Every other week on the Fluent Show, I answer your listener questions.
Today a question from Sheela: How to Simplify Your List of Languages To Learn
Here are a few options for getting more clarity in your ‘to learn’ list:
- Do allow yourself a dabble in some languages and choose only one or two big focus languages every year, or even for several years.
- Your reasons and useful/practical considerations can always vary so of course it’s ok to focus on the languages that are most relevant to your life right now.
- Take the risk of having to re-learn a language and that means, yes of course it is ok to let go of some languages.
- Follow the answers you indicated in your question. You 1) want to focus deeply on a small number of languages 2) want to give priority to languages that feel relevant for the future 3) want to focus away from languages that are not relevant to your current goals. All three of these goals are more than legitimate, and can give you a more simplified bucket list.
There are many more notes and tips over on the Fluent Language website:
Click or tap here to read the full show notes in my blog article on www.fluentlanguage.co.uk
Thank you to Jo-Anne for this episode introduction.
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