AFP 101 – Agnieszka Murdoch: Back to Basics

In this episode I chat to Agnieszka Murdoch about language learning and her recent projects.

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  • Agnieszka's learning history and personal experiences
  • The story behind the name “5-minute language” and why it's a double-edged sword
  • Common problems and solutions for new language learners
  • Experiences and a-ha moments as a long-time language learner and coach
  • And much more…

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  • I understand why people who study lots of languages out of interest, or as a hobby, say that they don’t care about certificates like B1/C1.

    But these certificates do matter for citizenship, study and work. When I took the B1 test in the country I live in now, I talked to other people in my group, and they were only doing it specifically because they wanted to become citizens and they needed this certificate as part of the application.

    I intend to become a citizen in the future, and I know I’ll need the certificate as a prerequisite in the application process.

    Also, I want to study here for a part-time MBA, but the Universities require a C1 certificate as part of the application, to show that you can handle working in the language at that level.

    For work, an example is the medical profession. Foreign doctors can’t get a Visa to work here unless they have a C1 certificate to show their competence in the language.

    I understand why people studying multiple languages in general, because of travel or cultural interests, wouldn’t care about that. But a large number of people are focusing on a single language because they need to live in the country, and these certificates do matter to them.

    • Thanks for the nice and comprehensive reply, Aidan! I totally get your point and I apologise if I sometimes fail to see the world a bit outside my own circumstances…

      Next year a blog project for me will be trying to be certified B1 in Hungarian and Russian, so I hope to share more of that perspective later.

      Thanks for listening and commenting, appreciate it!