Benny Lewis is a fun-loving blogger, YouTuber, author, language hacker, and technomad from Ireland (hence his nickname “Irish Polyglot”). He is the creator of the most popular language learning site in the world as of writing, Fluentin3Months.com, and has authored five books. He has demonstrated again and again that it’s possible to reach conversational fluency in a matter of months, not years as most believe. Benny’s philosophy on language learning is right in line with my Self-Guided Immersion™ approach, as exemplified in the following quote from his  book Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World:

“…where you are isn’t what decides whether or not you’ll be successful. Attitude beats latitude (and longitude) every time. It’s more about creating an immersion environment, exposing yourself to native speakers, and doing everything you can in that language.”

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Show Notes

In the interview, we discuss:

1) The release of Benny’s new book, Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World.

2) Benny’s language study plans for the coming year.

3) Benny’s favorite places to find native speakers (including iTalki and Couchsurfing).

4) 5 common language learning myths and destructive attitudes (of the 20 detailed in his book) that hold would-be learners back:

  • “Aren’t Adult Language Learner’s at a Disadvantage?”
  • “I Don’t Have the Language Gene”
  • “I Don’t Have the Time”
  • “Language Programs Are Expensive”
  • “I’m Waiting for the Perfect Language Course”

5) How Benny juggles multiple languages.

6) “Immersion Without a Plane Ticket”

7) Useful language learning hacks:

  • Using modal verbs + infinitives
  • Using melodies to better remember phrases
  • Using mnemonics to better remember words, phrases & Chinese characters

Benny’s Books

Benny’s Courses

Benny’s Website & Social Media Accounts

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