AFP 05 – Steve Kaufmann: Canadian superpolyglot and entreprenur


Today I'm excited to bring on Steve Kaufmann. Steve is one of the most popular polyglots in the language learning community and regularly updates on his blog and Youtube.

stevekaufmannBack when this podcast was still in the planning stages I knew I had to get Steve on to pick his brain on language learning and hear more of his amazing story.

If you are new to the language learning world, or have lived under a rock, Steve is from Vancouver and speaks over 12 languages.

Recently he took on a challenge to learn as much Korean as he could in 90 days, with only a brief encounter with it 7-8 years earlier.

Apart from learning languages he is also heavily involved with a website that helps you learn a language through reading and listening.

During the interview, Steve shares a LOT of valuable tips and insights on how to learn a language.

This is an episode you do not want to miss.

The Episode

Show Notes

In this episode you will hear about:

  • Steve's first foreign language experience and what got him into learning more
  • How he learned Cantonese in 10 months (no tricks!)
  • Some of his best tips and advice on language learning
  • How he created and the philosophy behind
  • How he uses interests to motivate himself to learn a language
  • His 90 day challenge in Korean
  • What language is next for Steve Kaufmann?

Resources mentioned in the Episode

  • Dani Maizner says:

    Another great episode, thank you! I especially like Steve’s approach of “I learn languages for myself”. That’s an excellent reminder, because often it seems the whole language learning thing has turned into a constant competition. So I really enjoy that you bring so many guests on the show who promote fun and joy in language learning 🙂

    • Chris Broholm says:

      Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback Dani! It is very valuable for me 🙂

      And you are totally right, we should learn languages because of our own goals and visions, not because somebody else says so or because you want to rack up 15 languages. I try to bring guests on that have interesting stories and wisdom to share and so far I have been very blessed to have had the guests I had on.

      Thank you also for pointing out the typo in the URL!

  • Dani Maizner says:

    Just a quick note, it seems the link to lingq doesn’t work.

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