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Chigusa: Welcome to a special Inner Circle Audio Lesson! I'm Chigusa and I'll be your host. My co-host today is the founder of InnovativeLanguage.com... Peter Galante!
Peter: Hi everyone! Peter here.
Chigusa: In this Inner Circle, we’re talking about…
Peter: How to Get a Return on Your Language Learning Investment.
Chigusa: You’ll Learn...
Peter: One: One of the Biggest Reasons Why People Fail.
Chigusa: Two: How to Get a Return on Language Learning.
Peter: And Three: How to Track Your Results.
Chigusa: So you can master your target language and reach your goals!
Chigusa: Listeners, welcome back to the Inner Circle.
Peter: Last time, you learned about the “Easiest Way to Start Writing, On Your Own...”
Chigusa: ...with our learning program. So, Peter.
Peter: Yes, Chigusa?
Chigusa: Last time we talked about a tactic for improving writing skills! Where you copy...
Peter: ...and write things out by hand, right?
Chigusa: Yes, that’s it! So, are you still writing out FrenchPod101 lesson dialogs?
Peter: I am. It’s actually a very easy routine to stick to.
Chigusa: Oh, really? Why is that?
Peter: Well, there’s no thinking involved. You don’t have to worry about “what to do...”
Chigusa: You just copy and write it out?
Peter: Exactly. So, as promised last time, I’ve been sticking with that.
Chigusa: Great! And what about speaking. You also promised us... 7 minutes of French conversation.
Peter: Ah, yes, that was... the... goal...
Chigusa: So? Results? Did you hit your goal?
Peter: I did not, Chigusa. I failed.
Chigusa: Oh, wow, you’re so upfront about your failure. Isn’t this the second goal you’ve missed, Peter?
Peter: Hmm.. Chigusa, what a great memory you have. It is! And this is why the Inner Circle is... the monthly, no-holds barred newsletter where anything goes. We’re not just talking about success, but failure too.
Chigusa: That’s very true. It’s also important to look back and ask.. Why did you fail?
Peter: Well said, Chigusa. The fast and easy answer is... TIME. I did not have time for it this month. Work got in the way.
Chigusa: I see. So you're still at 5 minutes of French conversation.
Peter: Exactly. I’ve been sticking with writing and reading, but speaking... if you remember last time with my skype teacher...
Chigusa: I remember, you couldn’t get ahold of your teacher. Usually, it’s the other way around!
Peter: Usually it’s the teacher chasing the student down... trying to teach them!
Chigusa: That’s so funny.
Peter: So because of that.. I fell out of that routine in April. I got ahold of her this month but then I got busy with work.
Chigusa: So you just didn’t get to put in the time.
Peter: You got it. And listeners, in a way, language learning is quite simple.
Chigusa: Above all else...
Peter: ...it's a simple equation of time.
Chigusa: It’s all about the time you put in.
Peter: And that’s the topic of today’s Inner Circle:
Chigusa: How to Get a Return on Your Language Learning Investment
Peter: Okay, let’s jump into the first part.
Chigusa: Part 1: One of the Biggest Reasons Why People Fail
Peter: Listeners, you already know the first big reason if you listened to the previous lessons.
Chigusa: But just in case you need a reminder... here it is again.
Peter: People often fail because they set big, vague goals like “I want to be fluent.”
Chigusa: The next big reason is...
Peter: ...lack of time. They don’t put in the time.
Chigusa: Learning language is a lot like a gym — you get in what you put in.
Peter: If you buy a dumbbell and do nothing, nothing happens. It can do great things for you....
Chigusa: ...but it won’t work for you UNTIL you pick it up and curl it a few times.
Peter: So, if you put in 1 hour a day, you get results.
Chigusa: If you put in 10 minutes a day, you get results.
Peter: But, if you put in 0, you get 0.
Chigusa: But Peter, you did more than 0 this month. You did practice writing and reading.
Peter: You’re right. So this brings us to the next point. Let’s jump into the second part.
Chigusa: Part 2: Getting a Return on Language Learning
Peter: So, in the first part, we talked about “putting in the time.”
Chigusa: Yes.
Peter: That’s the most important step to take. But, you can put in 3 minutes and do a lesson...
Chigusa: ...you can put in 3 minutes and read a textbook...
Peter: ...or review 10 phrases for 3 minutes.
Chigusa: In all these examples, you can put in an equal amount of time...
Peter: ...but the results you get...will be different.
Chigusa: And that’s because some ways of learning are faster than others.
Peter: So, the second lesson is - you need to know what kind of results you get.
Chigusa: You need to measure and know the return on your time.
Peter: Listeners, with the FrenchPod101 lessons - the Absolute Beginner level ones I’m taking - I know that 3 or 4 audio lessons get me to roughly 1 minute of French conversation. This is the return on the lessons.
Chigusa: Wait, how did you figure that out?
Peter: Well, the dialog tracks are about 20 seconds... at least on the French Absolute Beginner ones. On the other sites they vary.
Chigusa: Yes, the dialog tracks are quick. Like 10 to 40 seconds.
Peter: And so 3 lessons, that’s 3 conversations
Chigusa: Ok, so 20 seconds a piece, that’s 60 seconds. One minute.
Peter: Exactly.
Chigusa: Wait Peter. If you know THIS, and you were at 5 minutes already... then you had to do just.. 6 easy lessons... to hit 7 minutes of French conversation. You could’ve done that in a few days!
Peter: Well Chigusa, I never sat down with the teacher to actually practice and time our conversations...
Chigusa: Ah... right, right...
Peter. So, I can’t prove it to you. I did the lessons. I just didn’t do the timed conversations part.
Chigusa: Yeah, you’ve gotta track and measure your results! I think this is super useful for listeners.
Peter: Exactly. Listeners, If you know that 3 lessons get you to...
Chigusa: 1 minute of conversation...
Peter: That can help you make a basic calculation. But we can’t count our 3-minute series grammar or writing lessons here. Just our conversational lessons. AND... remember, you still have to practice speaking.
Chigusa: Ah, that’s true. But if you know this, listeners...
Peter: You can know what results to expect.
