Hi, I’m Gabriel Wyner
Author and founder of Fluent Forever.
Over 1.5 million people have read my material to learn how to speak a foreign language and remember it forever. You may be searching for a way to successfully learn your first foreign language, or you may be looking for more efficient ways to learn your third or fourth language. I'm hoping to give you a set of tools to help accomplish either of these goals.
Fluent Forever is a modern guide to learning a new language
Most of us have tried to learn a foreign language at some point in our lives and failed.
In many cases, this has happened despite excellent teachers and excellent textbooks. We still fail, and many of us conclude that if our teachers were good, then we must be bad - bad at learning grammar, or bad at vocabulary, or bad at languages in general.
But we’re not actually bad at any of those things. When you look at the research, you’ll find that all of us are exceptionally good at learning languages. We’re just not particularly good at remembering thousands of words and grammar rules when we’re only studying them for a few hours a week, and when we haven’t learned how to retain what we study.
Fluent Forever is unique, in that it takes on the language learning challenge from a memory standpoint. It will teach you about how your brain works, how you can break a language into easily learning pieces, and how to remember each and every one of those pieces forever.
And you’ll be able to do it in your spare time - even if you have less than 30 minutes a day.
A Different Approach to Learning New Languages
LEARN PRONUNCIATION FIRST
With Fluent Forever you will learn pronunciation first before trying to learn vocabulary or any grammar rules.
Use pictures when learning new vocabulary and grammar rules. You'll discover that you can actually remember what you've learned
PERSONALIZE YOUR PROCESS
Everyone has different goals and different needs. When you customize your learning process to fit those needs, you learn faster.
My Story and the Development of this Language Learning Method
Like most people, I studied a language in high school, and left high school – like most people – without much of an idea what I spent all those years studying. I was left with a disturbing question: I worked hard and I had good teachers; what went wrong, and what could I do better?
I am an opera singer, and part of my craft involves singing in Italian, French, German, English, and Russian (and sometimes Czech, Spanish, Hebrew and Latin). After failing to learn much of anything in my High School language classes, I found my first real progress in a secluded college town in Vermont.
There, in the summer of 2004, I signed a paper pledging to use German as my only form of communication for seven weeks. The trouble was, I didn’t speak a word of German. Some advanced students came up to me, smiled and said “Hallo”. I stared at them blankly for a moment, thought, and then replied. “Hallo,” I said. We shook hands. Thus began an eight-year (and counting) addiction to languages.
Starting with that first “Hallo”, I set out to see if it was indeed possible to become fluent in all of these languages. I went back to Vermont in 2005 and took German again, this time reaching fluency. I moved to Austria for my Master’s studies, and went to Perugia, Italy in 2008 to learn Italian. I started reading books and blogs and whatever else I could find to figure out what methods existed for learning languages faster, and what I found surprised me; there are a number of incredibly powerful language learning methods out there, but no one seemed to be putting them together.
My Languages: German (C1), French (C1), Russian (C1/B2), Italian (B2), Hungarian (B2), Japanese (B1)
Current Goal: Japanese to C1 Fluency
The Three Keys
That German School in Vermont (The Middlebury Language Schools) held the first key to language learning: no translation. Not only was it possible for a beginning student to skip translating, but it was essential to learning how to think in a foreign language.
The second key came out of my music conservatory training (and, interestingly, was widely used by missionaries in the 70s and 80s): learn accurate pronunciation first. Because singers need to sing in these languages long before they have the time to learn them, the pronunciation of the language comes first. In the course of mastering the sounds of a language, one’s ears become attuned to those sounds, making vocabulary acquisition, listening comprehension and speaking come much quicker.
The third key came from language blogs and software developers: Computerized flash card programs are a massive shortcut to memorization. These developers were searching for a way to learn the thousands of symbols of Japanese Kanji and found their solution hiding in the works of a 19th century German psychologist, Hermann Ebbinghaus. They combined his theories with software management and produced a revolutionary set of memorization tools that have yet to reach mainstream use.
While a growing group of language learners on the Internet was using these tools, they were doing them in translation. And the no-translation proponents like Middlebury and Berlitz were using antiquated study tools. And nobody but the classical singers and some missionaries in Africa and the Philippines cared particularly about pronunciation.
This website provides an overview of this method and the tools I’ve picked up along the way, along with video tutorials, language specific guides, flash card decks, and anything else I can dredge up to help you on the route towards fluency.
A brilliant and thoroughly modern guide to learning new languages. Fluent Forever won’t teach you French, or German, or any other language — but it will teach you how to learn whatever language you do want to learn, and to learn it faster, and more efficiently. If you want a new language to stick, start here.
– Gary Marcus, cognitive psychologist and author of The New York Times Bestseller Guitar Zero
I want to start sharing my journey with you.
With Fluent Forever, you can take your language learning journey to the next level.
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