The current title of this blog is "Keith's Voice on Extreme Language Learning." Let's take a look at what this means.
We'll start with the obvious. This blog is not entitled, Fluent in 3 months. Fluency is not in the title of my blog. Neither is there a time frame, such as, "pretty good in 2 months." It's also not entitled, Quick Foreign Language Acquisition. Quick is not a keyword that I use. The title is not Secrets of Successful Language Learning. Nor is this blog the How-to-learn-any-language Forum. Those are all good sites to visit, by the way.
The next obvious thing is what I put in bold when I wrote the title of this blog in the first sentence. I like to try out the most extreme and unusual thing you can think of to learn a language. Let me tell you why. I go to extremes because I want to do what very few have ever even attempted to do. I've decided I'm more interested in going past the native-speaker level, while most other learners don't even think about getting to the native-level. I don't want to just learn the language, I want to be the language.
OK, that's pretty big talk for somebody who hasn't reached full fluency in a foreign language yet.
Hey, I'm just telling you where I'm coming from. I've decided that if I'm going to learn a language, I'm going to go all the way with it. In order to do that, I feel it's best to learn a second language the same way I learned my first language. I write posts to tell you what I'm doing, what I believe, and to leave a history to show that I didn't just make things up one day. I don't actually write posts to try to convert people to my beliefs.
I'm not the Language Messiah. I do what I believe in. I think it's important that if you're going to do something, you need to believe that what you're doing is the thing to do. Especially when it's going to take a lot of time. That's why I don't ask people to try to do what I'm doing. If you don't believe in it, you'll just quit anyway.
Actually, natural language learning is not extreme. It's kind of silly to say that letting something happen naturally is extreme and that we should force it to happen as soon as possible. Well, that can be the topic of another post. I don't think that natural language acquisition is extreme.
I plan to use the languages I learn, for the rest of my life. Therefor, I don't want to spend a lifetime being mediocre at a language. I find that too frustrating. So I want to try to do what I can to learn a language the best way possible. I'm not saying I am doing it the best way, just that I'm using what I know about. I also want to know what actually works on its own, so I want to eliminate other influences for a certain period of time, even if the combination of things would be better. Again, a good topic for another post.
I focus on the long-term and the outcome that I will have to live with. I have this strange idea that doing it right the first time is better than having to go back and try to fix things later on. So it doesn't matter to me how long it takes. Being concerned about the time invested is not something I do.
I hope this post gave you a good idea of where I'm coming from and what I'm doing with this blog.