Hippo Family Club’s “Hippo Goes Overseas”

I’ve been listening to Chinese and Japanese on and off just changing my environment. Made some progress on Mandarin while I was in Taiwan for a month in Dec/Jan.

I have a TW friend who speaks about six languages with a high degree of fluency. That’s German, French, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Japanese, Korean. He swears by the Hippo Family Club method which he picked up in Japan. I researched it a little online, but seems rather hype-ish. He lent me his English copy of their “Anyone Can Learn 7 Languages” and I read it, but it’s still been difficult for me to figure out how this acquisition things works.

Today he gave me a copy of the recordings (7 cds worth) because he was under the same impression as me when he first heard of it. I started listening to the CDs and I have to say I am actually impressed.

Let me give a break down of how it works.  Each CD is the same story (Approximately 50 min) presented 7 different ways.

The first way is this:

Track 1 - Korean 0:23
Track 2 - German 1:00
Track 3 - Japanese 1:58
Track 4 - Mandarin 1:43
Track 5 - Spanish 1:17
Track 6 - English 1:35
Track 7 - Korean 0:42
Track 8 - French 2:20
Track 9 - Spanish 2:48
Track 10 - Japanese 1:56
Track 11 - English 1:22
Track 12 - German 1:15
Track 13 - Mandarin 1:05
Track 14 - French 0:38
Track 15 - Korean 1:56
Track 16 - Japanese 1:31
Track 17 - German 1:21
Track 18 - French 0:42
Track 19 - Spanish 0:31
Track 20 - Korean 1:38
Track 21 - English 1:03
Track 22 - Mandarin 1:34
Track 23 - French 1:31
Track 24 - Japanese 2:53
Track 25 - German 1:09
Track 26 - Spanish 4:28
Track 27 - Mandarin 1:41
Track 28 - German 1:11
Track 29 - Korean 0:43
Track 30 - English 1:02
Track 31 - French 1:06
Track 32 - Japanese 2:12

So the other 6 CDs have an equivalent structure, so you get every part of the story in each lesson, but they are all mixed up. I like this. The intent is just to have this going as your environment and attempting to mimic it over time. I will try this for a month and see how it goes. Hopefully this will act as a resource for the near lack of information about Hippo as well. I am impressed after finally seeing their materials, but wasn’t until I actually heard the audio.   Full speed, native speakers, not foreign language material

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