Polyglottery

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Polyglottery

 

Hi David, I read your post and article with interest and it certainly gave me food for thought. “Becoming a polyglot” sounds like a lofty goal, but it’s blood, sweat, and tears most of the time. I’m sure most LingQ members enjoy learning languages, but as far as “polyglottery” is concerned, I believe that you are bound to risk spreading thin when trying to learn many languages at the same time. Toying with a nice sounding idea is one thing, living a certain lifestyle is another. Are you ready to devote some time every day to polishing your language skills? Not only this month but for the rest of your life? I believe that with languages one thing is certain: if you don’t make progress, you get worse. There’s no standing still. If you don’t want your language to ever get “rusty”, you should have some contact with it for the rest of your life. Another thing that comes to mind is that very often we don’t define our goals well enough. What does it mean to “be a polyglot”? Does it mean that I should achieve perfection in all of my languages or that I should just be able to get by? Maybe being able to introduce myself and count to 100 in Korean will be enough to satisfy me. Maybe I don’t necessarily need to speak “like a native speaker”, as many of us strive to? These are only some of the questions every one of us should ask ourselves and these are obviously only my thoughts. I’m curious to know other people’s opinion.

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