The secret to learning another language quickly: Speak from day 1

Hi everyone – I have a quick question for you… Do you know the #1 secret to learning another language quickly? Fortunately, if you are serious about rapid language learning, you don’t need any of that. The secret to learning another language quickly is MUCH more simple… In case you don’t know me yet, I’m Benny from Ireland, and when I was 21 I could only speak English. Eventually I concluded that I just didn’t have the gift to learn another language and was ready to give up… But with nothing else to lose, I created an off-the-wall experiment for myself…. But ultimately, I could communicate with people. I could travel with confidence. I could go out of my town and make new friends. And I could immerse myself deeper into the local culture. And that’s all I really wanted… was the ability to communicate and make friends in the local language. So in case you haven’t guessed it yet, the secret to rapid language learning is… You’ve got to speak it from day one. Don’t wait to understand all the words, the grammar or the tenses. Use the words and phrases you’re learning immediately, even if you make a lot of mistakes at first. When you get into the flow quickly, you can improve quickly. Since discovering this unconventional approach to language learning, millions of people around the world have learnt about language hacking from my blog and I’ve even been asked to speak at events like TEDx “There are 7 days in a week and some day is not one of them.” So many people are interested in this non-traditional approach because it creates a whole new set of questions about learning languages: What do I do if I’m shy or not confident in my language? How can I start speaking my first week if I have no words? Where do I find others to practice with if I can’t travel to the country right now? Will I offend native speakers for butchering their language? My inbox was consistently getting bombarded. Instead of trying to spend hours answering each email individually, I decided to create a package of information with everything I knew about language hacking. And thus, the Speak From Day One Package was born. Before I tell you what it is, I want you to know that I don’t care if you buy it or not. And here’s why: My real mission is to help more people speak more languages faster. I’ve felt that hopeless feeling, thinking it was impossible to learn another language. Now I’ve experienced the wonderful and amazing things that come from across cultures communication, I know the truth: that anyone can learn another language with the right approach. I built this product because I wasted a lot of my time and money on other things that simply didn’t help me. Those strategies aren’t bad. They work for some people… They just don’t work for me, because my focus is on speaking with people, not to pass a exam. I wanted to learn languages quickly so I could socialize with locals and really get to know their culture, well beyond what all the English speaking tourists were seeing. The Speak From Day One Package is what I wish someone would have given to me when I was 21 years old. So I wouldn’t have to learn all this stuff through trial and error! So if you invest in the Speak From Day One Package, you’ll get: The 32,000 word Language Hacking Guide e-book, which has everything I know about language hacking including: worksheets, ‘conversation connectors’ to meet locals and details on many more resources for learning and practicing your target language That entire guide is also fully translated into 24 languages so you can practice by reading in your native language and the one you want to master, side by side, without needing a dictionary. You also get the Speak From Day One HD Video series that you can see me apply the strategies from the language hacking guide in action with a native. And here’s a clip of example: Well, a major problem you might get is you don’t understand what they are saying. But you have to realize that it’s a lot more than just the words. There is a lot of context involved here. and you’ll get several hours of interesting interviews with many well known polyglots and language learners. As well as entire ebook in mp3 files, read by me. All of this will teach you the processes I’m personally using to live my life entirely through other languages. Hold on a second. With all that being said, do NOT buy the package: If you think buying this will automatically make you speak the language. If you are learning the language to pass an exam. Or if you love learning about grammar, tenses, punctuation and all that kind of stuff. If any of those describe you, the Speak From Day One Package won’t help you. And you’ll likely try it, discover it doesn’t work and will want a refund. I always give refunds if it’s not what people expected, so I figured I’d save your time and my time and tell you it simply won’t work for you. On the other hand, this will be very helpful for you if You want to learn a language to make new friends, or connect with co-workers or immerse yourself in another culture And you don’t learn vocabulary well through rote memorization or if you don’t like studying grammar And you can’t necessarily travel to the country that speaks the language right now Or your priority when learning the language is to speak to other people, not to write an essay or to read a dissertation If that sounds like you, then click the link below to get access to everything via a secured membership website to watch the videos, and to download the ebook to your iPad, or your Kindle, or your computer whatever it is and you can access all other files within minutes! Instead of wasting time, and money to learn all of this stuff on your own, why not just get some help from someone who’s done it already. And you can get all of that for only $97. But as i said, there is money back guarantee, so there’s no risk to try it. And if you’re still not sure, check out the ‘In Action’ page to see viral videos, my TEDx talk and thoughts and some testimonials from people who have gone through the package themselves. If you’re not ready to commit to learning your next language yet, no worries. You can get all my regular blog updates and videos on, which is the website where I try to inspire people to learn languages. Just to be clear though, the title fluent in 3 months is the challenge that you have to set to yourself. It’s not promise. It’s not magic formula. You just have to aim for as best as you can, in the shortest time you can. So that’s the kind of thing I talk about in the language hacking guide. I want people to push themselves harder. OK? One last thing, on a more serious note… If you have a desire deep inside of you to learn a language, PLEASE don’t suppress it. Don’t wait another day to get started. I don’t care if you use this package or not. Just start speaking the language now. Today. Sadly, I’ve watched many people say ‘Oh I’ll learn a language someday…’ And then life passes them by and they never pursue that dream. So today, do yourself a favor and commit to learning your target language. Don’t just put an hour or so a week into it; MAKE the time and you’ll get results. Don’t allow yourself to wake up in ten years time regretting never learning the language you’ve always wanted to. OK? Thanks again for checking out this video.
Bye….. and see you soon!

