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AFP 111 – Michael Mischkot: How an engineer learns languages

(Last Updated On: April 27, 2020)

Time for episode 111! In this episode I welcome Michael Mischkot to talk about his experience learning languages.

Michael Mischkot

I first met Michael at a Polyglot Gathering in Berlin, and he impressed me with a high level of Danish he had acquired after living a relatively short time in the country. In the episode we talk about his journey as a language learner and his a-ha moments along the way.

Michael's Language Website GLanguage

Michael's Book: Smile Talk Cheesecake

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Thanks to Michael himself for helping me out with these!

[06:15] How Michael got into language learning

[13:30] Why he never went to Danish class when he moved to Copenhagen

[16:15] Why it's important to learn the local language

[18:15] Why and how Michael failed in Chinese class three times

[22:15] His approach on learning vocabulary

[28:35] The disadvantages of the current classroom-based language learning concept

[31:45] How Michael felt when he attended a polyglot conference for the first time

[36:35] The importance of being in the right emotional state when communicating in and learning a foreign language

[40:45] How Michael found out about the Polyglot community and why you should go to the conferences and gatherings too

[49:05] How Michael studies Slovak for the Polyglot gathering in Bratislava

[52:15] The importance of correct pronunciation

[54:30] The language learning process and experience

[56:15] The Polyglot lifestyle

[57:45] Language certificates and how to use them to your advantage

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Kris is the founder of Actual Fluency, and has spent the last 8 years becoming an expert in language learning software, methods, and techniques.

Originally from Denmark, he now lives in Portugal and speaks 5+ languages at varying levels. His other interests are Wine, Online Marketing, and Travelling.