For a long time now, I’ve been working behind the scenes on doing a serious revamp of my flagship product, Fluent in 3 Months Premium.
And I’m THRILLED, ECSTATIC and OVER-THE-MOON excited to tell you that my team and I have finally finished this labour of love.
There is now a totally re-designed, shiny, brand new Fluent in 3 Months Premium.
We’re calling it Premium 2.0.
We’ve just officially launched Premium 2.0 today.
Today I also want to tell you something a bit more personal. And explain why my team and I love the new Premium so much.
The Story Behind The New Premium
My job as the founder of this amazing community is to help you, and people all over the world learn languages faster, better, from anywhere in the world.
And I love my job.
But sometimes it’s tricky. Everyone wants to know pretty much the same thing:
- What exactly should I be doing to learn a new language?
- Where should I start?
- How do I know what to study?
And yet, every person is different and learns differently. Some people are visual learners. Some people love to read, others hate it. So the answers to those questions aren’t quite the same for everyone.
The major constant for me in language learning, and you already know this, is that the best way to become fluent quickly is to speak from day one. Learn a few phrases, speak them. Learn a few more, speak them!
The first words I should learn – “Hi, I’m Benny, a blogger from Ireland” – aren’t the same first words you should learn. And those phrases are not going to be in any phrasebook or course I’ve ever heard of.
That’s where it gets tricky: the answers to those questions are different for nearly every person. And yet everyone wants to know, What exactly should I be doing?
So my team and I needed to find a way to create a programme for language learners that:
- tells you exactly what you should be doing to learn a new language…
- even though we know full well that the ideal steps are slightly different for everyone.
This has been the delicate balance I have been searching for, for the better part of a year now.
Luckily, I work with a team of very smart people, who are all successful language hackers. Because they know the problems every language learner faces, they’ve worked with me to create a kick-ass programme that meets those problems head on.
Enter Premium 2.0.
We LOVE the result. We know you will too.
Here’s how we’ve changed Fluent in 3 Months Premium to be our ideal language learning programme.
You’ll learn the language of your choice in a step-by-step interface.
For the total beginner, Premium 2.0 offers a proven language learning pathway for learning any language. There’s a clear start point, and a clear end-point.
You’ll start off learning how to be a language learner (language hacker), which in my book is a more important skill to have than any gold-encrusted, promise-you-the-world language product, course or software could ever be.
Even the best courses can’t jump off of the page or the screen and make you fluent in a new language. You have to know what to do with the materials.
And helping people understand this, helping you learn to be a language hacker and not just a language learner, has been my life’s work.
This pathway is also optional – so if you’re a more experienced language learner, you can skip ahead.
You’ll be guided through learning your first few phrases.
Note that I didn’t say we tell you which phrases to learn.
How could anyone ever know which exact words and phrases that you, as a unique individual, are going to need to say first?
Premium helps you understand the types of words and phrases are worth your time to learn right now, so you get the biggest bang for your buck.
But the specific words you learn are always personal to you. This way, you’re not wasting time learning how to say “receptionist” in your first week, when you’d be much better off learning how to say “blogger from Ireland or “software developer” or “professional boxing champion”, whatever it may be!
You’ll always know what to do next
We’ve added specific tasks you should complete, with checkboxes you can tick off at the end of each section.
This way you have a clear idea of what your next step is, and you have the dreaded un-ticked box holding you accountable for actually doing it.
You can store your own custom text right inside Premium
We’ve added a very cool journaling feature that you can use to write notes or to write down the phrases you’re learning.
Since you don’t need to leave the program to write these down, it makes it easier for you to stick with the programme, and complete all the tasks.
You’ll build a customizable schedule to keep you on track for the long-term.
We’ve thought hard about how to create a programme that stays with you even when you’ve stepped away from your computer.
Premium 2.0 gives you clear direction for how to create a learning routine that works for the short term and the long term. Our Resources section now includes an example schedule for inspiration, a blank schedule that you can fill in, as well as lots of guidance for how to fill it in. There’s also curated list of our top recommendations for what types of resources you should include.
You’ll start with our top suggestions, but you’ll also integrate variety into your routine, so that you discover new approaches to learning that you never knew existed.
One thing hasn’t changed.
Even with all these extra features, the heart of Premium remains the same as always:
I believe strongly that no single course or book can bring a person to fluency. There’s no list of the exact words to learn or the exact resources to use, that works for everyone.
Premium is my answer to this problem.
It guides you in the types of phrases you should be learning, the types of learning activities you should be doing, the types of resources you should be using. It gives you all the information and guidance they need to do just that.
…But it also allows you (and helps you!) you to personalize the phrases you learn and the resources you use based on your life, interests, and learning style.
Premium 2.0 is your guide to becoming a completely independent language hacker.
I’d prefer you become the best language learner you could possibly be, than try to follow prescribed specific steps that really may not be ideal for you. Premium acts as that inspiration to get you on your best path.
Happy language learning!
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