100 Replies to “The secret to learning another language quickly: Speak from day 1

  1. Im German, and what you said was quite ok like that, but still you gotta keep on working on the accent. Sounds like you are in pain 😉 Just relax while speaking. German doesnt sound hard for Germans, so you dont have to speak like that 😉 But I dont wanna complain. German is difficult so you are doing a great job. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. I've done the same when I came to Canada! Just started talking with the people and get to know their culture!
    Best experience I've ever had! Canada ❤️🇨🇦

  3. how old are you, dude?
    I wanna learn more of 20 languages.. but first I need to dominate my English and Brazilian Portuguese.

  4. Lol the Spanglish version is spot on. Inspirador ejemplo para nosotros! Estoy tratando de aprender Frances y ASL y ya llevo demasiado tiempo sin llegar a hablarlos bien. Gotta get the hang of them! Thanks for the tips.

  5. I'm Romanian(14y-o) and i'd love to speak Spanish….but I already started speaking German at the age of 7. And if i begin learning Spanish now, i'm afraid i would lose everything I know. (because my exam is in 3 months)

  6. I'm learning Russian, and I started like 8 Months ago to listen Russian music, reading in Russian, but I feel stuck and I don't know why, I write what I learn, my cellphone and iPad are in Russian… I don't know what to do. (Sorry, my English is bad)

  7. What you say is true: learning grammar isn't required to learn a language.
    I live in Argentina (where people speak Spanish) and not even half of all the people I know can tell how many verb tenses there are in Spanish.

  8. For how long do you think I should practice each day so I can have basic conversational fluency in German?

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  10. Download an app called Duolingo and start with the basics you have to pick the language you want which I'm assuming is russian and start there.☺I'm not a pro so you don't want lessons from me. Hope this helped

  11. has anyone tried this and did this work?
    i wont get answer on this one for 4 months thats youtube logic

  12. Languages I speak: English (Main language) Spanish (I'm Mexican-American so I know Spanish but not well) Pig Latin (same as English) I am trying to learn Japanese so yes I will try to use these tips

  13. I want to learn egyptian arabic . every day I practice with videos ,songs, arabic singers ,facebook pages and google translator also.
    I have arabic friends, and it is much better .
    I am Argentina, and love arabic language, My dream is to speack this idiom well, so I try every day much more .good luck friends!!
    I can help another people with spanish language.
    saludos a todos!

  14. Benny I think too. Everybody can learn many languages, but needs only one thing – you want do it 😉 thats all.
    Well we have Tims Doner method – listening foreing songs, this is normal start for learning language.

  15. your spanish is really good.. you're a natural. I just came across with your channel my friend, and let me tell you, you've put into videos what I've been trying to explain to so many people that have asked me How did I learn english and became fluent in less than a year. and you said it here: JUST START SPEAKING! Thanks for sharing this great video.

