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AFP 31 – Leszek Trybała: The young polyglot revolution

(Last Updated On: April 27, 2020)

Today I have a very special guest. Leszek is a 17-year old who impressed me greatly whenever I would open the Memrise leaderboards. He would routinely get 10 times as many points as me in a month, which would indicate a very high level of activity. He's also fascinating because he is part of the young polyglot revolution, where teenagers start learning languages very early and do so very successfully. Another example of this is Tim Doner, who everybody probably knows by now.

Leszek (on the Left) with Alex Rawlings

In the interview Leszek passionately shares his vision for learning languages, along with his very intense methods of perfecting himself. For example: He often records himself speaking in order to perfect his accent and was very affected when I told him I could sense a bit of Swedish in his English accent.

That shows an incredible commitment and passion to learning languages that older people easily could learn something from, right after my talk with Leszek I instantly jumped on Memrise to try and improve my terrible score for the week 🙂

The Episode

Show Notes

In this episode you will hear about:

  • Leszek's language learning upbringing
  • How being competitive is motivating him to work harder
  • Just how much time he spends on learning languages
  • How many languages he learns at once
  • How he perfects his accent
  • His special technique for improving rhytmic patterns
  • And much more!

Resources mentioned in the Episode

Note: I've removed most of the resources from this section, as I always had Anki/Memrise etc. here every week. Now I will only put resources here that are very exclusive to the episode. For any other resource please go to the resource page for more information.

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.