S.S.I.W. Aran Jones the Quack - hgunn.uk

      Hurd and Murphy of the Open University (2006) contended that:   

    “Often as learners we set off with unrealistic assumptions, some of which may be fostered by the advertising employed by some course providers of language learners, along the lines of 'Learn a language in three weeks!”

          The open University is a very respected course provider.  When learners learn modern foreign languages, which are majority languages in countries, when they go to those countries they must use the language in some form. It may be  uttering a few words are a few childish sentences.  
 Michael Eysenck, who is cognitive scientist, who writes course books for  cognitive science undergraduates, who is clearly a very intelligent person, who understands the cognition of language learning stated that:-

“I spent 10 years at school learning French, they have spent numerous summer holidays there. I can just about read newspapers and easy novels in French. I can write coherently if not somewhat ungrammatical French. However, in common with many British people, I find it amazingly difficult to understand rapidly spoken French, and my ability to speak French as poor.”

Hieni Gruffud is a very respected Welsh language tutor was quoted saying (Newcombes e) mood swings rewards

“Hieni Griffud is surely right in stressing that it is not in attending classes  up to 200 or 300 hours that  produces fluency. This is the foundation on which learners must build.  According to Hieni, attendace on coursed and. or  exposure to the lanhuage for 1500 hours is what produces confident speakers”.

Hieni Gruffud claims are not sourced referenced. And Prof Sarah Eaton was in Calgary School of Education, claimed when she was in a lanugage research institute said:-         

          Let’s be honest. Learning a language is not easy. There are companies out there who make big bucks selling slick packages with audio programs and pocket books, touting the idea that you can listen to their CDs or MP3s in the car, or on the bus and learn a language. There’s even been an idea circulated that if you listen to these programs while going to sleep, that you’ll magically wake up with that knowledge embedded in your brain and words will flow from your mouth with ease.

What these companies are selling is hope. They are selling the idea that learning a language is effortless. What is more common is that people struggle. Even Mahatma Gandhi, who was deeply intelligent and patient, confessed to finding it difficult to learn languages.

Remember the “10,000 hours to become an expert” rule. If we consider fluency to be the same as being an “expert” in speaking a language, then a learner may well invest 10,000 hours in their language studies to attain fluency. People will shak signe their heads when they hear that. No one wants to believe it really requires that much work. The challenges of learning another language are immense. There's vocabulary to be acquired, grammar to master and verb conjugations to memorize. All of this information must be internalized, synthesized and then reproduced spontaneously as interactive speech. It's an enormous feat. It's an enormous feat that millions have undertaken. Those who achieve fluency put in lots of hard work.

Para Eaton research is sourced reference. Only 10,000 hours need to create native fluency is accepted by scientists is what is needed to create mastery. He is a notional figure. Books can be written on what it precisely means. It does illustrate the scale of the task.

Dr Margaret Newcombe of Cardiff school are well states

This exaggerated claims by publishers, and titles such as learning Welsh in three months means learners become daunted very early on when experience does not match up to expectations.

Aran Jones the Welsh Language activist has been claiming on his S.S.I.W. website:-

     Some people spend YEARS learning Welsh – but never cross the bridge to becoming a fluent user of the language. If you’re reading this, you probably already feel that you haven’t learnt Welsh as quickly as you had hoped. Maybe you’re worried that you might be trying to learn in the wrong way, and you’d like to know how to do better, and how to find learning Welsh easier.

       Aran Jones also claimed in the North Wales Post when he offering two housing minister the chance to learn Welsh :-

       We have been running experimental intensive courses for a few weekends. If they can spend six to eight hours a day learning Welsh, then it’s possible that they will be able to speak it confidently and with ease. Then, it’s a matter of spending 30 minutes a day practising and speaking so that CCG’s main internal language remains Welsh.”  

and he claimed in Media Wales about his Manx in a Day Stunt:-

      The intensive day’s learning will run from 8.30am through to 7.30pm, when Aran – who has never previously learnt any Manx – will attempt a live conversation in Manx with Adrian Cain, Manx Language Officer for Culture Vannin.


           The problem with learning any new language that is ever lasting journey as opposed to a destination and can be reached. As Grosjean contends that words like 'speak' he language can mean anything. Even putting fluency in front of the word 'fluency' in front of the word speak could be referred to someone saying 'bore dda' fluently.

           I must also place the word bilingual. Most people concept bind being bilingual is 

'  that they can do everything the same into languages. This is not the case.the concept of bilingualism is extremely complicated.

       The problem with those tutoring second language is extremely requires high-grade teaching skills to apply effectively. If children learners memorise phrases like for parrots does give the initial sense of progress, because they will be able to communicate using the language, but it is not providing secure avenues lead towards ever-increasing levels of language fluency.    

        Course providers get the money as learns increasingly give up learning.