The biggest difficulty in acquiring a new language is the fact that the brain needs to develop a whole new structure for learning the second language because it is taught instead of being provided. Therefore natural acquisition is different to teaching a second language. Language Bridge Technology overcomes this problem by providing the second language in a nearly identical way to that in which the first language was acquired, thereby allowing the original neural system used to acquire the native language to be utilized for acquisition of the second language. Language Bridge Technology is a major contribution to the efficient way of training English skills, and the reason for its unprecedented success.
Hendrik van der Linde, Director of Studies GaoJie, Guilin, Guangxi, China
I can state, without reservation, that the remarkably effective methodology of learning English conversation described in the Language Bridge Technology is unlike any other system which I have encountered in the past. The system and mobile app has the potential to bring about a quantum change not only in the way adult students learn English, but also in the expectations applied to the study of English by the millions of highly motivated adult learners around the world.
What struck me most in the eBook was that all ten chapters are full of useful hints and tips for teachers and learners of English as a second language, such as how to overcome misconceptions and why learning grammar may kill the ability to speak. I was impressed by the built-in features that include three types of texts in each lesson. The new text that can be added by a learner or teacher is used for simultaneous speech shadowing while listening to a natural-sounding voice generated by text-to-speech software.
LBT ensures active learning because learners start speaking the foreign language from the outset and before being exposed to grammar rules or a vocabulary drill. Through the process of re-experiencing common, clearly-understood situations in a foreign language, learners acquire intuitive grammar and language patterns.
Dr. Nellie Deutsch, Blended Learning, Mentor to teachers
I am an Language Bridge Technology (LBT) - teacher certified in Active Training in English skills. I can speak for myself and for my students. They all have been making amazing progress since they started using the method. Here is why: right from the very beginning the students start speaking before they even realized it. They look at the texts and repeat after the speaker using the so-called speech shadowing and imagine that they are taking part in real-life situations. I think that the LBT is as close as possible to the natural way of acquiring languages. There are many novelties incorporated into LBT that makes it unique, such as priming implicit memory. It acts completely subconsciously, but its effect on your language skills is tremendous.
Another thing about LBT is that it is enjoyable to work with both on the part of the learner and teacher. The speech shadowing built into LBT does not feel tedious or boring. The whole system is well thought out so that the language acquisition process is effortless and gives the feeling of moving ahead really fast. I strongly recommend this product to anyone who is serious about learning English and speaking it fluently.
Andrzej Zieliński (Poland) certified teacher in Active Training
As a linguist and a language teacher, I am always open to new ways of teaching a foreign language, especially to less linguistically gifted adults. However, I have learned to remain skeptical, as the claims are often overstated and the results disappointing. Not so with Language Bridge Technology! What first appealed to me was the new concept in language teaching: simultaneous repetition.
An abiding memory of using Language Bridge Technology is the observation made by one Russian gentleman, “For the first time in my life I’m really enjoying speaking English.” He became relaxed in his learning program; relaxation brought achievement; achievement led to further relaxation and enjoyment. This learner voiced the experience of others. In my experience LBT delivers what it promises!
David Turnbull, a linguist and language teacher (Great Britain)
Language Bridge Technology Active Training in English skills is a system that successfully activates right-brain function concurrently with left-brain function with a minimally necessary grounding of content in the native language context, for purposes of making that content comprehensible to the learner. The system then proceeds to stimulate a priming of implicit memory through use of a “word cloud” graphically formatted to be resonant with the brain centers activated during true acquisition of a new language. This process continues with directed concurrent use of three faculties (vision, listening, and speech or typing) that reinforces visual images while suppressing the learner’s powerful subconscious habit of translating initially into his or her native language. The system also includes a feedback mechanism by which the learner may ultimately receive fluency scores for speech produced upon prompting by selections from the word cloud. The system impressed me deeply not only in the conceptually direct way in which it attacked what I believed to be the overwhelming obstacle in adult language learning, but also in the ways in which it manifested rapid results, which I could observe in the astonishing speaking abilities of the Polish students whose progress was documented in the videos that I sampled.
Lucille R. Kaplan, LRR Language Services (USA)
My name is Dr. Maya Wertheimer. For about two decades, I have been an active English educator. I am always open to new ways of teaching a foreign language, especially here in China where hundreds of millions of people are learning English. What struck me the most in Language Bridge Technology is that it uses speech shadowing of prerecorded lessons and drills and could be used both in the class and at home for self-instruction. Due to speech shadowing, the students’ active speaking time in the class increases manifold while creating a stress-free environment for intuitive acquisition of the language skills. All students are speaking most of the time and they don’t interfere with each other since they are wearing their headsets. The total noise does not affect the learners’ ability to speech shadow the recording and allows them to acquire language patterns faster.
Language Bridge Technology (LBT) allows learners to add to each pre-recorded lesson a new lesson of their own selection by copying any text from the Internet. The learners are then able to use the high-quality voice robot to speech shadow the lesson. My favorite feature in this Android application is that at the end of each lesson the learner finds an inspiring poem specifically selected for young learners and recorded by a native speaker. After a few repetitions, learners remember the poems by heart (similar to a song) since it resonates with their vision and feelings. It is rewarding to see students learn from LBT.
Dr. Maya Wertheimer, English educator in China.
The biggest problem in Training English skills is that most adults continue thinking in their native language while attempting to speak by translating their thoughts into English. We are afraid of making mistakes, and we prefer not to speak at all.The biggest accomplishment of the Language Bridge method is that it teaches you not to think or translate from your native language when you speak. It makes your life much easier because when you read, listen and speak at the same time you forget about your native language. Speaking becomes fun and pleasure when you automatically insert phrases from the lessons into your everyday conversations. And this new ability builds up your self-esteem and confidence.
You lose your fear of speaking and you observe that in a much shorter period of time you are able to communicate on a higher level, which you never thought was possible. It was obvious when I talked to those immigrants who came with me at the same time and who could not be a part of the Language Bridge program. The idea of being a child again and repeating the phrases and sentences after the speaker as children do when they start speaking, makes the process extremely easy and fun. Moreover, this method gives you the necessary foundation to survive within the new language environment and expand your active vocabulary.
Tatyana Yassenoff, actress and ESL teacher (Israel)