Chigusa: If you do 20 lessons, you’re at about 5 minutes of conversation.
Peter: 40 lessons, that’s around 10 minutes or so of conversation.
Chigusa: That’s the power of measuring the results,
Peter: If you track your results, you know what to expect in the future.
Peter: And you can hit your language learning goals.
Chigusa: . Now, what can our listeners take away from this?
Peter: Let’s jump into the third part.
Chigusa: Part 3: How to Track Your Results and Hit Goals
Peter: Listeners, now that you’re in the 6th month, it’s time to optimize your language learning routine.
Becky: ...and to start tracking your time and effort.
Peter: And here’s why: At the basic level, language learning is simply... putting in the time.
Chigusa: You don’t need a high IQ.
Peter: Can you say that Chigusa? It helps. But what we’re trying to say is... you don’t need to be talented at languages.
Chigusa: You just need time.
Peter: The more time you put in, the more results you get out.
Chigusa: And aside from setting unrealistic goals...
Peter: the other reason why people fail at languages is...
Chigusa: ...they just don’t put in the time.
Peter: So, Iets look at 2 ways - an easy way, and an advanced way of tracking your time and results.
Chigusa: Let’s start with the easy way first.
Peter: Okay, here’s the easy way — simply track the time you put in. That’s it.
Chigusa: So, if you do a 10 audio minute lesson today, and then spend 5 minutes with Flashcards...
Peter: Note this as 15 minutes for the day. And write down what you did.
Chigusa: Then do the same thing tomorrow.
Peter: Now, it’s one thing to “hear” about learning tactics...
Chigusa: ...and it’s another thing to take action - and actually use this. Most people don’t.
Peter: And they’re missing out. Listeners, Picture this. Let’s say you know that if you came by and asked us for a free language audiobook.....
Chigusa: ...you would get it. You just have to ask. Get up and go do it.
Peter: But, if you never acted on that knowledge... you would gain nothing.
Chigusa: We want to help you take action. So, we’re including a timesheet in the PDF of this Inner Circle.
Peter: So you can take action, print it out and fill it in. You can apply this simple tactic.
Chigusa: Now, the goal here is to track the time and your effort.
Peter: Why? Again, since language learning is about putting in time...
Chigusa: You’ll want to track it and actually have measurable proof of your work.
Peter: And also, so you can review what you’ve been doing...and see your progress.
Chigusa: So, if one day... you realize don’t know enough words...
Peter: ...or maybe you don’t speak as much as you’d like...
Chigusa: Here’s what you do. You look at your timesheet. Review your work...
Peter: ...If you see that you’ve been just watching video lessons, you can spot the problem...
Chigusa: ...which is... you’ve done no actual vocab study or speaking practice.
Peter: And now you can start doing it. Problem solved.
Chigusa: You’re on your way to fluency.
Peter: Another way you can track your time and effort is.....
Chigusa: ...with the Dashboard on the site.
Peter: So, if you visit the Dashboard, you can see the lessons you’ve completed...
Chigusa: ...the number of flashcards reviewed... and hours studied.
Peter: Now, this is second tactic, and it’s an advanced one.
Chigusa: ...because not only do you need to track your time...
Peter: ...you also need to track your results, which is a bit trickier.
Chigusa: So, how can you do that?
Peter: With our conversational audio lessons, check the length of the dialog track.
Chigusa: If the dialog track is about 20 seconds..
Peter: ...that’s the amount of conversation you can expect to master.
Chigusa: By the way, these tracks are anywhere from 10 to 40 seconds long.
Peter: As mentioned, with my FrenchPod101 lessons, I know that I need to master about 3 lessons to hit 1 minute of conversation. Those lessons have 20 second dialog tracks. Multiply by 3 lessons. That’s 1 minute. And that’s my return.
Chigusa: Now, if you’re studying words with flashcards...
Peter: ...take note of how many words you already know. So, if you studied for 5 minutes...
Chigusa: ..and can easily remember 7 out of 10 words, then that’s your return.
Peter: If you know this, you know what to expect when you learn new words.
Chigusa: You can expect to remember about 7 out of 10 with a 5 minute drill.
Peter: Another thing you can do is... boost that number to 10 out of 10.
Chigusa: Next, if you’re practicing your listening skills,
Peter: ...try to gauge how much you understand.
Chigusa: If you understood about 20% of a 3-minute lesson, then that’s your return for now.
Peter: Again, by knowing this...
Chigusa: You can now start asking questions like...
Peter: What can I do to understand 50% of this lesson?
Chigusa: Will doubling my time double my results as well? Will I understand 40%?
Peter: Will reviewing this lesson for a few minutes a day, everyday, work better than trying to memorize it all today?
Chigusa: So, then, you put these questions to the test and try them out.
Peter: And because you know your return...
Chigusa: ...you can see if it really works! So, Peter, you still owe us 7 minutes of French conversation.
Peter: That I do. I’ve done the lessons and learned the conversations.
Chigusa: But you still need to sit down with your teacher and time yourself!
Peter: Exactly. I missed the goal this past month. But I’m confident I can hit it next month.
Chigusa: Great attitude. By the way listeners, it’s totally OK to miss your goals...
Peter: ...as long as you keep going...
Chigusa: ...track your efforts...
Peter: ...and see what works for you.
Chigusa: And remember, if you want get started on your small, measurable monthly goal...
Peter: ..for example, master 1 minute of conversation...
Chigusa: ...then complete around 3 lessons
Peter: ..or 4 lessons... just to be on the safe side.
Chigusa: Alright, Peter, what’s the deadline on your goal?
Peter: July 31st.
Chigusa: Listeners, how about you?
Peter: What’s your small, measurable monthly goal? And what’s the deadline?
Chigusa: Will you aim for the 1 minute of conversation? Let us know!
Peter: Email us at inner dot circle at innovative language dot com.
Chigusa: And stay tuned for the next Inner Circle.


