Welcome to fluentin3months.com, a site packed with encouragement and “hacks” about speaking languages as quickly as possible, as I travel to learn and speak languages myself.
After over eleven years on the road (ten of which was non-stop, teaching me a lot about life), I have picked up quite a lot of short-cuts, unconventional learning techniques, and a pretty good mentality that has hugely helped me to learn these languages, and earn the title of “polyglot”. This site is for sharing these tips so that others may also live their dreams of being able to speak other languages! If you’d like to read my best and most practical tips all in one place, check out the Speak from day One video course and Language Hacking Guide!
Who is Benny Lewis?
My name is Benny (Brendan) Lewis. I’m a vegetarian from Cavan Ireland, and I don’t drink. I’m single and an entrepreneur. I like to think of myself a “technomad” – a full-time technology-enabled globe-trotter.
When I turned 21, the only language that I spoke was English and I had done quite poorly with languages in school. In fact, I initially had problems even with English and had to go to speech therapy when I was younger because of it. So I am not naturally talented with languages! I have a degree in Electronic Engineering!
My love affair with other cultures and speaking foreign languages began in 2003, after graduation when I moved to Spain. I discovered that learning languages wasn’t so hard when you apply the right method! You also have to stop making excuses that you are too old, don’t have time, too shy to try to use it etc. There are dozens of excuses, but they each have an answer!
After finally successfully reaching a confident stage in Spanish, my travels led me elsewhere. Dozens of countries and many languages (8 of which I speak fluently; indicated with flags on the right) later, I am now a full-time language hacker!
I have had plenty of other jobs in the last decade such as English teacher, Mathematics teacher, French/Spanish teacher, photographer, youth hostel receptionist, tour guide, yoga store manager, first aid assistant, electronic engineer and several others. Before attempting to support myself from this blog, I was a location independent freelance translator of technical documents.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be rich to travel the world! In fact, I did quite well for most of my travels on $1000/month because I’ve embraced minimalism and everything I own in the world weighs 23kg/50lbs.
I am currently supporting myself by sales of the Speak from Day One package, while I work on other projects related to language learning. If you like this site, maybe check it out!
If I earn enough, then I could hopefully expand my usual very affordable cheap destinations to include more expensive places like Moscow or Tokyo for a few months while I learn those languages. These are the most expensive cities in the world though, so I realize there are plenty of alternatives, and I myself have successfully learned languages over the Internet first.
I try to take apart the language learning process and explain it to people who have never had any luck trying. As many details as possible are shared on this blog, in the free weekly Language Hacking League e-mail list (subscribe on the right) and in the guide.
Subscribe to the blog if you want to follow my missions to learn languages (a completely different one every few months) and discover my unconventional “language hacking” tips. Make sure to leave comments and share interesting posts with your friends through Facebook, twitter or stumbleupon (using the buttons on the left while reading any post).
I’ve put my best videos of me demonstrating myself genuinely using my languages with native speakers on this page. (Click the bold text to expand out the videos)
For the best summary of my advice, be sure to check out my TEDx talk!
My other pages on the net:
You can check out all of my photos (and some short videos) on my flickr page. I have made almost two hundred videos in over a dozen different languages that you can check out on my Youtube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!
Join in on the very active discussion about fluent in 3 months, and with tonnes of encouraging posts by “liking” this site’s facebook page!
You can also learn more about me from what others have written about me in the references on my Couchsurfing profile.
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