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  • Hey, what's up guys?

  • I'm Aaron from Fingtam Languages, and I'm really excited

  • to announce the release of my own language learning book series on Amazon,

  • that you can use to learn multiple languages

  • using the exact same methods that Iuse

  • when I'm personally learning languages

  • Now, I've made videos before about how I love using simple books

  • as comprehensible input

  • when I'm learning a new language. But the problem is that

  • usually the only books that are simple enough for me to read are

  • children's books, which is fine

  • but there are a few problems with that.

  • The first being, children's books just usually

  • are not that interesting to adult language learners.

  • The second problem is that children's books

  • are designed to be read by native speakers.

  • So they usually make no effort at all

  • to help you learn the language.

  • And that can make these books more difficult than necessary

  • because even very young native speakers can usually understand

  • expressions and colloquialisms

  • in the native language

  • that adult language learners might not understand.

  • So that's why I decided to make my very own

  • language learning book series.

  • This series was birthed out of need.

  • The first book in the series is called "The Little Dragon."

  • At first it takes the form of a basic storybook with simple sentences

  • and lots of pictures to help you understand what's going on.

  • But the same story gets told multiple times.

  • Once for beginners, once for lower intermediate learners,

  • and once for upper intermediate learners.

  • Up to about a B2 level.

  • It's the same story, but as you move

  • through the levels of the book,

  • the plot of the story starts to get a little bit more in depth

  • and the book starts to focus on more

  • complex grammatical constructions and vocabulary.

  • Now let's talk about strategy.

  • The philosophy here is to get you started using

  • comprehensible input as early as possible.

  • This book is designed to

  • be used with an "intensive reading" strategy, which means

  • at first you won't understand a lot of it.

  • But you keep studying, and you keep reading the story

  • until you're able to understand almost all of it.

  • And there are some additional resources available after each section of the story

  • to help you with that.

  • The stories are really short, and I recommend you

  • take five to ten minutes once a day every day

  • to read through the level you're currently on.

  • And keep doing that every day

  • until you understand the story, and you're able to

  • explain the grammar, and the vocabulary in that section.

  • And then you move on to the next level.

  • After the beginner story, there's a question and answer section

  • that's written in the target language. And there's a purpose for that.

  • That serves the purpose of

  • making sure you get exposure to lots of different ways

  • that questions can be formed in the target language.

  • As well as just giving you a check

  • to make sure you understood

  • everything that was happening in the story.

  • There's also a small glossary

  • of words and phrases that you might not know yet after each story.

  • And one of my favorite parts of this book

  • is that it comes with a link to a free audiobook

  • that's read by a native speaker.

  • And there's two recordings of the audiobook for each language.

  • The first one is very slow so you can

  • clearly make out everything the narrator is saying.

  • The second one is read at a normal, conversational speed.

  • So you can get used to

  • how native speakers actually talk.

  • When I personally use this strategy for language learning,

  • I read it by myself alone

  • and then I read it while listening to the audio.

  • And I start off early on listening to

  • the very slow audio.

  • Until I start to get used to it, and get comfortable with the speaker,

  • and then I move up to the faster, conversational audio.

  • You can also pause the audiobook and repeat

  • after the narrator if you want to practice your pronunciation.

  • And practice sounding more like a native speaker.

  • At first, the story's going to be available in

  • English, Spanish, French, Thai, and Toki Pona

  • but I'm hoping to get more translations done

  • by professional translators in the near future

  • so I can release it in other languages as well.

  • I just opened pre-orders for the kindle e-book

  • And if you order now, you can have your copy by

  • April 2nd, 2020.

  • And hopefully, I'll be able to release

  • paperback copies within the next month or two.

  • So I'm really excited to hear you guys' input

  • about how this method works for you.

  • And I'll include the links to the amazon pages down

  • in the description below, so you can go check it out.

  • It's pre-order right now for the next week or so, and then after April 2nd 2020,

  • And then after April 2nd 2020, it'll be available

  • for regular purchase.

  • So thanks for watching the video. Check out the links to the

  • Amazon page if you're so inclined. And I'll see you guys next time.

Hey, what's up guys?

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