#107 | Paul Jorgenson on How to Make Difficult Languages Easy

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Creator of the immensely popular YouTube channel LangFocus, Paul Jorgenson, joins Benny Lewis and Shannon Kennedy to talk about building a Youtube channel around a passion for languages, living abroad, and language dabbling.

Paul also shares his secrets for effective time management as he balances family life with his life as a creator and language learner by using non-negotiable routines.

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  • How to learn languages with different writing systems without apps
  • Tips for overcoming stress and burnout
  • Benny and Shannon’s strategies for speaking multiple languages without mixing them up
  • Paul’s language survival resources
  • Paul’s ideal day of language learning
  • Advice for a complete beginner to language learning

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Episode Overview

Some of the topics brought up during the interview are:

  • Learning languages with few accessible resources
  • Strategies for making “difficult” languages easy to learn
  • Moving to Japan and living in Japanese
  • Dabbling in dozens of languages as a Youtube creator in order to create content
  • Building a YouTube channel around an interest in languages
  • Crowdsourcing audio samples of different languages
  • How Paul’s language learning strategies have changed as tech has improved
  • Being a public figure as an introvert
  • Time management and the importance of non-negotiable routines as a content creator, language learner, and parent
  • Being a role model and inspiration in the language community

Podcast theme: “A New Beginning” by Shannon Kennedy