Luca LamparielloIn today’s show, I chat with the man, the legend, the one and only, Italian polyglot Luca Lampariello. Over the past 20 years, Luca has reached a very high level in 9 foreign languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese. Luca is full useful tips and strategies, which he shares in depth at his excellent blog, The Polyglot Dream.

In the interview, we discuss:

  • How Luca got interested in languages.
  • Procedural vs declarative memory.
  • The weakness of rote memorization.
  • How to train your brain to learn better.
  • The myth that you have to be a genius to learn lots of languages.
  • The myth that you have to learn a lot of words to become fluent.
  • The myth that just reading or listening a lot will make you a better speaker.
  • The ability to translate and communicate are very different things.
  • Whether there is a proper order of acquisition for foreign language skills.
  • The myth that polyglots can speak all their languages perfectly.
  • The importance of maintaining previously learned languages as you take on another.
  • Luca’s daily language learning and maintenance routine.
  • The myth that intensity always equals speed.
  • Luca’s favorite tools for different stages of learning.

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