#049 | Alex Rawlings on Speaking 11 Languages Fluently


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Benny and Shannon discuss dual identities, language learning, and strategies for reviving a language with Alex Rawlings, who was once named Britain’s most multilingual student.

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Episode Overview

Some of the topics brought up during the interview are:

  • How Alex became Britain’s most Multilingual Student
  • How a polyglot keeps their languages active and prioritizes what to work on
  • Dealing with dual identities as someone who’s bicultural
  • Taking language learning from hobby to career
  • Living in South Africa and learning Afrikaans
  • Extensive reading as a language learning strategy
  • Strategies for reviving a language you’ve studied in the past
  • Using courses at the beginner stage of learning
  • Why you should adopt the philosophy of a “non-perfectionist”
  • Learning strategies for advanced language learners
  • Finding your voice in another language
  • Discovering stories in other languages

Podcast theme: “A New Beginning” by Shannon Kennedy

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