February 16th, 2015
Episode 307 of 807 episodes
Mimicking is an intuitive part of learning a language. "People relate more to people who sound like them." -Idahosa Ness The Cheat Sheet: Why does the social element play such a pivotal role inlanguage acquisition? What is spoken in the streets of Nigeria and what can it teach us about learning a language? The most important tool you can have when speakinga new language is this - what is it? Is there a connection between learning music and learning languages? Freestyle rapping: why does he encourage people to do it once a day? And so much more... While there are many people who say they are fluent in multiple languages not all of them can back it up. Today's guest can and does. Idahosa Ness is the creator and founder of The Mimic Method, a program forpronunciation training and accent reduction for language learners. On this episode we talk about why mimicking is so key to sounding like a native speaker in any language, why the social element plays a key role in language development and the surprising connection between learning music and learning a language. All of that and more on this episode of The Art of Charm. Click Here to Support The Show and get 10% off Onnit! More About This Show: Idahosa Ness has always learned languages faster than people around him and one day he realized why: when learning any new language he would mimic native speakers, rather than using his native tongue to speak new words. He carried that skill with him through college and beyond. He taught himself Spanish while living in Mexico after high school, learned Chines while in college and then moved to Brazil after graduation. He taught English on the side and also immersed himself in the music scene of his new country. One day he made the connection between mimicking, foreign language learning and music. Idahosa was on a bus when he had this "ah ha!" moment and he literally made the bus driver stop so he could run home and jot down his thoughts. He took his revelation to the streets and spoke with Brazilians and gringos alike, testing out his new theory. Within a few minutes of speaking with each person he had them easily pronouncing words inaforeign language. Building on that success he honed his new approach and refined it until he could offer it virtually. From there he came up with the present day Mimic Method, a tool to help people learn languages through music and mimicking. On today's show we dive into the nuances of learning a language, especially as it relates to expanding and stretching your identity and how acquiring a language relates to learning music. Stretching and expanding your identity isn't a new topic at The Art of Charm,and one of the bestways to do this than to learn a new language. Idahosa's program and his own style of quick language learning comes from his ability to embrace the process, and stretch himself. We explain more of the details of this in this show. We also talk about how music and language learning are related, how to change your mindset to learn faster and easier and the intuitive process of learning a language. Much appreciation for Idahosa's expertise and insights, be sure to tune in and hear it all.And thank you for joining us, we'll see you next time on The Art of Charm. THANKS IDAHOSA NESS! If you enjoyed this session of The Art of Charm Podcast, let Idahosa know by clicking on the link below and sending him a quick shout out on Twitter: Click here to thank Idahosaon Twitter! Resources from this episode: The Mimic Methodweb siteIdahosa Nesson TwitterLuis Guzman scene from Anger ManagementThe Art of Charm bootcamps You'll also like: -The Art of Charm Toolbox-Best of The Art of Charm Podcast Wanna leave a comment? Too bad!Email meinstead (we read everything)! HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, please subscribe in iTunes and write us a review! This is what helps us stand out from all the fluff out there. Ways to subscribe to The Art of Charm Click here to subscribe via iTunes Click here to subscribe via RSS You can also subscribe via Stitcher FEEDBACK + PROMOTION Hit us up with your comments and guest suggestions. We read EVERYTHING. Download the FREE AoC app for iPhone Email [email protected] Give us a call at 888.413.7177 Stay Charming!