#015 | The Power of Friendship in Language Acquisition with Debs Bensaul


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This episode features Deb Bensauls, an enthusiastic language learner who learned conversational French AND Italian in just 90 days with the Fluent in 3 Months Challenge.

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Debs shares about travelling on her own using her French skills, using the language at work to create a better experience for her clients. She also discusses the power of friendship in language learning, and how being in a learning community changed her approach to French and gave her the confidence to learn Italian.

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Some of the topics brought up during the interview are:

  • The power of learning a language with friends and community.
  • Why being the quiet one in the back makes the language classroom ineffective.
  • How to build confidence in your languages and speaking.
  • How the online language community helped Debs become the polyglot she was always meant to be.
  • Why it’s important to share both the ups and downs of language learning.
  • The dangers of comparison and how to overcome them.
  • Strategies for overcoming overwhelm when it comes to learning resources.
  • How learning your second language is different than your first.
  • How Debs has been able to use her language skills at work in the medical field.
  • What happens when a giant spider interrupts your language exchange.
  • Debs favorite language learning rituals including mindmaps and sticky notes.

Podcast theme: “A New Beginning” by Shannon Kennedy

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