I’m seeing a lot of sites and programs claiming to get you speaking in a week or fluent in 30 days. Or some such “sounds too good (or too quick) to be true” claim. So, is it too good or too quick to be true? Can you learn to speak a language in a week?
Well, yes you can. But it has to be the right program. And don’t expect to be fluent, proficient, or even able to carry much of a conversation.
In a week you can get to the point of making your travels a lot easier, make friends and begin your journey to fluency if that’s what you are looking for.
Speak in a week – breaking down barriers
With a speak in a week course, your travel experience will be easier. But the most profound thing I get from my Speak In A Week course is that it breaks down barriers.
That language difference puts a big space between you and the locals. Speaking just a little of the language breaks down that barrier almost immediately.
I’m just talking about ordering a coffee or a meal in the local language, or getting a taxi, asking directions, and especially asking how to say new words in the language, showing that you’re really interested in the people and culture.
This is what transports you from tourist to traveler. And there’s a big difference between the two.
From tourist to traveler
Speaking just a little of the language gets you off the tourist track and traveling to unexpected places.
“Nothing unexpected and wonderful is going to happen if you have an itinerary in Paris filled with the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.” Anthony Bourdain
It’s speaking the language that gets you off that tourist itinerary and into the culture.
And to quote Anthony Bourdain again, speaking the language creates “those little human moments that stick with you forever” And that’s what traveling is all about.
The difference between Tourist and Traveler is the difference between taking selfies at the Eiffel Tower and taking coffee with new friends at a hidden cafe, sharing each other’s language.
It all starts with a little language and, yes, you can do that in 7 days.
The right program
Of course, a week of studying a language is only going to get you so far. But the right program can get you pretty far. The trick is finding a course that gets you the most bang for the buck and then ties into a program so you can learn more if you want. A course that acts as a gateway to fluency or just more conversation. The right speak in a week program can deliver that for you.
The Speak In A Week language series I developed, and use a lot, ties directly into the 5 Part Formula that is designed to get you to fluency rather rapidly.
How a good speak in a week program works
I want to leave you with the very first thing you should learn to say in a new language. The phrase you are going to say a lot and forever in your travels, And this will give you an idea of how a good speak in a week course should work. It’s how I designed my Speak In A Week series. And that phrase is, “I would like . . . “.
What’s great about this phrase is that by learning or translating only one more word you can say a lot of things. For example by adding a noun
I would like ____________
Or by adding a verb
I would like ____________
And as you learn more and expand your vocabulary you can build on it:
I would like – to go – museum – today.
You get the idea.
My Speak In A Week program is your first step to go from Tourist to Traveller, from observing the culture to being part of the culture, and is you want, your first step to fluency.