Rapid Language Learning Project
The Rapid Language Learning Project is an idea where a group of people work together on studying a new language about every three months by using mnemonic techniques to memorize large amounts of vocabulary and basic grammar information. It is an experiment to see how far the idea can be taken. This project is part of the Memotechnics.org Memory Challenges.
Please add suggestions for languages that you are interested in below. It would help to say why you are interested in the language, so that other people can get excited about learning it also.
List of Languages
If there is a language that you're interested in studying for three months, please add to the list below. Spanish
The first language learning experiment is Esperanto. The goal is to see how much Esperanto can be learned in 30 days. To take up the challenge, join the Esperanto Learners group.
A study was done that showed that French high school students who spent 150 hours learning Esperanto can speak it at a level that would take 2000 hours to reach in German. Another study showed that learning Esperanto made learning future languages significantly easier.
Another benefit of learning Esperanto is that Esperanto speakers are highly enthusiastic about the language, and speakers should be able to make new friends around the world, and even sometimes stay at homes of other Esperanto speakers for free. This language might only need one month to acquire a decent vocabulary and a get up to basic conversation level. The grammar is very simple and regular.
The list below is just a brainstorming session, not a final list.
- Mandarin Chinese -- the 2012 World Memory Championships are happening in China. It would be great to be able to speak a little Chinese before going.
- Latin -- many European languages are based on Latin in some way so having a basic foundation in Latin can help with learning future languages. It can also help with expanding English vocabulary. Some of the old memory texts are only available in Latin or non-English languages.
- Greek -- ancient and/or modern Greek is a fascinating language. Since so much of Western culture is based on Greek, learning about the language opens up the mind to seeing familiar things in a different way. This is a great language for anyone who is interested in etymology. Greece is also a spectacular place to visit.
- Coptic -- Because this language is close to Late Egyptian, it may allow you to read Egyptian hieroglyphs, which are one of the most visual writing systems in existence. The hieroglyphs represent objects that can be easily identified / visualized. For this reason, hieroglyphs can add a whole new dimension to mnemonic techniques.