In this article we’ll look at how hypnosis and language learning can go together to help you speak a foreign language better, be able to pronounce the sounds better, memorize vocabulary and pick up grammatical patterns. We’ll also look at why confidence and the way you think and feel about your language learning abilities affects your learning, examine the findings of scientists who studied the effect of hypnosis on particular aspects of language learning and more.
Learning a foreign language is very different from acquiring your native language when you grew up. As small children, language learning happens automatically, without structured efforts or explicit training. Children pick up their native language on the fly. They practice a lot, but it’s playful practice, not the kind of **effortfull and boring learning we endure as adults.
Every language learner reaches a point of frustration. When we’re not making progress as fast as we expect, it can seem that our **efforts are futile, and it can lead to all kinds of self-doubts. “Am I too stupid?” “I’m just too old to learn a new language.” “My memory isn’t good enough to learn all these new words.” “I can’t pronounce things this way.” This negative self-talk can have a limiting effect on your beliefs about yourself. And there is plenty of scientific research which shows that what you believe about your intellectual capabilities has a strong, measurable impact on your academic performance.
Maybe you’re struggling to remember words and meanings. It’s easy to learn some new vocabulary – but it’s also easy to mix different words up once you reach a certain amount of words.
And oftentimes there are unconscious blocks that hinder us from learning a language as fast and easily as we’re actually capable of. It’s often based on negative programming from your past. Maybe something a teacher said in school, maybe a conversation you overheard, maybe something your parents or class mates told you, or just negative self-talk.
Hypnosis And Language Learning
So how can hypnosis help you to overcome these challenges?
At the most fundamental level, it can help you to relax deeply. When you are relaxed, your mind is more open to taking in information. It’s not the “dull” kind of relaxation though that we get from watching TV – it’s a focused relaxation. You’re both relaxed and have higher powers of mental concentration.
Hypnosis alters your brain activity. If you would monitor a person’s brain activity with an EEG when they enter the hypnotic state, you would see that the brain switches to Alpha-Theta brain waves. In this state your mind is more receptive to taking in new information (like vocabulary or grammatical structure), and learning happens a lot easier.
Scientific Research About Hypnosis And Language Learning
In a 2006 study titled Improvement Of Foreign Language Pronounciation Under Hypnosis: A Preliminary Study ((DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-1770.1978.tb00310.x, link)) John H. Schumann, Jean Holyoyd, Russel N. Campbell and Frederick A. Ward showed that it’s possible to uses hypnosis for better pronounciation of a foreign language. For the purpose of their study they used the Thai language, which is particularly challenging because it is a tonal language. Each tone can have five different intonations, and each of these intonations can have a different meaning. For example there are 5 ways to say the word “kao”, and each of these has a completely different meaning (rice, white, old, eat, he). This and other tonal differences make mastering Thai pronounciation a very difficult task for Western language speakers. By utilizing hypnosis, the study subjects were able to master the foreign language pronounciation significantly better.
Language Learning With An Hypnosis MP3
It can be a big benefit to use hypnotic states for accelerated language learning. In the deeply relaxed state of hypnosis your perception, attention and memory functions change.
You’re able to engage in intense concentration, committ new vocabulary to memory more easily. You can initiate and maintain focused attention for long periods of time effortlessly.
Distractions – whether they are outside, like background noises, or inside, like distracting self talk – will fade away into the distance, and you’ll be focusing on the here and now, on the immediate task at hand: learning the new language.
You’ll be confident in your ability to quickly learn a foreign language, and feel motivated to practice regularly.
Imagine what it would feel like to speak another language fluently – to be able to read in a foreign language and understand what it’s about. When you are able to make conversation with someone in a foreign language without consciously having to think of the right words or pronounciation, wouldn’t that be great? It’s not going to happen overnight, but hypnosis and language learning are a powerful combination to help you get there faster.