Not Quite Fluent

Happy birthday, NQF! This year in review

It’s officially been a whole year since I first bought this domain and dove into blogging! Woohoo! It’s been a long year with some inconsistent scheduling, but all in all I’ve had a lot more success than I ever anticipated. I gotten to do interviews and guest posts with some of my favorite polyglots and…

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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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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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My routine: the when and how of language learning

Personally, my favorite interviews, blogs, and articles are when language learners divulge exactly how they learn best. Print or online? Asimil or Rosetta Stone? Free or expensive? It fascinates me to know their routines. So when I was asked about mine, I knew I had to share. […] ​ ​I received an email asking about…

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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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Can being confident lead to being fluent? (YES!)

Spoiler alert: yes! After putting the task off for a year, I finally decided to contact the pastor of a Hispanic church near me to ask about volunteering and helping out with their children’s ministry. I typed away busily at my computer, occasionally pulling up Google Translate to check a word that I wasn’t sure…

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Personal update… goals and beyond!

Hey everyone! It’s time for my first personal update. I’ll be sharing some of my goals for this coming school year and give an update about how my summer language learning went… hopefully you can learn something from me about what not to do. (very ominous…read on!) First things first, I have to share about……

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How my mentality completely changed

When people ask what I like to do, they usually aren’t expecting to hear “learn languages.” The next question I get usually asks me why and where I even learned that was a viable hobby. I can answer in two words: Tim Doner. Everyone has a role model, and today I’d like to talk about…

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