in my view recommend to my friends. I’m sure they will be benefited from this site.

  10. I’m not sure exactly why but this site is loading extremely slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

  11. F*ckin?awesome issues here. I am very glad to look your post. Thanks so much and i am taking a look ahead to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

  12. Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this information. Today bloggers publish only about gossips and net and this is really frustrating. A good web site with interesting content, this is what I need. Thanks for keeping this site, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Cant find it.

  13. I want to express my affection for your generosity giving support to individuals that need help on this subject matter. Your real commitment to getting the message all through had become rather valuable and has consistently made others just like me to arrive at their ambitions. This valuable useful information means so much a person like me and a whole lot more to my office workers. Thanks a lot; from each one of us.

  14. Can I simply say what a reduction to seek out someone who really is aware of what theyre talking about on the internet. You positively know find out how to bring an issue to mild and make it important. Extra individuals must learn this and understand this aspect of the story. I cant consider youre no more common because you positively have the gift.

  15. Unquestionably consider that which you stated. Your favourite reason appeared to be at the net the simplest factor to be mindful of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed even as people consider issues that they just don’t realize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing with no need side-effects , other folks could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  16. Hello there, just was aware of your blog thru Google, and found that it’s really informative. I am going to be careful for brussels. I’ll be grateful if you continue this in future. Many folks will likely be benefited out of your writing. Cheers!|

  17. I have mastered some essential things through your blog post. One other stuff I would like to convey is that there are plenty of games in the marketplace designed specifically for preschool age kids. They consist of pattern acceptance, colors, creatures, and forms. These often focus on familiarization as opposed to memorization. This will keep children occupied without having the experience like they are studying. Thanks

  18. If some one wants expert view regarding blogging and site-building afterward i suggest him/her to go to see this webpage, Keep up the fastidious job.|

  19. Cмотреть все сезоны и серии онлайн, Озвучка – Перевод Амедиа, лостфильм, алексфильм, BaibaKoTV Игра в кальмара 2 сезон 1 серия Алекс Райдер, Очень странные дела, Сверхъестественное, Мистер Корман, Эпидемия, Тьма – все серии, все сезоны.

  20. I’ve learned result-oriented things from the blog post. One more thing to I have recognized is that usually, FSBO sellers will probably reject anyone. Remember, they might prefer to not ever use your services. But if anyone maintain a steady, professional romance, offering assistance and being in contact for four to five weeks, you will usually have the capacity to win a discussion. From there, a house listing follows. Thanks a lot

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.