Hey language hackers!
Today I write to you from… Australia!
This is a HUGE first for me, as I've been waiting to add this country to my list for years, and you all have been asking me for years why I've been neglecting this continent…
Well, now I'm finally here! I'm thrilled to be here, and I'll be calling Australia home for, you guessed it, 3 entire months, between now and April.
insert happy dance here
This occasion calls for its own hashtag: #fi3maustralia
What I'm doing in Australia
While I'm here over the next 90 days, I want to meet as many fellow language learners as possible!
I'll be holding a bunch of events all over the country, starting in Melbourne, making my way up to Sydney, and ending in Brisbane. (Perth: I'm sorry. Come visit?)
I've spent the last months practising my many languages with my teachers on italki, and now I'm ready to use them… with you! Already in the two days that I've been here in Melbourne, I'm surprised at how international the people in the city seem to be.
I learned that my waiter at breakfast spent a few years in Dublin. He heard my accent and correctly guessed that I'm Irish (most people guess wrong), but then he incorrectly mistook me for a famous Irish gymnast. Easy mistake, because I clearly do have the grace and physique of an athlete. Then over lunch I had the opportunity to practice some Italian with a restaurant owner who assures me that the new pizza oven he's installing is going to be making the best pizza in Melbourne.
So far I'm enjoying settling into this new environment, and I'm really loving how friendly the people seem to be!
I obviously won't be doing a language mission while I'm here (still working on improving all my current languages via Skype and in person for the time being), but I hope at the end of my 3 months I'll be able to write a long and detailed travel update about what makes Australia not just another “English-speaking country”, but a truly unique culture and experience all its own. And I hope that my new Ozzie friends will help me out in seeing those sides of this country, so that I can tell the world what it's like to spend time in this country here on the blog.
Talks and Events – Come Out and Meet me!
While I'm here, let's hang out.
I have set up some public talks, “Language Labs”, and book signings in each city I'm visiting. It was a ton of work, so please come and say hello (and practise your languages!)
At my book signings, I'll be hanging out in a local bookshop, where I'll give a 20-minute talk about my language hacking strategies, tell you some funny stories, and practice my languages with you. And of course I'll also sign a copy of the book.
At my Language Labs, I'll be booking a space in the city where we'll spend 3 hours making a language-learning plan of action for you, and I'll help you start speaking your new language that very day.
Watch my brand new shiny speaking reel below that shows some of the highlights of my talks around the world over the past year.
Then, scroll down to see the specific events I've set up in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Don't forget to sign up and confirm your attendance! See you there 🙂