This is a link to a discussion on the Goldlist Method again by some pretty hardcore polyglots, most of whom seem to like the method, although unsurprisingly there are dissenting voices. After all, the people who have already learned a number of languages successfully will already in the main have their pet methods, and the fact that any people in that category are willing to add the method to their arsenal is a great boon. My main case for it rests however with the people who have written to me getting success for the first time in language learning by applying the method and understanding the underlying truths about language learning – which of course it doesn’t have any kind of monopoly on – which were the reasons they failed before with conventional classroom learning, and not from their own fault.
I don’t think I will join in the discussion on LingQ, one YT friend indicated that the discussion is there, but on previous occasions when this has been discussed and I’ve chimed in it has put the discussion to death a bit. And believe me it is a great pleasure for me to read intelligent, unfettered discussion about the method.
Please go and have a look. You don’t have to be a registered member of LingQ to review the site, although you might want to look around and see if a sub there is for you. I like Steve Kaufman and have no qualms about plugging his place. Most people spend a lot more on Language Learning than they’d need to spend to get a top-level membership on there, and be engaged in studying and teaching languages all day and every day.
Here are a handful of my favorite quotes from the discussion, by various people:
The method was first invented by an English guy living in Poland (I believe his name is David James.) He seems to be a little strange…
Perhaps he is simply living proof that human genius and human madness are very close together!?
Very possibly. Who knows?
Some of this videos are funny, some aren’t.
I have been using the Goldlist method since last December, and it seems indeed that on average I remember 30% of the words in each list. I have only done the first distillation so far, but it seems to work indeed, and it is faster than an SRS protocol.
I didn’t know about Mr James’ contribution to the polyglot book before Sebastian pointed it out in his post yesterday. I spent several hours last night reading most it, and I agree it makes pretty interesting (and unusual) reading.
I liked the way he describes learning Italian in classes at school, while teaching himself Russian at home using Linguaphone and the older version of “Teach Yourself”. The result: he got a top mark in the ‘O Level‘ Russian Exam, and a lower mark in the ‘O Level’ Italian exam – leaving his Italian teacher entirely perplexed! :-0
His recollections of having a little run-in with the KGB while on a student exchange in the old USSR during the 1980s is also quite funny in the telling (although the actual experience of a KGB-third-degree was doubtless anything other than ‘funny’ for a student 19 or 20 years of age!)
Those CANNOT be his own eyebrows
- Foreign Language Learning: Critical Skills for a Fast-Moving World (nafsa.org)
- Quiero aprender español. Es LingQ.com un buen sitio web para eso? (ask.metafilter.com)
- How to Learn Japanese in Five Easy Steps! Learning Japanese Online and for Free (socyberty.com)
- Learning language concepts from other languages (kaetslanguages.wordpress.com)
- An approach to language learning for reading literature (readingwithphilology.wordpress.com)
9 thoughts on “Goldlist Method Discussion on LingQ Forums – How to learn languages”
Thanks for providing the link to my article.
Thanks for doing it in the first place!
And sometimes to useful things, of course. I just think the other things are funnier.
I like how you put Wikipedia links in your posts. Sometimes to common things that everybody knows about anyway, and this time to an English guy named David James.
That’s right. The wikipedia link to Steve Kaufman wasn’t the same Steve and the wikilink to me wasn’t the same me. That was fair, and one of my attempts at subtle humour.
I read this post and some of the stuff linked from it, and did a blogpost today (http://kaetslanguages.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/initial-thoughts-on-a-long-term-vocab-learning-system/) on my first thoughts on your system. In short, it may well be very good but probably isn’t for me. I hope I’ve been fair, but if I’ve made any serious errors please let me know. I am upfront that I haven’t examined the system in depth.
Well, I’ll have a look at your blog post and see if you have made a case why it wouldn’t be for you.