BECOME A MASTER LANGUAGE LEARNER: Level 2
OVERCOMING THE INTERMEDIATE PLATEAU
Throw your old textbooks out of the window. It’s time to reach fluency in a new way!
YOU DON’T NEED TO INSTALL A NEW APP… YOU NEED TO SHIFT YOUR MINDSET!
What if you could finally get unstuck with your target language and know for certain that you were going to become fluent?
What if you could practice your language skills through listening to awesome podcasts, and watching fun videos on YouTube?
What if you could become so good at that language that you could even move to a country where it is spoken, fit in well, make friends and build a new life for yourself?
Not bad, right?
it sounds like a DREAM, BUT IT’S ACTUALLY SOMETHING that
YOU CAN TURN INTO REALITY - YOUR REALITY!
The average learner’s life of using textbooks, grammar tables, mobile apps, and flashcards seems like a long way away from the life of fluent, immersed language use that I’ve just described. You may have even dreamed of such a life for yourself, only to find that:
- You feel like you’re making no progress, even after hundreds of hours of learning.
- Popular, beginner-level learning materials leave you bored, frustrated, and disengaged with the learning process.
- Understanding native-level books, movies, and television seems like an impossible task.
- You’re hesitant to speak, and even when you’re brave enough to try, you get tongue-tied.
- Anytime anyone tries to speak with you, your mind goes blank—you have no idea what they just said!
THESE ARE ALL COMMON REALITIES FOR
LANGUAGE LEARNERS AT THE INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
If you’ve lived through these things, it’s because you’re too skilled for beginner-level content, yet too inexperienced to enjoy content meant for natives. Even if you want to enjoy your target language as you would your native language, you just can’t. You’re not there yet.
For most people, it’s easy to get stuck at this point—this no man’s land between knowing nothing at all about your target language and knowing enough to actually use it productively in your day-to-day life. It’s where the pace of your learning generally slows, and progress becomes harder and harder to see.
In language learning circles, we have a name for this place: the Intermediate Plateau.
When you reach this plateau, you’ve typically lost that initial burst of motivation that comes with starting a new language.
Suddenly, that lost motivation is replaced with a different feeling—first a question, then a doubt, and finally a fear. A fear that maybe this is too hard for you right now. That maybe you’ll never reach fluency. That maybe you’re just not good enough to learn any foreign language, ever.
People who linger on the Intermediate Plateau for too long eventually find these thoughts, these fears to be overwhelming. Feeling stuck, with no clear way forward, they abandon their language learning plans, and move on with their lives.
I’ve seen many stories like this, and they’re all quite tragic. But not because these people aren’t good enough to learn foreign languages, but because I know that they ARE good enough—or would have been, if only they had known how to overcome the intermediate plateau, once and for all.
How do I know all this? Because in my own journey as a language learner, I myself have overcome the intermediate plateau many times—and coached hundreds of other learners to survive it, as well.
HI! MY NAME IS LUCA LAMPARIELLO
When I was a child, I only spoke one language: Italian, which is my native language. Now, as an adult, I speak over ten languages at a fluent level. I’ve used these languages in all aspects of my life: my business, my friendships, my relationships, and my personal development.
In fact, I’ve made it my life’s mission to not only learn as many languages as I possibly can, but to also share the knowledge I’ve gained in order to help people achieve their language learning goals. People like you!
I do this because I know just what it’s like to get stuck at the Intermediate Plateau, feeling hopeless, frustrated, and ready to give up.
In fact, that was my story with English, the language I’m writing in right now. Though I’m quite comfortable with English at this point in my life, that wasn’t always the case. I can still remember when, thirty years ago, I was barely able to string together simple sentences in the language, even though I had been studying it in school for over two years!
Sensing my frustration, my parents decided to hire an American tutor to come to my home and help me work on my English skills 1-on-1. I sensed that this was a good opportunity for me, but I felt even more demoralized when I realized that my pronunciation was so bad that my brand-new tutor couldn’t even understand me when I spoke the little English I did know. Talk about embarrassing!
That was the moment where I could have thrown my hands up in defeat and decided that nope, I was never going to be good enough to speak English fluently. It was the moment when the Intermediate Plateau almost had me beat.
