Sometimes hard work is not enough to learn and integrate a foreign language
Language acquisition in children
During its development, the child will have to both select the sound elements compatible with his linguistic environment, and neglect to hear those who are absent from the phonetic structures that he perceives in his usual Entourage: he will be linguistic coding by adjusting to the sound structures of its own language. But this coding, because it is specific to each language, will quickly be a hindrance to learning a foreign language since it does not conform to the sound patterns of the mother tongue internised from infancy. Thus, a language is first a music, i.e. a set of specific rhythms and sounds. These rhythms and sounds constitute the fundamental sound substrate on which all other acquisitions (lexical, syntactic, semantic) will be grafted.
The testimony of Julien
Initially, my expectations of the Tomatis® method had nothing to do with foreign languages. Indeed, I do well enough in English, and I did not feel the need for help. However, what was not my surprise, after the second session, to note that my understanding of English had greatly improved, particularly with regard to the various English accents. Suddenly, I understood without difficulty, both the Texan and the Australian, as if I came, without special effort, to hear the "music" peculiar to each accent.
The purpose of the Tomatis® method is to give any person wishing to learn a foreign language, the possibility of genuinely appropriating his rhythms and sounds by allowing the ear to adapt effectively to the latter, in order to be able to analyse and reproduce them. This work consists in freeing itself from the rhythmic and sound habits of its own language, the latter exerting an often negative action on the language to learn.
The advice of your Tomatis® consultant
For those who want to start practicing differently and effectively learning a foreign language, I recommend you make a free appointment to discuss your project in the Center. You can also start practicing today with the Forbrain device, which you can order in clicking on this link.