Blog Profile / Fluent in 3 months

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Language Learners: 15 Useful Skills You Get from Speaking a Second Language

Learning a new language enriches your life in so many ways. I didn’t start seriously learning another language – Spanish – until my early 20s. I had no idea what to expect, and I never imagined all of the ways my life would change as a result of learning a language. Show More Summary

The CIA is Wrong: It Doesn’t Take 1,000 Hours to Learn a Language

Does it really take up to 4,400 hours to learn a language? According to the US Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, that’s how long it should take. Study for 20 hours a week, and that’s over four years! Reduce that to five...Show More Summary

How to Learn a Language While Studying Abroad

After I finished my university degree and moved to Spain, most of my initial friends there were not Spaniards but exchange students learning Spanish. Europe’s Erasmus programme brings together students who are interested in the cultural and language exchange options of spending one of their university years (usually the 3rd) in a foreign country. Show More Summary

How I prepared for the French C1 exam

How can you master French? One way is to set yourself the goal of reaching C1 or C2 level. I’ll explain more about that in a moment. So far on this blog I’ve usually written about how to get started in language learning. Getting started...Show More Summary

Busted: 6 Common Myths About Polyglots and Language Learners

There are plenty of language learning myths, especially about people who speak multiple languages (also known as polyglots). You’re probably familiar with the romanticised image of the polyglot. It goes something like this: A polyglot...Show More Summary

We Asked, You Answered: Why Learn a Foreign Language?

Have you ever wondered “Why learn a foreign language?” I recently asked members of the Fluent in 3 Months community their reasons for learning a new language. The response was amazing! Over 200 language learners chimed in with a startling variety of answers. Show More Summary

5 Simple Research Proven Hacks to Stop Wasting Time and Start Learning Fast

Do you dream of learning a new language, but then find you rarely take action towards making your dream a reality? I’ve said before that the biggest factor that holds people back from success is a lack of confidence. Fear of doing the “wrong thing” can cause you to not start in the first place. Show More Summary

My system for learning the Russian cases (with examples)

Today’s post is from Lauren, updating you on her plans for her Russian project, and discussing how she’s planning to start learning the Russian cases.  Over to you, Lauren! —— It’s been well over 3 months since I started the Russian project, so it’s time for me to regroup and reflect. Show More Summary

10 Ways to Bounce Back from Quitting a Language

I love to encourage language learners here on Fluent in 3 Months, but language learning isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Life inevitably gets in the way and prevents you from reaching your language goals. This has happened to me more...Show More Summary

A Powerful and Underrated Beginner Language Goal

Why is language learning all about the intermediate or advanced levels? When you start learning a new language, it’s easy to get carried away with huge, unrealistic goals.  Maybe you dream of having deep conversations in your target language language, or of reading advanced novels, or making play-on-word jokes. Show More Summary

Solo or Couple Travel: Is Either Better?

If you’re a member of the Language Hacking League, or if you follow me on Instagram, or Facebook, then you already know the big news: Lauren and I are engaged! This is yet another secret mission I’ve been working on behind the scenes for the past several months ;). Show More Summary

5 Steps to Become Conversationally Fluent in Spanish

Spanish is the language that started off my lifelong obsession with language learning, so it holds a special place in my heart. Thanks to Spanish I was able to discover what what holding me back from becoming fluent in any language.Show More Summary

The “Pinch Yourself” Hack for Rapid Language Learning (Backed by Science)

My friend Maneesh Sethi spent five years travel hacking his way around the world, learning Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and German along the way. Now Maneesh is working on Pavlok, a wearable device that uses electric shock to help you change your habits. Show More Summary

How to Use Skype to Learn Another Language

Having real conversations with native speakers is one of the best ways to quickly improve your language skills. Yet I’m constantly surprised by the number of people who wait years before they take that step — or who never take it atShow More Summary

41 Brilliant Words & Expressions We Desperately Need in English

When you start studying a new language, one of the first things you’ll discover is that certain words and phrases in your new language have no English equivalent. This can be really frustrating. How are you supposed to learn a language...Show More Summary

Interview with Tim Ferriss: Intensive Language Learning and the Tim Ferriss Experiment

About two and a half years ago, I finally had the chance to catch up with Tim Ferriss and interview him about language learning. It went well besides my bad connection in Brazil meaning I had to upload the lowest possible quality video. Show More Summary

The 8 Biggest Mistakes Language Learner’s Make (And How to Fix Them!)

Get a fast pass, and avoid the mistakes I share in this article… Today I’m launching a new series of six language hacking guides to help people learn languages the fast way. The guides cover French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese and English. Show More Summary

Italian: Imperfect Tense Language Hacks

This is an extract from my new language hackers’ guide, Why Italian is Easy. Want to hack Italian so you can learn it fast? Find out more at the end of this post. Confused by the past tenses in Italian? There are two main ways to talk...Show More Summary

Why Chinese is Easy: The Smart Way to Learn Chinese Tones

Tones. A huge issue people have when learning Chinese is the fact that it’s a tonal language. Let’s start with the bad news. If you don’t get tones down well, it will be really hard for native Mandarin speakers to understand you. Now for the good news. Show More Summary

What’s it like to start learning a language?: Lauren’s 6 Week Update

I’ve now been studying Russian for 2 hours a day for 6 weeks. In some ways, I can’t believe it’s already been 6 weeks. In other ways, I can’t believe it’s only been 6 weeks! I’m so pleased that I’m able to actually communicate in myShow More Summary

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