About the Founder
My name is Idahosa (pronounced ee-DOW-ssah) Ness and I am the founder of The Mimic Method.
Currently, I speak five languages fluently – Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and Mandarin Chinese.
In each one, people have mistaken me before for a native speaker (but for Chinese it only works on the phone).
The secret to my language learning success is my focus on “Learning by Ear.” My primary focus is on the sounds. how to hear them, and how to pronounce them. Once I master the sounds, I pick up new words and phrases by mimicking people in conversation.
The Mimic Method is my system for you to learn a language by ear.
I came up with the system in 2010 while studying percussion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the time, I was struggling to learn Brazilian rhythms, so I came up with a rhythmic training technique.
It occurred to me that I could adapt the same technique to teach people hearing and pronunciation in a foreign language.
After lots of experimentation with different languages, I came up with this unique training program.
So far, thousands of individuals from around the world have used it to learn languages faster, understand more, and speak with a better accent.
I try to capture the essence of The Mimic Method in the video below, where I rap in 8 different languages.
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