I'm Kris, and I founded Actual Fluency when hopelessly drifting around trying to look for a path to follow.
I focussed on language learning to try and learn the secrets of the incredible polyglots and expert language learners, whilst documenting my research and experiments at the same time.
In the early 2000s my father unexpectedly died, which affected me greatly. Living with my mother I struggled to find my path or passion in life.
I tried various educations and jobs, but I could not stick with it. Everything was “meh” and I became overweight and the vicious cycle seemed to have no apparent way out.
That is, until I discovered the big Polyglots on YouTube. People like Benny Lewis, Richard Simcott and Luca Lampariello reminded me of how much I loved languages in school, and travelling also.
Fascinated by learning and languages and travelling the world – actually experiencing SOMETHING. That's when I knew I had found my path.
I'm not an expert on languages, linguistics or learning, I'm not a great student, I don't have any specific talent or gifts for languages, I just want to share this wonderful hobby and niche with you.
These days I consider myself a kind of language learning journalist. Not necessarily the next hyperpolyglot, as my own language learning is quite erratic, but more of a researcher, documenter, and helper to empower other language learners to take it to the next level.
ANYONE CAN LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE – BELIEVE ME.
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