The electronic ear
Listen to French properly and speak it easily
a programm with the electronic ear
Further information and pricing detail: ask for a personalized programm

Learning a foreign language is not a question of having a gift for languages but rather a problem of hearing: open the ear and it becomes evident that

"we are all born naturally multi-lingual".
In 1957 Professor Alfred Tomatis laid out to the French Academy of Sciences the laws he had discovered correlating hearing and speaking which improved also the learning of foreign languages.
The first law for hearing is: The voice contains only what the ear hears.
This first law highlights the relation between languages: If all languages use the same base tones (125 to 250 Hertz), the overtones are very different from one language to another. For example English uses a lot of high tones ranging from 2,000 to 12,000 Hertz. Conversely French uses above all tones with a maximum of 2000 Hertz. A. Tomatis explained that by the fact that every nationality creates different tones using mouth cavity and the tongue in another way. So we can speak of our "mother tongue". You position your tongue in your mouth differently when speaking a foreign language.
Pr. Tomatis established the frequency curves of languages in the following way:
Our ears, by constantly listening to those around us and to ourselves, are most attuned to the frequencies of our native tongue. For the foreign frequencies, we are, so to speak, deaf. And here comes the connection with the discovery of Pr. Tomatis: because we cannot hear foreign tones, we cannot pronounce them correctly. What is worse, we can not memorize them easily.
An almost hopeless situation, until Professor Tomatis found a way to train your ears to hear different tones. By having your ears trained first, you can reduce significantly the time required to learn a new language. Once your ears have been trained, you will be able to hear the new language correctly. Therefore, you will be able to memorize the words quickly and pronounce them well. In the next section we will explain how we can train your ears.
An analogy might help explain how your ears can be trained. But before that, you have to know why the ear cannot hear certain tones. It is because the two tiny muscles of the middle ear, the muscle of the hammer and the muscle of the stirrup, are not prepared to focus on sounds rarely used in our mother tongue. They need to be exercised to do so.
Pr. Tomatis came up with an ingenious way to do just that. Oversimplified it can be explained as follows: You are made to listen to a tone, or frequency, that you cannot hear well. This tone is continuously switched on and off. The muscles of the middle ear are so forced to stretch and relax. This strengthens these muscles and enables your ear, after several sessions, to perceive the tone better. However, the movements are so gentle that you will not have sore muscles. Nor will the training wear you out. In fact, it may revitalize you because of the mastering of high frequencies.
The auditive stimulation is provided by the electronic ear in order to satisfy the second law of hearing: if one gives the imperfect ear the chance of hearing correctly, the voice instantly and unconsciously improves.
What participants listen to ?  
Music: mainly the music of Mozart which is so rich in harmonics and which encourages joy and happiness and therefore energy.
French language: filtered sounds and reading sessions where the participant's voice is automatically corrected by the electronic ear.
About all the frequencies left on the tape are those you have to learn. This modified recording is then entered into an electronic device that was developed by Professor Tomatis. It continuously switches the sound on and off. The sound that comes out of the Electronic Ear is fed into headphones, and adjusted to a comfortable level. It is a strange sound, but not unpleasant. You will listen to this "music" for about one hour and a half per session. During that time, you may draw or color, knit, play chess, or ... sleep.
The electronic ear allows to satisfy the third law established by A. Tomatis : it is possible to transform the voice through auditive stimulation over a certain period of time. The recovery of the largest frequencies is the first aim during the hearing sessions. What's more the languages not only differ in the frequencies they use, they also differ in the length of the syllables.
  The length of the syllables                          
Pronouncing them within the right time frame is the second most important factor in speaking a foreign language well. On average it takes 75 milliseconds to pronounce an American syllable, much longer than the emission time of a French syllable (50 milliseconds). If you want to learn French, for instance, you will have to learn to pronounce the syllables more quickly. According to A. Tomatis that means that your ears have to react more rapidly. This can be achieved by retraining the ear. So, you will learn the length of the syllables at the same time as the foreign frequencies.
  The linguistic rebirth                          
There is more to languages than words alone. We also need to learn the order in which to put the words which words to stress, with which rhythm to speak, etc. That is called the structure of the language. Professor Tomatis also developed a method to learn the structure of the language more easily.
A few paragraphs earlier, we talked about the phrase "mother tongue", stressing the importance of the word "tongue". Now let's look at the word "mother" in "mother tongue". It has been known for quite some time that the very structure of our "mother tongue" was ingrained in us while growing in our mother's womb. During the last five months of her pregnancy, we were able to hear the voice of our mother. Her voice sounded, however, quite different from her real one. Her voice had to pass through the amniotic fluid around the fetus, and this acted as a sound filter. It lets only the high pitch sounds, the ones above 8,000 Hertz, through. The constant exposure to these high pitch sounds ingrained in us the very structure of our "mother tongue".
Likewise, through the Tomatis method, we can simulate this process. All you have to do is to listen to a text, spoken in the foreign language, and filtered through an 8000 Hertz filter. That imitates what you would have heard in the womb. After several sessions, we will gradually add lower pitch tones to simulate the "birth" into the new language.
Once born into the new language, you will begin to speak it. You will start by repeating words, after a model. Later, you will repeat full sentences and learn to control your pronunciation and intonation. How to control your voice most effectively is the subject of the next section.
The leading ear                                        
We are all aware that some people are right handed, while others are left handed. But not many know that we also have a dominant ear. Some hear mostly with their right ear, whereas others listen mostly with their left ear. Professor Tomatis discovered that it is most advantageous to listen predominantly with your right ear, especially when you want to learn a language. That is because your right ear is directly connected with your left brain, the center for language abilities. If you listen with your left ear, the information is fed into the right brain and has to be rerouted to the left brain before it can be processed. That takes time. In addition, by this route, the sound gets deformed slightly, especially the high pitch tones. It would thus be a major advantage if we all could become "right hearing".
The good news is that it is possible to retrain your right ear to become the dominant one. It goes as follows. As the program proceeds, the sounds are fed more and more into your right ear. As you practice vocal exercises, your voice is fed back to your right ear to create a feedback loop that teaches you to control your voice. Little by little, you will start to listen more with your right ear.