How to Learn a Foreign Language From Scratch, Part 2/2

Interview with Luca Part 2

[interview video below]

Welcome to Part 2 of the interview with polyglot Luca Lampariello on “how to learn a foreign language from scratch.” If you’ve missed Part 1, click here to watch that video first.

In this interview, I asked Luca the following questions:

  1. How do you learn a language from scratch, starting virtually with nothing? Most people don’t make it past a beginner stage. How can you become a successful language learner and become proficient in a foreign language even when you have absolutely no prior knowledge of the language and its associated culture and history?
  2. Do you think it’s important to know the culture of the people that speaks your target language? If so, to what extent? What, in your opinion, is the relationship between language and culture?
  3. I’ve been waiting for your book to come out for quite some time, and I’m really excited about it as I’m sure it will contain a lot of priceless information, and I know you’ve spent a lot of time researching and writing it. When do you plan on publishing it?

I hope you’ve enjoyed the interview, and don’t forget to leave your comments or questions below!

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  • Chris Broholm

    Man, Luca is such an interesting person, so full of insight and wisdom that you could probably interview him for hours and it would still be amazing stuff he would provide. Good job on the interview Sam, Luca’s one of the good guys.

    • lingholic

      Yes Chris, Luca is an amazing guy and has been a huge inspiration to me for a long time. I hope that by sharing these kinds of interviews many more people can get inspired!

  • Monica

    I had a hard time learning Spanish, because one side of my family spoke it, they never taught us, but in my 30’s, I decided to teach myself. I did immersion, listened to music, memorized lyrics, studied, I had one grammar book I liked, and 4 years passed, I had only made it half way, then I used Michel Thomas, which worked for me, compared to the other language programs I tried, and when I had my second immersion, living in the Bronx, I moved up a notch, I was reaching a high level, until I took a test at a Spanish school, to assess me, and when they said intermediate, I had given up. I stopped and started to hate the language in the end . What happened?

    • lingholic

      Thanks for sharing your story Monica. I find it a bit sad that by taking a standard exam you lost your motivation. A test is just a test. Some people are good at speaking languages, some people are good at taking tests, and some people are good at both. But being good at languages and being good at taking test are two very different skills sets.

      If I were you, I would start again with Spanish. Think about all the benefits that learning this language has brought to your life. I’m sure through this you’ve met new friends and discovered interesting cultures, among others.

      Think about the motto of Lingholic: Language learning is a journey, not a destination!

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