Language Learning Tips

How fast can I learn a language?

Last time I explored the “The Secret of Learning Languages” with you and now I’d like to talk about just how fast you can learn a language. This is a frequent question people ask me. It is usually followed by, “it gets easier after each one your learn, right?”. It’s practically impossible to answer these

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The Secret of Learning Languages

During a Polyglot Workshops Online session with participants, I got a really interesting comment: “I came to learn about the secret to learning languages”. This was not from someone who is new to languages, but rather someone who has learnt languages successfully for a number of years. This is someone, I consider to be an

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It’s all Greek to me!

End of a conference…start of my challenge… At the end of the Polyglot Conference in New York City, I was pleased to announce that we’d be taking the event to Thessaloniki in Greece in 2016. We hope to see everyone interested in languages there – polyglot, polynot and anything in between. Mixed with the excitement

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Setting goals

The summer is coming to an end in the northern hemisphere and it’s time to go back to school. This time of year feels like a lot of new starts for us. Over the summer I had a number of goals I set myself on my travels. I took on the Add1Challenge for Latvian over

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Polish your Polish

Can you get your tongue around the weird and wonderful consonant sounds in Polish?  Watch this video I put together and see how you do too!  Post a reply to the video with you saying “chrząszcz”!  Each group of languages I have studied has a special place in my heart.  The Romance and Germanic languages

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Learning the Lingo

We talk about learning languages and how quickly we can do it.  We look for the best courses to get us to the best level possible at break-neck speed.  But is all this all in vain?  Is language learning at this accelerated rate a myth? Well, you can pick up a book, read it or

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Motivation

Many people have asked me how I stay motivated.  In order to answer this question, I need to also define a few things.  When people talk about motivation, especially related to language learning, I get the impression that they expect to be motivated 100% of the time, or close to it. To me saying, “I

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Balkan language “hit list”

My relationship with The Balkans started almost a decade ago.  Like the language obsessed person that I am, I had grand plans to learn all of the languages spoken in the region.  I’m big into learning the languages spoken around me.  I simply need that connection to motivate me to learn a language to a

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Reading the signs…

I’ve been in Poland for three weeks now already.  Just under a week left and I will be back on the road… Learning a language in-country is a luxury and it is not always an option.  It is still possible to study a language successfully to a high level without going abroad.  We live in

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