The Language “Benf”

In his famous autobiography – Autobiography – Benjamin Franklin outlined a method of language skill improvement that unfortunately went mostly unnoticed and forgotten.

In an effort to bring that method to light I’d like to explain it in this post and give it an action name. And (if you will allow me to coin it) that name is, “Benf.”

Benf –  to Benf (V)


To completely master a piece of writing – by re-writing it from memory.

A method of language learning/ language acquisition whereby a learner re-writes sentences produced by native speakers.


The word is a verb and can be used like this: I will benf the first paragraph of Art of War to practice my chinese characters.

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