But at that moment, I had something that so few language learners have when faced with giving up at the intermediate level—I had a guide! Even though I didn’t know the way beyond the plateau, my American tutor did, and she enthusiastically took me by the hand and taught me how to get through it, and reach English fluency.
In the time I spent learning English with her, my tutor taught me a number of valuable lessons about what it takes to learn a language successfully.
Specifically, I learned that to learn a foreign language successfully, you must:
Find or (create) rich, compelling, and comprehensible resources.
Learn from those resources in a fun and effective way
Immerse yourself in the language through a wide variety of authentic media
Design a rock-solid daily learning routine that fuels your motivation
Maintain that daily learning routine over the long-term, even in the face of significant challenges.
Since my days of learning English with my tutor, I’ve taken those lessons and applied them to each and every language I’ve decided to learn, and they’ve helped me reach results beyond my wildest dreams.
So in the end, it wasn’t talent that led me to language learning success. I’m certainly not a genius, or a savant. What helped me find success was simply learning a series of effective principles, methods, and strategies, and then applying them consistently over a long period of time.
That’s an important point, so I’ll repeat it: I learned principles, strategies, and methods, and then applied them consistently.
It’s not magic. It’s not rocket science. It’s just learning. If I can do it, you can do it, too!
In fact, I can show you how!
DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO START LEARNING
A NEW LANGUAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME?
Back then, I’m sure everything felt fresh and new to you. Because you were learning basic words and phrases, making progress seemed risk-free, and relatively easy.
As time went on, everything that once felt new suddenly felt familiar, and comfortable. You could understand a few things, say a few things—usually just enough to feel competent at the things you wanted to do. And because you felt competent, a certain range of learning activities became your "comfort zone".
This is probably where you are now.
There's an expression that goes "what got you here won't get you there".
In a language learning context, it means that to move beyond where you are now, you need to completely change how you do things.
And to move beyond the Intermediate Plateau, you specifically need to change how you go about practicing your target language. You need to move beyond what I call "simple practice", to a more challenging type of practice called "purposeful practice".
Purposeful practice is a research-backed form of skill development that involves breaking down skills into their essential components, recognizing and addressing your weak points, and then rebuilding that skill anew, stronger than it was before.
At its core, language learning is a set of skills, so if you can learn how to break down and rebuild your skills in this way, you can learn to stretch your capabilities beyond your "comfort zone", and finally move beyond the intermediate plateau.
Purposeful practice is a real game-changer, especially when it comes to learning languages at the intermediate level. However, it’s still not enough.
In fact, I believe that successful language learning is comprised of three key components: mindset, skill development, and organization. Purposeful practice represents only a small part of skill development. There are many more concepts to be learned, which involve preparing your mind, learning how to learn, and organizing your learning activities.
Fortunately, I’ve spent the last 30 years of my life learning and teaching languages so that I could understand exactly what those concepts are, and how they could best be taught to others.
It’s taken me a long time, but I’ve finally managed to distill everything I learned throughout those decades into a single, comprehensive language learning course for intermediate-level learners.
And you can enroll in that course today—right now, in fact!
BECOME A MASTER LANGUAGE LEARNER - LEVEL 2 -
OVERCOMING THE INTERMEDIATE PLATEAU
The course itself is divided into three parts, each of which is divided into modules. The modules, in turn, each have their own set of videos. In total, the course contains three parts, 15 modules, and over 50 videos!
PART 1 - PREPARING YOUR MIND
In the first part of the course, you’ll learn all about the importance of building a strong language learning mindset. This is a crucial but oft-neglected part of the language learning process—without this kind of mental preparation, even the best methods, resources, and tools will fail you.
Most people who skip this part of the process find that they run out of motivation to learn a language right when they hit the Intermediate Plateau—and that’s when you need motivation the most! This section of the course will teach you to build a strong connection with your target language so that you can generate motivation whenever and wherever you need it!
PART 2 - LEARNING HOW TO LEARN
In part two of the course, titled Learning How to Learn, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the principles, techniques, and strategies that will actually help you absorb your target language, and help you understand it at a deep, deep level.
