There aren’t really any “secrets” in the Ultimate Language Secrets program by Owen Lee – much of what the author communicates is common knowledge and can be found elsewhere on the Internet – but the course is presented in a form that make the process of learning languages a lot easier than might otherwise be the case. And it is all delivered in only 181 pages; concise enough to keep the reader motivated to complete the course, but long enough to present a comprehensive guide to learning languages in general.
Essentially, Ultimate Language Secrets is concerned with the “how” of learning a language. The techniques and tips provided are applicable to the study of any language, no matter how different that language might be from one’s mother-tongue. Thus, a native speaker of English wanting to learn, say, French or German, will find that the same basic techniques work just as well for learning Asian languages such as Korean or Chinese.
So, what are some of the tips offered in the course? It would be remiss of me to reveal them all of course, but a few examples will suffice to give some indication of what is on offer.
Most people, for example, find learning vocabulary difficult, especially for those who have poor short-term memories. In order to make memorising words simpler and more effective, a technique called “repetition in intervals” is detailed. Rather than just repeating words over and over in one’s mind, like a person might do physically when learning to play a musical instrument, specific time intervals are recommended between periods of memorisation. This results in better word retention, as does the learning of new words just before retiring at night.
Another useful tip for remembering new words is to associate those words with images. I regularly use this technique in my current study of the Thai language. For example, the Thai word for “rubbish” is very close to the English word “kayak”, so initially I memorised the word by associating rubbish with a kayak being rowed down a polluted river. This technique may sound rather strange, but it has worked like a charm!
Grammar is also given its due importance in the book, but it is presented in a distinctive way. Rather than struggle through endless arrays of intricate grammatical rules and structures, Owen Lee suggests people still need to learn the rules but only at a basic level. This enables the quick learning of everyday conversational language, although it is unlikely to result in students reaching a level required for use in professional situations.
Apart from instruction in the usual elements of language such as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, the focus early on in the book is with motivation and goal-setting. In this regard, the value of the Ultimate Language Secrets program really comes to the fore, particularly if the student takes them on diligently. The need for short-term, mid-term and long-term goal-setting is especially given high priority, as is setting the bar at an “unreasonably” high level using the psychological tool of believing one must achieve a goal rather than merely should achieve it.
Finally, no language course being offered on the Internet would be complete without the addition of freebies, and Ultimate Language Secrets lives up to this expectation in spades. There is a guide to the cultural and historical aspects of languages that makes the connection between culture and language clear; there is a book explaining the different language families, which could be of use if one wants to learn more than one language; there is a short book summarising the geographically placement of languages and the number of people speaking those languages; and there is a book on basic phrases of some of the major languages in the world.
There is a lot more to Ultimate Language Secrets than what has been presented in this review. We recommend the course for people who want to quickly learn a language or several languages at a conversational level. Click here to go to Ultimate Language Secrets and see if this course is for you.