Life is full of vicissitudes, bumps in the road, and unexpected events. A member of the language community has left us way before his time: this is The Polyglotist’s humble attempt at honoring his life.
“What’s the point? Everyone will speak English in the future.”
Have you ever found yourself without an answer when people try to diminish the value of your effort? Read on to inoculate yourself against this kind of argument.
Just about everything has been said about Duolingo. That it’s amazing, that it sucks, that it’s lacking here, there and everywhere. That it’s the future, that it’s passé, that it didn’t help them and that it had them speaking in the bat of an eye. But honestly, what’s the lowdown on Duolingo? Read more
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that we all started from scratch, but it’s important that we do. Read on to find out why starting humbly is not such a bad thing.
Just why should you learn a language? How does it benefit you, and is it truly worth your time? I’ve spent quite a while wondering what the best reasons for learning a language are, and here’s what I came up with.
In these past few weeks I’ve been on more trains and train stations, pubs, and public events than I usually am in a year, and have seen (or better yet, heard) lots of polyglot action. My ears have become like antennas, tuning in to all the sounds around me… even if what I’m listening to isn’t a language I understand. Read more
Language learners of the world! I have a question for you: Read more
Happy International Women’s Day!
Today I’d like to talk about something I feel may be the elephant in the room of the language learning community: female polyglots. Point in case: are women in language learning an endangered species? Read more
After many years of teaching a language that isn’t my own, I had to sit down and ponder the question: IS a native teacher better than a non-native one? What are their pros and cons? Keep reading to find my answer to this question. Read more
Since nobody’s perfect from the very beginning, I can imagine someone may’ve critized your accent, or your speed… but have they ever told you that you speak (A) like a (B)? Read more