About Kris Broholm and Actual Fluency

Hi there.

I'm Kris, originally from Denmark, who found language learning when hopelessly drifting around trying to look for a path to follow.

I started Actual Fluency to try and learn the secrets of language learning, whilst documenting my research and experiments at the same time.


My Story

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.

During the week I work in my day job which is an administrator for the Danish market for a leading tyre manufacturer, here I get to use a fair few languages which is cool.

You can get the full version of this story in my presentation: My NAPS 2016 Presentation