How my self-study of languages began…

In 2009 I joined the online community of language learners on Youtube when I uploaded a video (see video below) introducing myself in Korean. At that time I had just started my Korean journey (about 3 weeks prior) and I thought that embarrassing myself would be completely worth the feedback I would get to improve my Korean. Surprisingly, people were very encouraging, and I decided to continue with the humiliation in return for the help.

While I enjoyed approaching languages from a personal, experiential angle, I wanted to understand how languages worked and the theories of how languages are acquired. I also wanted to be a more informed teacher (coach) for my students. I was accepted into a Master’s program at Georgetown University where I spent two amazing, informative years.


Over the years as a language learner and teacher I have learned a number of things that make language learning more effective. The objective of this blog is to share what I have learned and continue to learn about language learning in general and about my target languages specifically. I hope it will be as motivating for you as it is for me.

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