Sara Maria Hasbun, a.k.a. Miss Linguistic, is a polyglot, translator, linguist, and the Managing Director of Meridian Linguistics. She speaks Spanish, French, Mandarin, Korean, American Sign Language, Nicaraguan Sign Language, and Indonesian, and has also dabbled in Thai, Cantonese, and Malay. In the interview, we discuss:

  • How Sara Maria got interested in languages, and went from a struggling Spanish student to a full-fledged polyglot.
  • How studying linguistics has helped her learn foreign languages better.
  • How she learned to mimic immersion environments anywhere in the world.
  • The power of probabilistic, statistical learning, and the importance of learning language through high-frequency chunks.
  • Why you should “spam your brain” with language learning input.
  • The power of using online tutors and the importance of removing pain points between you and spoken practice.
  • The importance of getting the sounds of a language into your head.
  • The similarities between learning a language and working out (and how doing both at the same time is a powerful combination).
  • Why you shouldn’t discount the power of passive learning, “dead time,” and habit pairing.
  • The insufficiency of rule-based learning.
  • Why you should work with multiple tutors.
  • The power of the “monologue method” and 30-day challenges.

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