Chigusa: Well, that’s going to do it for this special Inner Circle lesson!
Peter: Bye everyone!
Chigusa: Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next time.


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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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In this Inner Circle Lesson, you'll learn:



1. One of the Biggest Reasons Why People Fail.

2. Getting a Return on Language Learning.

3. How to Track Your Results & Hit Goals.


And listeners, let me know: What’s your small, measurable monthly goal? And what’s the deadline?

Send me an email at:


See you next month!

Peter Galante, Founder
Team GermanPod101

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Hi Phillip Salvador,

Thanks for sharing your thought with us! You can find the PDF in the Lesson Script section. Let us know if you have any questions.



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Phillip Salvador
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Hi Peter and Chigusa,

I enjoy your Inner Circle sessions very much. I work with the audio German vocab builders every day about 45 minutes when I walk my dog, but need to spend more time with reading and writing.

I do this very early in the morning, and try to avoid being seen apparently talking to myself

My goal is to regularly spend time with dialog lessons, reading and writing the dialogs as well as learning the words and grammar. I will be on the road part of the month and busy with people, so this will be difficult to keep up my studies, but I can do this at home.

At the end of the day I am mentally exhausted, and it is hard to crack open my computer and spend some time with language, but I find the hardest part is just getting started. If I can commit to just 5 minutes, the 5 minutes usually turns into something longer.

I am very glad I found German Pod 101.


Phil Salvador

PS: I can't find the PDF of the time sheet you mention in this broadcast. Where is it?