Meet the man who makes the mission of learning any language possible!
Language hacker Benny Lewis shows how anyone anywhere can learn any language without leaving their home, using a simple toolkit and by harnessing the power of the Internet.
Benny definitely wasn+óe(tm)t born with the +óe~language gene+óe(tm). After graduating in electronic engineering in his native Ireland he spent six months in Spain struggling to learn Spanish. This frustrating experience fuelled his determination to take a different approach to learning foreign languages.
Today he speaks over ten languages including Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French, German, Portuguese, and Hungarian. At present, he+óe(tm)s learning Japanese in Spain. This typifies one of his +óe~3-month challenges+óe(tm) where he targets a new language and proceeds to become fluent in it within just three months. He charts his progress on his blog, proving that his techniques allow anyone to learn a language from anywhere.
Benny+óe(tm)s blog, also called Fluent in 3 Months, is the largest language learning blog in the world.
The key principles of Benny+óe(tm)s method:
+óe-ó Speak from day one: find mother-tongue speaking partners online. Don+óe(tm)t be self-conscious +óe" keep the flow going!
+óe-ó Change your mindset: ditch the excuses, you can do it!
+óe-ó Stay focused and determined: even if you don+óe(tm)t have much time, never forget the goal you+óe(tm)ve set yourself and work at it.
+óe-ó Learning a language doesn+óe(tm)t need to be expensive: there is a wealth of free resources out there, if you know where to find them
+óe-ó Reap the rewards! Learning a new language is not an end in itself, but a means to meeting new people and discovering new cultures. Curiosity will fuel your determination.