AFP 128 – Mike Campbell: Glossika and Repetition Learning

In this episode Glossika founder Mike Campbell comes on the show for the first time in 3 years and shares some more musings on effective language learning. Including the power of repetition and contextual learning.

Mike also shares some academic insights, as well as results of popular studies mixed in with anecdotal experiences and goals for his company.

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Show Notes

  • What's new with Glossika
  • How to use the new version effectively
  • Input-based learning
  • Why repetition is paramount in language learning
  • Contextual learning
  • Studies and Academic reasons for why this method works
  • And much more!

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  • Hans P. says:

    My personal experiences with Glossika: Some German sentences are simply “Ja.” although the L2 sentence contains much more in it. That makes the Glossika method mostly unusable. As a German, I generally find the German translations not very good. I also don’t like the many Christian names in the sentences as I don’t want to learn names like Sophia, Jim, Mike, etc. in Chinese. The price of the service is IMHO too high. Last, but not least, I think the Glossika website is not compliant to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As a user, I am not able to change, delete or download my personal data.

    • Kris Broholm says:

      Thanks for the comment Hans, I really appreciate you taking the time to leave your personal experience.

      I know Mike’s team will be keeping a close eye on these comments, so they can improve the service going forward! The product has grown a lot in a small period of time, so I’m very confident they will continue to develop it and in the meantime improving things like what you mentioned.

      • langadic says:

        Maybe your best and deepest podcast so far. You really bounced well off Mike. Good work.

    • langadic says:

      Maybe glossika is just not for you. I have most of the old courses; maybe going to subscribe to the new online system soon. The defects of glossika are obvious, and on the surface. For me having similar sentences with audio in different languages is useful. All systems have errors. I am doing Assimil Perfectionnement Italien with my exchange partner, and he keeps saying “no, we don’t say this anymore” or “this is a book phrase”.

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