What you missed: The best language news/links over the summer

How’s your summer been? I have been (and still am) travelling almost every single day to encourage language learners one-on-one, but I know a lot of you have had your own language projects to keep you busy! Since you may not have been browsing the Internet as often with so much sunshine to soak up, […]

How’s your summer been? I have been (and still am) travelling almost every single day to encourage language learners one-on-one, but I know a lot of you have had your own language projects to keep you busy! Since you may not have been browsing the Internet as often with so much sunshine to soak up, […]

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How to create a realistic timeline for your next language project (Why 3 months?)

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As I continue on the book tour, I have been getting asked many questions face-to-face with people, many of which remind me of things that I can talk about on the blog more. One of the biggest ones by far is Why 3 months? You see it in the title of the blog and the […]

As I continue on the book tour, I have been getting asked many questions face-to-face with people, many of which remind me of things that I can talk about on the blog more. One of the biggest ones by far is Why 3 months? You see it in the title of the blog and the […]

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New member of the Fi3M team: Brandon, your full-time language encourager!

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Fluent in 3 Months is constantly expanding, and is now reaching almost 1 MILLION visitors per month! This year things are expanding very quickly, since the book hit the shelves and subsequently became an international best seller!

This of course, leads to many questions coming my way from aspiring language learners. It reached the stage where I would get a thousand emails a day sometimes!!

Sadly, I only have so many hours in a day and most of these emails would have to go unanswered, and my blogging and Youtubing frequency has been suffering too with all the extra work from the growth of the blog. This year, because I’m on a book tour and moving city almost every day, offline most of the time, I was starting to realize that keeping up with everything by myself would be simply impossible.

Fluent in 3 Months is constantly expanding, and is now reaching almost 1 MILLION visitors per month! This year things are expanding very quickly, since the book hit the shelves and subsequently became an international best seller!

This of course, leads to many questions coming my way from aspiring language learners. It reached the stage where I would get a thousand emails a day sometimes!!

Sadly, I only have so many hours in a day and most of these emails would have to go unanswered, and my blogging and Youtubing frequency has been suffering too with all the extra work from the growth of the blog. This year, because I’m on a book tour and moving city almost every day, offline most of the time, I was starting to realize that keeping up with everything by myself would be simply impossible.

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Ridiculous translation blunders that cost millions of dollars (and why you should learn a language for better business)

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In the 1960’s, Pepsi took its “Come Alive With the Pepsi Generation” slogan to China, which was not well very well received. The reason? In Chinese, this translates to “Pepsi brings your relatives back from the dead.”

Clairol and Canadian Mist’s German Blunder

Canadian Mist, a brand of whiskey, failed in German markets because “Mist” in German means “manure.”

The same happened to Clairol when it attempted to sell a curling iron called the “Mist stick” to German markets. Who wants to put a shit stick into their hair?

Coors Spanish Blunder

In the 1960’s, Pepsi took its “Come Alive With the Pepsi Generation” slogan to China, which was not well very well received. The reason? In Chinese, this translates to “Pepsi brings your relatives back from the dead.”

Clairol and Canadian Mist’s German Blunder

Canadian Mist, a brand of whiskey, failed in German markets because “Mist” in German means “manure.”

The same happened to Clairol when it attempted to sell a curling iron called the “Mist stick” to German markets. Who wants to put a shit stick into their hair?

Coors Spanish Blunder

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Benny’s New Year’s Resolution: NOT learn a new language this year(?!)

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A belated Happy 2014 to everyone! And a สวัสดีครับ (hello) from Thailand – my temporary stop before I head to Japan in a couple of weeks to begin my language and cultural immersion experience there. I can’t wait! This post is an update of my plans for the year, but it’s not the big news […]

A belated Happy 2014 to everyone! And a สวัสดีครับ (hello) from Thailand – my temporary stop before I head to Japan in a couple of weeks to begin my language and cultural immersion experience there. I can’t wait! This post is an update of my plans for the year, but it’s not the big news […]

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Benny’s travel plans for Japan [video] – any advice?

