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Language Learning on Speed: How We Neurodiverse Can Learn 30 Languages in 15 Hours! With Philippe Arseneault

by Faster Than Normal

Having ADD or ADHD is a gift, not a curse. Hear from people all around the globe, from every walk of life, in every profession, from Rock Stars to CEOs, from Teachers to Politicians, who have learned how to unlock the gifts of their ADD and ADHD diagnosis, and use it to their personal and professional advantage, to build businesses, become millionaires, or simply better their lives.  Our Guest today in their own words:  Phil is an innovative memory coach who transforms learning by tapping into the mind’s hidden potential. Leveraging techniques honed from history’s greatest minds, Phil has helped over 2,000 students worldwide to learn languages in just 15 hours. His own ability to learn and teach a language within a month showcases the power of his methods. He is on a mission to learn 30 languages and teach them to 500 million students and we’re going to learn several of his techniques and tricks today- enjoy!  

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00:40 – Thank you again so much for listening and for subscribing!

00:41 – Introducing and welcome Philippe Arseneault!

01:45 – How did Philippe start his career; what’s your backstory?

04:41 – Speed learning unlocks dormant potential for all people, but especially the Neurodiverse

08:28 – Imaginative networking scenarios 

14:56 – ADHD students benefit in multiple areas. [i.e. A student with ADHD had an 800% memory increase in 15 hours using memory tricks] 

15:00 – How does Philippe view speed learning?

16:00 –  How do our hot subscribers find out more about you? 


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11:56 – Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits. Guys, as always thanks so much for subscribing! Faster Than Normal is for YOU! We want to know what you’d like to hear! Do you have a cool friend with a great story? We’d love to learn about, and from them. I’m and you can reach out anytime via email at [email protected] or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterNormal on all of the socials. It really helps when you drop us a review on iTunes and of course, subscribe to the podcast if you haven’t already! As you know, the more reviews we get, the more people we can reach. Help us to show the world that ADHD is a gift, not a curse!  All right, guys, as always, than you for listening. Love that you’re here. Any news, shoot us a note. go to everywhere but Twitter. We are on Blue Sky now at Peter Shankman on Blue Sky. [Ed- I will siphon -in BlueSky and learn about that next week!! If not in two or so, cooL??  -Ed]

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TRANSCRIPT via and then corrected.. somewhat. 

Speaker A [00:00:00]: You’re listening to the Faster than Normal podcast where we know that having Add or ADHD is a gift, not a curse. Each week, we interview people from all around the globe, from every walk of life in every profession, from rock stars to CEOs, from teachers to politicians who have learned how to unlock the gift of their add and ADHD diagnosis and used it to their personal and professional advantage to build businesses, to become millionaires, or to simply better their lives. And now, here’s the host of the Faster Than Normal podcast, the man who doesn’t understand how anyone could have leftover pizza, Peter Shankman.

Peter Shankman [00:00:41]: Everyone. Welcome to their episode of Faster than Normal. My name is Peter Shankman. I am thrilled to have you. This is the world’s number one ADHD podcast. Add. We are glad that you are here. Add neurodiversity is a gift, not a curse. We explain it every week. Add. Hopefully this week will be no different. I would love to mention our guest today. Want to talk to you about Phil. Let’s Talk About Phil. Phil Arseneault is how do we put him? He’s a memory guy. I think he’s the best way to explain this. All right. What the heck is I’m thinking? Well, Bill is an innovative memory coach who transforms learning by tapping into the mind’s hidden potential. He’s helped over 2000 students to learn languages in just 15 hours apiece. His own ability to learn and teach a language within a month showcases the power of his methods. He’s on a mission to learn 30 languages and teach them to 500 million students. That is pretty impressive. He began his career with law enforcement, but he wound up going down this fascinating path when he discovered his fascination with memory. He learned Spanish in a month to secure a managerial position at a high end restaurant in Playa del Carmen at the age of 22. I love that. Sounds like he’s ADHD. He loves exploring shipwrecks without oxygen tanks.

