Struggling to Keep up With Spoken French?
Learn French The Way Your Brain is Designed to Learn
Learn to understand native-speakers without thinking about what to say or how to say it. Even if you're "no good" at learning new languages.
Still Can't Understand Fast French, Even After Hours of Practice?
You're not alone. Getting stuck in that "no man's land" where you understand slow, artificial speech, but struggle to understand real, fast-paced speech is extremely common.
No one wants to be stuck in this limbo of "kind of" knowing French forever.
No one sets a goal that says "I want to be able to respond to French, but only if it's spoken slowly."
But most methods used in apps and courses can only get you to this limbo point.
It doesn't matter how much time you put in once you reach it because you still won't progress.
Breaking out of this rut may seem impossible, and most people end up giving up and never leaving this "no man's land."
But why does this happen? And how can you avoid this fate?
The answer lies in the race car problem, but first let's take a look at how most people try to escape this "no man's land."
Why The Wrong Way of Practicing Feels So Good
For people stuck in limbo, the first instinct is to listen to as much French as possible.
This approach works well, but only if done correctly.
The problem is: most people consume the wrong type of content and don't improve.
In fact, the two most recommended methods of improving your listening skills are almost completely ineffective:
- Slowed down podcasts
- And movies or TV shows designed for native-speakers
Listening to slowed down podcasts or "news anchor" speech feels good.
There will be some parts you don't know, but you'll be able to understand a large majority of it and you'll feel like you're learning.
However, this learning is an illusion which you can see by taking a look at the race car problem:
The Race Car Problem
Two drivers are preparing for a race 1 week from now
The first decides to practice by driving around the track at 30 miles per hour for the entire 7 days.
And the second driver starts slow and slowly goes faster and faster until reaching his maximum speed.
Which driver will be more prepared for handling the car at racing speeds?
Which is more prepared to deal with the added challenge of having to avoid and weave between competitors?
And which driver is likely to crash and burn due to being woefully unprepared?
The first driver "practiced" for the race, and may have even put in more time than the second driver, but the second driver is much more ready for the rapid pace of the actual race.
Simply practicing isn't enough. How you practice is more important than how much you practice.
The first driver might feel prepared, but will fall apart while racing, and it doesn't matter if the first driver practiced 2x or even 3x more than the second driver.
The first driver still wouldn't be ready for the race.
And just like the race car driver who practices at 30 miles per hour is at a huge disadvantage, so are those who practice French by listening to slow podcasts.
Real French Is Spoken at 100 Miles Per Hour
Syllables get swallowed. Words blur together. And some words get completely removed!
You might be able to catch some familiar words, but by the time you're able to translate everything from French into English and then translate the response, the conversation will be 3 or more sentences ahead of you.
When you listen to slow French your brain has plenty of time to translate between French and English, but in the real world you don't have that luxury of time.
You have to be able to understand French quickly and without translating - in the same way you can understand English, and slow podcasts don't help you with that.
Worst of all, you might be learning fake French without even realizing it!
Are You Learning "Fake" French?
You know how in English we might say "I wanna" instead of "I want to," or "John and me went to the mall" instead of "John and I?"
These are simple examples, but most languages have thousands of these little differences.
And when they're used in a language unfamiliar to you and spoken quickly, you can get lost even if you understand slow French.
This makes understanding native-speakers much harder, and this problem is made worse by apps that teach you pointless phrases like:
"The Apple Is In the Tree"
If you've ever used a different language learning app you may have started off by learning phrases that make sense, but you will never actually use like:
- "The apple is in the tree"
- "The sun is yellow"
- Or "The boy drinks water."
Even worse, you may have wasted your time on learning complete nonsense phrases like:
- "I am not a singing table"
- "He looks like a crepe"
- Or "The butterfly writes a book"
This might improve your vocabulary, but if your goal is to be able to understand native-speakers, it won't help.
Just like with the race car problem, practicing more in the wrong way is as good as not practicing at all. The lack of progress might discourage you and this is why most people give up.
So how do you practice in the right way?
The Power of the CI² Method
Comprehensible Input * Curated Immersion™
Learning Faster Than Ever Before
What Is Comprehensible Input?
Input is simply what materials you use for learning.
Thus, comprehensible input means the materials you're using for learning are just challenging enough to make you struggle, but easy enough so you can follow along with the gist of the conversation.
If your learning materials are too easy, your brain will go to sleep. If they're too hard, your brain will get overwhelmed. The fastest learning happens in the golden middle.
