That last one is a made-up language, or a "constructed international auxiliary language," meaning it was designed to help people from different nations without a common tongue communicate.
Courtesy of Benny LewisBenny Lewis, author of the new book "Fluent in 3 Months."The globe-trotting Irish native has made a name for himself by studying and speaking about how we can improve our language-teaching systems.
Lewis believes that the critical flaw in our current language-learning setup is that we approach it like any other factual subject. Fluent in 3 months - Language Hacking and Travel TipsUnconventional language hacking tips from Benny the Irish polyglot; travelling the world to learn languages to fluency and beyond! I recently asked members of the Fluent in 3 Months community their reasons for learning a new language. The response was amazing! I thought it would be fun to take a look at what all of you said and explore your motivations to learn a foreign language. For myself I don’t really have a love of studying languages (I know, it sounds weird, but for me it’s mainly a means to an end).
But, most of you who responded are already in a relationship, usually with someone with a different native language.
It’s the reason I decided to study the Irish language and it has definitely helped me connect with who I am and where my family comes from.
Even if you aren’t a social butterfly and suffer from a lot of shyness like I used to, learning a language can be a great way to connect with others and make new friends. The best way to learn to speak a language is to just speak the language and naturally you need native speakers to help with that. Whether you’re planning a short trip and want to make the most of your journey, or you’re moving to another country and putting down some roots, learning to speak with native speakers will give you a leg up as soon as you hit the ground.
I mentioned in another post about the brain-boosting benefits of learning languages and some of you even state this as a primary reason for studying langauges.


Besides the many benefits listed in that post, such as being better at math, improved test scores, improved studying skills and increased creativity, studies at the University of Edinburgh show that studying languages improves the “elasticity” of your brain and keeps it young!
For many of you, studying new languages helps you dive even deeper into your hobbies and interests. Whether you’re learning Japanese to improve your Judo, or you’re exploring Spanish for salsa dancing tips, languages are a great way to enhance an appreciation of your interests. I love to combine language learning with my hobbies because it can be a great way to both increase your enjoyment of the hobby, and develop a better command of the language.
If you’re looking for an advantage with your career then learning a language can definitely provide a boost. Of course, work or school shouldn’t be the only reason you learn a language, but it can definitely provide extra motivation. What really matters is how you plan to use the language, so once you have that underlying motivation, it gives you that much more leverage to push through the challenging times. As a fun change in pace, today we are sharing three stories from people who are in the middle of their 3-month language learning journeys. Last week I shared some FAQs for a long-term traveller, and taking a bunch of questions that readers have been sending me on Facebook, Google plus, twitter and the LHL email list, now I’ll discuss some language learning issues that people have been wondering about.
About six weeks into learning Dutch I was ready to go on 25 speed dates entirely in the language. As part of getting basic vocabulary and phrases down, Lewis says people shouldn't worry too much initially about learning the rules of grammar. Another option for immersing yourself in a foreign language is to stream radio from a country that speaks it.
Check out some of these responses and see if your reasons match up with your fellow language learning enthusiasts!


But I can appreciate those who have a passion for it and have dedicated themselves to the study of a language.
Naturally, to connect better with the family of your significant other, speaking their language can go a long way to getting to know them better (and letting them know you better too). And naturally, with family members or ancestors from all over the world, the desire to know where you come from can create a strong impulse to study their language. Learning a language and meeting people who speak that language are two things that go hand-in-hand.
Exploring the world and it’s cultures is the whole reason I study languages in the first place.
One or two of you also stated that learning a language would help with your schooling, which is also great. Whether you want to blend in like a local, or you want to know what the native speakers are saying without their knowledge, studying a language can help you enhance your covert skills. Using these free services, an English speaker in New York can easily get free or cheap conversational lessons from a native speaker of another language elsewhere in the world.
So when a bunch of you say that travel or relocating to another country is your impetus for learning a language, I totally get it!
A surprising number of you looked at languages as a way of hiding or gathering information from the people around you.



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