Hello! As many of you know, I’ve been hard at work for the last few months on writing and marketing new language related books. It’s been a roller coaster and I am ready to dive back into some real language learning again and today is the day I’m going to start a new language challenge!
So, the new challenge is to learn Spanish to a true level of conversational fluency utilizing only the LR Method, AKA: the Listening Reading Method. The LR method has been around for awhile and has a few fans who are adamant about its effectiveness. It is also, however, looked upon with quite a bit of skepticism in the language learning community as it seems to be fairly difficult to find very many people who have actually tried it and reported on its results. In fact, I routinely see questions on forums, Reddit, and Facebook groups asking about it with little to no real responses. I’m going to change that.
What exactly is involved in this Spanish language challenge?
I am going to dedicate 40 hours over the course of the next 30 days to using only the LR method to learn Spanish to conversational fluency (approx: B1-B2 CEFR level). The book I am going to use is “The Poet” by Micheal Connelly. I have both the English and Spanish texts as well as the audiobook in Spanish. I plan to:
1. Listen to the Spanish audio while following along with the English text. (18.5 hours)
2. Listen to the Spanish audio again, while following along with the Spanish text. (18.5 hours)
3. Relisten to only the Spanish audio of my three favorite chapters. (3 hours)
At the end of the challenge, I am going to record a 30 minute iTalki tutoring session with a Spanish native speaker who is familiar with CEFR levels and ask them to asses my Spanish.
I will use no other reference materials, books, audio, or video involving Spanish for the next 45 days.
What is my Spanish level now?
My current level of Spanish is approximately A1. I know maybe 100 words (outside of cognates)in Spanish and a few dozen basic phrases here and there. I am not functional at the moment. A few years ago, I could function around A2, but haven’t used any Spanish for at least 2 years at this point.
I truly have no expectations at this point and have absolutely no idea whether or not this will prove to be even the least bit effective. I will post updates at least once per week.
Wish me luck!