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 […]MORE
Time for a travel update! After launching the book in Texas, my girlfriend and I flew to the UK to start the first leg of our book tour. I’ve been in London before, but this was the first time I was to ever venture outside of London. We’ve been touring the country, meeting people, encouraging […]MORE
What a week! I’m still on a book launch buzz, before I can get back to “normal”, if there is such a thing for someone constantly travelling. And now that the book stuff is finally winding down, I can start focusing on what’s next on my agenda: Visiting you all and encouraging language learners in […]MORE
Hi everyone! I just got an email from my mother, who told me that the bookstore in Cavan (my hometown in Ireland) has Fluent in 3 months on its shelves. The book has finally been published!I absolutely can’t wait to share this incredibly encouraging language learning advice with the world and am so glad you […]MORE
Ever since I announced the book, and followed it up with the HUGE language learning giveaway (US here, UK here), one of the most frequent questions people have asked me is what the difference is between Fluent in 3 months and the Language Hacking Guide.
So, for those of you wondering, here are the answers!
Language Hacking Guide: Idea to reality in just SIX WEEKS
The great thing about self-publishing is the speed with which it can take place. I had an idea to write an e-book, I got on it immediatelyMORE
Several new huge announcements today! I’ve been waiting to tell you some of this news for almost a year and a half, and can’t wait to finally share the following with you: HarperCollins (yes that’s Collins as in the language courses, and English/foreign language dictionary publishers!) are publishing my book “Fluent in 3 months” on […]MORE
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 […]MORE
Ever since my viral post about the 29 life lessons learned in travelling the world for 8 years (over 2 years ago), I’ve started to get more and more questions about finding love on the road. How can a long term traveller have a girlfriend? What about leaving a wake of broken hearts behind? And […]MORE
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.MORE
Today I’m very pleased to announce to you that I have been awarded the title of National Geographic’s Traveler of the Year! Check out the full article and interview here. You’ll see it in print in the November edition of the magazine later this month. And no, it won’t look anything like this cheesy image […]MORE
Now, I knew everyone wouldn’t want it to say “Cunning Linguist”!! That’s just too cheeky for a lot of people (if you don’t get the joke, then say it quickly and you’ll notice it sounds like something else…), especially since a linguist isn’t the same as a language lover. Despite this, I have to say that in some places, especially in English speaking countries where people get the joke, I’ve had so many complete strangers come up to me and compliment me on the hilarious play on words.
But since that may be too risqué for many, I made sure that the options “Language Lover” (generally more understandable) and “Polyglot” (more specific and accurate, even if a less known word in English.. for the moment 😉 ) were available instead, also in the same dialogue world bubble.MORE
Next week, I’ll announce my next huge 3 month project in the email list (sign up on the top-right of the site to find out before I announce it on the blog or elsewhere), and you’ll see plenty of language learning updates as I start from scratch, share my struggling progress, and hopefully reach my […]MORE
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 […]MORE
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 […]MORE
I really hope this new and improved TEDx talk will get lots of views, inspire many new language learners and even be considered to be used in the main TED stream to ultimately reach millions!
Even though you may be well aware of my language learning advice, this video shares a new aspect of why I failed at my first attempt to learn Spanish which I have not discussed on the blog yet, and I go through the five most commonly used reasons why adults don’t learn languages and explain ways around them. It also includes clips of the most impressive polyglot videos online within the talk!MORE