It is truly hard to figure out what Tim Ferriss' method of learning a foreign language really is:
In this TED video he talks about his struggle learning Japanese until one day he realized that in order to learn that language he had to learn kanji.
Tim Ferriss realized that in order to learn a language one has to be able to read
that insight is 95% of his presentation and for some reason he calls it "material over method approach" ???
then he very briefly talks about 6 sentences for deconstructing grammar ... but is it 6 or 12 or 13 sentences???
there is nothing original in his idea of starting with the basics and adding complexity later on, it's what every textbook is trying to do.
In the second video he talks about memorizing 50 words in 2 hours, but he can't memorize his own bio ... watch him read off of a page as he is trying to promote his book, first in Spanish:
and in German (notice how he tries to hide his eyes by wearing a cap):
and in his blog he talks about learning a language in 1 hour, but in another blog post he talks about learning a foreign language in 3 months
here, Tim Ferriss is trying to learn Tagalog/Filipino language in 3 days and of course fails miserably:
(btw, he calls the interview "a huge success")
I do agree with Tim Ferriss on a couple of things though. He says that:
I agree with both statements 100%