It was at the end of 2013.
A guy that I met a few months earlier at the first ever Polyglot Conference, called me on Skype.
“Hi Jan, how are you doing? Did you see that Benny Lewis is going to learn Japanese in 3 months?’’
It was Brian Kwong.
Like myself, Brian was a loyal follower of Benny’s blog - Fluent in 3 Months.
Benny traveled the world for more than a decade and every time he moved to another country, he learned the local language.
“You know what Jan, shall we also try to learn Japanese in 3 months? Let’s see how much we can learn’’ Brian said.
I already spoke Chinese at the time, so why not learn some Japanese?
“I’m in’’ I said.
“But you know what Jan? Let’s invite more people for this challenge. I will shoot a video where I announce this project and I will ask others to join us and learn a new language in the next 3 months.’’
Brian took it seriously. He only had a small following on YouTube back in the day but a few days after he announced his project, more than 100 people signed up!
Three months later we all had to upload a video where we spoke the language that we learned for this challenge.
The results were amazing.
Now you might think, why are you sharing this story?
Well, I think there is a lesson to be learned here.
As you probably might have experienced, learning a language on your own can be extremely difficult.
But, learning a new language in a group with:
- Like-minded people
- People who support you
- Native speakers who can help you out
- And keep each other accountable…
...is much easier, and much more fun!
It was only after this experience that I figured out how I could learn languages by myself and become a independent language learner and eventually, a polyglot.
Imagine being able to learn any language you want, by yourself. How would it impact your life?
Now Lucas and I want to help you to make a breakthrough in your language learning as well. Not just by organizing a challenge, but by offering a programme more complete and more powerful.
We’ve called it: