“My priority was to listen and listen some more. To learn and then to learn some more. Mixing this all up, here is my own, personal brew of a language acquisition method that specifically targets Japanese and Chinese learners.” Kungfucius
The Kungfucius Method is a unique approach to language learning that aims to maximize comprehension and engagement through various techniques. At least that is what I want you to believe.
This method offers learners an immersive and enjoyable experience while building a solid foundation in the target language. In this article, we’ll explore the key components of the Kungfucius Method and discuss how it can help you achieve your language learning goals.
And remember: Language acquisition is about experimentation. This is the outcome of what I believe is the best method of language acquisition.
I. Emphasize on Comprehensible Input First
The Kungfucius Method places a strong emphasis on comprehensible input, which means exposing yourself to the target language in a way that is understandable and engaging. By focusing on input that is just slightly above your current level, you can progressively improve your language skills while avoiding frustration.
II. Prioritize Video Over Audio Over Text
This method encourages learners to prioritize video content over audio and text materials. Watching videos provides visual context and allows you to see body language and facial expressions, making it easier to understand the content. Audio content, such as podcasts and radio shows, is also valuable, but should be prioritized after video. Text materials can be useful, but should be introduced later in the learning process to build a strong foundation. Especially when it comes to Japanese and Chinese, you need a foundation first, before tackling written content.
III. Build a Foundation to Tackle Texts First, Then Read the Texts
Before diving into text-based materials, the Kungfucius Method recommends building a solid foundation in the language through audio and visual input. This helps learners develop a natural understanding of the language structure and vocabulary, making it easier to comprehend and enjoy reading texts later on. Moreover, it helps in acquiring a correct understanding of tones and pronunciation early on.
When it comes to texts in Chinese and Japanese, it is good to have a basis and work with graded readers first instead of really jumping into the task to go after material for native speakers.
IV. SRS as a 10% Addition to Comprehensible Input
While the Kungfucius Method recognizes the value of Spaced Repetition Systems (SRS) for vocabulary retention, it emphasizes that SRS should be used as a supplementary tool, accounting for about 10% of your language learning efforts. The primary focus should be on engaging with comprehensible input.
V. Listen, Then Listen More, Read, Then Listen Again
The Kungfucius Method suggests a cycle of listening, reading, and listening again to maximize comprehension and retention. By engaging with content in this manner, learners can reinforce their understanding and gain a deeper appreciation of the language’s nuances.
VI. Exposure to Comprehensible Input Over Production of Sentences
While practicing speaking and writing is essential, the Kungfucius Method advocates for focusing on comprehensible input first. This approach allows learners to develop a strong foundation in the language, making it easier to produce accurate and natural sentences when they’re ready.
VII. Context That is Important to You Beats Random Knowledge
The Kungfucius Method encourages learners to focus on content that is personally meaningful and relevant. By engaging with materials that are interesting and applicable to your life, you’re more likely to stay motivated and retain the information.
Plus, it reduces stress. You don’t need to follow up on vocabulary. If a word is important, it will show up again. No need to stress vocabulary learning tactics.
VIII. Examples Over Definitions Over Translations
The Kungfucius Method prioritizes learning through examples instead of relying solely on definitions and translations. By encountering words and phrases in context, learners can better understand their meaning and usage, resulting in a more natural grasp of the language.
The best “dictionary” is the one that just provides usage examples of certain new words. That is the best way to address new vocabulary.
The remote second best way is a definition in the target language.
And closely followed by a translation into your base language. Yes, sometimes a translation is good, but again, learning a new vocabulary by having many examples is the far superior approach!
Overall, this approach fosters a deeper understanding of the target language and helps learners internalize its structures and patterns.
IX. The Best: Comprehensible Activity
The Kungfucius Method also recommends incorporating real-world, fun activities into your language learning process. Activities such as hiking, climbing, dancing, singing, and cooking can provide a more engaging and immersive experience. Engage in these activities with native speakers or fellow learners, primarily focusing on understanding and having fun, rather than forming sentences yourself. Embracing a child-like curiosity and openness to learning in this way can lead to significant progress. This can also be lead and assisted by teachers! The future of classroom teaching is out-of-classroom teaching. This is the core of the Kungfucius method and we will work on making this a reality. Stay tuned!
Conclusion: The Kunfucius Method of Language Acquisition
The Kungfucius Method of language acquisition offers a unique and effective approach to language learning, emphasizing comprehensible input, engaging content, and a strong foundation in the target language. By incorporating these principles into your language learning routine, you can make the process enjoyable and effective, setting yourself up for long-term success in your language acquisition journey.