Achieving New Year’s Resolutions, my multilingual summer in Barcelona and welcome new readers!

This week I’ve got quite a lot of new readers on Fluent in 3 months, mostly from guest posting on other blogs. These posts themselves are something I’d like to share with all of you, so please go and check them out :)

While I’m at it, I’d like to welcome readers from those blogs here and I hope you’ll stick around and follow several language learning projects I have this year :)

My multilingual summer in Barcelona (

On my blog, I mostly talk about how to learn a language. I haven’t shared enough of what I actually get out of learning these languages, and this was pointed out to me by Gary Arndt from I travel all the time, but rarely share the amazing stories of all the cool things that have been happening to me.

So this year, I’ll be sharing more travel stories with my own particular twist of coming out on top thanks to learning the local language! I have many stories from recalling eight years of travel experience I have so far. Hopefully these will inspire people to try, beyond me constantly saying that anyone can. :)

I start off with the incredible experience I had learning Catalan and the first real attempt to maintain all my other languages, as I was living in Barcelona!

Gary and I met up in Thailand and at blogworld, and he even recorded a spontaneous video of me speaking a few languages.

Everything-everywhere readers may also be interested in other stories I’ve shared, like how I finally got over my bad blood with Parisians, or how I used technology to make sure I wasn’t refused entry to the states.

Simple guide to speaking foreign languages (

For those of you who would like the best overall summary of my language learning approach, you’ll find it in this post!

I met Leo also at blogworld and we shared a vegan burger together shortly after I arrived.

Zenhabits readers may be interested in how I look at “luck” and how I survive as a travelling vegetarian.

13 ways to actually stick to your resolutions in 2011 (

In this post I mention the best way to tackle any resolution, and separate them into my 13 most effective ones.

Sean and I hung out in Thailand, and I’ve mentioned him before a couple of times.

Ditch your resolution! It’s time for a language mission (

This is similar to the above post, but specifically just about reframing your language resolution to make sure you achieve it!

Khatz and I have been in touch for a while, and I interviewed him as part of the Language Hacking Guide. His approach is different to mine in many ways, but we agree on some crucial fundamentals that I’ll be getting into soon!

If you’ve enjoyed any of these posts, make sure to leave comments on those sites or here below :)


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  • Benny the Irish polyglot

    “back when”? I hope you’re still learning ;)

  • Hanne Eriksen

    Thank you – I’m one of those new readers you are welcoming :) And I’m looking forward to the day when I can post my comments in Danish.

    Thank you for some cool stuff on your site. Maybe I will be able to actually speak German on day :) You have given me hope.


    • Benny the Irish polyglot

      Best of luck with Danish and German! I like to remind people how bad I was in school, and I still pulled of multilingualism. Anyone else can if they put their mind to it :)

      • Hanne Eriksen

        And I will :) Thank you for good inspiration. Hope to see you take up Danish on of these days :)

      • Hanne Eriksen

        And I will :) Thank you for good inspiration. Hope to see you take up Danish on of these days :)

  • Sarah

    I found your blog through Zen Habits. I spent hours reading it yesterday and have loved everything I’ve found.

    I had been looking for a new language to learn and was inspired by your suggestion of Esperanto. I scoured the lernu! site and started the practice modules yesterday.

    You are now on my “must read” list of blogs. I look forward to reading about your future missions.

    • Benny the Irish polyglot

      That’s great!! I started this year with over 300 20-somethings in a small town in Germany only speaking in Esperanto :D As well as the practical benefit I blogged about, that community and the friendships I’ve made there really makes it worthwhile learning!

  • Benny the Irish polyglot

    Haha, good job :)

  • Benny the Irish polyglot

    Hey Edwin! I practice minimalism in several ways, and am getting inspired by the movement. Being constantly on the road means I’ve learned to ditch unnecessary items, and focus on experiences (and languages) rather than buying things.
    But I still give in to consumerism at times. I’m half way there ;)

  • Daniel Hershcovich

    I really enjoyed your Catalan story too, and I’m looking forward to read more interesting language and travel stories! It’s the part I like best in your blog :)

    By the way, I just got the Pimsleur 30-unit course in Tagalog, so I’m going to follow you in learning the language basics. Of course you’ll be able to converse in it and hang out with Filipinos, but at least I’ll be able to catch a word here and there in your show-off videos! (Just kidding about the show-off, I really like watching those too).

    • Benny the Irish polyglot

      Great! Loads of stories on the way :) As I catch up on the best ones, I’ll be making new ones :D

      Show off videos lol :P I should start them with “Me, the great and amazing Benny Lewis will grace your ears with…” :P

  • Anonymous

    I’ve just put a link on my language learning log on How to learn any language for the last one, the ditch your resolution. You don’t mind, do you?

    • Benny the Irish polyglot

      “You don’t mind, do you?” How dare you share my post with people! The Internet is about keeping things private!
      But seriously, thanks! ;)

      • Anonymous

        Ha! You’re sense of humour is great! And thanks as well for the advice!

  • Anay

    One of the new readers here!

    I found your site through Zen Habits and loved it… without looking for it I found exactly what I needed (was having a hard time with my german skills)… thank you for sharing!

    Auf wiedersehen!!

    • Benny the Irish polyglot

      Glad to have you here :) Look through my archives for May to August of last year while I was living in Berlin for some cool stuff about my German experience!

  • Graeme

    Another new reader (and owner of the Language Hacking Guide) here :-) .

    I love your positive attitude to language learning, which is really motivating to say the least.

    Looking forward to more blogposts!

    • Benny the Irish polyglot

      Thanks :D About 3 per week on the way, enjoy ;)

  • Ryan

    Hi Benny!

    I first truly took your advice to just speak about an hour ago. I just threw all my fear of making mistakes out the window, and I spoke the most Spanish I’ve ever spoken! And now I feel so much more confident! It really does feel great to be speaking another language that much, doesn’t it? You get a real sense of achievement. Keep up the good work, and good luck with Tagalog!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Benny the Irish polyglot

      Don’t mention it Ryan! Thank you for the great comment – I hope others read it and see how great it feels to simply try :)