Change Your Brain, Learn to Speak Another Language

December 2nd, 2009

A couple of years ago, I purchased the Posit Brain Science Program after reading Norman Doidge’s book, The Brain That Changes Itself.  What Doidge reported was that scientists have now found that the brain is very malleable, and can change throughout life.  It can heal itself, it can train a different part of the brain to do the work of an injured part, and it can grow new cells.

We Don’t Use Our Brains

The problem with us as we age is that we just don’t use our brains enough.  We get in learning ruts, and that is why we become less sharp.  Posit has developed a program that individuals can use with their home computers and a set of earphones that will train the brain to think better and more quickly, and to listen more accurately as well.

This program is generally meant for older adults, but as a 55 year old, I have found it very useful.  And, in addition, we have found it very useful in teaching English as a foreign language.

What Did You Say?

The biggest obstacle that our clients have is understanding English spoken at full speed.  This is not what language classes train you for.  Many also have difficulty hearing sounds in the English language that are not used in their native language.

The Brain Science Program, regardless of the native language of the listener, tunes listening and hearing skills, priming clients to understand more and more of normally spoken language.

At the Lake Tahoe Institute of English, our clients spend time every day working with this program.  After just a couple of days, the results are noticeable.  It’s as if the language has slowed down to become comprehensible to the learning brain.  Previously indistinguishable sounds become distinct, and therefore, reproducible and comprehensible.  After using the program, all language becomes much more clear.

Change Your Brain

Adults can change their brains to allow them to understand langugage, any language, more easily, and from there, it is a much smaller step to speaking.

Take a look at the Posit website, at http://www.positscience.com/.  I also highly recommend Doidge’s book, although, I have to warn you, it is not an easy read for someone new to English.

3 Responses to “Change Your Brain, Learn to Speak Another Language”

  1. Brenda Steinberg says:

    I recently discovered a great podcast that is very helpful to me in my endeavor to learn Spanish: “Slow Spanish News.” [available free at Itunes] I have implemented your suggestion to listen to the same podcast many times ove,r and it is true that when you do this, you are able ‘hear’ more each time. By the end of a week of listening, I can comprehend about 80-90%, a major jump forward for me. A “slow English News” podcast would be great for your clients.

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