BLOG SURFS: For grownups

So many language programs boast their superiority by claiming they teach you the same way you learned your native language as a child.

Not Fluenz.

“Up until now, people have been limited to the

‘see a picture, memorize the word’ language programs that teach adults as if

they were children. But, adults learn differently

from children,” says Carlos Lizarralde, co-founder of Fluenz. “That’s why Fluenz introduces a tutor who incorporates the user’s knowledge of English grammar and syntax as leverage for reaching fluency in the shortest time possible.” Part of what Fluenz advocates is using a student’s native language to their advantage; emphasizing similarities in Romance languages and grammatical similarities with Chinese, for example. That makes sense to me.

I decided to put this theory to the test. I opted for French, a language several people I know can speak — that way, they can tell me how I sound. —