AFP 108 – Richard DeLong: 14+ years in Eastern Europe

Richard DeLong comes on the show to share his experience of moving to eastern Europe and learning the languages around him quickly.

At the age of 17 Richard went to Slovakia as an exchange student and was able to quickly learn Slovak. Later he lived in Russia, Ukraine and finally Georgia where he resides now. Along the way he developed his own method of foreign language acquisition, which he dubbed: Frictionless Foreign Language Mastery.

This is what you'll hear about:

  • How Richard went to Slovakia at 17 and learnt Slovak
  • How he immersed himself in the languages to learn faster
  • His techniques and methods for rapid language learning
  • How to learn languages in Buffalo and what mistakes people generally make when learning languages
  • and MUCH more

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  • Thanks Kris for another great podcast! — Looking forward to seeing you in Bratislava!

  • acutia says:

    I really enjoyed this episode. For what it’s worth, as I commented before I’ve felt some recent episodes had a lot of chat and stories, but not much usable information (according to my peculiar taste).

    But with this one it was even worth re-listening to a few sections to clarify aspects of Richard’s approach. His approach is unusual in its focus on quality and mastery in actual communication situations rather than coverage or abstract goals like lists, words a day or finishing Y course.

    It reminds me of the practical approaches of missionaries (which isn’t surprising, as that’s what he was once), The Growing Participator Approach, The Everyday Language Learner (now dormant), The Canadian Linguist (also dormant on the web), and the techniques of fieldwork linguists.

    I expect he elaborates it in his book and probably suggests how to adjust it based on our level in an L2. Thanks for this one.

    • Thomas says:

      When I first heard this interview I was really blown away by the depth and scale of Richard’s method and the fact that it can be applied at any level, you just have to be highly motivated.

      I’ve probably listened to this podcast at least 10 times over a while, lol.

      Since then, I’ve bought (and gifted to at least 3 other people) his book and began applying it to my own learning. It is definitely very helpful with my speaking practice I have with my teachers and friends. I no longer really fear using the language, as I’m way too excited to know that I will learn something that I can put in my notebook and then bring that little spot up to mastery for the next time. It is definitely addictive as there is always something to improve in any language.

      Thank you Kris for introducing me to Richard’s mentality, and thank you Richard for your contribution to the learning community, it’s one of the best I’ve seen in a while.)

      • Kris Broholm says:

        Thank you Thomas! Really appreciate your comment, and I’ll be sure to forward it to Richard also 🙂

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