Get fluent in six months!
I just found this very interesting presentation - definitely worth a look!
Interesting but it requires a "parent" to help you learn. I am sure I could learn a new language in six months if I had that advantage but how many of us do? Having a private tutor that works with you all day would be the ultimate immersion but, once again, how many of us would or could have that advantage?
Join a local conversation group? Hook up with one or more people with similar interests on italk?
I disagree. It doesn't "require" a parent, so much as advise one. He says at the end of the talk that doing any of the seven things is going to help you learn. Without a language parent, you can do 6 out of 7 of his learning tips.
And while tutors are expensive and rare, I can imagine someone setting up an exchange online where people are paired up to become each other's language parents and voice chat regularly. There are already similar things, like that one site that pairs strangers up to talk for five minutes each in their languages.
The point is not whether you can learn a language without "Mom" but how quickly you can learn it. Six months is a very short time and without "Mom" teaching you constantly I cannot see any average person learning a new language in six months.
i know people who have learned English in 6 months without the rest of thier families know ing english (international students) so im thinking its possible. but for some reason english speakers, we have a hard time.
Perhaps they already have a second language, and their brains are already 'wired' for acquiring a language other than their own? We Brits, of course, seldom have a second language which, in many countries would be unusual.
I already thought Spanish was supposed to be a six-month language.
This is really interesting advice though, and all practical stuff you can do. (Except finding a language parent...maybe a lot of luck and a skype account?) Surprisingly good presentation for a TED Talk. Thanks!
Here's something else I discovered, which has been a bit of a revelation... I've only listened to the first hour, but it already filling-in a lot of blanks,and supplementing stuff I am learning here on Duolingo.
Also Google 'The Michel Thomas method' - certainly suits my learning style!!