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We are now coming into the final days of month two, so it’s time for another video! In this video I stuck to the topic of my travel plans in Japan, so I edited it to stay on that topic. As such, my italki teacher Yuri didn’t get a chance to show how good she is and how well she can communicate with learners – sorry about that!

I’ll take a break from uploading Japanese videos next week so that I can keep focused on improving my comprehension to interact with natives better, (which will be more of a theme next month, as me doing most of the talking has been the theme this month) as well as finally tidying up the last of my basic vocab and grammar issues so that I have a solid level to improve from for the final weeks of the project.

We are now coming into the final days of month two, so it’s time for another video! In this video I stuck to the topic of my travel plans in Japan, so I edited it to stay on that topic. As such, my italki teacher Yuri didn’t get a chance to show how good she is and how well she can communicate with learners – sorry about that!

I’ll take a break from uploading Japanese videos next week so that I can keep focused on improving my comprehension to interact with natives better, (which will be more of a theme next month, as me doing most of the talking has been the theme this month) as well as finally tidying up the last of my basic vocab and grammar issues so that I have a solid level to improve from for the final weeks of the project.

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How Fluent in 3 months grew to be read by millions (Going viral without being a virus)

Back in May I was asked to speak at the Polyglot Conference in Budapest, and since there were pretty impressive polyglots there with huge numbers of languages under their belts, excellent accents in their target languages, mastery level in a bunch of languages, and lots of people with inspirational stories, I had to decide what message I could uniquely give, and the one I went with was this idea of How to go Viral without being a Virus.

I wanted to be able to help other polyglots to help spread their own language learning encouragement better, based on what I’ve learned in doing it pretty much full time for the last four and a half years. I also thought they would be interested in understanding how my site and audience have grown so much in just a few years.

Back in May I was asked to speak at the Polyglot Conference in Budapest, and since there were pretty impressive polyglots there with huge numbers of languages under their belts, excellent accents in their target languages, mastery level in a bunch of languages, and lots of people with inspirational stories, I had to decide what message I could uniquely give, and the one I went with was this idea of How to go Viral without being a Virus.

I wanted to be able to help other polyglots to help spread their own language learning encouragement better, based on what I’ve learned in doing it pretty much full time for the last four and a half years. I also thought they would be interested in understanding how my site and audience have grown so much in just a few years.

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Absolutely perfect learning conditions? An unrealistic pipe dream that holds you back

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6-8 hours a day of complete focus and efficient learning, for 6 days a week, is the ideal and what I aim for, but so far it hasn’t happened. I’m going to see if I can get a new wind and make this next week the most efficient one yet to balance out the previous week.

While I realize many people think that I have the absolute ideal conditions any language learner could dream of, of “no responsibilities” and an uninterrupted 12 or so weeks of non-stop Japanese learning, the fact is that it will get interrupted. That’s life.

6-8 hours a day of complete focus and efficient learning, for 6 days a week, is the ideal and what I aim for, but so far it hasn’t happened. I’m going to see if I can get a new wind and make this next week the most efficient one yet to balance out the previous week.

While I realize many people think that I have the absolute ideal conditions any language learner could dream of, of “no responsibilities” and an uninterrupted 12 or so weeks of non-stop Japanese learning, the fact is that it will get interrupted. That’s life.

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A fluent in 3 months mission from the outside: Scott and Vat’s first week speaking only Spanish

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As you all know, I am currently in Valencia, my favourite city in the world! I wanted to give myself 2 weeks to settle in before starting my big language project, which I’ll announce here on the blog (with a cool video intro!) on Monday! That’s also the day I’m beginning the project, and even […]

As you all know, I am currently in Valencia, my favourite city in the world! I wanted to give myself 2 weeks to settle in before starting my big language project, which I’ll announce here on the blog (with a cool video intro!) on Monday! That’s also the day I’m beginning the project, and even […]

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Why I’m a Humanist after a decade of serendipitous and wonderful travel experiences

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I’ve hinted to it in various blog posts, and said it directly in my most recent travel one; I’m an atheist, but since the word gets a little bad rep (it sounds to some like anti-theist or that your life philosophy revolves around opposing religion), the title I prefer is Humanist. This very simply means […]

