Hi, my name is Manuel Schot, I’m a language coach, a language learner, and overall language enthusiast.
My language learning interest started after facing frustration when attending a language course in a foreign country I was living in.
Upon experiencing how ineffective the educational system for language learning was for me personally, I developed a purely communicative method to language learning that gave me the results that I wanted, which were to communicate in Romanian, in just three months.
I used this same method with my language learning clients throughout Western Europe as a means to raise funds for the various humanitarian projects that I was a part of. I would spend 5 to 6 months working with clients, and then spend the rest of the year abroad in countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, & South America.
I’ve had the privilege of working with awesome clients from all over the world for the past 12 years helping them get quick results to fluency. Most often it was with people who had already tried learning languages before.
Like Marco for example.
Marco had been trying to learn English for 5 years, he’d tried courses, software, immersion programs, etc. Additionally he had learned English when he was in school but it didn’t stick.
His results dramatically changed after making one mindset shift, I told him when we first met at an event
“You need to stop trying to learn the language, and just start trying to communicate”.
This one simple, obvious but often overlooked distinction changed his outlook on language learning. We started working together, and within two months we were having relatively complex conversations.
The reality is that he already knew a lot of the language, in his case he was learning English which is in my opinion the easiest language to learn.
For one, because the grammatical structure of English is quite simple. And two, we have English all around us, we see it everywhere. All it takes is a little adjustment, practice, and conversation.
Learning a language should never be you sitting there listening to someone’s explanations about the conceptual side of a language, nor should it be taking courses or software where you’re writing or clicking on answers.
You just need to organise the conversation aspects of the language into bite size concepts, and then practice them in real life scenarios.
It’s really that simple.
Grammar is very important, and I personally spend a lot of time on grammar when I’m learning a language. But I apply it in conversation so that from the very beginning I will make a connection with the information that I’m learning to speaking it.
When the educational system says that it should take you 4-6 years to learn a language, they’re absolutely right! If your goal is to become Shakespeare, or to be a scholar and be able to intellectually explain the most difficult grammar concepts.
But if your goal is just to communicate in the language it should only take you a few months to reach that level.