AFP 27 – Anthony Lauder: From polynot to polyglot

In today's episode I'm joined by Anthony Lauder, who I've been trying to get on the show for a long time, but due to conflicting schedules, illnesses(for both of us) and then holiday plans we were unable to do the interview – until this week!

The stars finally aligned and I was able to sit down with Anthony and have a great conversation about language learning. Mind you it wasn't without a few technical problems, which I share in the intro today.
2013-08-24 18.30.12What I really like about Anthony is that he is exploring every aspect of language learning in order to optimise it, but he doesn't force his findings down your throat. Instead he simply says, this is what I found to be working after researching X topic.

What particularly got my attention was how he approached building up fluency, which in his definition is being able to maintain a natural flow of speech.

The Episode

Show Notes

In this episode you will hear about:

  • Anthony's experience with learning languages
  • A lot of lessons learned along the way
  • How to be more like a polyglot and not a polynot
  • The mental struggles of learning a new language
  • Conversational connectors and what they mean for fluency
  • and muuuch more! This is a great one.

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.

  • […] task, so I’m going to use the download numbers to make my decision. I really enjoyed my talk with Anthony Lauder in From Polynot to Polyglot, because he is a totally no-fuss down-to-earth language learner like myself. His presentation at […]

  • Pavel Saman says:

    Great episode, thanks for it 🙂

    I he still living in Prague? That’s the city I come from, so it’s nice to have some passionate language learners here.

  • A lot of great advice, Anthony! Your point about experienced language learners knowing which parts of texts to skip over resonates with me. Another point you make that is really important is that a beginner needs consistency….a little goes a long way if you do it consistently. As you mention, if you try to learn a language for a few days and take a few weeks off and then get back into it for a few days then you’re not going to get very far at the beginner stage.

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