AFP 45 – Robin MacPherson: Developing the method

Todayย I'm joined by my good friend Robin MacPherson. Robin was guest on the podcast back in episodes 9 and 10 and today he's back to talk about what lessons he's learned in the meatime. This is a great episode that talks about language learning methods and finding out what works best for you.

Developing your own language learning method

Today's topic is how to find your ideal method to learning languages, and how that method changes constantly. Robin talks about his experience learning French to a very high level in the past 7 months and I add some of my own experiences to the discussion.

We tried to keep it short, but the content of today's episode was so good we decided to continue a bit past the usual 30-45 minute mark, we hope you enjoy it!

PS. I know the editing is still a bit rough. Sorry about that, my computer died last week whilst editing the show, and I don't have the funds to replace it yet.

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The Episode

Show Notes

In this episode you will hear about:

  • What Robin has been up to in the last 6 months (including moving to 3 different countries)
  • How he acquired a high level (c1+) in French in a very short time
  • How his method developed since last time
  • Reasons for updating his method
  • His method now
  • And much more good stuff – as per usual!

Episode Resources

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  • This is one of the most inspirational episodes ever! I was the guest for episode 43 and I’m a (wannabe) polyglot living in Paris, I would be excited to introduce you to my French friends and especially those who are polyglot! (if you are interested ๐Ÿ˜‰ ):)

    • Chris Broholm says:

      Thanks Benson! I’ll just answer for Robin, he’s moving back to the US this week! So you missed him this time around ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julia vaconsin says:

    Loved the interview. It sounded like you were as baffled as I was with the lack of flashcards. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chris Broholm says:

      Thanks Julia! Yes, I was surprised that he acquired such a high level French is such a short amount of time without flashcards! But something we didn’t cover is that Robin is very disciplined, and works very hard. Which are obviously two essentials for rapid success ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Wayne Jones says:

    Thanks for a great podcast. I enjoy most of the shows but Robin’s method really jelled with my way of approaching learning and his infectious energy you can’t help being impressed. After this I went off and listened to his french recording and for a person who has only been learning the language for 15 months he sounds very impressive. I imagine there are many, many hours of disciplined learning that he has undertaken. Wonderful achievement and great podcast.

    • Chris Broholm says:

      Hi Wayne, thanks for your nice words ๐Ÿ™‚

      Robin is definitely incredibly productive and hard working, which you can tell from his success. But to me that was part of the point of this particular episode =

      If you find a method you really enjoy, it’s easy to be productive!

      Hope you’re doing well in your studies. What language(s) are you working with at the moment?

      • Wayne Jones says:

        Hi Chris,
        I am learning French and have been for doing so for 12 months this weekend and up to a low B1 standard now (hence why I am so impressed with Robin as his level is way higher than mine).
        I have passed the DELF A2 exam and using the same tools as most people Duo Lingo, Memrise and italki but want to get more into the reading French this year.

        As well as translate a news article from the newspaper each day, my goal is to read 2 novels this year. ‘La list de mes envies’ is first on the list as I have found an English copy if I get into trouble.

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