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