Professional EndorsementsMoses’s FLR work has allowed him to meet hundreds of fellow language learners across the world. Here are some thoughts and comments about Moses’s body of work from respected teachers and leaders in the foreign language community.
Steve Kaufman, President, LingQ, International language-learning website
I am pleased to endorse Moses McCormick’s website, and I do so for three reasons.
First of all Moses is an accomplished polyglot. His ability to learn languages, many languages, difficult languages, unrelated languages, is remarkable. I speak a few languages myself and can vouch for the comfort level that Moses has achieved in these languages.
Secondly, Moses has developed an approach to language learning that not only works for him, which is obvious, but also works for others. I have had confirmation of this from people who have followed his approach. He did not learn languages as a young child, but developed his approach to language learning “on the job”, while learning his languages.
Finally, I have observed that Moses is a generous person who is always willing to provide advice to aspiring language learners. He is sincere and unassuming, and yet he has positively influenced many people, encouraging them to learn languages, and helping them achieve their goals.
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Professor Alexander Arguelles, Ph. D
I made a discovery of a remarkable degree of linguistic aptitude when Moses McCormick subscribed to my YouTube channel.
Moses describes three key elements in being able to learn languages:
1) Access to necessary resources (and he relies primarily upon the Teach Yourself Series plus online language exchanges with native speakers).
2) Confidence to speak precisely so that you can make mistakes and, learning from them, improve.
3) An open mind.
And he implies a 4th element, namely lots and lots of hard work.
Indeed, Moses not only makes videos of himself speaking languages, but – for Zulu, Swahili, Hindi, Chinese, and a number of others – teaching their rudiments. Not only does he write on the board in his videos, but he has posted paragraphs of composition on his blog, so it is eminently clear that he considers every aspect of every language he studies.
I only overlap with him on about half of his languages, but in all of those that I understand, I understand him perfectly. What he can do in Korean, for instance, is far, far, far more than most of my fellow past colleagues could do after years in the country.
More than anything else, I am truly impressed by the degree to which he is most clearly and truly actively thinking in the languages as he speaks them at the relative length of three or four minutes at a time.
He has put forth a tremendous amount of time and energy in pursuit of our common passion, and as a result he has not only already attained admirable results, but he holds the promise of being a core teaching polyglot for years to come.
We must inspire, and we must provide guidance. Moses does both of these things in a special fashion. When it comes to guidance, while many of us can explain how to go about learning a language efficiently, there are few who can demonstrate as well as he can how to go about actively talking about yourself in an exotic tongue in record time. Thus, in both of these regards, Moses McCormick does a great service to polyglottery.
Peter Brown, Ph.D
I have been observing Moses McCormick’s linguistic achievements for some time now. While he would appear to disclaim possessing any special gifts for languages, it is clear that he has a knack for language learning in general. The hyperpolyglot Steve Kaufman has recognized this, as I do myself.
It is very hard to define what “knowing” a language actually is. Even basic communication skills may be far more important than an ability to read the classics.
In my view, even being able to project one’s personality through a language, however limited one’s vocabulary, is highly useful. I see Moses doing this though languages as different–and exotic–as Zulu and Estonian. Through all his languages he is making a statement: linguistic weath is mind-expanding and energizing, and worthy of everyone’s attention.
Please visit Dr. Brown’s YouTube channel
Claude Cartaginese, editor of The Polyglot Project
If you’re like most people, you took 2, 3 or more years of a foreign language at school. Quite possibly, you became good at conjugating verbs and completing the exercises in your textbook. You may have even gotten good grades.
And then, one day, it happened. You came upon a native speaker of the language, tried to have a conversation, and realized thatyou couldn’t understand a word.
That’s the inevitable result of using the traditional approach to language learning. There is a disconnect between what transpires in the classroom and what happens out in the real world. Moses McCormick had the same experience that you did. He was frustrated with his lack of progress. The traditional approach just wasn’t doing it for him. He knew there had to be a better way, and he developed one. It’s called FLR, and it’s a method that can help you to really progress in your study of foreign languages.
Moses has demonstrated that passion, determination and hard work—coupled with the right method—can yield spectacular results. It has worked for him, and it has worked for me. If you want to leave the artificiality of the classroom behind and really start seeing results, then you must give Moses McCormick’s FLR method a try. What have you to lose?
Claude Cartaginese is the editor of The Polyglot Project, the only book of its kind written entirely by world-class polyglots, linguists and language learners.
Jason Campbell, Ph.D, Nova Southeastern University
I, like most people, have had difficulties learning a second language,that is until I met MosesMcCormick. As a full time university professor,I know the challenges educators face in teaching and training adult learners. Moses McCormick takes the fear out of language learning andempowers and motivates his students to LEARN, and learn at their own pace.
As one of Moses’ students, I can attest to the efficiency of the FLR system. His system is custom tailored to each student. There aren’t any restrictions in how you learn. If you are looking to learn very quickly,the system can be tailored for faster language acquisition. If you’re in no rush and want to take your time in learning another language, the system can accommodate you as well. Adult education is self paced education, and Moses understands that.
More than any other aspect of the FLR system, Moses encourages without demands, educates without imposing, and approaches language acquisition organically. Your education should be organic, not formulaic and regimented. It should be designed to satisfy your educational needs and abilities. This is no “cookie-cutter” system.
The FLR system is language acquisition on your terms, at your pace, and Moses McCormick is a
wonderful facilitator and educator. I fully and wholeheartedly endorse the FLR system and wish you all the best in YOUR journey toward language acquisition.
Jason Campbell is assistant professor of conflict resolution and philosophy in the Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at NSU.
Todd Suddeth, Program Coordinator at The Ohio State University
Moses has a passion for helping students increase their competence to understand and use foreign languages. This is different from what many tutors offer.
Moses’ goal is to make his tutees self-sufficient instead of being completely dependent on a tutor for learning of every new concept. I strongly recommend Moses as tutor of foreign languages.
Todd Suddeth is also Mentoring Program Account Manager at INROADS/Columbus