In fact, think about this for a minute – the proliferation of the internet has made the world a lot smaller. Almost overnight, we can now converse with anybody, anywhere. This makes for a daunting task for many large companies and law enforcement – they have executives and field agents that are valuable to them, but now they want these people to learn a second language – and learn it fast – to make them more effective in today’s connected world.
How hard is it to learn a new language?
There was a time when it was very hard. Obviously, learning a new language from just a book is daunting. Combine a book and a teacher, and it becomes a little easier (if not time consuming, as one has to fit classes into their schedules.) As technology got better, we started seeing systems and tapes and similar, all giving faster and better results than older methods (if you search online for “learning a new language”, you’ll find plenty of options.)
However, it would make sense that to find the best and fastest method, one would look to organizations that need their people to learn new languages fast. International corporations come to mind, as does law enforcement, particularly law enforcement that deals with international issues and terrorism. Thus, for the best results, it pays to search out these organizations, and find out what they purchased to teach their own people new languages.
How does the FBI do it?
To give an example of such an organization, we’ll look at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (the “FBI” to us). The FBI purchased a system called the Pimsleur Approach. This is a language learning system developed by Dr. Paul Pimsleur, and gives marked results in 10 days or less. In fact, besides the FBI, more than 25 million people worldwide have purchased this same system.
This is just one system that’s out there, but the FBI is an organization that needs results fast. So the system they purchased is probably a good place to start looking.