Philippe [00:01:53]: Interesting timing considering what’s happened in the past couple of weeks with the Than, he dives the depths of the human mind. So there’s definitely diving here. Phil. Welcome to fast add normal.

Philippe [00:02:02]: Hey, Peter, thanks for having me.

Peter Shankman [00:02:05]: First question. How did you discover that your memory was incredible and you decided this is what you want to do with your life?

Philippe [00:02:12]: Well, I don’t have an incredible memory bu. I’ve been harnessing these very powerful tricks which have unlocked my ability to remember things. But before we even get into that, I want to just show some appreciation towards you. Thank you so much for writing that book. It completely blew my mind when I discovered that I had ADHD through this book. And I don’t know, nobody else in my life was surprised except for me.

Peter Shankman [00:02:42]: Thank you. Than means a lot. That’s usually the case when you come out with ADHD. People like well, yeah, duh.

Philippe [00:02:49]: Yeah. A student of mine, a friend of mine, he needed to learn Portuguese in a month, so I had to learn Portuguese and teach him Portuguese. And at one point, he just casually mentioned the fact that I have ADHD, and I was like, no, I don’t. And he’s like, you got to read this book. And I’m like, I’ll read the first chapter, but there’s no way I read the whole book in the day, and I was just completely so just thank you so much for having made that beautiful piece of content.

Peter Shankman [00:03:12]: I love that. Thank you. Fast and normal helps again. I love that. I need to understand this. So you started what you started as a cop?

Philippe [00:03:22]: Well, I worked in municipal law enforcement for five years in Montreal, but it was completely depressing, and I knew I was destined for greater things. So I was very happy to have shifted or manifested this opportunity in Mexico. And then the only obstacle that was in my way was the Spanish components.

Peter Shankman [00:03:41]: Yeah, I imagine managing a restaurant in Mexico would kind of require you to speak Spanish.

Philippe [00:03:45]: Yeah, well, I managed to make it through all the hiring process and made it down to the last two until that finally came up. And then I had to convince them that I was going to be able to learn Spanish within a month and that if I was not able to do that, that they would have that time to find somebody that’s much more capable and competent than the other guy and me. But in the meantime, I’d at least solve all of their logistical issues and I’d train all their staff. So that was the whole goal, is basically just a month. They didn’t think that I’d be able to do it, but they figured they’d get a month of training, add optimization of their new hotel restaurant, and I guess I surprised them because I succeeded. I stayed there for over a year.

Peter Shankman [00:04:30]: Unbelievable. So what is it what is it about language that makes it this sort of tell us your secret?

Philippe [00:04:41]: For me, it all boils down to speed learning. Speed learning or accelerated learning methods. And this, for me, I kind of see it as like the Green Lanterns ring. I think when you have focus and determination but you don’t have a solid way to utilize it, it gets pretty much wasted. But when you have a way to focus it. So, for me, the speed learning has been something that has unlocked so many things throughout all my entire life, and it has given me this feeling of having a superpower. So I use it in school to memorize 510, 15 pages of notes the night before the exam. Obviously, I had to build up to that. I started off with just a couple of little dates and a couple of little bits of information, and then over years, you develop it into 15 pages verbatim in an hour that you can memorize. But I also use it in the restaurant industry to memorize 20, 30, 40 people’s names every night and then their orders and their drink orders and what their bills were. And again, it started off with a table of two and a table of four and I’d make a bunch of mistakes. But over a period of time using these really powerful tricks, it made me feel like everything is possible. We have 256,000,000,000 gigs of storage capacity, which is like 1.2 billion computers. So we have all this potential. And I didn’t understand why people can access it. And then when I started going on this rabbit hole of memory competitions around the world and there’s thousands and thousands of people that are utilizing these really powerful tricks, they’re memorizing over 4000 digits in an hour and like 30 to 60 decks of shuffled cards in a couple of hours, which is like 3000 individual cards. They’re doing all this. Why are we struggling in school? So it was really serendipitous that the language element came into play with this challenge. And as I was learning it with these tricks, everybody was so surprised by how quickly I was learning and I just felt like it was normal. So I was teaching them along the way. And then when I realized that my natural gift to perceive patterns and to simplify things. And all the years that I’ve spent very passionately curious about the mind psychology, personal development, flow states and speed learning, it all couples together and fits in perfectly with languages in a way that I don’t think that anybody else has ever really tapped into. So people just started getting really excited with because most of my students don’t have ADHD. And I’ve noticed that the students than I’ve taught that have ADHD are able to outperform and they really take all these tricks and these tips and they run with it and it’s just so much more powerful. But even with the people without ADHD, they’re accessing parts of their brains and capabilities that they thought never existed, but they were just lying dormant. So it’s just been incredibly rewarding. The language is just basically the path that I’m choosing to spread the knowledge of speed learning and unlocking people’s dormant potential.

