Not Quite Fluent

In America, we speak English…or do we? (Caution: mind-blowing stats are within)

There are many things that drive me absolutely crazy. One of them is people who feel the need to turn on every light in the house at 11:00 AM. Another is people who fish for compliments. But in terms of language learning, my biggest pet peeve is when people say “Speak English, you’re in America”. (…)

Guest Post: Ana Fraser

Ana is an aspiring ninja and polyglot from Jamaica, and when’s she not doing either she’s probably in the middle of a book or doing some form of work. This candy-fueled free-spirit is as enthusiastic about traveling and meeting new people as she is about learning new languages (and playing videogames and eating candy). Low…

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Can you learn too many languages?

I find myself in a position that’s the complete opposite of how I usually feel. Normally I’m trying to scrape together disjointed reasons to learn a language, or just learning a new tongue because it interests me. But as of this summer, I have three languages on my plate. And I kind of really need…

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You say potato, I say…freezer? Mastering Spanish accents

Here’s the thing about language: no one speaks it exactly the same way. In the case of all the countries in South and Central America, those differences in speech can result in dramatically different, sometimes offensive interpretations. Recently I got the chance to meet and talk with a few other Spanish speakers. One was a…

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GUEST: Gabriel Henrique

Today we have a very special guest, Mr. Gabriel Henrique! He’s a nineteen year old who’s fluent in both Portuguese and English. Plus, he runs the Facebook page Gabriel TIPS for people learning English from Portuguese. He’s a great guy, and I hope you enjoy his story! Over to you, Gabe. I thought I learned…

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How to get over your fear of speaking

My school has a pretty large population of international students—roughly 10% of our student body does not live in America. The vast majority of them are from China, so I’ve really been working a lot on Chinese this past semester.
But I always am so afraid to speak to them in Chinese!

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QUIZ: find your polyglot “spirit animal”

According to Urban Dictionary, saying someone is your spirit animal means that that “person or thing is a representation of you or what you want to be.” In other words, a role model. I’ve put together a quiz to help you figure out which of my five favorite language bloggers and vloggers you should be…

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Interpreting: insanely scary but totally rewarding

It’s not a big crowd, but I’m still nervous standing in front of a couple dozen people while clutching two microphones in my sweaty palms. The forty people in the room are there because they need to receive food and clothes from my local church’s ministry called the Healing Center, and I’ve been randomly selected to…

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Are polyglots more likely to be insomniacs?

Apparently, yes. A couple weeks ago I sent out a Facebook survey to see what the demographics of the polyglot community are… and I got some rather cool results! Here is an infographic with the results of the survey.

Who, me? How I got my story out there

The most incredible thing happened this week–I got to be interviewed for the My Polyglot podcast! At first I was hesitant to share my story. It feels inadequate for such a community of multilingual people! My three languages didn’t seem like they should be noticed in that crowd…but they were! When I first joined a…

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