Language Matrix PDF file download -- 6/9/16, Spanish


I use a 3-column matrix; the 3 vertical columns are: Verb, Vocabulary, and Useful Expressions, with a space for Topic on the top. (You'll see from the PDF.)

The idea is that you learn a language one topic at a time, or one situation at a time. Children learn language this way -- one topic/situation at a time, not one vocabulary list, or one grammar lesson at a time.

By organizing verbs and vocabulary next to each other vertically, creating conversation is as easy as locating books on a bookshelf -- easy because they are stacked side-by-side, rather than one on top of the other.

You can create unlimited conversation in any language instantly just by mixing and matching building blocks on a grid.

The benefit of conversing right away is because using the language is essential to learning the language. It's like learning to ride a bicycle -- you have to do it in order to learn it; you can't just read about it and memorize the steps.

Many students and teachers of language approach language learning through the following formula: 

Want + Study = Learn  -- they want to learn a language, so they study hoping they'll learn.

The correct formula is:

Need + Use = Learn  -- you learn a language by using it because you need it.

The Language Matrix allows you to use the language immediately. Choose a topic, any topic, and the rest will populate organically.

My art for the last few years has been to optimize my list of Topics by frequency, as well as Verbs by frequency.

My optimized Verb matrices are available in several language at: