I'm Benny Lewis
I'm the founder of Fluent in 3 Months, and I help people just like you learn a language the faster, smarter way.
You can find out my language learning method if you subscribe to my free Speak in a Week course.
I’m also a fun-loving Irish guy, a vegetarian, a full-time globe trotter and international bestselling author.
I've been featured in numerous national media outlets, including The New York Times, Business Insider, Forbes, lifehacker, National Geographic and the BBC.
I've spoken at two TEDx conferences, and I’ve been named National Geographic's Traveler of the Year and my YouTube videos and TikToks have been viewed many millions of times.
Thanks to my Language Hacking method, I've become a fluent (B2+) speaker of seven languages and I'm able to have confident conversations in many others.
Why did I create Language Hacks? Because I struggled with languages for years. I'm not gifted with languages. I don't have the “language gene” (if such a thing exists).
At school, I spent 11 years studying Irish (Gaeilge) and 5 years studying German. Even after all this study, I still couldn't speak either of them.
By the time I reached my 20's I could still only speak English.
After college (my degree was in Electronic Engineering), I moved to Spain. “If I'm living in another country, I'll be sure to pick up the language,” I reasoned. I spent six months in Spain. I took expensive language classes. I studied every day. I repeated the same words and phrases over and over.
But I still couldn't actually speak Spanish.
While in Spain, I met a guy who changed my life. He was at an international party, switching from one language to another as he moved between guests.
“How do you do it?” I asked.
He explained that to speak a language, you've just got to start speaking it.
There's no magic, he said. You only need a willingness to make mistakes.
I tried his advice, and I've never looked back since.
Within six months, I was a confident Spanish speaker. I then moved to Italy, where I started speaking Italian.
I've since lived (at least several months each) in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Hungary, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Egypt, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, China and Taiwan. While living in these countries, I've used my techniques to become fluent in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Esperanto. I also speak Mandarin Chinese, American Sign Language, Dutch and Irish to an intermediate conversational level, and I was able to have basic conversations in Czech, Turkish, Hungarian, Quechua, Arabic, Tagalog and Thai.
Learning languages has given me confidence in conversations, new friends and insight into other cultures. It's opened up new worlds for me. I set up this community so others can have the same experience.
If you want to be an active member of the Fluent in 3 Months Community, and meet other language learners just like you, the best way you can do that is with my 90-day Challenge.
You’ll have a 15-minute conversation in your new language after 90 days (I guarantee it), and you’ll make amazing friends from all around the world. Find out more here.
Meet the team
Fluent in 3 Months is run by a team of dedicated language lovers from different countries around the world. We’re proud of our diverse set-up.
Founder and CEO
Benny is a fun-loving Irish guy, full-time globe trotter and international bestselling author. Benny believes the best approach to language learning is to speak from day one.
Bálint oversees all the tech at Fluent in 3 Months, and makes sure we have the data we need. He lives in Hungary, loves hot chilli sauces, good wine, jetfuel strong black coffee, tinkering with any kind of gizmo or code, old school video games and having his head beaten to a pulp at the karate dojo. He likes to work from the solace of his backyard.
Director of Operations
David makes sure that everything runs smoothly at Fluent in 3 Months, and is also our lead copywriter. His favourite things are time with his family, running on the beach, paddle boarding, and board games.
Ashley is our "guru of logistics" and right hand to the lead team at Fluent in 3 Months. As a professional educator, she understands what is needed behind the scenes to optimize the student experience. She lives an active life style and her favorite things to do are spend time outdoors with her family, travel when possible, learn from those around her, read, cook, and watch her little one grow and learn about being a citizen of the world.
Contact our support team, and you’ll get in touch with Kittichai. He lives in Bangkok but travels to his countryside hometown from time to time to visit his parents and his dogs. He is using Colemak keyboard layout and is trying to learn stenotype as a hobby.
Sr. Community Manager & Product Manager
As well as being a content creator for Fluent in 3 Months and co-host of the Language Hacking Podcast, Shannon enjoys her role as the Sr. Community Manager (aka "Head Coach") and Product Manager for the Fluent in 3 Months Challenge. Her passions are performing and writing music, martial arts, cooking, reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and sharing her adventures in language learning.
Content Developer and Language Coach
Elizabeth is a language coach for the Fi3M Challenge, co-host of the Language Hacking Podcast and full-time lover of languages. She attempted to learn a second language 10 freaking times before finally grasping the art of learning. She is immensely grateful to guide others through the hurdles of achieving fluency.
SEO Content Manager
Alice chases the top of Google result pages and deals with written content for the blog. In her spare time, you can find her reading, writing, or taking on challenges. She's bilingual by birth and quadrilingual by consequence.
Kelsey is a language, culture, and education specialist whose career has taken her from her native US to Japan, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Tanzania, and the UK. She has an MA in Education, International Development, and Social Justice and is passionate about language and literacy learning for social good. She enjoys her massive stash of tea, dancing, petting all dogs, and puns in any language.
Holly is one of the Fi3M proofreaders, and also helps Benny put together the weekly email newsletter. She loves travelling to warm places and has lived in Thailand, Hawaii and Mexico in pursuit of this goal, but is currently based in Vancouver to follow her passion for film visual effects. Aside from films, her interests include playing guitar, baking, scuba diving, and language learning.
Caitlin is a freelance writer, blogger and language learner. Her favourite interests are makeup, fitness, and Star Wars, and she currently lives in Indiana with her husband and young Padawan.
Development and Design Team
David is the one who rules shapes, fonts and colours at Fi3M. Currently he lives in Hungary, but he's diligently building an off-grid camper van to live everywhere.
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