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11 unique ways to learn any language: tips from the polyglot

Luca Lampariello is from Italy, not yet 40 years old, and speaks 11 languages. In all the stories about how he managed to learn them, he tries to deviate from the beaten path and focus on his unique experience. The main component of a successful study of a foreign language, in his opinion, is motivation, it is this that needs to be sought and supported when conquering a new linguistic peak.

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Luke shared his experience of studying each of the languages ​​he mastered in a blog at Babbel.


Lesson: the language can not be taught, it can only be learned.

When Luka turned 1991 in 10 years, English has already become the most popular language in the world. His study was required. At first, Luka did not like his school teacher, the explanation of grammar and the monotonous presentation of the material. He decided that this science is beyond his power. Then his parents decided to hire a private tutor in English, and everything went like clockwork. The new teacher did not just submit the material, she found an interesting technique and taught to love the language.

Reading books in English, combined with daily watching of foreign films and talking to a tutor, worked wonders once a week for two years. By 15, Luke spoke fluent English and had a bright American accent.


Lesson: language is the door to the whole world, which is completely worth a visit. It is important to love the language, the country, the national food ... There is no greater motivation!

Luca Lampariello began learning French at about the same time as English and faced the same problems. However, that all changed at the age of 14, when he became interested in watching French films and dedicated 2 hours a day to this. By 15, he was fluent in French. In 2010, Luke moved to Paris. Living there for three years brought invaluable experience and understanding of French culture, history, traditions, jokes, as well as pride in their cuisine and language.


The lesson is that if you find a method that you like and that works for you, you can start learning any language yourself. There is no better way to learn a language. Search and experiment!

German was the first language that Luka began to study on his own. He had no idea how to deal with it, and spent several months studying grammar.

Then he invented his own method for studying the basic laws of a foreign language in a fun way. Later, during the holidays, he met with many Germans. They were perplexed when they learned that he was learning German for so short a time and already knew him so well. Such a reaction greatly encouraged the young man. German has become an integral part of his life.


Lesson: learning a foreign language brings a deep awareness of the native language.

Spanish and Italian are like two brothers: different and similar at the same time. In Italy, a common myth is that Spanish is easy to learn: you just need to speak Italian and add an “s” to each word. The general structure of the two languages ​​is similar, but there are many differences in terms of pronunciation, intonation and idioms. In 2007, Luca left for Barcelona on an exchange, where he often talked with a large number of Spaniards and was completely immersed in this environment. When he returned to Rome, Spanish became another of his favorite languages.


Lesson: no useless languages. They all come in handy sooner or later, so do not allow others to determine what you need to learn. Allow yourself to be guided by your own interests and beliefs.

Luca met Lotte, a Dutch girl who did not speak English, and they were both upset that they would not be able to communicate. They had a great time together, but something was missing: a feeling of incompleteness made itself felt, and he decided to study Dutch. Communication with Lotta was lost, but the knowledge of the language remained. The surrounding people insisted that the Dutch language is completely useless, because all Dutch people speak English. But Luka never stopped reading books and magazines in Dutch, he knew that this knowledge would still be useful to him, and he was right. He now speaks Dutch every day with his neighbor.


Lesson: from the very beginning work on pronunciation. If the language has peculiar features, pay special attention to them.

When Luka Lampariello received a Swedish course as a gift for his Birthday, he seemed to him incredibly musical because of his peculiar intonation and rather difficult for the same reason. In 2004, he traveled to Stockholm for the first time and was immediately fascinated by Swedish culture. He continued to speak Swedish, mostly with Norwegians, watched movies and read books. If you know Swedish, you can communicate with most Scandinavians, as well as get access to an amazing culture and national way of thinking.


The lesson is: if you no longer have the strength to learn a foreign language, and you are actively looking for something that will reignite your desire, plunge into the national atmosphere! Visit this country, meet locals or just watch a country video on YouTube.

Having studied several Romano-Germanic languages, Luke wanted to learn something new. It seemed that Russian exoticism was not at all for him: the construction of sentences in Russian became tantamount to solving a mathematical puzzle. I had to cope with this task on my own, and after 8 months, he began to think that he had made a big mistake by choosing this language. Yet, over the course of 3 years, he made progress, and then uploaded a video, as he says in Russian, to YouTube. The responses were astounding, many people left enthusiastic comments. The Russians think that their language is complex and inaccessible, so when they hear a foreigner say a few phrases, they explode with joy. As a result, Luke began to speak Russian regularly.


Lesson: you can learn two languages ​​at the same time, but on the condition that you are well enough able to distribute your time and energy.

Luka began to study the European version of the Portuguese language, along with Chinese. This practice has become a novelty for him, so the study proceeded according to a clear plan. Portuguese is somewhat similar to Spanish, but here it was necessary to pay special attention to the peculiar pronunciation. Unstressed vowels are hardly spoken, so sentences often look like a continuous sequence of consonants. He is often asked why he chose the European version of the Portuguese, rather than the Brazilian, which is more widely distributed.

“In truth, I don’t often choose which language to learn. I let the languages ​​pick me, ”says Lampariello.


The lesson: travel is a really great motivator. Travel more, and you will discover new opportunities for learning languages.

Luka traveled to Poland in 2012 year and just fell in love with the country and its people. Knowing Russian, it was easy for him to learn Polish. Although these languages ​​are completely different in many respects, in general, the structure is the same. A year later, he was relatively fluent in Polish and posted a video on YouTube about his visit to Poland. The video did not go unnoticed. A year later, Luke was interviewed on Polish television.


Lesson: do not be afraid to learn an incomprehensible language!

Luka was never going to learn Chinese, because he seemed to him very difficult. Nevertheless, he decided on this and chose his own method.

If someone tells you that it is impossible to learn Chinese yourself, then this is absolutely not the case. The language has its own specific features, but in the future it is no more difficult than any other. As a result, you are rewarded with contact with incredible culture and invaluable knowledge.


Lesson: if your approach does not work, change it. Do not give up. Do not give up!

When Luka Lampariello began to learn Japanese, he wanted to get a new challenge, but he had no idea what would be so hard. He could not make the simplest sentences, because the structure of Japanese is completely different from all the languages ​​he knew. At first he thought that this was only a problem of time, and with regular study everything would get better. But it was much more complicated. Then Luka, as a self-confident person, decided to revise the methodology and change the approach to the study. And everything turned out.

Luca Lampariello does not intend to stop there, and plans to conquer more than one “language peak”.

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