You have to find the materials that are just right, and you have to keep finding new ones as you'll quickly grow out of the old materials and need to find new ones.
That's where Curated Immersion™ comes in.
What if instead of wasting time on searching for the best material, all you had to do was follow a pre-built sequence of videos that perfectly follows Comprehensible Input principles?
What if instead of learning phrases you'll never use like "I am a mouse" or "the apple is in the tree," you learned the top 80% of the most used French words while listening to native-speakers talking at a real-world pace?
And what if you could combine that input with proven linguistic exercises to naturally learn grammar and improve your pronunciation?
Wouldn't you be able to get to a point of understanding native-speakers much faster?
Or if you're just starting out, wouldn't it help you get close to conversational fluency much faster and prevent you from wasting time?
Experience the true power of the CI² method from the comfort of your own home.
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You get lifetime access to a 30 day program that will dramatically improve your comprehension of spoken French. It includes 16 lessons based on the CI² principles and exercises for each lesson to help you solidify the newly learned words.
Language The Way It's Actually Spoken
Listen to natural, unscripted conversations by native speakers. It might be a bit overwhelming at first, but there's no substitute for the real thing!
80% of the top 1000 French Words
Learn 80% of the most used French words in only 16 short lessons. You don't have to learn all the words in the French language. Just the ones you'll actually use!
Perfect Your Pronunciation
We often think we're pronouncing something correctly, when we aren't. Perfect your pronunciation by recording yourself and hearing exactly how you sound and not how you think you sound.
Absorb Grammar and Vocabulary
No one cares about the rules behind grammar, as long as you can actually use it! Do you have to think about grammar in English before speaking? Then why should you in French?
The Simple Process Behind realLINGUA
To learn effectively you have to first release any of your old beliefs about the "right" way to learn a language. Forget about how fast or slow you "should" be learning or about what you "should" be memorizing. Focus on the process and on progress - even if it's small!
The more times you listen to the conversation, the more you will naturally absorb. Listen to it and enjoy the language being used. You don't have to understand anything to enjoy it! Enjoy the flow, the emotions, and the the fascinating unfamiliar words and watch them eventually shift to being as familiar to you as every word in English.
Instead of brute-forcing your brain into memorizing vocabulary, grammar, and other pieces of the language simply listen to the videos and do the activities. Focusing on absorbing removes the stress you might feel about "doing it right," and allows you to focus on learning the language.
Level up & Learn
As you absorb more and more, you should try new lessons and eventually start living the language! All lesson are designed using Comprehensible Input principles and get just a bit harder as you keep learning.
But What About Immersion?
Everyone knows immersion is the best way to learn a language.
It's also impractical and expensive.
Spending $1,000 for a plane ticket and thousands of dollars on living expenses is too much, especially considering that simply being in the right country doesn't mean you'll get enough comprehensible input.
You could, of course, hire a local tutor or take a college class, but that has two problems:
- It gets expensive quickly ($1,000-$4,000 per semester)
- And won't teach you a language the way it's actually spoken by native-speakers.
And if you're planning on using a video chat like iTalki, you'll end up spending around $250 every month if you take only 3 lessons per week.
How long would it take you to get to fluency at 3 lessons per week?
Too long to be affordable.
That's why we've priced realLINGUA at an affordable $147.
However, since we're still developing the app and making changes we're offering a 50% discount to our early adopters. The code should be automatically applied at checkout, but if it's not you can use the code EARLYADOPTER at checkout to get it.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have more levels of French?
We're working hard on adding more levels! We plan on having 5 levels total, but that may change based on your feedback.
How long do I have access for?
If you purchase now you get lifetime access. As we add more features and levels new buyers will have to pay monthly. But don't worry, you won't! You'll retain your lifetime subscription forever.
Do you have other languages available?
We are currently pre-selling realSPANISH and realENGLISH and they should be released by the end of the summer. Next up is realITALIAN, but we plan on adding more languages every year.
What's the time committment?
We recommend doing each lesson at least twice before moving on to the next one. If you spend 10-15 minutes daily, you'll finish the program in about 30 days, but we recommend an absolute minimum of 10 minutes per day, 3 days a week if you're learning.
If you're using realLINGUA for language maintenance then once a week can be enough.
Do you have a money-back guarantee?
Yes! If you're not satisfied for any reason simply email us within 60 days of purchasing and we'll send you a full refund within 24 hours.
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