Contents and methodology
Quantity and quality
Presentation skills (I)
Presentation skills (II)
Dating the past
Looting and destruction
Early modern period
Age of Revolution
Drafting and editing
How polyglots learn languages
Lýdia Machová. Ten things polyglots do differently. Polyglot Gathering. University of Economics, Bratislava. 31 May-4 June 2017. 39:04.
In her talk Ten things polyglots do differently (2017) Lýdia Machová comments on the methods that several well-known polyglots adopt when learning a new language:
- Benny Lewis: speak from day 1
- Steve Kaufmann: a lot of input first
- Lucas Bighetti and Jan van der Aa: Language Boost (500 most frequent words)
- Gabriel Wyner: flashcard system with no translation
- Luca Lampariello: translation
- Robin MacPherson: dissection method
- David James: Gold List method
Her own method is the bidirectional translation method (or back translation method) and her four pillars of learning a language are fun, quantity, frequency and system.
If each of these polyglots follows their own method, what do they have in common?
- Polyglots do not have a special talent for languages.
- Every polyglot has their own special method.
- Polyglots learn languages mostly by themselves.
- Polyglots create their own language material.
- Polyglots learn one language at a time.
- Polyglots spend more time listening and speaking.
- Polyglots are not afraid to make mistakes.
- Polyglots have mastered the art of simplification.
- Polyglots learn in small chunks.
- Polyglots enjoy learning languages.
- Donovan Nagel. Twenty-five prolific language learning bloggers you should follow. 2020.
- Wilson. The most inspiring and famous polyglots in the world. Mosalingua. 9 April 2020.
Mike Clayton. What is the Pareto principle?: the 80-20 rule? 2018. 5:26. (Project management in under five).
- FluentUp. What we need to know about the 80/20 rule in language learning. 28 May 2019.
- Benny Lewis. The Pareto (80-20) principle in language learning.
- Olly Richards. Eight ways to apply the 80/20 rule to language learning.
Spaced repetition: flash cards
Thomas Frank. The most powerful way to remember what you study. 2016. 7:47.
- Thomas Frank. How to remember more of what you learn with spaced repetition. 17 July 2020.
- James Gupta. Spaced repetition: a hack to make your brain store information. 23 Jan 2016.
Richard Vaughan. Translation booklet
- Richard Vaughan. Translation booklet. Madrid: Vaughan Systems, 2013.
Similar works are available for other languages:
TEDx Talks. TED & TEDx explained. 2012. 1:15.
- Taylorr Payne. What is a TED talk? The fundamentals of TED explained.
Benjamin McEvoy. How to improve your writing with copywork. 2020. 9:10.