In today’s show, I chat with the man, the legend, the one and only, Italian polyglot Luca Lampariello. Over the past 20 years, Luca has reached a very high level in 13 foreign languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Polish. He is the founder of Lampariello Language Coaching and the co-founder of the language course platform LinguaCore. You can find Luca at his home in Rome, traveling across the globe, giving lectures at language conferences, coaching language learners online, or making videos for his excellent YouTube channel.
In the interview, we discuss:
- How Luca got interested in languages.
- Procedural vs declarative memory.
- The weakness of rote memorization.
- How to train your brain to learn better.
- The myth that you have to be a genius to learn lots of languages.
- The myth that you have to learn a lot of words to become fluent.
- The myth that just reading or listening a lot will make you a better speaker.
- The ability to translate and communicate are very different things.
- Whether there is a proper order of acquisition for foreign language skills.
- The myth that polyglots can speak all their languages perfectly.
- The importance of maintaining previously learned languages as you take on another.
- Luca’s daily language learning and maintenance routine.
- The myth that intensity always equals speed.
- Luca’s favorite tools for different stages of learning.
- France 2 (French TV)
- Assimil (self-guided language courses)
- Colloquial (self-guided language courses)
- Linguaphone (self-guided language courses)
- Teach Yourself (self-guided language courses)
- Mandarin Spot (Chinese text converter)
- Make it Stick (book about how to learn)
- Brain Rules (book about how the brain learns)
- Gidonlinekino.com (HD movies dubbed into Russian)
- Ard.de (movies & documentaries in German)
- LingQ.com (reading & listening content + vocabulary tools & tutors)