200 hours as opposed to 2,000? Here's a TIP

28th September 2007 at 01:00
Is it not illogical, perverse and a little ridiculous that anyone who wants to learn to speak Gaelic, French, German, Spanish or any other language in the UK is expected to do so through the medium of English?

Moreover, it is confusing and time- wasting for a learner to have to do all that translating, rather than just speaking and learning the desired language. Translating means that it generally takes around 2,000 hours to become fluent in the sought-after language. This is a commitment of some duration and one that most people, quite rightly, are not prepared to make.

But it is even more perverse than that. Today in Scotland and, may I add, originating in Scotland there are superb methodologies allowing anyone to become fluent in a host of languages within 200 hours and without any translation, reading, writing, or grammar; they come later.

Why would anyone want to trudge through 2,000 hours to complete a task, however worthy, that can be done easily and painlessly in 200 hours?

Find out more about the new and exciting TIP (theory into practice) range of learning methods, and have a go: you may be surprised at how quickly you can pick up a second, third or even fourth language.

Fionnlaigh Macleoid

Campbell Street, Portessie,


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