Once you’ve built this understanding through practicing your listening and reading skills, you’ll then move on to speaking and writing, which are the output skills which will help you use your target language to connect with real-life native speakers.
PART 3 - ORGANIZING YOUR LEARNING ACTIVITIES
In the final part of the course, you will take everything you learned about mindset and skill development and put them together so that you can actually put it to use in your daily life.
Here, I’ll show you how to build a well-organized and multilayered language learning schedule that helps you progressively work towards even your biggest language learning goals. On top of that, you’ll learn strategies for adapting your learning schedule to your own interests and life circumstances, so that you’re never too bored—or too busy—to practice your language skills!
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FEATURES & benefits
CONFIDENCE & CLARITY
You will acquire the confidence of an effective learner and speaker of your target language, and obtain clarity about all key aspects of the learning process at the intermediate level.
You will know how to create and manage your motivation so you'll be able to fuel your language learning machine as much as you need, whenever you need it.
FIND PERFECT RESOURCES
You will be able to find (and even create) the perfect language learning resources for your needs and target language, based upon your interests, needs, and personal style.
Learn the art of learnig
You will gain a deep understanding of the underlying principles of language learning, which will unlock your ability to design and hone the perfect language learning strategies for your needs.
STRUCTURE YOUR SCHEDULE
You will learn how to implement all of the key learning techniques into your schedule, so that you can learn effectively over the long-term—even when you're at your busiest!
REACH FLUENCY IN ANY LANGUAGE
You will equip yourself with the mindset, skills, and organizational strategies to reach fluency in your current target language, as well as any languages you wish to learn in the future!
Introducing the Intermediate Plateau course
Featuring the one and only Luca Lampariello!
Now let’s take at how each part of the course is structured:
module 0- Introduction
In this introductory module, you will get a bird's eye view of the structure and content of the course and how to learn from it in an optimal, fun and effective way.
module 01- WHAT IS THE INTERMEDIATE PLATEAU?
In this module, you will learn exactly what the Intermediate Plateau is, and why it poses such an obstacle for learners who wish to reach fluency. Additionally, you’ll learn the three essential components of fluency, and how incorporating these three components into your life and language learning will help you move beyond the plateau. Lastly, you’ll assess your current language proficiency; this will help you gauge your progress as you implement the methods taught in the course.
module 02- HOW TO REPROGRAM YOUR MIND FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING
In this module, you will learn to change how you think about language learning so that you are equipped to overcome any obstacle you may encounter on the journey towards fluency. You’ll do this by transforming your limiting beliefs into liberating truths and connecting emotionally with your target language..
module 03- THE 7 PRINCIPLES OF SMART LANGUAGE LEARNING
In this module, you’ll learn the foundational principles which will pave the way for your success at the intermediate level, and beyond. If you understand these seven simple rules, you’ll understand when to learn, what content to learn from (and how to find it), how to practice in the most effective way, and how to prioritize different kinds of practice for both your skill and energy levels.
module 04- BUILD YOUR COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT MACHINE
In this module, you will learn how to find and organize a near-limitless amount of language content for improving your language skills at an intermediate level. This involves choosing high-quality, authentic resources, and adapting them so that they provide an optimal language learning experience, no matter your current level. Additionally, you’ll discover how to organize all of this content so that you can get the most value from it at a moment’s notice.
module 05- SMART LEARNING WITH PODCASTS (SLP)
In this module, you’ll learn a comprehensive, step-by-step process for taking authentic target language podcasts and use them to grow both your listening and reading comprehension skills over time.
module 06- SMART LEARNING WITH VIDEOS (SLV)
In this module, you’ll learn a comprehensive, step-by-step process for building a thorough understanding of target language video content. By deeply analyzing such audiovisual content, you will be able to grow your listening and reading skills, and deepen your knowledge of the target culture, as well.
module 07- SMART READING TECHNIQUES
In this module, you’ll learn to love reading as a tool for growing a deep and sophisticated vocabulary in your target language. This will be accomplished primarily through a technique known as Intensive Reading, which will help you gain a full understanding of any short text in your target language.
