Language Transfer (www.languagetransfer.org) is a project which offers free downloadable language courses with a methodology that explores the pluralism in our languages and teaches practical speaking in record time!
Apart from the free downloadable courses, we also give fascinating language workshops all around the world! To see if there is one near you, or to arrange one, get in touch with us!
Language Transfer is an independent, unaffiliated and unfunded project!
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Language Transfer is a labour of love, creating the most effective but kind, exciting yet reassuring, simple yet profound language courses out there... and what's more, LT puts them out there for free!
The project is spearheaded by Mihalis Eleftheriou, a linguist with an inexorable passion for sharing language. With the assistance of LT users, Mihalis creates these unique works of both engineering and art, dubbed the 'Thinking Method' courses, for all the world to enjoy with unrestricted access!
These exhilarating courses make easy work of acquiring the framework of a new language, in which the learner constantly stops to teach themselves, with nothing but their own thoughts. No paper, no technology other than the class recordings, no mindless memorisation, just us, our thoughts, and speaking from the get-go! A language needs to end up in our heads, so that's exactly where we begin!
Each course teaches the structure of the new language in such an exploratory, interactive and conscious fashion, that learning the language might almost feel like a secondary byproduct of another journey!
A life changing experience for many, the Language Transfer project just keeps on delivering and everyone seems to agree, nothing works quite like LT!
How LT ticks
If the courses are free, how does LT run?
Project costs are funded through the voting campaign, occasional donations, and the option to commission a course.
User contributions are so valued that project costs are always kept to a minimum -going somewhat beyond the non-profit model to one of unparalleled efficiency! Mihalis works with native speaker volunteers sourced from the usership of LT, who act as proofers whilst he researches the new language and experiments with course writing! Volunteers get to see their own language in a whole new light assisting Mihalis during the course writing period.
Material is tested with volunteer students and in open public workshops. After a period of editing, the course is ready to be recorded.
Volunteers once again help with proofing the new audios prior to release, and with their creative skills to disseminate the courses!
In this way, we have created a spontaneous and fluid 'organisation' (there is no fixed organisation), and the result is a project that breaks all the rules about how stuff is and gets done!
Why haven't we been taught to think? And enjoy thinking?
In most of our sterile education systems, individual thinking often interrupts a 'methodology' based on mindless memorisation.
The Thinking Method understands true learning as the result of thought, and the role of the teacher to stimulate, make conscious and facilitate that thought. We move away from memorisation, yet we remember better than ever. We stop worrying about our memory, we're thinking about the language.
We constantly apply what we know, building sentences in our new language -not sentences we want to memorise of course... we care about the construction, not the wall!
This works either slightly or wildly different for every language and thus the method isn't a format or recipe for language deconstruction, but a way to treat and look at language. Each language course is different from the others, and each course represents a slice of an overall, and expanding, language consciousness offered by LT.
A lot of energy goes into making each course as seamless an immersion as possible into the world of language, taking a path through the new language that has been intricately thought out and tested.
Due to popular demand, material is planned on course writing with the Thinking Method, so that users can confidently create courses in a language they speak, or one they want to learn, learning it in the process!
As Mihalis puts it, the quickest way to learn a language is with the Thinking Method, the second quickest way is to build a course with the Thinking Method!