After a Stroke

The OLIENA app repeats videos of words and short sentences until you click for the next word. If you have recovered from a stroke but still have aphasia, watch a few dozen videos 50, 100 or 200 times and see if this method helps. If it does, download more video compilations and continue studying with OLIENA.

We are aware that some brain lesions exclude recovering past fluency and eloquence; however, even here, studying with OLIENA may be helpful as small increases in speed of speech and more readily accessible words can have a monumental impact on your quality of life.

Recovering from aphasia bears some similarities with learning entirely new languages, in particular with respect to study time and study intensity. For example, learning a new language requires heavy exposure to sound and writing. Adolescents and adults need to read and listen to words and sentences some 100 to 200 times before achieving unconscious and word-by-word understanding of oral speech and being fluent in speaking.[1] In-depth learning of new languages requires years of study, not months, and is one of the most time-consuming tasks in life – like improving aphasia.

If OLIENA improves your expressiveness, however slightly, continue watching and listening to the videos 30, 60 or 90 minutes per day. Divide your study time into sessions of 10 to 15 minutes. Time is the key to success because language is the most complex skill we acquire in our lifetime. All of us, with or without aphasia, continue developing this skill all life long.

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[1] In an ongoing experiment, we are comparing the study time to full comprehension of three hours of Chinese audio files in two subjects 13 and 63 years old. The subjects use Ear2Memory and Assimil Chinese. The daily updated worksheets are available at BSK1.com/ChineseFelix and BSK1.com/ChineseBSK. Thirteen-year-old Félix will certainly do better than BSK, but the magnitude of ‘youth advantage’ (“How long will Félix need to achieve the same result as BSK? Fifty percent of BSK’s time? Or 60%? Or 70%?) is not known. The final result will help convince adolescents to cash in on their youth in order to accumulate as much knowledge as possible; and remind adults that old age is no obstacle to acquiring new skills.