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Sleep. It’s a time to relax. It’s a time to recharge.

But can it also be a time to learn a language?

Well, the brain is a weird thing, and a lot of mystery still surrounds both sleep and the learning process. In spite of hundreds of years of study, there are still a lot of questions left unanswered.

If you’re looking to learn a new language fast or make your brain learn faster, chances are you’ve fantasized about learning in your sleep. On the surface, it seems like an easy way to learn a language more efficiently - if it actually works, that is.

The premise of sleep learning relies heavily on audio resources like audio programs for language learning and audio language courses. After all, you’re certainly unlikely to read or write in your sleep, and if you practice speaking a foreign language while you’re sleeping, you’ll probably just wake up and annoy everyone else in the house. So listening it is.

But the question remains: Can you really learn a language in your sleep?

The idea of sleep learning, also called hypnopedia, first became popular in the early 20th century and really took off with Soviet studies of the field in the 1960s. In fact, a 1965 study suggested that it could be possible to learn during sleep and noted that language learning could be one possible application.

Nowadays, however, the idea of sleep learning is much more contested. Sleep learning is frequently considered a pseudoscience since there’s insufficient evidence to support that it works. While sleep is clearly linked to learning, learning in your sleep may or may not be possible.

A study published in Nature clarifies that sleep is important for memory consolidation and is therefore useful for language learning. A study from the International Journal of Psychophysiology also indicates a correlation between efficient language learning and quality sleep. 

©2020 Central Park Language Learning (P)2020 Central Park Language Learning

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  • 05-27-21

Good idea but not my cup of tea

It would be nice to listen to and fall asleep whilst learning French, if the speaker didn't have this mangled English accent and weird intonation, that kept me in a constant state of alert; "I have an idea" sounds like "I have an ID" and so on... sorry but I couldn't go through with this.

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  • 04-27-21

it Works!

I've been listening to this while I've been sleeping just to help me relax.
two weeks ago while standing outside an a closed dinning area a couple came up behind me. With out realizing it my brain understood that they thought the area was opened. with out thinking oh no this area is closed, down there is an open one. They looked surprised and thanked me. My thoughts Wow, what just happened?

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  • Miss Polly Rawlings
  • 01-27-22

Unappealing

Thé English translation is in a very strange accent with poor grammar, which makes the overall experience very unappealing.

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