In 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.
Listen to the Interview
- France 2 (French TV)
- Assimil (self-guided language courses)
- Colloquial (self-guided language courses)
- Linguaphone (self-guided language courses)
- Teach Yourself (self-guided language courses)
- Mandarin Spot (Chinese text converter)
- Make it Stick (book about how to learn)
- Brain Rules (book about how the brain learns)
- Gidonlinekino.com (HD movies dubbed into Russian)
- Ard.de (movies & documentaries in German)
- LingQ.com (reading & listening content + vocabulary tools & tutors)