Before we moved to Ecuador, we spent a lot of money on books and courses to learn Spanish. I wish we would have had this course before we moved!
I just finished listening to the audio version of Speak From Day 1 - a language hacking guide. I really liked it, it was motivational and made me laugh.
This guide does not teach a specific language. It teaches you how to use the language you are learning right from day 1, even if you haven’t crammed all kinds of vocab and grammar into your brain. The techniques in this guide can be applied to multiple languages.
Speak From Day 1 was created by Benny, the Irish Polyglot. By the end of the program, I felt like Benny was my friend (kind of like the-guy-next-door – but with a neat Irish accent). He speaks really well, knows what he’s talking about, and is very encouraging.
A Non Traditional Approach To Language Learning
When we moved to Ecuador we didn’t know any Spanish. I wish I could have listened to this program back then. We ended up doing many of the things Benny talks about in this program, but because we really didn’t know what we were doing, we struggled with a lot of discouragement. We kind of felt like were going about things the “wrong” way. It was very hard not to feel down on ourselves, like we were doing a lousy job with the language because we were not speaking it perfectly.
In this program, Benny explains that when it comes to speaking a foreign language, the most important aspect is the humanity of it all. It’s more about communication and relationships than perfect grammar.
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He shares insights into why some traditional types of learning don’t really work all that well – and tend to hold people back from actually speaking the language. I totally agree with his philosophy because I’ve seen it work first hand in my own family.
On a funny note: In the video above (view it here) Benny (from Ireland) is explaining (in Chinese) how he couldn’t learn Spanish despite living in Spain for six months. This was before he developed a system to conquer any language. He now speaks 10 languages fluently!
The Problem With Learning Spanish
When I first starting trying to learn Spanish I felt totally overwhelmed, there was so much to learn – I couldn’t figure out where I should start. Despite that feeling I pushed ahead, and I’m so glad I did! Despite making tons of mistakes, people could see that I was trying and they worked with me, helping me along the way.
Listening to “Speak From Day 1″ has giving me the breath of fresh air I needed, to get on with learning and reach out for better fluency.
That’s a big deal for me because I was starting to get discouraged with the language. We’ve been in Ecuador for over 3 years and I felt like I had reached a plateau with my Spanish. I can communicate, but it’s still messy at times. I didn’t really feel like I could do much better. Now I’m more focused on the parts of the language that I really need to improve in.
For me it’s verb conjugation. I used to think that verb conjugation was beyond me, too much to remember. I don’t feel that way anymore, and I know that little by little I’ll get it. The important thing is to keep talking and getting to know people. That’s what it’s all about, after all.
If I would have waited to start speaking until I felt comfortable with my ability to conjugate verbs, I don’t know how long it would have taken! But because I started speaking right away I started making friends and felt more comfortable. This is what “Speak From Day 1” is all about.
It’s Not Too Hard!
“Speak From Day 1″ explains why anyone can learn a foreign language. You don’t need to be gifted, or have been born with some kind of special gene for language learning. You just have to be devoted to speaking it. If you are, and you apply what Benny says, you can do it! You really can start speaking from day one.
So if you are struggling with what seems like the overwhelming task of learning a foreign language, or if you are already learning and need encouragement - this program may be exactly what you need.
It’s all about your mindset. In this course, Benny establishes the right mindset for communication in a foreign language.
What Comes With Speak From Day 1?
The course costs either $87 or $97 (depending on the option you choose) and comes with the Speak from Day One hd video series, as well as the English version of the 32,000-word Language Hacking Guide. An audio version of the book, along with three hours of bonus interviews and lifetime updates are included. Because it is a digital product, you can download it immediately.
Not Quite Ready To Purchase a Training Program? Even if you aren’t ready to purchase a course – you should at least watch his videos. He has a dozen free videos on his site speakfromday1.com And he offers a free five day course – no strings attached. They are super motivating and you will learn something.
Who Can Benefit From “Speak From Day 1?”
I would recommend doing this program if:
- you haven’t started learning a foreign language yet
- you’ve started and what you are doing just doesn’t seem to be working
- you’re learning and you haven’t gotten up the nerve to start speaking
- you think you can’t learn a foreign language
Have you taken this program? What did you think of it?
What is holding you back from learning a new language? Please share your thoughts by commenting on this post.