Richard Simcott is an accomplished polyglot with impressive abilities in over 16 languages, a feat that led HarperCollins to call him “one of the most multilingual people from The United Kingdom.” Richard shares his language learning wisdom, tips, interviews, and super-sized doses of motivation on his popular YouTube channel and on his website, SpeakingFluently.com.
In the interview, Richard and I discuss:
- Idiolects and dialects.
- The importance of making language ability a “need” instead of just a “want.”
- The fact that anyone can learn a language since everyone does.
- The key difference between casual language learners and accomplished polyglots.
- What languages Richard speaks and how he learned—and maintains—them.
- The advantages of learning languages in university.
- Richard’s language learning routine.
- The pros and cons of continuing to refine a language vs. pursuing a “new pretty flower.”
- The fact that language learning is technically a form of “over learning.”
- The power of phonetic patterns in languages.
Resources Mentioned in the Episode
- Borgen: a Danish political drama
- Nordic Noir: A genre of Scandinavian TV with dark themes, plain language, and morally complex plot lines.
- Euronews: a smartphone app which includes video, audio & text in multiple languages, including English, Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Ukrainian.
- The Polyglot Conference: A place for polyglots and language lovers of all levels to meet, laugh, and learn.
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