Welcome to Refold
If you want to be fluent in a language, then you’ve come to the right place. 99% of the methods on the internet won’t get you past basic conversation. Refold will.
Most methods are based on outdated ideas. They teach you to use grammar and vocabulary as building blocks to construct sentences. This works really well if you need to say a few simple things on your foreign vacation, but it doesn’t work for fluency. If you use traditional methods, your speaking will forever be clunky and unnatural.
Immersion is the only way to achieve true fluency.
When you hear the word “immersion”, you may think of expensive world travel. The good news is that you don’t need to travel internationally (or even leave your home) to immerse in a language.
Immersion simply implies consistent exposure to your target language. As long as you have internet access, you can immerse with unlimited streams of media from all over the world.
The Refold method is a map to fluency; a free, step-by-step guide explaining how to combine immersion, strategic study, and educational technologies to achieve high-level language fluency faster than any other method in the world.
With Refold, you’ll learn to understand a language before trying to speak it. Once you can understand a language, speaking is a piece of cake.
The best part: when you can understand a language, then you can have fun in the language. Learn through TV shows, movies, books, comics, and enjoy them in the language they were intended for. No boring textbooks, drills, or language classes. Just immersion in authentic language content.
Acquire. Don’t Memorize
Language isn’t math. Language doesn’t follow rules. Language is highly specific in unpredictable ways.
Other methods try to make language an equation, but you cannot simply take an English sentence and apply an algorithm to convert it into Japanese. The result just sounds weird.
For example: in English, we say “Have you seen my cell phone?”. In Japanese, they say “Do you not know my cell phone?”.
There’s no grammar guide in the world that can explain that. It’s just a quirk of the language. Every language is filled with thousands of these quirks. Instead of trying to memorize them, we teach you how to acquire an instinct for them so that you can feel what’s right and what’s wrong; just like you do in your native language.
The Truth About Fluency
There's a lot of opinions out there about language learning. It can be tempting to seek out a polyglot to ask them how to learn.
If you go on YouTube and search for language learning, you'll see titles like: “American speaks 30+ languages” and “I learned Spanish in 24 hours”.
The polyglots that create these videos are not referring to fluency. No one has ever become fluent in a language in 24 hours, or 7 days, or 3 months.
The author usually clarifies in the video that they only mean basic conversation, but the title alone is enough to leave language learners confused about the amount of time, energy, and effort it actually takes to become fluent in a language.
Apps like Duolingo, Busuu, and Babbel add more confusion by making wild claims like "learn a language in 10 minutes a day". These apps are not referring to fluency and you shouldn't place much trust in their marketing tactics.
The truth is that language fluency takes time. It’s vital for you to have a realistic mindset when starting this journey.
Our founder Matt (aka Matt vs Japan) learned Japanese to fluency in 3 years using immersion methods. He's well recognized in the language community as one of the best second-language Japanese speakers on YouTube.
“Your Japanese is probably the best I have heard a foreigner speak” - Steve Kaufmann, Polyglot, founder of LingQ
Our goal is to show you the true path to language fluency. No gimmicks, parlor tricks, or marketing tactics.
Ready To Get Started?
Click here to start reading our Fluency Roadmap. The roadmap explains every step from zero to fluent.
You can also join our free Discord community to connect with other learners who can help you along your journey.
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