#105 | Fiel Sahir on Learning a Language Without “Studying”

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Enthusiastic learner, New York resident, musician, and polyglot, Fiel Sahir, joins Benny Lewis and Shannon Kennedy to talk about finding mentors, learning heritage languages, studying Chinese with the Language Hacking Mandarin book, and using languages in a non-language-related field.

Fiel, in his own words, says one of his greatest strengths is his endless curiosity. It’s led to him making incredible connections, learning lots of languages, finding community, and a life of learning. If you’re interested in learning a heritage language, learning without strictly “studying” or how music influences your language learning, this is the episode for you.

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  • How to learn languages without “studying”
  • The influence music has on language learning
  • How Benny and Shannon’s language learning philosophies have developed over years of learning
  • Fiel’s future language learning plans

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Episode Overview

Some of the topics brought up during the interview are:

  • How a long car ride led to Fiel’s passion for language learning
  • Finding mentors and the role a good mentor can play in your growth
  • The power of curiosity
  • Studying music at a German university
  • Learning a heritage language and connecting with culture
  • What it’s like living in one of the most multilingual cities in the world
  • The powerful influence of community in language learning

Podcast theme: “A New Beginning” by Shannon Kennedy