  16. I find my Spanish skill grows more at night… Is there some reason for that? If someone speaks to me in the daytime I'm all like "wut…" But at night I act like some loco person yelling at people online en español like I own the language or some crap… Maybe it's got something to do with the moon….

    Me in daytime: (;;;*_*) "what ancient language is this…"

    Me at nighttime: ✧*。٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و✧*。 "COMO ESTAS PUTAS!!!! JAAAAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAA!"

    I don't drink… Just… estoy loco… (or is it soy loco?)
    (btw it's 12am rn!)

  17. "Life is too short to speak only one language."

    "Das Leben ist zu kurz, nur eine Sprache zu können."

    Tolles Video! 🙂

  18. Hola Benny, te felicito por tan excelente habilidad que tienes para aprender tantos idiomas, personas como tu me motivan a querer hacer lo mismo, soy venezolano y estoy estudiando inglés pero me gustaría también aprender otros idiomas. ¿tu crees que es posible aprender dos idiomas a la vez? ¿me recomiendas hacerlo así o sería mejor aprender uno y luego el otro?

  19. Да че ты мне тут втираешь, попробуй по русски поговорить, хрен ты его поймешь)

  20. Benny, your experience and product amaze me . I really would like to buy the material. I really want to be fluent in Japanese. I wonder if I want to learn a second or third language, should I pay again? I do not understand if you are selling a membership or a book , Could you explain this further?

  21. if anyone is interested in learning Arabic and want to practice it to chat to someone just call me i am a native speaker and I would be happy to help ^__^

  22. Hey Benny, I think your approach is very spot on mate! I moved to Argentina 3 years ago and my Castellano is terrible.
    One thing I noticed is… I function and communicate very well and the native Argentines seem to be very forgiving of my bad grammar. My Spanish has improved rapidly using some of your methods.
    I wish I could buy your package, but the economy is very bad here right now.
    Best of luck y Saludos Amigo!

  23. Hi mate you have forgotten to add that you are a gifted person, almost certainly through modesty. It is very unusual in my opinion for Irish people to learn another language… rather like the Brits, all of them. You certainly have a great flair – I have just listened to your French, (the only other language I know) and it is super super good. Well done and I agree with all you say.

  24. I can spot one more language in your video that doesn't have a flag associated with it: the language of marketing :q
    You see, the problem is, even if I wanted to buy your stuff, I don't have any money to spend (unless you accept Equestrian Bits perchance? :J ) So I guess the next thing one needs to hack after languages is… how to make money :q But I'm afraid this wouldn't be a good idea for a course, because people who want to know how to make money usually don't have them in the first place 😛 (otherwise they wouldn't ask that question to begin with). So I guess the poor have to figure everything on their own…

  25. BTW I can see how your intonation and voice type changes when you switch between languages. I guess it's because you learnt each language from a different speaker with a different voice type and it unconsciously influenced the way you speak in that language? Or is it some neat trick to avoid confusing those languages in your head? Because I've seen this phenomenon in many polyglots out there already, so I could call it a pattern.

  26. Hey guys yesterday was the first day of school, french teacher is a bitch..i already speek 2 languages so now i have to learn a third and FAST

