April 5, 2024

Benny Lewis and the polyglot community: Language learning is global (2013)

by Mateusz Wiącek

Before the web and social media, polyglots tended to be solitary creatures.

In 2009, an Irish polyglot, Benny Lewis, started his blog “Fluent in 3 months”. Lewis was documenting his language learning adventures and shared insights into his methods. He emphasized the importance of immersion, practice, and overcoming psychological barriers to language learning. The blog became a platform for him to engage with a global audience interested in language learning.

Language learning was global.

In 2013, Richard Simcott and Luca Lampariello organised the first Polyglot Conference in Budapest. Richard speaks more than 50 languages. Luca speaks 12 languages, but all of them at a very high level. 

From left: Carole Westerkamp, Richard Simcott of “Speaking Fluently”, Luca Lampariello of “The Polyglot Dream”, Benny Lewis of “Fluent in 3 Months”, David Mansaray of “Language is Culture

In 2023, the 10th anniversary conference had over 1000 participants. The whole polyglot community is more than 100 thousand people.

The conferences allowed the participants to meet each other and share experience and best practices. Most of the polyglots do not have special talents. They share a love for language learning and a need for communication, and they take learning into their own hands and are persistent.

There are no more secrets on how to efficiently learn a foreign language.

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