First thing’s first, it’s official!!
Here’s the press release: Crown Archetype has preempted World Rights to 28 year old language learning guru Gabriel Wyner’s THINK IN ANY LANGUAGE, which explores how the hundreds of millions of would-be language learners around the world can bypass current methods that clearly don’t work and teach themselves, through a series of easy-to-accomplish steps, how to learn any language now.
Representing Wyner in the deal with Crown’s Rick Horgan was Lisa DiMona of Lark Productions. Crown Archetype plans to publish in Fall 2013. Rights contact: [email protected]
I’m totally psyched to be working with such a top-notch publisher and above all, such a top-notch editor. Crown’s authors include Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Deepak Chopra, Martha Stewart, Suzanne Somers, Dr. Pierre Dukan, Tim Ferriss, etc., and Rick Horgan is the executive editor and VP of Crown Archetype and has a simply wonderful vision for the book. It’s going to be much better than I would have been able to do on my own, and reach a lot more people than I could ever have reached. These next few months are going to be intense, and please keep questions coming in - it helps me know what you all need so that I can make sure that it’s addressed both in the book and here on the blog.
Part 2: Site updates for the Summer
I’m going to be in Middlebury, VT next week, and forbidden from any interactions in English until late-ish August. This means that I won’t be able to respond to email until that time, nor will I be able to post here in English. What I will be able to do is post here in Russian and have a WordPress plugin automatically translate to English, which is what I believe it’s already set up to do (if you have any difficulties, the plugin settings are on the bottom right). So I plan to keep posting, at least to document what an immersion program like Middlebury looks like - what classes you get, what extracurricular stuff goes on, and how to take advantage of programs like these. I plan to correct the machine translations when I’m done with the program, and I’ll definitely go back through the summer’s emails/comments and respond to everyone!
I will not have enough time before I leave to finish the French video series, so I’ll have to refer you to some of the resources in the French section if you need to learn the spelling rules. (And making your own Anki deck for those rules will help you retain that info better) Depending on how quickly I write this book, I’ll hopefully finish that series in September/October.
Part 3: Russian status
Over the past 5.5 months, my Russian Anki deck has grown to 4250 cards, and I suspect it’ll hit around 6000 by the end of the summer. This language seems to be taking about twice as long as French to learn, which is about what I’d expect, and I hope to kick its ass by the end of this immersion program. An interesting milestone that I’d love to see confirmed by your experiences: after ~3000 memorized cards, I began to have my first thoughts in Russian without trying, I began to be able to use a monolingual Russian dictionary without major problems, and I was able to write an example sentence for any new word (with mistakes, but with enough vocab and grammar to at least articulate what I was trying to articulate). What’s interesting is that this happened for my French in much the same way, except that my Russian vocabulary is much smaller than my French vocabulary, even with the same number of Flashcards, since I’ve needed to make 2-3 cards per word in Russian (compared with 1-2 in French). The ability to think in the language may hinge more on the number of facts/cards learned than on the absolute size of the vocabulary. I’d love to hear your results, especially as you start reaching the 3000 card mark.