Traveling the World for 10 Years: Benny Lewis Interview Part 2

Interview with Benny Lewis

This is Part 2 of the interview I had with Benny Lewis (AKA Benny the Irish Polyglot). For Part 1, click here.

Here are the questions I asked Benny in this second part of our interview (video below):

  1. Are you planning to write additional books in the future? Perhaps one that details your decade on the road? (0:28)
  2. What do you think is the single most important thing to learn a language successfully? Consistency? Passion? Motivation? Talent? Any simple advice to beginning language learners who are overloaded with information and don’t really know where to start? (4:00)
  3. Do you just speak the language to reach your fluency goals or do you also go through grammar books and the likes? (7:25)

In addition to answering these questions, Benny talks about the reasons why he does not actively promote his product (the language hacking guide) and why he chooses to live simply and not make a whole of money (which he truly could if he wanted), and why you shouldn’t give equal weight to all 4 aspects of a language (i.e. reading, writing, listening, and speaking).

As usual, I welcome your comments and feedback, and if you have any questions for Benny make sure to leave a comment and hopefully he will be kind enough to find the time to respond to them!

By Lingholic

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  • Shawn

    Hi Sam, the video link is broke and I don’t see the video on your YouTube site either.

  • Anne

    Yeah, I’m having the same problems finding the video. Tried pasting in the address but that doesn’t seem to work either. Just letting you know 🙂

  • Clément

    same thing here 🙁

  • lingholic

    Hey guys I truly apologize, I had some problems with my internet connection AND with the WordPress scheduled post feature (the post went live earlier than it should’ve).

    Everything is fixed now and hopefully this won’t happen again!


  • Olly Richards

    Really enjoyed this – mellow Benny!

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