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Why You Can Learn Any Language in 3 Months!

While being near-native fluent in any language takes almost a lifetime, it is possible to learn the basic ins and outs of a language beyond the usual greetings and travel survival sentences, and have it useful in conversations, reading news, and understanding songs among others.

It is possible to learn any language in 3 months with this wise and practical strategy from Tim Ferriss, author of the Four-Hour Work Week. You just have to remember these six sentences:

The apple is red.
It is John’s apple.
I give John the apple.
We give him the apple.
He gives it to John.
She gives it to him.

Translate these sentences to your target language then move forward from there. The translations enable you to understand the grammar on a contextual basis, and provide a solid foundation as you progress with your learning.

Here are some translation samples:

(In Spanish— thanks to my Chilean friend, Paloma!)

La manzana es roja.
Esta/es la manzana de John.
Yo le doy la manzana a John.
Nosotros le damos la manzana (a él).
Él se la da a John.
Ella se la da a él.

(In French— thanks to my aunt, Chit!)

La pomme est rouge.
C’est la pomme de John.
J’ai donné la pomme a John.
Nous lui avons donner la pomme.
Il l’a donné a John.
Elle le lui donne.

(In Filipino)

Ang mansanas ay pula.
Ang mansanas ay kay John.
Binigay ko ang mansanas kay John.
Binigay namin ang mansanas sa kanya.
Binigay niya ito kay John.
Binigay niya ito kay John.

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…Vocabularies then provide the fancy icings on the cake 🙂

If you want to know more, you can check out Benny the Irish Polyglot’s Fluent in 3 Months and Tim Ferriss’ How to Learn Any Language in Record Time and Never Forget it. Enjoy!