Peter Shankman [00:07:55]: Give us an example of one of those tricks because look, it sounds amazing. It sounds like, oh my God, I need to do this. Give me an example of something that you learned that allows you to sort of tap into that potential.

Philippe [00:08:07]: Okay, so the beauty about the speed learning tricks is it’s a very simple fundamental core, right? And then you use it in different ways that you can use it for numbers, for names. When you go to a networking event.

Peter Shankman [00:08:22]: Give me something with names. I’m terrible names. I meet someone, I forget the name 2 seconds later. Give me something with names.

Philippe [00:08:28]: All right, so here’s an example. I meet you at a networking event and you say hey, my name is Peter Shankman. So as I’m shaking your hand and saying hello to you, I’m imagining you dressed in tights like Peter Pan, and then you never wanted to grow up, so you have a shank in your pocket and I’m shaking your right hand always, because I know that’s your shanking hand and I know you’re always looking to shank a man, right? You want to be a boy forever. Peter Pan wants to be a boy forever. So you’re always looking to shank a man. So I shake your hand and I neutralize your Shanking hand because you’re Petershankman. And then in the beginning, you say, well, that takes a long time. How can you do all that while you’re shaking somebody’s hand? Well, in the beginning, it takes a bit of time, but as you practice it, over a couple of weeks, couple of months, that whole story just pops into my head in terms of concepts, not in terms of specific words. And then I immediately lock you down as Peter Shankman. I can give you another story for numbers, if you like. Yeah, I’ll summarize it, but normally it’s a little bit longer, add more wild. But basically, you want to imagine yourself as a spy sent to murder Hitler. Now, this is Germany, kind of like where the movie Unglorious Pastors ended off, where they’re trying to kill Hitler and he’s in his office yelling, nine, nine, nine. Right? He’s getting very, very angry. So you reach into your pocket and you’re there as an undercover spy, and you pull out this little tiny, mutated squid, octopus assassin creature. And as it goes onto the floor, it starts to shift and mutate and grow into the giant assassin octopus. He’s killing Hitler. He’s killing everybody in the room. You start running away. The octopus starts chasing after you. But luckily, you have a secret pill that’s hidden in your teeth. So you clamp down and you break the hidden tooth. You hope that it’s not cyanide, but it doesn’t taste like cyanide, so it actually transforms you into a car. So you look down and you look down at your hands and your feet, and you got four tires growing out of your extremities. You have four tires growing out of your extremities. And now you transform and you drive the hell out of there and you go down to Amsterdam for your extraction point. Now, when you get to Amsterdam, the first place you go to is the brothel, obviously. So as you pull into the brothel with your four tires, you transform back into human shape and you try to get into the brothel to call. Now, there’s this little short bouncer that’s blocking the way, and he’s not letting you into the brothel. He looks kind of like the famous rapper $0.50. But he’s vertically challenged. He’s a dwarf, so his friends jokingly call him $0.25. So you pick up air. He’s not very intimidating, and you smush him into your hands and he transforms into a 25 cent quarter, right? So now he literally is as you walk into the brothel, there’s this giant, like, blockbuster gumball machine. Like those giant gumball machines. You put twenty five cents in the gumball machine, and you turn it around and the ball comes out. But you didn’t get a gum. You won a prize. So you open up the little piece of paper and you read it, and it says, you have won a complimentary 69 in this establishment. Complimentary 69. We get 69. Amazing. So you run in, forgetting about the extraction point, just running in to collect your reward. But when you get in, there’s this giant jigsaw from the movie the movie saw this giant jigsaw puppet riding the Tricycle and he’s so freaky and he’s giant Tricycle, and he starts chasing you out of the brothel. So you’ve got this Tricycle just hauling ass behind you, pardon my French. This giant tricycle chasing you? And you try to bite down on your teeth again, but you can’t turn into a car anymore. But luckily, there’s this giant pink Ford pickup truck. It’s a four x four with two pink with a couple of pink unicorns in the back. For some reason you jump in the car, the keys are in the ignition, you haul of, and then you’re driving, and the Tricycle is gaining on you. But luckily, you see the button for the four x four. You unlock the four x four. You have enough torque to escape. So let’s go back to the beginning of the story. Where are you?