  27. Few people know about a pragmatic, efficient way to learn a new language. Those who do, advance in learning steadily and according to their schedule. While most people find themselves learning a new language as a necessity, many others do it because it is fun. It feels more sophisticated to know more than one language. It can be highly beneficial in your life over the long run. However, it is not an easy task to learn a new language no matter whether it is for fun or out of necessity. You've probably seen friends or acquaintances talk about wanting to learn a foreign language, then enthusiastically purchasing products, books, and maybe even enrolling into a course or program, only to ultimately see the reality of the fact that they have failed in their pursuit of learning another language. According to The Guardian, the ICM survey, which questioned 1,001 young people aged 14-24 from across the UK in June this year, paints a picture of a generation perhaps surprisingly open to the prospect of language learning, but often deeply lacking in the confidence of their ability to put their language studies into practice. Three in ten who chose not to study a language at GCSE or A-level say language learning is challenging, with almost half of all those questioned regarding grammar as difficult to learn and 40% seeing memorizing vocabulary as hard work. The research had indicated that A-level languages are perceived as being harder than other subjects and their content is demotivating. Sitting down with a language textbook and trying to teach yourself a new language is not only boring, it takes an inordinate amount of time. It can take months to capture the basics of a particular language. Fluency comes far later. Often, we don’t have the luxury of spending months learning a language. For example, those people who are migrating or taking up a job abroad.
    However as an individual learner or with a tutor, the student can cut down the time it takes him/her to master the basics of a new language. There are methods that can be used to reduce the time it takes.
    Main Essentials of Learning a New Language – They distinguish three main essentials associated with learning a new language; namely the vocabulary, basic sentence elements / patterns, and grammar rules. Vocabulary – the most basic step towards learning a new language is to learn its words. Familiarity with the words will lead you to form sentences. Sentence Patterns and Elements – this has to do with how you ask and answer questions. Making coherent sentences is the way to make someone understand what you are saying. The ability will also help you understand what others are saying and how you might respond. Grammar Rules – Each language has certain rules that need to be followed.
    There is a special type of media developed for the first and second component – a bilingual graded book. Bilingual graded books are also called bilingual graded readers. They offer a parallel translation that allows the user to learn a new language in less time. With the translation on the same page, learners can effortlessly learn what any unfamiliar words mean. They can quickly pick up new vocabulary and phrases that are used over and over in texts of bilingual graded books. When they read a graded bilingual reader, they can pick up chunks of language and vocabulary that they can use in conversation and other real-world applications. It also significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to become conversational in a new language. As you read a bilingual reader, your brain begins to remember words and phrases simply because you are exposed to them several times. You don’t even realize, until you have to recall what you’ve learned, that you have already learned the new words and phrases. Listen to the audio tracks that should always accompany a bilingual graded book to learn how words are said and to improve your overall ability to speak the new language. A good idea is to use the free VLC media player to control the playing speed. You can control the playing speed by decreasing or increasing the speed value on the button of the VLC media player's interface.
    Decide what is better for you a paper book or an e-book. Many of the e-readers by Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo have dictionaries pre-loaded on their devices, with options to download additional ones, for free. If you do not have an e-reader, you do not have to buy one, because you can download it as a free app to your phone and use it right away. Writing your own notes, searching or making highlights is ridiculously simple with an e-reader or e-reading app. Anything you do with an e-book is also synced to the cloud, ensuring any change will follow you, no matter what device you are on.
    At first search on Google for "bilingual graded books" or "bilingual graded books for beginners". Choose and buy a book on a suitable topic, for example general, business, medical, culinary, dialogues, students, cooking, family, tourists, detective, short story or whatever you like. Read it for about twenty minutes a day. If you do it every day, you will be surprised how much you can learn in a month's time. Try to use the target language after you have learned for a month. If you don't have an opportunity to talk to native speakers at home or at work/study, use your target language in small talk on Skype or another online chat. Search on Google for "free online clean chat rooms" and pick up the one that suits your interests. Two or three minutes of small talk two or three times a week or more often will give you some motivation and encourage you to learn new questions and answers for new dialogues. Compile a list of questions and answers for your dialogues in a target language or find them on Google with keywords "Bilingual graded books dialogues" and try using them.
    Don't be afraid of making errors. They are your steps to success. You will spot and correct them sooner or later anyway. They will not be for the rest of your life. Better not to talk at all than to talk incorrectly? Wrong! Start talking as much as you can! Your language will improve every time you talk. A learner who knows only a hundred words and isn't shy of talking will progress more quickly than the one who knows a thousand words but remains silent because he or she is afraid of saying something wrong.
    It can usually take you from one to three months to finish a bilingual graded reader at beginner level (A1) and elementary level (A2). The amount of time depends on your previous experience with learning foreign languages and on your personal abilities. At this point you should be able to ask and answer simple questions with the following questioning words: What? Who? Where? When? Which? How many/much? As you improve and become more confident in your ability to use the new language, you can move on to the next reader level and continue your language-learning journey. After using a bilingual graded book for a week or two you are ready to study grammar rules, so buy a good grammar book. A grammar book will satisfy your curiosity about grammar rules awakened by the bilingual graded book. Read the grammar book to find out how you can use your target language more precisely. Follow this order – first read a reading book, then use a grammar book and exercises to make your learning experience uninterrupted.
    Language text with a parallel translation has helped many to uncover their potential for learning multiple languages. Whether you are learning a language as a hobby or for a necessary purpose, you will find such books are supportive. Using them is by far more pragmatic, efficient way to learn a new language than a "learn a language in two weeks" program. However you should frequently use the target language by using bilingual graded books with audio tracks, grammar books, chats, internet pages and even songs to maintain your motivation and progress. Remember – twenty minutes a day does the magic!

