Monday, January 17, 2011

Benny the Polyglot

I think mistakes are good. In fact, I think studying languages is the best way to accumulate as many errors and slip-ups as possible. I'm not endorsing the pursuit of German or Chinese strictly for the sake of being an idiot. The mistakes you make at the risk of sounding idiotic, however, will eventually reap larger and larger dividends in your speaking ability.
Benny the Polyglot seems to disseminate the same idea, along with many other ideas on learning languages, on his website, Fluent in 3 Months. Benny started off with English, but expanded into Irish, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Esperanto (what?!). He is currently studying Tagalog. His tips on awakening your latent multilingual potential are wacky and unorthodox - if you've tried various methods to master some difficult tongue but still feel like a novice, consider some of his experience-tested remedies.
A personal note: All of the languages he learned are very similar (romantic languages, especially). I wonder if his reflections on acquiring languages will change if he leaves his linguistic comfort zone by studying something like Hungarian or Swahili.

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irishpolyglot said...

I did learn Hungarian

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