Discover my language learning secrets
My name is Jonty Yamisha. I am a language learner.
I like to learn new languages. I speak several, and I’m hoping to learn several more. But I wasn’t always this way. For a good portion of my life, I struggled to learn languages.
As a child, the languages I most wanted to learn were those spoken by my family members. These included my ethnic language, Circassian, as well as a variety of unrelated languages – Arabic, Turkish, and Russian. For a variety of reasons, I never learned them, and I just decided I was bad at learning languages.
Later on, as a teenager in high school, I discovered I was pretty good at learning languages – as long as I ignored the teaching methods used in the classroom and did my own thing.
As I improved my language learning skills, I discovered two things:
- I’d stumbled upon my own method for learning languages.
- My method could work across a variety of different languages.
Today, I think I’m pretty good at learning new languages – and yet there are times when I feel like giving up. Not every day, and not so often, but I do feel those urges. Why?
Because language learning can be a long, time-consuming journey. I absolutely believe it is worth every moment, and I absolutely believe it is one of the most rewarding investments of time we can make.
You’re in the right place
If you’re reading this, you’re a language learner like me, or at least you aspire to be. If you’ve ever dreamed of learning a new language, if you’ve ever tried and failed, if you’ve ever wondered whether you have what it takes or feared that you didn’t, then you’re at the right place.
At the same time, if you’re an experienced language learner looking to keep on advancing, or an intermediate polyglot looking to expand his or her language learning tool kit, you’re also at the right place.
For over three decades, I’ve tried, failed, and (eventually) succeeded at learning new languages. I’d love to say I’m a smart guy who figured it all out. I think it’s more accurate to say I’m just very persevering and I’ve developed a successful methodology of language learning by trial and error and process of elimination.
I’ve done my best to lay out as much detail as possible and provide you with stories, examples, and practical tips you can use to take advantage of the tools and methods I present.
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