  28. Yo tengo un amigo de Guatemala. El solo sabe las palabras “What’s up”, y porque nadie en mi escuela puede comunicar con él, yo aprendí español. No soy perfecto, pero puedo hablar sobre muchas cosas. En menos a un año, puedo traducir para mi amigo y dice casi todo.

  29. It's called IMMERSION for a reason… For example, when students of Europe or the US travel to foreign countries for school and to learn another language, they go through complete immersion. It's not some "secret," it's a practice that has been used for years!

  30. "Nothing really matters to me except helping people be friends." You're the most stereotypical Irish guy ever. That's awesome. You have an awesome stereotype.

  31. oooo…you are my inspiration, for sure.
    I have a question: do you think it's possible to learn more than one language at a time?

    I love languages but sometimes I find difficult to learn by myself. I'm still trying, though.
    I started to learn Esperanto and Brazilian sign language (but stop practicing both of them. Maybe I'll come back now) and my goals at the moment are Italian and French.

  32. To everyone who kept saying "His Dutch is horrible" HE WAS SPEAKING GERMAN, or could you not tell by the German flag and the fact it's called Deutsch and not Nederlandse? Haha.

  33. You are my inspiration. I was ready to gave up; I've been to Prince Edouard island to learn English and i was surprised that after 5 weeks being there learning English i couldn't speak it!. I speak French, English, Spanish. I'm slowly getting better in Italian and Portuguese. Today, because of your method, I'm not afraid to make mistakes when i talk to native speakers, thanks! 🙂

  34. omfg dude you killed me with the Spanglish, if ever i heard such a thing, this would be very freaking accurate to how you sounded, very native Spanglish speaker you are lol

  35. I live in a small village in Ireland and nobody will help me speak Irish Gaelic because I'm the only GAY in the village .

  36. In addition to what you said, I would recommend that you read and listen simultaneously to the same material. Reading and listening to an audio book is what I mean. But interaction with others the best way.

  37. You’re amazing 😊 I’m in the process to start learning my third language which is Italian and I’m so motivated to do it because I love languages 😊👌🏼👌🏼 Feel free to send me an email, if you want to practice Spanish sometime.
    [email protected]

  38. The secret is "INTEREST and COMMITMENT " because if you are "interested and committed to learn", you will do everything, put your heart and mind in it by researching, reading, practicing and make the language you want to learn to be part of your daily life.

  39. I've discovered–FOR MYSELF–that speaking, and I think using the GoldList method, seems to work. I recommend Italki, and just talking. I got a book, went part-way through it, and got a teacher. Just a conversation partner who gives tips and vocabulary. It does work!

  40. His key message reminds me of what it takes to learn a musical instrument. The best way to learn an instrument is to actually start playing it.

  41. This is totally not my style, BUT… good on you, man, for encouraging people to be languages learners (as you said). 👍🏻

  42. First Lesson in Divehi (The language of the Maldives)

    English : Dhivehi

    This : mi

    This thing : meethi

    That : e

    That thing : eythi

    I (first person singular) : aharen

    want : beynun

    don't want : beynumek noon.

    eg: aharen meethi beynun. (I want this thing.)

    aharen eythi beynumek noon. (I don't want that thing.)

  43. You helped me I knew this already but didn't put it into practise because I gave u ptoo quicklu but once I made the decision to it as a way of life I felt instant improvement

  44. my humble opinion if you wanna speak from day one as you mentioned is to learn with pimsleur methode after you complete the three records you buy assimil and in six month times you will know the language you are targeting i mean you will be b2+

  45. i forgot to say you can have a try with michel thomas's course but still after you complete michel tomas's course you will need asssimil

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