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Ask the Polyglot Episode 4: How long does it take to learn language?

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Nov 5, 2020

Welcome to the fourth episode of our "Ask the Polyglot" series. In each episode, the Drops Resident Polyglot and Language Expert, Shannon Kennedy answers your language learning questions.

Have questions you'd like answered? Over on Instagram, we asked you what your questions about language learning were and here are the answers! Be sure to follow us on Instagram to keep an eye on our stories for the next opportunity to ask questions!

In this episode, Shannon answers:

  • How do you train your mind to separate different languages?
  • How often do you recall new words or old ones?
  • Easiest language to learn as an English speaker?
  • Best tips for learning Mandarin?
  • I’ve struggled to stay motivated, any tips?
  • Is it true that the next language is easier to learn than the first?
  • How long does it take to learn language *roughly*?
  • Does it make sense to learn a new language from the one you just learned?
  • Should learn a topic in a day and review it the same day? Or just check it out later in the dojo?
  • What strategy would you use to remember difficult words?
  • How do you improve your accent in a language?

We hope you enjoyed this Ask the Polyglot session! We plan to make them more regularly, so keep an eye on our Instagram stories! We’ll share when we’re accepting more questions and I’d love to answer your language questions in the next round. Happy language learning! 

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