When disliking learning languages can be a really good thing


It may seem like the last thing you’d expect to read on a blog that discusses language learning so much, but I don’t actually like learning languages. It’s quite an oddity in language learning circles, because if you talk to linguists and read many other language learning blogs and forums, you can feel their passion […]


How many words do you need to speak a language fluently?


Sometimes on this blog, I like to ask really stupid questions (or make stupid statements) in the post title, and then explain how idiotic I think the question is in the first place within the actual post, and explain an alternative way of looking at it. This is one of those times! I’ve been getting […]


Benny’s TEDx talk: Speak from Day One

If you’re a new reader here and would like the most concise version of my best advice to speak from day one, then this video is for you If you’re a long-term reader and have wondered who/what precisely inspired me to start on this road to become a polyglot some day, then you will see […]


How much time does it take to learn a language?


  One understandable misconception from people when they first arrive on this site is that I would think it takes exactly three months to learn a language. To me the question and answer “How long does it take to learn a language?” “X months/years/lifetimes” is ludicrous, as it leaves far too much undefined and only […]


Frequently asked questions for an experienced language learner


Last week I shared some FAQs for a long-term traveller, and taking a bunch of questions that readers have been sending me on Facebook, Google plus, twitter and the LHL email list, now I’ll discuss some language learning issues that people have been wondering about. Note that I discuss FAQs about the website and my […]


What will I talk about when my language level is so basic?


One of the biggest questions I get when I encourage people to just speak, no matter how bad your grammar is and how few words you know, is “What will I talk about?? They’ll just get bored and angry with me!” This attitude is quite strange because it presumes a level of rudeness of foreign […]


Why does the language have to be so weird?


This post was originally part of my introduction e-mails for the Language Hacking League (which you can sign up for on the right to get similar tips or links twice a month in your inbox after an introduction series). Considering how I use Turkish as an example (but you can apply this tip to all […]


Language Hacking tips for English speaking travellers (My TBEX talk)

Here it is! My first time ever speaking in front of such a large audience! The video is 30 minutes long and covers some tips and encouragement that I’ve mentioned on the blog at various times and which are covered in much more detail in the Language Hacking Guide of course. Since the audience was […]