Peter Shankman [00:12:34]: In Germany.

Philippe [00:12:35]: In Germany. What is Hitler yelling?

Peter Shankman [00:12:37]: Nine. Nine. Nine.

Philippe [00:12:38]: Perfect. So the first number is nine. So we got nine. You reach into your pocket. What was in your pocket? How do you kill Hitler?

Peter Shankman [00:12:45]: An octopus.

Philippe [00:12:46]: Octopus. How many legs does an octopus have? Eight. So we got nine. Eight. Perfect. Now, how do you escape the octopus?

Peter Shankman [00:12:54]: I bite down on something in my tooth

Philippe [00:12:57]:

Perfect. And then what grows out of your limbs?

Peter Shankman [00:13:00]:

Two wheels.

Philippe [00:13:02]:

Out of all of your limbs?

Peter Shankman [00:13:03]:

All four wheels.

Philippe [00:13:04]:

Perfect. We got nine, eight, four. Perfect. And then where do you escape to after Germany?

Peter Shankman [00:13:10]: Amsterdam.

Philippe [00:13:11]: Amsterdam. And when you get there, who’s blocking your entrance?

Peter Shankman [00:13:15]: Twenty five cents.

Philippe [00:13:16]: Twenty five cents. Excellent. Now, when you turn it into 25 cent, what do you get in the gumball machine?

Peter Shankman [00:13:21]: A prize.

Philippe [00:13:22]: And what’s the prize?

Peter Shankman [00:13:24]: Free 69.

Philippe [00:13:25]: Perfect. So we got 69. And then when you get into redeem, your prize, who attacks you? 

Peter Shankman [00:13:31]: I don’t remember that part. Who attacks me?

Philippe [00:13:34]: Okay. What was his vehicle of transportation? What was he riding? Some creature was attacking you on this weird children.

Peter Shankman [00:13:43]: Was it a bike or something like that?

Philippe [00:13:44]: Yeah, it was a bike, but it was a Jigsaw from that’s right.

Peter Shankman [00:13:48]: Jigsaw from Saw. Right.

Philippe [00:13:49]: So he’s got a tricycle. Right. So the tricycle number three. And then how do you escape him. There was unicorns somewhere.

Peter Shankman [00:13:58]: That’s right.

Philippe [00:13:59]: Okay, and then how do you get enough speed to outdrive the tricycle? You hit a button. What did the button say?

Peter Shankman [00:14:07]: What did the button say?

