Speaking Fluently

June 13, 2011 by 3 Comments

My name is Richard.  Welcome to my blog about languages and language learning! Questions about speaking languages fluently is the most common one I hear, hence the name Speaking Fluently. 

Richard Simcott

Richard Simcott

How do you get involved?

It’s easy! I will share language stories, tips and advice on here with you. Write to me in the comments. Interact with me on my social media channels too. The feedback and requests I receive from you will shape future posts and LIVE videos.

I have been learning languages for over 35 years.  It has been a passion of mine since early childhood.  My aim for this blog is to talk to you about languages and the language learning process. I want to make the process easier and more enjoyable for you.  

Is this blog for me? 

Yes. I aim to write things that are useful for ALL types of learners. My goal is to help you start speaking fluently the languages you’re interested in learning. 

Whether you are delving into Dutch or perusing Portuguese, join me on the path to Speaking Fluently!

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  • Keith Chopping says:

    Hello Richard, I wonder if courses like Assimil or Tell Me More are any use for learning French ? What do you think of immersion courses like Berlitz or Alliance Francaise ? Is it really possible to reach fluency without a tutor ? thanks, Keith

    • I have never used Berlitz or similar as a student, going to the classes. Berlitz in particular seemed very expensive to me when I went to find out about their courses. For the money I would hope that people would learn the language well. Paying that much out would certianly be a motivator! 😉

      In all seriousness though, I have done courses in Czech Republic and Netherlands for a lot less and got plenty out of them. They were at local colleges, universities or language schools. I am a big fan of local resources for learning languages. Assimil has some good courses in some langauges, but there are other languages they teach, whcih I am not fond of at all. The same goes for any of the big names on the market, like Colloquial, TeachYourself etc. etc. Perhaps I should write something more detailed about sourcing materials in a language… 🙂

  • KC Bird says:

    Hello Richard, Languages are my passion. I have a website offering Free courses in 48 different languages and over 38,000 Free lessons. I am dedicate my life to bringing the world together through communication. I invite you to http://www.lingohut.com If you like what you see I would love you to share it with your readers. I look forward to reading your blog.

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