Learning a language is very similar to the
preparation of an athlete. To speak a foreign language well one
needs patience, consistency and motivation. The architecture of
any language is complex. In this sophisticated system, the relationship
between signs and their meaning, between "words"and what they represent,
is completely arbitrary. To speak is one of mankind 's greatest
achievements. For all children, whatever their mother tongue, the
process of acquiring a language is spread out over a period of 13
to 15 years.
Children do not learn rapidly
Contrary to what is generally accepted, children do not learn that
rapidly. They start to speak after listening for 10 months. Between
9 to 15 months old, they pronounce their first words. They produce
incomplete sentences after only 18 months. At the age of three and
over, the language has been formed, though the number of acquired
constructions is extremely limited. With less than 1000 words, vocabulary
is still very limited at this age.
Mother tongue: 6 new words per day
According to the most optimistic studies, a 6 year-old child should
know, at least passively, 12000 words, an average acquisition of
6 words per day, or about 2000 words per year since birth. Why is
this process so slow? Why are 12 years necessary to master the spoken
language? At that age, one is still far from having acquired the
written language or abstract vocabulary. Before attending school,
a child learns without noticeable effort: speaking is just another
game. Speaking slowly forms its thoughts and personality. It takes
time.One often forgets that a child automates its speaking, and
this process of automation requires a long time.
The key to automation: 3000 repetitions
To communicate naturally and with pleasure,one most have acquired
the more widely-used phrases. There is no miraculous solution:these
phrases must be repeated 3000 times. It 's just the same when learning
to swim or ride a bicycle. Even insurance companies agree with this
number:a new driver is considered dangerous until he or she has
driven 3000 kilometers. How to say it?
The cultural dimension
Speaking a foreign language well is not enough. You must be able
to respond within the cultural tone of the person you are speaking
to. Copying expressions straight from your mother tongue does not
allow for a constructive dialogue. The person you are communicating
with will prefer to listen to grammar or vocabulary mistakes before
feeling assaulted by common or polite expressions in our mother
tongue. Even when used with the best of intentions, they literally
undermine our communication.
One week at DialoguE corresponds to a year elsewhere
Like most of the participants in our programs,you will progress
more in one week at Dialogue than in one year at school or university.
And this, despite the difficulties mentioned above. In one week
at DialoguE, you will have begun to automate at least 2500 words.
At the end of your stay, your personal audio cassette will contain
all your useful "key sentences". Listening to this cassette just
15 minutes each day will be enough to maintain the level you have
The unique method developed by DialoguE for improving oral comprehension
and pronunciation allows you to save time, and avoids having to
correct any bad habits you might acquire (pronunciation,grammar
approximations,etc.). Don 't forget that correcting a bad habit
requires twice as much time as acquiring new notions. One week at
DialoguE will allow you to become sensitive to cultural differences.
You will be easily understood and accepted by the people you interact
The DialoguE approach will motivate you. You
will be impatient to continue the sometimes difficult, but stimulating,
quest of learning a foreign language. Like a mountain climber, in
the company of your DialoguE guides, you will soon reach those summits
you only dreamed about.