Drugs and Peak learning performance

22nd July 2014

I recently attended an interesting debate hosted by the Guardian, in association with the British Academy. In the debate, we discussed on the issue of whether drugs can deliver peak learning performance in language learning.

I am not a drug expert, but I do have a view about education and learning. Speaking from my own experience, when I moved to the UK 12 years ago, with very little English, and having to learn what words meant in context. I had go into in the classroom and say, ‘What is super-duper?’ or ‘What is a clean slate?’. Then I went to America, and my flat was now called my apartment. So learning a language is a joy. It’s a journey. It’s a discovery; it’s understanding; it’s appreciation. It’s not something where I can plug in a chip and suddenly I speak French.

In a nutshell, I don’t believe that we human beings can speak another language instantly by some magic outside forces, i.e: drugs. We need solid learning systems to help us to develop our second language abilities. That’s why I developed my language learning system, Chineasy – which helps anyone who wants to learn Chinese characters through simple, fun and engaging illustrations.

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