https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

Theta Waves Kicking In

This morning, as I was between being asleep and being awake, I was easily conversing in French, in my mind. This was the first time that I had experienced this in French. While in College, I had the experience in German, following a two week immersion program where I did nothing but eat, drink and speak German. This is a major milestone for me because now I know that I am closing in on effortless speech. Not perfect speech, but rather the ability to make myself understood, fairly quickly, with the words, phrases and sentence structures I have learned, with fairly solid pronunciation. This makes foreign travel in French speaking countries less stressful and much more rewarding. Duolingo was a big part of this because it got me started 298 days ago, and the posts of links and ideas from fellow Duolinguists helped take me that much further. Another big part of my recent success is the Migros Podcasts of Marie, and the recent (podcast 112 and forward) feature of text highlighting that follows the MP3, even allowing you to click text to repeat audio.

http://www.podclub.ch/fr/

Merci

December 11, 2014

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/ptoro

...I did nothing but eat, drink and speak German.

Does this mean you ate and drank actual German people? I can't imagine they were too pleased about this. What do they taste like? Chicken perhaps? Maybe beer? You know what they say, you are what you eat!

December 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

Ja, die Deutschen sehr lecker und auch nahrhaft. Wenn Sie sie im Oktober zu essen, sie schmecken wie Bier.

December 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Tokyo_Golem

Ja, die Deutschwen sind sehr lecker und auch nahrhaft. Wenn man sie im Oktober isst/frisst, schmecken sie nach Bier.*

November 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SuziJ0

Congrats on your 298 days!

December 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

Merci. Although my language circles do not show it, I started taking Spanish for French speakers, along with Spanish for English, and my mind kind of relaxed and let me believe I truly know French. It kind of got that pesky English out of the way.

December 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

My Spanish is fairly strong unless I let it get rusty, and I am now taking the French for Spanish speakers course. It is magic to be able to get that pesky English out of the way! I completely understand where you're coming from.

December 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

Thanks, toussaintlou, this is really a great site. There are several Italian podcasts there too (just what I need right now), as well as German and English. Congratulations, also, on your "activized" theta waves.

December 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

And a few Italian ones as well...

December 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/wyeager84

Awesome. I've been in France for a week now and when I wake up, i'm not exactly sure what language I was dreaming in .. which is very cool - since it's becoming more natural (although not perfect for sure) - although some days it feels more like a virus where I am thinking in French but in a forced type of constant translation ....

December 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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That's awesome! I'm not really getting the connection to theta waves (unless you had an EEG at that time).

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December 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

If you have ever relaxed and felt like your mind was "in the zone", and material that you had memorized or studied was freely coming to your conscious mind (from you subconscious), you were probably in a theta rhythm.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theta_rhythm

The entry does not do justice with what researchers have learned about super-learners, and their ability to place themselves in a theta rhythm. I personally have used many of the techniques detailed in the book, "Double Your Brain Power: How to Use All of Your Brain All of the Time" by Jean Marie Stine for years, since I was a specialty contractor at Nuclear Power Plants. I had to bring my "A" game everyday, and ritualized many of the techniques to help myself recall volumes of material I had to be able to quickly utilize.

BTW, I've bought the book four times, because every time I lend it out, it gets stolen. I believe my daughter stole my last copy, and fortunately it's something you can toss in your next Amazon order, for almost nothing (except the shipping). It's not an easy book, but its worth working with.

If you eventually read it, you will understand why this essay is true:

http://markmanson.net/foreign-language

Okay, I've been thinking about my favorite technique, and it is where you use the phenomenon of knowing the answers to questions asked to others but completely balk when directly asked a similar question. You swear that others get the "easy" questions, and you get the "hard" ones. In actuality, when you are confronted directly, your "lizard" brain interferes with your thinking. Sitting next to someone you can evaluate their question with a relaxed, theta wave mindset. This is why I would pretend that all questions asked to me during oral boards and interviews, were actually asked to someone else in the room who could not answer. I'd merely wait a few moments and then "chime in" to answer. Once I start the answer, I remain in theta mode, just checking off all the elements of the answer...key words...tricky phrases...operational concepts...check, check, check.

December 13, 2014
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