Quite possibly the most efficient, sustainable way to learn a foreign language


75% talking, 15-20% study, and 5-10% training
I would like to share with you a method and a mindset of self-guided, worry-free language learning. In a nutshell, here's what it's about:
75% — real-life conversation practice with your attention focused on the right things

15-20% — processing what you picked up during conversation practice using an eight-step algorithm

5-10% — speech exercises and articulation training
The Frictionless Mastery method is identical for beginning, fluent, and near-native speakers. It works equally well whether you spend five hours a day or five hours a month on language learning. It can cost little or nothing to put into practice.

A meeting of the Tbilisi German Club.
Relationships draw you back into a
foreign language again and again.
For the vast majority of people, the only way to make sustained robust progress in a foreign language over the course of months and years is to build personal relationships in the language. Friendly socializing will thus be the core of our language learning routine. We'll waste no time getting started.

It's not hard these days to set up conversation practice in person or online. I will help you make this critical step within the first 20 hours of language study. We'll make it as painless as possible, but there will be pain. It's like attending your first yoga, dance, or martial arts class. You cannot "study away" the clumsiness.

It might not be clear at first what to do during conversations, especially when you can barely put two words together. I'll show you how to get the most out of conversation practice at any level of proficiency.

Steps 4 & 5 of the algorithm
The eight-step Frictionless Mastery algorithm is designed to maximize your speaking and listening skills. As a side effect, it also trains your ability to read and write. However, if it's just reading and writing that you're interested in, then my method is not for you.

ANNOUNCEMENT: AS OF DEC. 2, 2016 THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AS AN E-BOOK AND WILL SHORTLY BE OUT IN PRINT!

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(c) 2016 Richard DeLong.