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What is Glossika?

What People Are Saying

“I was so convinced of the value of this undertaking and its approach… and had a breakthrough moment… Glossika audio content tested every corner of my brain… and it reminded me of scores of small things I had learned but forgotten about the Italian language… Glossika could really transform your speaking ability in your target language.”

—Ellen Jovin, Words & Worlds of New York, has studied German, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, and other languages.

“I love it! …seriously. What I love about Glossika is that you have put into a concentrated pill what I would have done with hundreds of books myself.”

—Stuart Jay Raj, Hyperpolyglot | Author of "Cracking Thai Fundamentals: A Thai Operating System for Your Mind"

“Every language has certain grammar patterns… learn these common grammar patterns, you have a good grounding in the language. Once you recognise these common phrases… you can cope easily with many familiar situations you’ll find yourself in. In a nutshell, Glossika gives you all this foundational stuff on a plate… which is awesome!”

—Olly Richards, I'll Teach You a Language, speaks Cantonese, Japanese, Arabic and other languages.

Sleep, Memory, and Language Acquisition

language (n.)

A set of sounds used to convey meaning.

It’s one thing to hear a phrase and say it back right away, but it’s another thing entirely to say it again on your own, a day or a week later, in a completely new situation. In order to do that, we need to understand how the brain remembers the sounds it hears. Sleep and memory are deeply connected, and deep sleep (“REM sleep”) helps your brain organize patterns found in your daily activities -- including the sounds of your new language. Repeating activities over a number of days reinforces those patterns and helps push them into your long-term memory.

So what does that mean for language learning? Well, it means that cramming for hours all at once is not the best way to learn a language! For the best results, you should put in a shorter amount of time every day - we find 20 minutes to be a good starting point for most learners. This way, your brain will have plenty of time and space to digest the new material. Don’t be surprised when you wake up one morning humming some sentences in your new language as if you’d been fluent all along!

Fluency Is Within Reach

fluency (n.)

To speak a language smoothly and confidently – in a flowing way. (From Latin fluens, “flowing”).

You may have heard the common myth that children are better language learners than adults - but it’s simply not true! Science shows that children have the most opportunity to learn languages, because we keep our speech at a level that we expect them to understand. But children are perfectly capable of speaking fluently, even with their limited range of vocabulary and expression.

Don’t expect to master a language in a week or a month - a nearly impossible task - but you can still express yourself fluently using what you’ve already learned, even from the very beginning! We carefully select every sentence in our courses to gradually build vocabulary and grammatical concepts naturally, through repeated exposure in different contexts. Check out our courses for a detailed list of what topics are covered in each series.

Bridging the Gap Between Text and Speech

In English, we're so accustomed to our own spelling that we can read and write with very little effort. But in a new language, making the jump from spelling to sound is usually one of the biggest stumbling blocks to clear pronunciation.

The fact is that you don’t need to learn how to read and write (nothing can replace comprehensible input), but reading and writing can be a valuable tool if you take the time to learn them. Phonics is a useful tool for language development, but how exactly do you do phonics when you can’t even read the script? Not to worry - we provide two different levels of detailed phonics, a romanization using the alphabet, and the International Phonetic Alphabet for people who are serious about pronunciation.

Challenge Yourself!

There are hundreds of languages with more than a million speakers. But we only see books and materials for the the most common written ones: English, Mandarin, French, German, etc. Unlike textbook methods, the Glossika method works really well even with unwritten languages and dialects. We're always adding languages, so why not try something new?

Can't decide what to learn? Check out our courses — we've rated every language by pronunciation difficulty for English speakers.

Production Progress

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And thank you once again for these fantastic resources, finding your site was a like a dream come true. The method you outline in the materials really works for me and I can feel the progress I am making daily. I am looking forward to the Arabic release.


This is even better in some ways than reading a novel or poetry. You are reading and the 'themes' of the story start to construct little scenarios in your mind where your mind starts to morph in and out of different responses as you read through the sentences (and write them). Every few words or so, a very different alternative is thrown in - and the 'very different' nature of it works as a memory peg in contrast with the other very similar responses that your brain had been drilling through. Then for me at least - my mind then goes off on other tangents formulating other possibilities. What Glossika has done here (I am basing this on the Chinese I have bought) is an interesting tie in with Krashen's work on Comprehensible Input. This isn't like just reading through a lonely planet phrase book. This is the kind of interactive stuff we're putting out there on the Jcademy platform.

—Stuart Jay Raj, Hyperpolyglot

I just wanted to say your product is incredibly effective—I'm using it for my fourth language (Korean). This is exactly what I've been looking for for years--the missing piece in my language learning puzzle. I'm going to add 4-5 languages over the next 5 years, which is only possible because of your incredibly efficient product.

—Thomas Villalon

My @glossika review on Facebook. This is a truly astonishing product for learners. https://t.co/VeN92WRElG

— Ellen Jovin (@EllenJovin) June 11, 2016