Just a short post to share with you guys and an awesome video interview with Tim Ferriss courtesy of Benny over at Fluent in 3 Months.  It’s 43 minutes long, entirely about language learning, and absolutely worth watching in its entirety, but the part I want you to see is right in the beginning (it starts at precisely 7:40 for those who want to skip straight to it) where Ferriss describes, after 6 months of failing to learn Japanese while living in Japan as a foreign exchange student, precisely what made the difference for him and allowed him to effectively learn how to speak, read, and understand the Japanese language: it’s what I’ve been saying over, and over, and over again for a couple of years now.  It can basically be summed up thusly: use “native materials that were not intended to teach language in the first place” that you find fun and interesting.   The part in quotes is verbatim how Ferriss described it in this video.

To be fair, and give credit where it’s due: Ferriss has been saying this longer than I have, hell there have been language teachers preaching this basic concept for hundreds of years now, and a lot of my inspiration for my method came from Ferriss.

That’s it.  It’s that simple.  Use those materials to learn the language, do whatever you have to in order to understand them and the rest will take care of itself (for the most part, you also need to start using what you’re learning with native speakers via things like language exchanges, but that can come later, this is the primary bit).

Here’s the video:

Be sure to head on over to the post on Benny’s blog about it where you can read the transcript and comments!  I also highly recommend you read Ferriss’ post about this precise subject from several years ago called How to Learn Any Language in 3 Months.

I hope that was interesting, let me know what you think in the comments (and would like me to write about in the future), also...  If you thought the above was at all useful and you want to learn (or are learning) Spanish, please give me a chance and read what I have to say about my book below!  Thank you so much for checking out my blog and I hope you've enjoyed my writing.

I learned to speak conversational Spanish in six months using TV shows, movies, and even comics: I then wrote a book on how you can, too

I have a whole method and a book I wrote about it called The Telenovela Method where I teach you how to learn Spanish from popular media like TV shows, movies, music, books, etc. that you can all find online for free.  It was the #1 new release in the Spanish Language Instruction section on Amazon for nearly a month after it came out and currently has 17 reviews there with a 4.9/5 stars average.  It's available for $7.99-$9.99 for the e-book version depending on who you buy it from (Kindle version on Amazon is now $7.99) and $16.99 for the paperback (occasionally a bit cheaper, again, depending on who you buy it from).

It's currently available in both e-book and paperback from:


Learn Spanish from Popular Media (movies, TV shows, music videos, books, even comics!) Using Mostly FREE Online Resources - Here's How...

I tried to learn French with self-study books and then classes (4 years!) in high school and failed...I tried Spanish and Russian while in university and failed (and got kicked out of a French class but that's another story)...then, 10 years ago, I took another shot at Spanish using a simple method I picked up from a friend: studying (not just watching) Spanish-language TV shows: I was conversationally fluent in six months.

Using popular media is a great way to learn a language, but you have to know:

A) How to do it, and...

B) Where to find said popular media.

If you'll be so trustworthy as to give me your email address below, I'll help you do this.  I'll teach you how to do it (how to deal with Spanish that's spoken "too fast" for you to understand let alone imitate, how to work with stuff that only provides English subtitles or none at all, how to learn grammar when you don't get a grammar lesson with the material because it's a movie/song/etc.) and where to find great, informative, entertaining sources of Spanish-language media - I mean stuff that's actually popular with current, adult native speakers, not just material made and intended for non-native students of the language (which can be dull and inauthentic).

Sign up below, now, and will kick things off right away with the first lesson on how to use material intended for native children (great stuff for beginners: it's authentic but simple, slow, and easy to understand) plus a bonus: my list of the Top 10 Free Online Resources for Learning Spanish.

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