I was the same way.
When I looked for language software on the Internet, everyone promised great results, but no one delivered.
That's why I built Deylandra. It offers a superior way to learn a language, GUARANTEED.
It's the closest thing to learning a language in a foreign country, without actually going there.
Deylandra is a video based website that features thousands of video clips from the streets of the country whose language you're trying to learn.
Every segment features a new person, new voice, and new background.
Why practice French in a classroom, when you can practice in front of the Eiffel Tower, on the beach in Monaco, or in a cafe in Bordeaux?
Try Deylandra Virtual Immersion and see for yourself!
6 Reasons Why Deylandra is Better
1) Deylandra features a new voice in every 3rd video clip. Other language programs feature the same voice over and over. If you take a language class, you'll primarily learn from one voice, the teacher's. It's better to learn from a variety of voices and to hear a variety of accents, because that's what you'll face when you actually move to or visit the country.
People who learn the proper "Oxford English" or equivalent in their language often have trouble comprehending people from the streets. That clear "radio voice" that you get in Rosetta Stone and other language programs isn't what you'll encounter when you move to or visit another country. With Deylandra, you're actually learning from real people encountered on the streets, so you're better prepared.
2) Deylandra doesn't focus on conjugations, grammar, or masculine and feminine words. Learning this way is unnatural and counter-productive. Think about how you learned your native language - babies don't learn their native language via classroom exercises. Most five year olds can't read or write, but they can speak their native tongue fluently.
Children learn their native tongue by watching others around them speak slow and simple sentences. Adults instinctively slow their speech when talking to babies in what is known as "baby talk." The slowness of speech in Deylandra videos is replicating this "baby talk" allowing you to learn in the same manner you learned your native language.
3) Like learning to play the piano or guitar, learning a foreign language requires practicing 2-3 times per week. If practicing feels like doing math homework, most people will give up after a few weeks. With Deylandra, learning a language feels more like watching TV... and most people have no problem watching TV 2-3 times per week... and thus, with Deylandra, people are more likely to learn successfully.
4) Price. Deylandra is only $99.95 for a 6 disc DVD or Blu-ray set that also includes 6 months of web access to all the videos in every language offered. That means for $99.95 you can practice 2, 3, even 6 different languages for 6 months. We offer a complete Money Back Guarantee if you're not 100% satisfied.
5) You get to see and experience the different cities and environments in the country whose language you're trying to learn. Imagine having a map of the world and being able to click on the city whose language you wish to practice, like Google maps street view, but with the ability to actually talk with people.
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6) Learning with Deylandra is fun!
In high school, I was forced to take 2 years of Spanish, but I remember thinking, when in the world will I ever be going to Spain? I grew up in California and had family in San Diego. We weren't allowed to visit Tijuana because of the drug violence. I remember thinking, when am I going to Mexico? Without proper motivation, everyday before class, I'd copy the homework from one of the smart kids. In college, likewise, most students would take a language class to fulfill graduation requirements, not because they actually wanted to learn the language.
One has to wonder, if taking a class in which 90% of the students aren't interested in the subject is truly the best learning environment? Taking a non-mandatory language class can help find you others who truly want to learn.
The second issue with language classes, is that it's not efficient in terms of amount learned per hour spent. If I'm running a business and am paying an employee $15 per hour, I want to make sure that employee is working efficiently with their time.
If I'm going to invest my time in learning a language, I want to learn efficiently with my time spent, and preferably learn as much as possible per hour spent, although I'm willing to sacrifice some efficiency for the sake of enjoyment and fulfillment. Non-mandatory language classes are good for socializing and meeting people, for providing structure, but not necessarily efficient on a per hour basis. Ask any 4 year language student how effective their speaking is, and unless they've actually lived in the country, they're speech is normally light years away from fluency.
There seems to be a myth, that floats around language schools that to truly learn a language one has to move to that country. This myth was first instilled in me with a Simpson's episode, where Bart becomes a foreign exchange student who lives in France. His adopted parents own a vineyard, abuse/overwork him and put anti-freeze in their wine. When he tries to tell a police officer, he's unable to speak French......but then .......he recalls his months in France and of being surrounded by the language.......and suddenly he breaks out in fluent French and informs the police officer, only to become a hero.
When I was 23, my best friend and I moved to Stockholm, Sweden. We had fantasies of being able to speak fluent Swedish after a few months of being surrounded by Swedish 24/7. This image prevailed that by being immersed in the language, we'd magically absorb it, just like a plant absorbs sunlight, or like how Bart learned French in that Simpson's episode.
After 2 months, we found that this "magic" absorption process wasn't working. Fast forward 3 years, and this time, I was living in Germany and running a small business with 2 German employees. I again wondered if, after a year of living in Germany, how good would my German be? I noticed that even though I was surrounded and immersed in German, I couldn't assign meaning to any of the German I was hearing. It was too fast and there were no subtitles. For example, you're surrounded by Germans at a restaurant, they're speaking German, one of them says "Der vergangene Winter war besonders kalt." How do you assign meaning to these words so that learning can take place? Without a way to connect meaning to the German I was hearing, learning could not take place, and I could not progress.
The best analogy I have is Wheel of Fortune. If some letters are revealed, one has a chance to guess the puzzle and thus the meaning. If no letters are revealed, one has no chance. Thus, moving to a foreign country is primarily effective only if one already has a background in the language beforehand. If one has a minimal background, then moving is only an effective means to motivate one to practice. If one cannot order food without learning the sentence, then one is forced to learn it. How does one learn a sentence to order food?
Okay, so I ask my German employees how to order food. I get a tape recorder and record it. I write it down and practice. They practice with me everyday. They have to speak slowly like they're talking to a two year old. Now, let me say this: having an adult constantly talk to you like a two year old can be slightly awkward. After a while, I said to my employees, you know what, let me grab my camera and I'll just record it, this way I can play it back when I need it, and it won't be awkward.
My cousin Randall who majored in linguistics, talks in the video about how language is like exercise, you have to constantly use it to be effective. Once you stop, just like with exercise, you'll lose your muscles.
I felt that if I reached a certain threshold of ability in German, that by using it everyday while living in Germany, it would continually reinforce itself until I was fluent. But I hadn't reached this threshold yet. When my German employees or friends would laugh or conversate, I couldn't participate, because my level of knowledge was so little. Once I reached a level where I could participate, even if just a little, it would continually reinforce itself and I'd get my daily "exercise."
This initial "threshold" of knowledge, is what a good language program should do. Unlike most students in a language class, you're reading this website by your own freewill. You actually want to learn the language. No one is forcing you.......and yet......if no one is forcing you.....will you still be motivated to practice in 6 weeks? That's why the software needs to be thoroughly enjoyable. I built Deylandra not with a background in language, but out of frustration over the current existing software.