I’ve hinted to it in various blog posts, and said it directly in my most recent travel one; I’m an atheist, but since the word gets a little bad rep (it sounds to some like anti-theist or that your life philosophy revolves around opposing religion), the title I prefer is Humanist. This very simply means […]

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Check out the top language lovers of 2013! How to have a top-10 blog yourself

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Once again Lexiophiles have released their list of top language blogs! Thanks so much for your votes! Fluent in 3 months made it as the 5th most popular “language lover” site, and the 2nd most popular language blog. The most popular language blog was Talk to me in Korean. The other top language 5 language […]

Once again Lexiophiles have released their list of top language blogs! Thanks so much for your votes! Fluent in 3 months made it as the 5th most popular “language lover” site, and the 2nd most popular language blog. The most popular language blog was Talk to me in Korean. The other top language 5 language […]

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Polyglot conference, re-activating Hungarian and very easy click request!

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After last week’s announcement, you should know that I had an intensive project to re-activate my Hungarian! The reason I was doing this was to prepare to go back to Budapest to attend the Polyglot Conference, and I had a great time at it, but I did want to make sure I was using some Hungarian outside of it. In this post, I’ll say how both the mission and the conference went!

Firstly, I had signed up for six hours of Hungarian spoken lessons via italki. While I had blogged that I would be putting about ten hours into the project, once again my super-secret project in Berlin was consuming my time, and I barely had 10 minutes before each lesson to quickly revise things. So in total, I had about 7 hours of exposure time to Hungarian before arriving.

I find that because I am so busy on another project, if I don’t actually schedule a lesson, then I can keep putting off the work, so I’m really glad I did put aside that time in advance. Busy or not, when you know you have another person scheduled to talk to you, you’ll make the time!

After last week’s announcement, you should know that I had an intensive project to re-activate my Hungarian! The reason I was doing this was to prepare to go back to Budapest to attend the Polyglot Conference, and I had a great time at it, but I did want to make sure I was using some Hungarian outside of it. In this post, I’ll say how both the mission and the conference went!

Firstly, I had signed up for six hours of Hungarian spoken lessons via italki. While I had blogged that I would be putting about ten hours into the project, once again my super-secret project in Berlin was consuming my time, and I barely had 10 minutes before each lesson to quickly revise things. So in total, I had about 7 hours of exposure time to Hungarian before arriving.

I find that because I am so busy on another project, if I don’t actually schedule a lesson, then I can keep putting off the work, so I’m really glad I did put aside that time in advance. Busy or not, when you know you have another person scheduled to talk to you, you’ll make the time!

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Review of “Language Ninja”, the new language learning system definitely worth checking out!

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There are many competing language learning systems out there, but due to many requests from Fi3M readers, today I am going to review Language Ninja, a promising newcomer that looks like it’s going to overtake the rest! While I highly recommend you check out their site, and click to see what’s on offer in their […]

There are many competing language learning systems out there, but due to many requests from Fi3M readers, today I am going to review Language Ninja, a promising newcomer that looks like it’s going to overtake the rest! While I highly recommend you check out their site, and click to see what’s on offer in their […]

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The worst language learning advice you’ll ever receive

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I get asked by people every day what the “secret” is to learning another language, and they don’t seem satisfied with my answer of there is no secret; you need to work hard, speak often and early with people, make many mistakes and use it for real etc. So you know what? The “truth” is […]

I get asked by people every day what the “secret” is to learning another language, and they don’t seem satisfied with my answer of there is no secret; you need to work hard, speak often and early with people, make many mistakes and use it for real etc. So you know what? The “truth” is […]

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“It’s a big bad scary world out there!” Are you sure North America?

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Edit: I wasn’t expecting this post to cause so much debate, but like the one linked just below, the reason I wrote it isn’t to be “anti-American” as far too many crybabies are claiming, but because you guys need to read a different perspective and understand how us non-Americans think for a retrospective look at […]

Edit: I wasn’t expecting this post to cause so much debate, but like the one linked just below, the reason I wrote it isn’t to be “anti-American” as far too many crybabies are claiming, but because you guys need to read a different perspective and understand how us non-Americans think for a retrospective look at […]

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