The typical approach to learning languages is to match words with pictures and to learn them this way. However all of the words that can be matched to a picture are easy to remember, not used very often and have visual reminders.
So why do people learn words like apple, bus or tree, when we’re going to be using these words maybe once a week, or once a day maximum?
You can memorize the word apple as many times as you like, but for me it’s a little time consuming for many reasons.
- An apple you can point to
- Once you know where the apples are you don’t have to ask again
- How many times do you say apple a day?
- Learning how to say apple is easy because there’s constant reminders and visual stimulation to encourage your memory to lock it in
But what about the words that cannot be pointed too?
How do you point to a HOW, a WHERE, or a SAME?
These words have no visual stimulation and cannot be pointed to or acted out. Think about it. If someone said act out a train, you’d be able to imitate the typical train action and maybe even sound out CHOO CHOO.
But there’s nothing you can do to act out a SAME. Have a go if you don’t believe me.
So why is this important?
Well any language software, book or teacher will waste your time day in and day out by teaching you words that aren’t necessary.
An apple isn’t necessary for two reasons. 1, you can point to one. 2, you don’t use it often enough. Think about your car, you drive it everyday but if you lost the power of speech you could still perform the wheel turning action and everyone would know what you’re talking about. It’s not an essential word even though you’re inside one everyday.
Now take a look at the words it, as and have. How many times do you use these a day? Hundreds if not thousands.
This is the biggest problem with learning languages. The words that we’re using 99% of the time are the one’s we’re not taught. Look at this sentence…
Can we go to the Book Store later because I need to get some stuff for my trip?
How many of the above words can you point at or act out in real life? TWO! Book and Store, and arguably trip if you signified a plane, but it would be confusing. Yet I guarantee most language teachers/courses would teach you how to say book or store with more intensity than the other words.
Book and store have limited uses, they can only be used as single words in a sentence. But these other words, that I call connecting words, they can be used in millions of different situations.
Take two people. Person one takes the old school approach to languages. In a very caveman/child like manner, they approach an individual and simply say…Bookstore?
The individual can work out what they want, but sees them as rude and unintelligent.
Person two, who uses the MSi College approach, asks the individual, excuse me, can you please show me to the…(acts out book with his hands). If the person doesn’t get it, he can still search the word. It’s just one word it won’t take long. Besides, he’ll probably only get that word wrong once, because it’s not hard to remember a single word and add it next time to the end of your sentence.
Person two sounds intelligent, has tried to use actual everyday local lingo, and not cheated by blankly saying a single word to a local. Person two will not only learn quicker, but they will also correct their mistakes faster.
Person one has to learn around 12 new words in order to have a real conversation, person two simply has to learn one and he has visual stimulation to help him remember, hardly a tough task!
So what does this teach us? That 99% of daily conversation consists of connecting words.
Can I go to my hotel please, it’s near the cathedral
This sentence has 9 connecting words that can’t be pointed to or acted out, and only 2 words that can. That ratio is huge. Imagine across an entire day what the gap is going to look like. It would be something like 9000 connecting words and 2000 words that have visual aids. Id much rather know 9,000 words and have 2,000 things to point to that could help me out, than to know 2,000 rarely used words and 9,000 words that I cannot use whatsoever.
This MSi College approach epitomizes what we’re trying to achieve. Knowing a language is great, but talking like a caveman/child goes against everything we teach. We want cultured men who seem intelligent, and old school approaches to language simply aren’t allowing this to happen.
Make sure you learn the connecting words, there’s not many of them either. From what we worked out, there’s really only 300-400 words that we use each day far more than the others. Learn these off by heart and you’ll be fluent in any language in a matter of weeks, maybe even multiple languages within a single year.
As for the words like apple, you’ll pick these up easily enough. Just get the basics on board first. Stop trying to score goals when your defense is all over the place. Phrases like Yes that one please, so where do I go and what time do they open, will take you far further than the exotic shit they try and catch your eye with.
I will meet you at midnight with my mother and father who are very tall and have red clothes
I mean come on! When are you ever going to say this? What are you staring in a spy film? This looks more like a hidden code than real conversation. Forget the mother, father, tall, clothes, colors and midnight, these things aren’t said every 5 minutes and they can be learnt anytime really easily, even babies know what red is.
Instead learn the… I, will, meet, you, at, with, my, and, who, are, very, have. These are the words that will get you through the day. These are the words that can be translated to millions of other sentences. Learning 50 connecting words would enable you to get through the day in a foreign country with ease. Learning 1000 visually available words would make you sound like a child and make it extremely hard to get your point across.
We developed complex language for a reason, use it! You can learn 300-400 words in a month and sound pretty fluent, or you could learn thousands of pointless words in a year and still not be able to have a conversation. Think efficiency! I know the word for washing machine in Spanish, but I’ve never used it in conversation. Be smart, learn your connecting words, you’ll need them more!