module 08- THE 3 PHASES OF EFFECTIVE MEMORIZATION
In this module, you’ll learn exactly how our brains go from seeing a piece of information for the first time, to transforming that information into a long-term memory. Your understanding of this three-part process will help to contextualize why many of the memorization techniques in this course are organized the way they are, and give you greater control over the process as you learn more sophisticated techniques in the next module.
module 09- SMART MEMORIZATION TECHNIQUES
In this module, you will learn to leverage your knowledge of the three phases of effective memorization in order to effectively memorize any piece of target language knowledge for the long-term. In particular, you’ll learn two techniques which will help you better memorize learned content, no matter how busy your schedule might be.
module 10- FROM LANGUAGE CONSUMER TO LANGUAGE USER
In this module, you’ll learn about a concept known as “Language Activation”. The goal of this concept is to take all of the passive language knowledge you’ve gained through all of the input methods in this course, and steadily “activate” that knowledge so that you’re ready to use it to practice output skills, such as speaking and writing.
module 11- BUILDING YOUR SPEAKING SKILLS
In this module, you’ll learn how to overcome perhaps the scariest part of learning a new language—actually using it with real people! To start, you’ll begin by learning the 5 Principles of Smart Speaking, which will turn the process of learning to speak from a frightening obstacle to a fun and fruitful, exhilarating learning experience.
module 12- SMART SPEAKING TECHNIQUES
In this module, you’ll take all of the theory you learned about speaking your target language in the last section, and finally put it into practice. The centerpiece of this module is a powerful, three-part activity known as the Smart Speaking Session. Through implementing all parts of the Smart Speaking Session, you will learn to have regular short conversations with a native-speaking language tutor and later analyze these conversations for maximal learning and long-term growth. Additionally, you’ll learn seven powerful techniques for getting the most out of your speaking practice, no matter the occasion.
module 13- SMART WRITING TECHNIQUES
In this module, you’ll learn how to steadily improve your ability to write in your target language. Specifically, this module focuses on using a disciplined daily writing practice as a means for improving your ability to think and use your target language, with the added time and flexibility that comes with writing your target language, rather than speaking it.
module 14- HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR LANGUAGE LEARNING SCHEDULE
In this module, you’ll learn how to take all of the myriad techniques you’ve learned in this course, and put them to use for you in a way that is straightforward, well-structured, and most of all: fun! By breaking down your learning schedule into three-month chunks, (which are further broken down into weekly and daily chunks, in turn), you’ll understand how to take even your most ambitious language goals and turn them into a sequence of achievable daily actions that will take fluency from a possibility to an inevitability.
While most online courses end once you finish watching the final video, I’ve built this course specifically to be an ongoing and ever-evolving language learning experience. To accomplish that goal, I’ve created an active and lively online learning community, just for students of this course. This will give you an engaging and motivating place to connect with hard-working learners just like yourself, and get any and all of your questions answered. The course is truly a comprehensive experience that will not only transform you into a confident, efficient and enthusiastic learner of your target language, but introduce yout o hundreds of equally motivated learners who will spur you on to fluency. As the old African proverb goes:
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together"
A comprehensive Course RoadMap
A visual overview of the course that will show how to traverse all the course content in the most effective way possible, and do so while working closely with other members of our Smart Language Learning Community!
Detailed breakdowns of every technique
Each technique taught in the course comes with a concise step-by-step breakdown in PDF format, which you can print and reference whenever you sit down to learn!
In-depth video demonstrations
Get a front-row seat to exactly how Luca implements each of the major techniques taught in the course!
individual language forums
Do you need help or advice on something specific to your target language? As part of our Smart Language Learning Community, you'll be able to visit a sub-forum dedicated to that language, so you can get all the assistance and inspiration you need!
Each month, you'll be able to attend special livestreams and Q&A sessions hosted by Luca and other instructors of the Smart Language Learning Academy. Of course, you'll also have ample opportunity to meet and interact with other learners just like you!
Recurring Language Challenges
If you're looking for motivation to reach your language learning goals, there's nothing better than working alongside others who are striving for the exact same thing. That's why we're implementing recurring 3-month language learning challenges, so that we can all climb the language learning mountain together!