Philippe [00:14:09]: It unlocked all the torque if it was a pickup truck. Yes. Okay, very good. Four x four x four. So that’s my phone number, 984-256-9344. When it’s in the format of numbers, I can’t memorize a single phone number. But when I transform it into these stories, I can do in one night, I could do 1020 people’s phone numbers, and if I need to sit down to memorize them for an event that I have, it takes me ten minutes, and I just get 1020 phone numbers locked in the form of these stories.

Peter Shankman [00:14:46]: That’s amazing. I imagine that people with neurodiverse brains would even have an easier time learning this stuff because they’re already creative to begin with.

Philippe [00:14:56]: Like I said, I’ve seen 800% increase when we measured it once with I had a student ADHD. This is one of my first students when I beginning. For a month, I was teaching everybody for free, and then I just started going with referrals. But this guy, he was always known as having a crappy memory. Maybe it was partly due to ADHD, but his brain was just not able to make memories. His mom, as a gift, as a gag gift for Christmas, bought him a little kids memory game. So there’s 70 cards in them, and it’s like a picture of a pacifier, a picture of a bicycle, et cetera. And he could never memorize more than five or ten, depending on how he’s feeling. And then within 15 hours of working with me with these tricks, he was able to memorize the whole deck, and we ran out of cards, so we didn’t even reach the limit of its potential. But that’s an 800% increase in 15 hours. So ADHD students that I’ve had, they just take this and fly, not only for the languages, but for numbers, for information. They use it in their work now. They use it in their relationships. Their girlfriend’s favorite color is blue. They just imagine the girlfriend listening to blues music every anniversary, so now they always remember it’s blue. If it’s red, they imagine them as a raging bowl. If they forget the favorite color, and then the red connects with the bowl. I love the it connects everything.

Peter Shankman [00:16:18]: This is brilliant. All right, we’re out of time. I want to have you back without question. How can people find you?

Philippe [00:16:24]: I’m on Facebook. Speak like a local. Or they have my phone number now. It’s plus 52 area code or email info at speaklikealocal15.Com. Web: Socials: LinkTree  @speaklikealocal on Facebook or [email protected] FREE MINI COURSE JUST EMAIL HIM!! Don’t forget to mention Faster Than Normal! 

Peter Shankman [00:16:37]: Amazing. Just amazing. Thank you so much for taking the time. This was awesome.

Philippe [00:16:41]: See? And just to show you a bit of gratitude for rocking my world with this book, and I mean setting me on this path of optimizing my brain, add removing all the obstacles that I’ve had in my path. Happy to give all of your listeners a free mini course. So if anybody wants to send me a message, seven Spanish verb tenses in 1 hour. Or if they just want a memory, I have a little intro to memory hacking. I’ll give it absolutely for free. Just send me a message. If you have any questions, just mention Peter Shankman or ADHD and happy to send off some cool free content.

Peter Shankman [00:17:19]: I love it guys. You also know this guy on his zoom. His name is Dr. Phil. Your brain I love that. I love that, Phil. Thank you so much for taking time guys. If you listen to Faster Than Normal, this is fun to do. We’ll have Phil back.  As always, we’d love to hear what guests you want to have on the podcast. We always have room. Let me know and we will see you guys soon. Keep having fun, stay healthy. Neurodiversity is a gift, not a curse. And we’ll talk to you guys later.

Credits: You’ve been listening to the Faster Than Normal podcast. We’re available on iTunes, Stitcher and Google play and of course at I’m your host, Peter Shankman and you can find me at and @petershankman on all of the socials. If you like what you’ve heard, why not head over to your favorite podcast platform of choice and leave us a review, come more people who leave positive reviews, the more the podcast has shown, and the more people we can help understand that ADHD is a gift, not a curse. Opening and closing themes were composed and produced by Steven Byrom who also produces this podcast, and the opening introduction was recorded by Bernie Wagenblast. Thank you so much for listening. We’ll see you next week! 


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