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Last week I wrote about Fluent Forever, a travel and language learning app that is the #1 most funded app in the history of Kickstarter. Since many of us that travel internationally have run into situations where we wish we knew the language and didn’t have to get by on hand signals or hoping the local speaks English. I lived for 2 years in the Dominican Republic as a Mormon missionary so I am (sort of) fluent in Spanish, though that of course didn’t help me when my son and I went to Sweden a few weeks ago! So when I got an email talking about a travel and language learning app that is the #1 most funded app in the history of Kickstarter, I was intrigued.
Fluent Forever book to learn languages
Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It is a book that has been out for a few years and aims to teach anyone any language quickly and in a way that you won’t forget it. It has pretty good reviews at Amazon – 73% are 5 stars and 13% 4 stars compared to only 4% as 1 star.
They sent me a copy of the e-book and I read it over the course of a few days. Initially I was a bit confused as to how one book could teach you ANY different language that you might want to learn, but I soon figured it out. The Fluent Forever method uses Spaced Repetition to help you remember the different vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar rules. There are many resources that people have used to help learn via the Fluent Forever method – one that I have been using for Spaced Reptition is Anki. I’ve been going through my flashcards for the past week or so and I will say I am TOTALLY fluent in German (errr not quite). But I am enjoying it and I do feel like I am learning.
Fluent Forever language app
The Fluent Forever app is designed to automate the method described in the book, so that it works faster and doesn’t have as steep a learning curve. So basically automating the creation and learning of the flash cards.
- The method is pretty different from other language learning tools out there.
- The content is different: It starts with pronunciation and ear training, and after that, it teaches the rest of the language without translation.
- And the way you learn that content is different too: You choose words and phrases and images to learn, and the app takes your choices and designs a customized flashcard routine for you to learn them.
- The crowdfunding campaign for Fluent Forever has become the most successful Kickstarter for an app in history.
You can fund the kickstarter in a few different ways from $5 up to $1400 – the more you pledge, the more “credits” you get toward time in the app. This could be additional languages, additional monthly credits, or a variety of other features. Check the kickstarter page for more details
Over $460,000 has been pledged as of this post (out of only a $250,000 goal) – pledges are currently scheduled to end on October 18th. I may receive a commission if you pledge through the links in this post.
What do you think about Fluent Forever? Have you used the book? Are you interested in pledging to the Fluent Forever app on Kickstarter? Leave your experiences in the comments