Who Is This Course For?
This course is for you if
- 1You've been learning your target language for more than three to six months, and no longer feel like you're making progress.
- 2You want to learn new techniques and strategies for learning languages at the intermediate level.
- 3You already have an enjoyable learning routine, but you want to make it even more effective.
- 4You want to engage and interact with other intermediate-level learners.
- 5You're a graduate of our beginner course Become a Master Language Learner, Level 1: The Bidirectional Translation Method. (Note that this is NOT a requirement to take the intermediate-level OIP course)
This course is not FOR YOU if
- 1You've never tried to learn a language before.
- 2You’d rather play with language learning mobile apps rather than take serious strides towards your language goals.
- 3You’re looking for a quick and effortless way to magically become fluent.
- 4You're an absolute beginner in your target language (or have only been learning for less than three months).
- 5You are not are a serious learner who is committed to learning for months and years
- 6You're an experienced language learner who has already reached fluency in one or more languages.
- 7You are looking for a traditional language course that will teach you the ins and outs of one specific target language. For example, this is not a Spanish course. However, you can use what you learn in this course to learn Spanish, along with any other language your heart desires.
14-day Money-Back Guarantee
I offer a 100% money-back guarantee for this language training course. If, within 14 days of your initial purchase, you are not satisfied with this course, you may request a full refund for your payment for Become a Master Language Learner, Level 2: Overcoming the Intermediate Plateau. Just drop me an email and I'll return your money, no questions asked.
What other polyglots say about Luca and his language learning methods
This really depends on your level of commitment to following the modules and doing the action steps. If you put in the work every day, it should take you roughly 3 months to complete. On top of this, you’ll have the opportunity to do the 3-Month Challenge. We could tell them that if they put in the work, they WILL BECOME a master language learner.
Yes! You can log in and access the course materials at any time.
Yes! You’ll join an active and lively online learning community of hundreds of learners that have already participated in other courses. You’ll also have access to a separate space designed only for OIP participants.
There’s truly no such thing as being good or bad at languages. Anyone can learn a language, so long as they have the right mindset, the right skills, and a long-term learning plan. This course will equip you with all of those things. So, in short—yes, you can do this!
Unfortunately, no. However, if you have no previous language learning experience, you can click here to learn about our beginner-level online course, titled Become a Master Language Learner: The Bidirectional Translation Method.
Yes, absolutely! Specifically, this course was designed with high-beginner/low-intermediate learners in mind. The material is most suited for those who have been learning their target language for at least three months, if not more. That being said, this course can be suitable for more advanced language learners who are simply looking for interesting and innovative methods that they can apply to future languages.
The methods & techniques I teach in this course derive from my experience of learning and teaching languages for over 30 years. These are not simple tips, but (constitute) a tried-and-tested training that will help you overcome the intermediate level, provided you put in the work.
Ideally, you should have a good grasp of the basic structure of your language. Your level should be roughly equivalent to an A2 or a B1 on the CEFR scale.
Through this training you are going to be able to read authentic material, ranging from articles to books, you will be able to easily understand podacsts and videos, and you will start speaking with precision and confidence, not to mention the ability to write concise and precise texts. learn everything you need to reach spoken fluency in your target language.
Reaching a B2 level depends on a number of factors such as time on task, motivation, and language experience, so there is not an unequivocal answer. However, this course is going to make you an independent learner who will be able to learn any language efficiently and enjoyably over a long period of time. Under these circumstances, with new tools and a shift in mindset, success in learning any language to fluency is inevitable.
If you follow this training and do the 3-Month Challenge, you should reach fluency (B2) within 6 and 9 months, depending on your current level and your target language
Get Back on Track to Fluency Today!
Become a Master Language Learner, Level 2: Overcoming the Intermediate Plateau is the only course available that will teach you everything you need to know to put these powerful methods to work in your own life, for the languages you want to learn.
And you won't be alone, either. My team and I —along with our Smart Language Learning community— will be there to support you, every step of the way. Join today, and reach the fluency you've always dreamt of.