abago used to be a teaching/learning online system for foreign languages, deployed by myself in 2004 since I started working for the Industrial University of Kyoto.
At the present time, abago presents itself as a "tool for language acquisition" and rather than teaching or promising a miraculous learning experience, it aims to offer a regular stream of audio and texts to people in need for a more natural approach to foreign languages such as Italian, Japanese, and Neapolitan dialect.
There are no levels in abago. There is no need for previous linguistic knowledge.
Whether you are already advanced in your learning or just ready to start with zero notions, abago will work for you, because it is an interactive method that pushes you towards linguistic production.
Ideally, you should surrender to abago monthly (short) streams just to allow to yourself, to your brain, to your ears, and to your mouth muscles and bones the necessary direct experience to actually ignite the process of a natural internalization of the target language.
Find more info in the Method section below.
To be an abago member it is necessary to subscribe on Patreon.com/mavilio.
abago is based on the acquisition-learning hypothesis, for second-languages, by Stephen Krashen, Ph.D.
Acquisition of language is a natural, intuitive, and subconscious process of which individuals need not be aware. One is unaware of the process as it is happening and, when the new knowledge is acquired, the acquirer generally does not realize that he or she possesses any new knowledge.
According to Krashen, both adults and children can subconsciously acquire language, and either written or oral language can be acquired. This process is similar to the process that children undergo when learning their native language. The acquisition requires meaningful interaction in the target language, during which the acquirer is focused on meaning rather than form.
abago is crafted to fit people in need for a constant, regular feed of real-world linguistic situations, without the strict learning scheme of schools. But we are all busy and bombarded by unwanted feeds all the time... So the response to such a situation is to get indeed a regular, super-light, feed and promptly create another one of our own!
abago members will get a very easy task every month, usually made of 10 written sentences and a 1-minute audio file. Some people will be comfortable with the audio stream only, others will do great with the texts only. Others need or get fun with both.
The winner is the one that is able to transform this passive routine into a linguistically creative one!
Some months you may get shuffled sentences, some other months you may get a more complete and coherent text. Whatever is the case the required active task for you will not change. You are excused (actually forbidden!) from metalinguistic questioning and deepening.
Depending on the degree of concentration and commitment, the student may play with his or her task only once in a month, but of course the more the activity, the more the direct experience and the retention of subconscious notions.
A task lasts only one month, so playing with it 4 times in a month is highly recommended.
You need to be active and show that activity to me, your coach! Once in a month can you afford a ONE-minute voice recording? I think so! If you want to master my languages this is a mandatory task!
At this stage better do not care to learn your target language. Eventually, you will learn it. But this will only happen if you allow yourself the right, regular exposition to it. And I am here to care about this exposition.
I have set up a dedicated channel and I am collecting and checking your recordings there, one by one! You are not alone on this path. :-)
Create a account on Anchor (it's free) and you will be able to send me voice messages, at your pace. I know you are busy but ONE-minute voice message each month is OK, isn't it? This productive minimal minute will make the difference between a silent language learner and a nice, noisy acquirer!
Let me clarify. Rushing to acquire a language does not work. All activities related to the human will and the body require time, months, sometimes years. The problem is very similar to bodybuilding or going on a diet.
If you set up a regular routine you will hit the goal very soon! Here is how smart people acquires a second language.
And abago is the routine!
If you are easy to forget appointments, I have set up a link to inject abago routine into your schedule! ;-) If you are on a smartphone, tap it now from the menu above!
In your quest for Language Acquisition, for Italian, Japanese, and Neapolitan, I am your editor, voice, and coach.
My job is to collect and publish here on abago, every month, real-world language samples. I will record them and deliver to you by my voice. (I am native in Italian and Neapolitan. For Japanese... Well, I am a pro!)
My name is Alessandro Mavilio and I have a long experience as a university language teacher, in Japan.
You are very welcome here on abago! Be sure to read about, and accept my method, and if you want to give it a try subscribe on Patreon!
abago is part of my creative activity in Japan.
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