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In 2015, the Danish podcaster Kris Broholm joined me on the Language Mastery Show to talk about how discovering the polyglot community helped pull him out of depression and give his life direction. His podcast, Actual Fluency, is now one of the most popular language podcasts on the planet, with 166 guests to date! Though Kris speaks multiple languages, he sees himself not as a language expert, but as a “language learning journalist” who highlights the expertise of the world’s best language learners. In this special two-part two-way interview (which is also being shared on his podcast), we each talk about lessons we’ve learned in the last four years, patterns we’ve observed after talking to so many polyglots, and how our respective blogs, podcasts, and language businesses have evolved.
I recently started reading Scott H. Young’s excellent new book “Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career.” Though the book is about metalearning in general, it’s loaded with principles that are extremely relevant for language learning. One particularly important concept Scott highlights is directness: “Learn by doing the thing you want to become good at. Don’t trade it off for other tasks just because those are more convenient and comfortable.”
I am very excited to announce that the first print version of my book Master Japanese will be available on Amazon on Monday, October 28, 2019! I first published the guide in digital format in December 2010, and have released eight major updates since that time (you can get the latest digital edition here). Though many readers have appreciated the free lifetime updates and the convenience of reading the book on any device, some have expressed the desire to get a physical version of the book, too. I totally get it! There is just something about holding a book in one’s hands, flipping through pages, writing in the margins, etc. that changes the reading experience. Sometimes atoms are just more fun than electrons… So at long last, I bit the bullet and started the process of publishing a print version. In addition to the book, I am organizing some exciting reader-only bonuses, too. Stay tuned!