Not Quite Fluent

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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Language-hack your back to school list

I happen to be an office-supply fanatic. I love them. And right now, when all the back to school stuff is on sale, I have to practice some serious self-control not to snatch up every Mead notebook I can find. These things, however, are an exception to my rules—I can’t go without them. Read on…

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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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Free online resources blitz

I am now thoroughly convinced that it is possible to learn anything on the internet… for free. And lucklily for me, that includes languages. In the past I’ve bought paper resources for my language learning pursuits, but I’m starting to discover how awesome the Internet is at this sort of thing. Here are my nine…

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Why vacation counts as study time

Everyone is always talking about immersion, but let’s be honest—not many of us can just hop on the next flight to Uruguay to practice our Spanish. Luckily for me, I’ve gotten to take two trips this year to different international cities, and I realized that it doesn’t even matter where you go–vacation is a secret weapon…

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Use this, not that: Starting from scratch

I never knew how hard it is to learn a language from scratch until I delved into a one-month Italian challenge. Hyped-up and excited, I bought some books and found resources that I thought would be useful for learning Italian—some of which I’m still using over two months later. Others… well, others were a complete…

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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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